UPDATE: BREAK THE SILENCE ON GAZA!


For Immediate Release
January 22, 2008

COALITION CALLS FOR EMERGENCY PROTESTS FOR GAZA!
JOIN US!

The A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition, the National Council of Arab Americans, Free Palestine Alliance, Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation, Palestinian American Women’s Association together with Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition, and several other organizations are calling for emergency protests demanding an immediate end to the Israeli blockade and siege of Gaza. Protests will take place on January 25-26 at Israeli embassies, consulates, U.S. federal buildings and other locations.

Among the cities where emergency protests will take place:

Anaheim, California: Saturday, Jan. 26, 1 p.m. 512 S. Brookhurst St.
Between Orange Ave. & Broadway)

Washington DC: Friday, Jan. 25 (time tba), at the Israeli Embassy, 3514
International Dr. N.W.

San Francisco, California: Friday, Jan. 25, 4-6 p.m., Israeli Consulate, 456 Montgomery St. (near California)

New York, New York: Saturday, Jan. 26, 1 p.m. at the Israeli Embassy, 43rd St. and 2nd Ave.

Chicago, Illinois: Tues., Jan. 29, 5 pm at the Lakeshore Theater, 3175 North Broadway (at benefit for the Friends of the ‘Israeli Defense Force’). Initiated by ISM. Call 773-463-0311 for more information.

Seattle Washington: Friday, January 25, 4 p.m., Westlake Park, 4th & Pine Sts.

If you are planning your own protest for Gaza, please write to info@al-awda.org so we can post information about your action on our website http://al-awda.org . To donate to Al-Awda, PRRC, please go to http://www.al-awda.org/donate.html and simply follow the instructions.

For Immediate Release
January 20, 2008

BREAK THE SILENCE ON GAZA! DON’T DELAY! TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE!

Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition, calls on its chapters, supporting organizations and individuals to organize to break the silence about the ongoing Israeli war crimes being committed against Palestinians in Gaza. Organize street actions and protests, community meetings and delegations to religious leaders and educators. Call and write the media and your congressional representatives.

People of the world watch in horror as the racist state of ‘Israel’, with the support and encouragement of the US government, engages in a genocidal project to eliminate the indigenous Arab people of Palestine.

The world community has denounced the government of ‘Israel’ for using its military for the purpose of collectively punishing the civilian population of the Gaza Strip, a clear war crime and violation of the 4th Geneva Conventions. The only power plant in Gaza was shut down today leaving the 1.5 million inhabitants without electricity, water, or any functional medical facilities.

Palestinians continue to endure starvation, aerial bombings, US CIA interventions, and Israeli army brutality. This murderous endeavor has caused the deaths of hundreds of Palestinian civilians and the already fragile economy of Gaza has been decimated.

NO FOOD, NO WATER, NO BREAD!

We appeal to all people living in the US:

SPEAK OUT TO DEMAND ONCE AND FOR ALL AN END TO THE SIEGE OF GAZA AND THE OCCUPATION OF ALL OF PALESTINE!

ORGANIZE STREET ACTIONS AND PROTESTS, CALL AND WRITE THE MEDIA AND YOUR CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVES.

ORGANIZE COMMUNITY MEETINGS AND DELEGATIONS TO RELIGIOUS LEADERS AND EDUCATORS

DONATE TO HELP THE PEOPLE IN GAZA!

For information to contact your congressional representatives, go to http://www.congress.org/congressorg/home

For writing to the media, go to http://newslink.org for contact information.

To make a donation to help the people in the Gaza Strip go to http://www.al-awda.org/donate.html and simply follow the instructions. Please indicate that your donation is for the GAZA EMERGENCY FUND.

BREAK THE SILENCE ON GAZA! DON’T DELAY! TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE!

Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition
PO Box 131352
Carlsbad, CA 92013, USA
Tel: 760-685-3243
Fax: 360-933-3568
E-mail: info@al-awda.org
WWW: http://al-awda.org

Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition (PRRC) is the largest network of grassroots activists and students dedicated to Palestinian human rights. We are a not for profit tax-exempt educational and charitable 501(c)(3) organization as defined by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of the United States of America. Under IRS guidelines, your donations to PRRC are tax-deductible. To make a donation simply go to http://www.al-awda.org/donate.html and simply follow the instructions.

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6 Comments

  1. A.H says:

    May Allah aid our brothers and sisters in distress and break the backs of those who oppress the innocent. Amin

  2. Arif says:

    May Allah guide them or raise a generation from them that will come to Islam. Ameen.

  3. TALK NEWS RADIO INTERVIEW – January 25, 2008
    Mahdi Bray on Presidential Candidates Ignoring Gaza Siege
    http://media.libsyn.com/media/talkradionews/1.25.08_bray_clip.MP3

    Also Posted Here:
    College Media News
    http://collegemedianews.com/category.php?catID=3

    JANUARY 25, 2008 ‘END THE EMBARGO IN GAZA’ PRESS CONFERENCE

    1. Mahdi Bray, MAS Freedom Executive Director and Brian Becker, A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDQsPPwFf0E

    HTML for Blogs:

    2. Reverend Graylan S. Hagler, United Church of Christ, Washington, D.C. and Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, Esq., Partnership for Civil Justice
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ys4on0E4wcw

    HTML for Blogs:

    3. I think first up here is Art Laffin, Organizer, Catholic Worker Community, Washington, D.C. (longtime organizer for nonviolent resistance to the Israeli occupation) (not 100% sure)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GPcFyjBJOo

    Appearing second in line, Ibrahim Abdil Mu’id Ramey, MAS Freedom Civil and Human Rights Director (Media editors…is there any way for us to edit out Ibrahim’s comments to make a separate clip of just him – he’s between approx. the 6:30 and 9:58 section of the clip).

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    4. This clip has two speakers, I think one (according to the speaker list I had at press time), is Jacob Pace, Assistant Director, Interfaith Peacebuilders, Washington, D.C. (a former resident of Gaza) – not sure who the other speaker is.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-QXlKXJJEI

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  4. SEE ALSO:
    MAS Freedom Launches ‘End the Embargo in Gaza’ Campaign in Response to Human Rights Atrocitieshttp://www.masnet.org/takeaction.asp?id=4771

    In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

    EMERGENCY APPEAL FOR GAZA

    Information About How You Can Help Here
    http://www.masnet.org/takeaction.asp?id=4771

    Downloadable Flyer for D.C. Area
    http://www.masnet.org/takeaction.asp?id=4786

    WASHINGTON, D.C. (MASNET) Jan. 24, 2008 – MAS Freedom (MASF), as the civic and human rights advocacy entity of the Muslim American Society (MAS), in response to the continued human rights atrocities in Gaza, has launched a campaign to ‘End the Embargo in Gaza’.

    “The embargo in Gaza is a gross human rights violation forcing collective punishment on the entire population, which is a clear violation of international law, condemned worldwide, and yet our government remains silent.

    “We cannot remain silent while the Palestinian people continue to suffer from these abominable acts, and we call upon all Americans of good will and conscience to join us in calling for a cease fire on both sides and an end to the Gaza embargo,” stated MAS Freedom Executive Director, Mahdi Bray.

    MAS Freedom urgently needs your financial support as it launches the beginning of its ‘End the Embargo in Gaza’ campaign with a Rally in front of the Israeli Embassy, 3514 International Drive, N.W., Washington, D.C., on Friday, January 25, 2008 at 4PM.

    Please donate generously by mailing your contributions made payable to “MAS Freedom” at the address below:

    MAS Freedom

    1325 G N.W., Suite 500
    Washington, DC 20005
    or
    Donate Online
    http://www.masnet.org/donate.asp
    (Be sure to select ‘MAS Freedom’ from the ‘drop-down’ arrow to direct your contribution)

    Thank you for your support.

    Contact MASF toll-free at 1-888-627-8471 or by sending an email to MAS4Freedom@aol.com.

    ————————————————————-
    MAS Freedom (MASF) is a civic and human rights advocacy entity and sister organization of the Muslim American Society (MAS), the largest Muslim, grassroots, charitable, religious, social, cultural, civic and educational organization in America – with 55 chapters in 35 states. Learn more here.
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    MAS Freedom
    1325 G Street NW, Suite 500
    Washington DC 20005
    Phone: (202) 552-7414
    Toll Free: 1-(888)-627-8471
    Fax: (703) 998-6526

  5. From: Aishah Schwartz
    To: info@PalestineRemembered.com
    Sent: Sunday, January 27, 2008 1:47 AM
    Subject: Gaza Jail Break

    Assalamu Alaikum,

    I uploaded two articles today.

    Ma’Salaama,
    `Aishah Schwartz

    http://www.palestineremembered.com/GeoPoints/Gaza_Jail_Break_6275/Article_8574.html

    http://www.palestineremembered.com/GeoPoints/Gaza_Jail_Break_6275/Article_8575.html

  6. MWA COMMENDS JEWISH NY U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE, JONATHAN TASINI ON SUPPORT OF GAZA
    Easy Share Shortcut Link for Twitter, Facebook, SMS/Text, and more http://prlog.org/10596453

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