800 2nd Ave (btw 42nd & 43rd Sts.)
New York, NY
Why: Yet again in front of the Israeli Consul during mid-day traffic, this Friday, July 28, 2006 at 3:30pm, the people of New York unite to condemn in the strongest terms the savage Israeli occupation and massacre of the innocent Palestinian and Lebanese people.
As the innocent children of Palestine and Lebanon cry in grief and despair, the people of New York respond. Launching yet another weekend of activity in solidarity with the Lebanese and Palestinian people who are enduring one of the worst assaults in history, thousands of New Yorkers unite to remind the world, the US government, and the rogue Israeli state that the attacks on Lebanon and Palestine must stop immediately. The street actions began the day of the Israeli bombing of Lebanon, and have not since ended sprouting up across the city in parks, streets and campuses.
The Israeli Government, owner of the fourth largest military power in the world, continues to massacre Lebanese and Palestinian civilians, a repeat of its genocidal policies conducted in Lebanon in 1982, and an extension of the fifty-eight year Israeli policy toward Palestinians. The Israeli State is recipient of two-thirds of the US Foreign Aid Budget, receiving the equivalent of $4 Billion/ year of American Tax Dollars. It is with these American Dollars and American-made weapons that the Israeli government is murdering Lebanese and Palestinian nationals, wiping out entire families, leaving them buried under the rubble that once was their homes, and destroying all civilian infrastructure needed for basic survival.
Groups and individuals of conscience across the city, across the country and across the world demand that:
1. The US government stop all financial support of the Israeli State;
2. That the Israelis cease fire and withdraw from all Lebanese and Palestinian Lands;
3. That the Israelis release all Arab and Palestinian Political Prisoners, over 10,000 are held of whom approximately one thousand are women and children;
4. All Lebanese and Palestinian Refugees be immediately allowed to return to their homes to live in safety.
Called by: (AMAF) Arab Muslim American Federation, CAIR, MAS, ICNA, Al-Awda NY, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition