They protested silently but their candlelit signs sent an unmistakable message.
"People should care because it's their tax money that's going to fund the violence," said Donna Hicks, of NC Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions.
More than 30 demonstrators from various local groups want the U.S. to suspend billions in military aid to Israel. They covered every corner at Main and Gregson streets to denounce the latest Israeli attack on Gaza.
"It seems to me the Israelis do not want peace there. They don't want to build a bridge," said Lorraine Hoyt, of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. "They, I think, want to take the whole territory and the Palestinians are in the way."
The protest comes the same day an Israeli aircraft missile struck killed a senior militant and wounded several civilians. It's the sixth day of the offensive against Hamas. The death toll now stands at or above 100 with no quick fix in sight.
"I don't believe that this is the way to protect anyone," said Rann Bar'on with Jews for Just Peace. "It never has worked and it never will work."
Everyone at the protest, including American-Palestinian Duke student Ahmad Jitan, believes the first step to peace involves not only a cease fire but a stop to the finger pointing.
"It's an endless game of trying to figure out who started it and I don't think that's as essential as realizing that there's no way to justify the civilian suffering on any side," said Jitan.