Jul 282014
 

Saturday, Aug. 2: National March in Washington, D.C.

 

San Francisco Palestine demo 7-19-14
6,000 marched in solidarity with Gaza in San Francisco on Sunday, July 20

 Stop the massacre in Gaza!
#2DC4Gaza #FreePalestine

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Transportation is being arranged across the country.
See below for a list of transportation centers or click here to help organize one.

The White House (1600 Pennsylvania Ave.)
Saturday, Aug. 2 at 1:00 p.m.

Use the hashtags: #2DC4Gaza #LetGazaLive #FreePalestine #Protest4Palestine to promote the demonstration on social media

 
Click here to download the poster. See the transportation center section for local versions.
 
Click here to download the poster. See the transportation center section for local versions.

The atrocities committed by the Israeli regime keep piling up in Gaza. Over 70 people were murdered by relentless Israeli artillery fire in just one neighborhood alone, al-Shujayeh, and bombings of hospitals and schools take place on a daily basis.

In response to this ongoing massacre, a broad coalition of anti-war, Muslim and Arab-American groups have joined together to organize a national march on the White House on August 2.

Co-sponsors:
- ANSWER Coalition
- American Muslims for Palestine (AMP)
- Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
- American Muslim Alliance (AMA)
- Al-Awda: Palestine Right to Return Coalition
- Al-Awda: Palestine Right to Return Coalition – New York
- CODEPINK
                                                                                                                                                         -Existence is Resistance
- Muslim Legal Fund of America
-World Can’t Wait

- Partership for Civil Justice
- MAS Immigrant Justice Center
- UNAC – United National Antiwar Coalition

- Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA)
- House of Latin America (HOLA)
- SI Solidarity Iran
- Labor Fightback Network
- Al-Awda, Palestine Right to Return Coalition, Cleveland Chapter
- Al Quds Committee
- Washington D.C. al-Quds Committee
- Veterans For Peace
- Methodist Federation for Social Action
- The National Muslim Council for Justice (NMCJ)
- Coalition to Stop $30 Billion to Israel
- Free Palestine Movement International Solidarity Movement – Northern California
- Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality – Virginia
- The Phil Berrigan Institute for Nonviolence and Occupy the Dream, Reading, PA
- LA Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild
- The Green Party of New Jersey

- Jews for Palestinian Right of Return

- Labor for Palestine

- New York City Labor Against the War

Every day, people across the United States are pouring into the streets to show their outrage at the ongoing Israeli massacre in Gaza. In many cities, these demonstrations are taking place on a near-daily basis – and are growing. Just last weekend, protests attended by many thousands took place in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and San Francisco. While the U.S. government continues to shamefully offer unqualified support for the brutal Israeli regime, the people of the United States are making it clear that public opinion is sharply turning against this long-standing policy.

The emerging movement that has brought so many people into the streets in local actions will now converge to illustrate the massive opposition among the American public to Israel’s new war and U.S. support for their atrocities. Join us!

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Please make an urgently needed donation to help us cover the many expenses associated with a national mass mobilization. We can do this only with your support.

Download and circulate flyers for the demonstration (local versions in Transportation Center section)

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 Transportation Centers

New Haven, Conn.
Contact: ct@answercoalition.org or 203-903-4480
Details: Buses depart 6:00 a.m. on Aug 2 from downtown New Haven and return the same night. The cost is $40 per person.
Download the poster here

Tampa, Fla.
Contact: sueylmm@hotmail.com
Details: Depart Tampa Friday, August 1 at 6:00 p.m.; Arrive in D.C. Saturday, August 2 at 11:00 a.m. Depart D.C. on Saturday, August 2 at 6:00 p.m.; arrive in Tampa on Sunday, August 3 at 1:00 p.m. Tickets are $100.

Chicago, Ill.
Contact: ANSWER Chicago at 773-463-0311
Details: Buses depart Friday, Aug. 1 at 6 pm from the ANSWER Office at 4802 N. Broadway (You can also meet the buses at 87th and Harlem in Bridgeview, IL at 8 pm). The bus will return to Chicago Sunday morning. Tickets are $100, plus a $5 processing fee.
PURCHASE YOUR TICKET HERE

Bridgeview, Ill.
Contact: Dr. Ghassan Barakat, Humanitarian Relief Foundation
yazzoun@aol.com or 312-671-4787

Baltimore, Md.
Contact: baltimore@answercoalition.org or 443-759-9968

Boston, Mass.
Contact: boston@answercoalition.org or 857-334-5084
Download the poster here
PURCHASE YOUR TICKET HERE

Cleveland, OH
Buses departing Aug. 1 at 3:30am, $70
Contact: Al-Awda Cleveland, Palestine Right to Return Coalition
Ohio4Palestine@gmail.com or 216.772.6788

New Paltz, N.Y.
Contact: jacdon@earthlink.net or 845-255-5779

New York City, N.Y.
Contact: nyc@answercoalition.org or 212-694-8720
Download the poster here
Download the one-sided flyer here
Download the double-sided flyer here
PURCHASE YOUR TICKET HERE

Harrisburg, Penn.
Contact: abdeltaghi@yahoo.com or 717-395-6911

Philadelphia, Penn.
Contact: philly@answercoalition.org or 267-281-3859
Details: The bus departs from Philadelphia at 9:00 a.m. from 1755 N. 13th Street (outside the student center at Temple University). We will return to the same location at approximately 9:00 p.m. Tickets cost $30.
Download the poster here
PURCHASE YOUR TICKET HERE

Pittsburgh, Penn.
Contact: pittsburgh@answercoalition.org or 724-972-2674
Download the poster here

STOP THE MASSACRE IN GAZA!
Join a protest in your area

Chicago, Ill.Saturday, July 26
3:00 p.m.
Congress and Michigan Ave.
Contact: ANSWER Chicago at 773-463-0311

San Francisco, Calif.

Saturday, July 26
1:00 p.m.
Justin Herman Plaza – Embarcadero
Contact the ANSWER Coalition at answer@answersf.org, 415-821-6545

Jacksonville, Fla.
Saturday, Aug. 2
11:00 a.m.
Memorial Park (1620 Riverside Avenue)
Albuquerque, N.M.
Saturday, Aug. 2
11:00 a.m.
Central & 1st St.
Contact: abq@answercoalition.org or 505-268-2488Los Angeles, Calif.
Saturday, Aug. 2
1:00 p.m.
Westwood federal building (11000 Wilshire Blvd.)
Contact: ANSWER LA at 323-394-3611 or answerla@answerla.org
Jul 282014
 

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By Nancy Mansour

Today I went to Al Najjah Hospital in Nablus to visit some wounded from Gaza. Two I can not speak about yet.

The one I can tell you about is a young 11 year old boy named Mousa. First I met his mother. She told me that her family had moved from their neighborhood of Majaza to Zowaida for safety. Mousa was in the house playing when his older cousin whom he looks up to said he was going to the store. Mousa went with him to buy bread.

An F16 blasts an area a little ahead of where Mousa and his cousin were and shrapnel from the rocket cut his intestines, his kidneys among other vitals. They rushed him to the hospital where not much could be done for him and he was losing a vast amount of blood. Eventually it was agreed via the West Bank hospitals, third parties etc that he would be allowed access via ambulance from Gaza to the West Bank.

Since Israel has a history of blowing up ambulances and since they were flying F16s near the crossing/border with 48 territories, the ambulances were so scared to move they waited until there were 8 ambulances lined up in order for them to move like a safety barrier. His mother cried as she told me of his five siblings who are ages 13, 10, 9, 5 1/2 and 3. She said when she calls home all they cheerfully ask her “Mama, when are you and Mousa coming home”?

I asked if I could go and see Mousa. Since he was in ICU the doctors told me it could be dangerous because of the many infections he has. I told them I would risk it. He has been unconscious since the incident, last Wednesday. He is on a life support machine.

As I entered the room and saw his little body attached to numerous machines I wanted to grab him and hug him and cry and say sorry….. instead I collected myself and I said (in Arabic) “Hi Mousa, my name is Nancy Mansour, I am from Haifa and I want to take a picture of you. If you smile for me I will take you to Haifa one day after you wake up”…..I swear to God, with that his eyes half opened (As you can see in the picture below) and his mother started crying joy.

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I am going to stay in touch and update you on his story.

I am going to pray everyday that he wakes up and makes it out of this.

I am going to pray everyday that at the VERY LEAST Israel is held accountable for every Palestinian child they have murdered in cold blood.

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Jul 252014
 

All Photos and Captions by Photographer Jenna Pope.

Today, about 200 people marched from the NY Public Library, through the streets of midtown, and ended up at the IDB Bank. IDB is an Israeli Bank that directly funds the occupation of Palestine, 20% owned by the State of Israel. Several activists participated in an act of civil disobedience by throwing fake blood on the windows of IDB, and then staging a sit-in on the sidewalk until they were arrested by police officers.

Pro-Palestinian activists throwing red syrup, to signify blood, on IDB Bank in New York City today. IDB is an Israeli Bank that directly funds the occupation, 20% owned by the State of Israel.

Fake blood on the front doors of IDB Bank in New York City today. IDB is an Israeli Bank that directly funds the occupation, 20% owned by the State of Israel

Pro-Palestinian activists staged a die-in outside of IDB Bank in New York City today after throwing red syrup on the windows of the bank. IDB is an Israeli Bank that directly funds the occupation, 20% owned by the State of Israel.

Today, about 200 people marched from the NY Public Library, through the streets of midtown, and ended up at the IDB Bank. IDB is an Israeli Bank that directly funds the occupation of Palestine, 20% owned by the State of Israel. Several activists participated in an act of civil disobedience by throwing fake blood on the windows of IDB, and then staging a sit-in on the sidewalk until they were arrested by police officers.

A pro-Palestinian activist being arrested while participating in a die-in on the sidewalk outside of IDB Bank in New York City today after throwing red syrup on the windows of the bank. IDB is an Israeli Bank that directly funds the occupation, 20% owned by the State of Israel.

A pro-Palestinian activist being carried away by police officers after participating in a die-in on the sidewalk outside of IDB Bank in New York City today. IDB is an Israeli Bank that directly funds the occupation, 20% owned by the State of Israel. http://whoprofits.org/company/idb-group

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Jul 252014
 

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Zionists Whipped into Racist Frenzy at Sight of pro-Palestine Activists

July 25, 2014
By Samer Abulaela

Today, a few hundred activists met outside of the New York Public Library for a demonstration and march against the string of atrocities in Gaza which have taken over 800 Palestinian lives so far (of those, at least 70% were civilians by the IDF’s own admission) and for which the US and Israel are showing little, if any, real political will to end.  While the rhetoric coming out of Washington and Tel Aviv cites the rocket-fire from resistance groups in Gaza as the cause of this latest massacre, the march sought to highlight the real root of the problem – the continued ethnic cleansing and occupation of Palestine.

Marchers stopped in front of Israel Discount Bank which supplies loans for settlement construction and mortgages to settlers.  Outside of the current daily atrocities happening in Gaza, this is Israel’s front-line in the continuing colonial project of ethnically cleansing the indigenous inhabitants of Palestine.  Palestinian villages, orchards, and/or farmland is seized by Israel, homes and trees are bulldozed, then the land is developed and sold to Jews only and Israel Discount Bank finances these racist and illegal transactions.

Shortly thereafter, en route to another institution, the march passed through NYC’s diamond district, specifically, 47th St between 5th and 6th Avenues.  Here, marchers were thronged by what appeared to be an impromptu counter-protest where chants of “Israel!  Israel!” soon echoed down the block.  I found myself lagging behind and recording the spectacle – supporters of Israel whipped into a frenzy at the sight of pro-Palestine activists, engaging in racist and Islamophobic language, calling for more ethnic cleansing, and even threatening to physically attack.

You’ll notice, I don’t say a word throughout the entire video… the only thing I was doing that could be considered provocative is carrying a sign that said “No More Blood Money” yet at one point the ire of a number of the counter-protestors turns toward me directly.  The racism, islamophobia, threats, and hatred are a reaction to my presence and this sign alone:

I think it’s important to understand the mindset that informs Zionism.  This is it in its purest state.  A frenzied, foaming nationalism that desperately expresses open hatred for anything that appears to disagree with its racist agenda to steal indigenous land.  Some choice lines:

“Get the hell out of our state… Go to Iran… Iran is your place! Go, go with your families… get out!”

“Down with Palestine! Fuck the Palestinians!… Get the fuck outta here you mother fuckers.”

“You son of a bitch!  You son of a bitch!”

“I bet you’re Jewish!”

“You’re lucky you got cops here!… you only do this when cops are around! Pussies!… you’re a mut… you better pray there are cops around the corner.”

“How does it feel to be a terrorist? Does it feel good?”

“There is no Allah.  It’s all hell for you!”

“Die! Die!”

There are more middle fingers flying around than on the NJ Turnpike at rush hour and about as many expletives as an entire season of the Sopranos, so keep that in mind before watching if such things offend you:

Jul 252014
 

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Stanford Students for Justice in Palestine stands in solidarity with the people of Gaza against the massacre being committed by the Israeli Defense Forces under the label “Operation Protective Edge.” We express our horror at the unjustifiable violence of the airstrikes, missile strikes, and ground incursion, which has largely targeted and impacted civilians, and which to date has killed over 800 Palestinians, over 80% of which were civilians and over 20% of which were children.

We reject the pretexts that Israeli political figures have deployed, and we recognize that the current assault fits into a pattern of collective punishment of the Palestinians and constitutes a particularly intense moment in the ongoing violence of dispossession, occupation, and apartheid. We similarly reject the claim that Hamas is to blame for the escalation because they rejected the ceasefire proposal from Egypt – a ceasefire that would not lift the siege and blockade, and would mean a “return to a living death” as explained in a recent statement by Palestinian academics, public figures and activists. Furthermore, we condemn Israel’s concurrent escalation of violence and collective punishment in the West Bank, and its repression of Palestinian protesters within Israel.

Israel’s massacre in Gaza is enabled by the support of the US government. Witness President Barack Obama’s repeated affirmations of Israel’s right to self-defense with no mention of whether Palestinians have such a right. Witness the recent unanimous votes in the Senate and the House in favor of resolutions supporting Israel’s actions. Without the political, financial, and military aid of the US and some European governments, Israel would be much more constrained. We therefore support the call of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement to mobilize international pressure to get Israel to concede the just demands of the movement.

As students at Stanford, we recognize the complicity of our university in enabling Israel’s crimes. Some of Stanford’s considerable financial assets are invested in companies that help Israel carry out apartheid, occupation, and collective punishment. At this moment, we point specifically at Hewlett Packard, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, G4S, and Motorola Solutions. Stanford should take NO PART in investing in and profiting from these companies, who make money at the cost of Palestinian life and freedom.

Stanford SJP will intensify our campaign for divestment. We hope to join other student bodies around the world, in particular the 5 UCs that have passed divestment resolutions, in striking a blow against occupation and apartheid. We urge University President John Hennessy and the Board of Trustees to recognize their moral obligation and open their own investigations and proceedings to dissociate and divest Stanford from the injustice, death, and destruction that Israel is visiting upon Palestinians. SJP will push forward no matter what. We are more confident and determined than ever to bring divestment to Stanford.

In solidarity,

Stanford Students for Justice in Palestine

July 25, 2014