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May 30, 2003

Protesting Israel in New York City, Again and Again

For those of the readers who live in the tristate area or New York City, prepare for a big week of anti-Israel protests. The anti-Zionists are seizing the moment to organize two major anti-Israel protests, the first during the annual Salute to Israel parade, called Peace Begins with Justice, calls for people to "Come tell Israel's supporter that peace begins where oppression, racism, theft and discrimination end. Come tell the U.S. government to stop funding Israel's state violence. Come tell the U.S. government to support real peace with justice in the Middle East." What, exactly would be real peace in their eyes? They don't say, but I would assume it has something to do with the absence of Israel.

The second anti-Israel carnival marks "the thirty-sixth anniversary of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza," and, as the email states "United for Peace and Justice call for linked actions by Palestinian, international, and Israeli peace groups to protest the escalating violence against the Palestinian community and international human rights workers in the occupied territories. We demand protection for Palestinian civilians and for internationals, a moratorium on construction of the apartheid wall and its associated land confiscations and home demolitions, and an end to the occupation." It will be marked with city-wide protests, beginning with an Edward Said speech at the UN, and ending with a concert at night. More information: http://www.peacejusticestudies.org/palestine.php.

For the full text of the emails circulating the anti-Zionist corners of the internet, and emails and phone numbers to call and express your feelings, see my weblog. Maybe, if enough people are willing, we could protest the protestors at the UN.