Protests Against Israeli Piracy in DC

Protest at the Israeli Embassy May 31, 2010, Washington DC


As a part of the massive international outcry over the assault and seizure of the humanitarian aid convoy to Gaza in international waters,

International ANSWER Brian Becker Speaking Our Against Israeli Piracy at Protest at Israeli Embassy

International ANSWER organized a demonstration and rally in front of the Israeli embassy in Washington, DC today. Joining similar protests in Sweden, Turkey, Jordan, Canada and other countries, the turnout in DC was modest in number, but no less spirited.

Protesters Gather at Embassy with Chants and Protest Supporting the Palestinian People and Against Israeli Aggression


Protesters chanting pro-Palestinian slogans and clad in Palestinian flags lined the sidewalks around the Israeli Embassy in Northeast DC, eliciting honks of support from passing motorists, while Brian Becker of ANSWER DC implored that those who died yesterday not be forgotten and not have died in vain.

Protesters promise another rally tomorrow at noon, in front of the White House.

The protest will ask the Obama Administration and the United States Congress to:
-Publicly condemn the attack on civilian ships in international waters
-Release the names of all those killed, injured, and being detained; and
-Recall the United States ambassador from Israel
The Israeli government has subjected Gaza to a complete blockade for the past 3 years, leaving 1.5 million people to rely on aid for survival. In March 2009, The Lancet, the foremost medical journal, dedicated a full series of articles about health in the Occupied Palestinian Territories that shows the extent of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza that the Israeli government denies even exists. UNDP just released a report documenting the scale of this crisis.

The Gaza flotilla has attempted to deliver desperately needed aid to the Palestinians in Gaza and has been met with violence and death for the activists. International outcry, protests, and diplomatic rows have ensued.

The Washington DC community is also mobilizing to show not only solidarity with the Palestinians, but also to present specific asks. Washington DC, more than any city in the world, represents the power that keeps peace in the Middle East and justice for the Palestinians a remote prospect.

The asks for the Obama Administration and the United States Congress:

-Publicly condemn the attack on civilian ships in international waters
-Release the names of all those killed, injured, and being detained
-Recall the United States ambassador from Israel

WHEN: Tuesday, June 1st 2010
TIME: Noon
WHERE: in front of the White House, Lafayette Park

The protest is organized by a coalition of organizations: MAS, CAIR, Code Pink, ANSWER, CJA, the Vineeta Foundation, Jewish Voice for Peace, WIAMEP, Muslimah Writers Alliance

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