June 05, 2005

Free Palestine - today in New York

From the Bionic Octopus
To my unending irritation, it turns out I've got my big parental reunion brunch and all-day outing on the same day (today) as the fucking Salute to Israel Parade. Well, aren't my parents going to be tickled when I wear my Stop The Wall t-shirt to Park Avenue Cafe.

There's a counterdemo on, and I urge all in the area to make it up there if you can. Here's the info, from Palestine Activist Forum of New York:
Home Is Where the Occupation Is ...
home is where bulldozers level houses ...
30,000 Palestinians left homeless since 2000 ...
home is where illegal settlements steal land ...
425,000 settlers seize thousands of acres each year ...
home is where expelled residents are forbidden to return ...
6,000,000 Palestinian refugees displaced for 57 years

While they celebrate, we mourn.

Join the Palestine Activist Forum of New York (PAFNY) and stand up for justice in Palestine as we protest the "Salute to Israel" parade
11:00 am – 3:00 pm Sunday, June 5th, 2005 59th Street & 5th Avenue
Approach from the West side only
Please dress in black to mourn all those who have lost their lives due to the Israeli Occupation. Signs will be provided, but please wear kuffiyas and bring Palestinian flags.

The parade claims to be "the largest single gathering in the world in support of Israel" – so making visible our solidarity and unity in support of justice for Palestinians is especially important.

PAFNY is an independent network of organizations and individuals in NYC committed to justice for the people of Palestine. We are Muslims, Jews, Christians, and atheists from a variety of different cultural and ethnic backgrounds, united in outrage at the atrocities committed daily by the Israeli military.

Other endorsers include: No Pride in the Occupation (NYC)
So if you're in New York, hurry, hurry, hurry.

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