Friday, February 13, 2009

Rhode Island stands with Palestine 

About 200 people turned out downtown for the "Rhode Island Stands with Palestine" demonstration on February 7.

The event began with a rally featuring speeches from leaders of the local Arab and Muslim community, anti-Zionist Jews, campus organizers and several Palestinians. The speeches were notable for their uncompromising solidarity with Gaza and the Palestinian freedom struggle more generally.

The speaking program also featured songs of struggle and poetry contributed by members of the Providence Poetry Slam. Several members of Neturei Karta, a movement of anti-Zionist orthodox Jews formed in 1935, traveled from New York City to participate.

Endorsers included the RI Mobilization Committee to Stop War and Occupation, the American Friends Service Committee, Campus Antiwar Network and Students for Justice in Palestine at Rhode Island College, Common Ground at Brown University, the International Socialist Organization, the Muslim Students Association at University of Rhode Island, the RI Council for Muslim Advancement and many others.

The demands of the protestors included: ending the siege and blockade of Gaza; respecting Palestinian self-determination; ending U.S. aid to Israel; and divesting from Israel.


A collection of misheguim, not worthy of notice.


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