"An emergency protest against Israel's horrifying attack on human rights workers carrying humanitarian supplies to Gaza" at the Tacoma Federal Building on Monday, May 31, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. has been announced by Nancy Farrell of People for Peace, Justice, and Healing.[1]  --  There will also be a protest organized by the Palestinian Solidarity Committee in Seattle near the Seattle Center from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Monday,[2] and, Linda Frank reports, a protest (no group identified) in Olympia from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the corner of Black Lake Blvd. and Cooper Point RD., Olympia.  --  The nationwide coalition United for Peace and Justice, among whose 39 affiliates in Washington State alone is United for Peace of Pierce County, has issued a call for organized protests of the Israeli atrocity.[3]  --  "Use Memorial Day to memorialize all the brave activists, show our outrage, and let the world know we are not sleeping!" UFPJ exhorted....


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WHAT: Emergency protest of Israeli attack on human rights aid convoy to Gaza
WHO: Nancy Farrell of People for Peace, Justice, and Healing
WHEN: Monday, May 31, 2010 -- 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Tacoma Federal Building, 1717 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA

[From Nancy Farrell]

People for Peace, Justice, and Healing (Tacoma, WA)
May 31, 2010

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/tacomapjh/message/20979


There will be an emergency protest against Israel's horrifying attack on human rights workers carrying humanitarian supplies to Gaza.  For updates of number of murdered and wounded, see http://www.witnessGaza.com.  Please bring signs with messages four inches high and any handouts.  Please come if only for 10-20 minutes.  We have to protest this appalling act of violence.  --Nancy Farrell.

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WHAT: Protest of attack on Gaza Freedom Flotilla
WHO: Palestinian Solidarity Committee -- Seattle
WHEN: Monday, May 31, 2010 -- 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
WHERE: 5th Ave. & Broad St., near the Experience Music Project, Seattle, WA

[From Palestinian Solidarity Committee -- Seattle]

http://www.palestineinformation.org/events.htm


PROTEST ISRAEL'S ATTACK ON HUMANITARIAN AID CONVOY

Come join us as we protest Israel's attack on the humanitarian aid convoy and the murder of civilian aid workers on the Free Gaza Movement's aid flotila.

News reports are still coming in as to the amount of fatalities and injuries . . . keep up with them at http://www.freegaza.org/

We'll have some signs and banners, and/or bring your own.

(Possible bannering over I-5 later afternoon -- stay tuned for that also.)

AND MEANWHILE:

Call the State Department: (202) 647-4000

White House switchboard: (202) 456-1414

Also contact the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv (Ambassador Cunningham):

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[Email alert]

PROTEST ISRAELI ATTACK ON GAZA FREEDOM FLOTILLA


United for Peace and Justice
May 31, 2010

Last night the Israeli navy attacked humanitarian ships in international waters in the middle of the night.  Reports indicate that 10-16 humanitarian activists were killed and 50-60 were injured.  The ships were seized by the Israeli navy and taken to Haifa to avoid press at Ashdod.  UFPJ condemns the Israeli Government for their brutal attack on unarmed civilians.  Protests have taken place across the world and a number of Governments are taking action.

The U.S. arms Israel to the tune of billions of dollars a year and hence shares responsibility for this atrocity.  How many more must die before the Obama Administration cuts off the aid we give to Israel each year?

On board were 750 people of conscience from 40 different countries, including 35 international politicians intent on breaking the Israeli-Egyptian blockade.  We offer our sincerest condolences to family and friends who have lost loved ones in the attack.  One of the boats was named after Rachel Corrie, to honor this strong young woman killed by the Israel Defense Forces in April 2003.

DEMONSTRATE!


Demonstrations are being organized in Washington D.C., New York, and Boston.  Please join in where you can or organize your own.  It is time to end the blockade of Gaza and the Israeli occupation of Palestine by ending U.S. support for Israeli slaughter.

NEW YORK --
3:00 p.m. (Monday, May 31), Times Square

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- 3:00 p.m. today, Israeli Embassy, 3514 International Drive NW (Van Ness metro) - Moving on to the White House at 5:00 p.m.

BOSTON -- 4:00 p.m. today, Park Street Station

Use Memorial Day to memorialize all the brave activists, show our outrage, and let the world know we are not sleeping!

Contact the White House!

Call or email to demand an immediate cutoff of U.S. aid to Israel.

Email the White House: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact.

Comments: 202-456-1111
Switchboard: 202-456-1414

Contact the U.S. Mission to the United Nations and demand that U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice vote to support a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israel's action and initiating an investigation.  212-415-4062

BACKGROUND

The U.N. Special Rapporteur for the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Richard Falk, urged Monday the international community to bring to justice those responsible for the killing of some 16 unarmed peace activists when Israeli armed commandos stormed a convoy of ships carrying aid to Gaza.

"Israel is guilty of shocking behavior by using deadly weapons against unarmed civilians on ships that were situated in the high seas where freedom of navigation exists, according to the law of the seas," Mr. Falk said.  "It is essential that those Israelis responsible for this lawless and murderous behavior, including political leaders who issued the orders, be held criminally accountable for their wrongful acts."

By sailing directly to Gaza, outside of Israeli waters, with cargo banned illegally by Israel, such as the 10,000 tons of badly needed concrete, toys, workbooks, chocolate, pasta, and substantial medical supplies, the flotilla is exercising international law and upholding Article 33 of the Geneva Convention which clearly states that collective punishment is a crime against humanity.

The hardships of Israel's closure of Gaza have been well documented by all human rights groups operating, most recently by Amnesty International in their Annual Human Rights Report concluding that the siege has "deepened the ongoing humanitarian crisis.  Mass unemployment, extreme poverty, food insecurity, and food price rises caused by shortages left four out of five Gazans dependent on humanitarian aid.  The scope of the blockade and statements made by Israeli officials about its purpose showed that it was being imposed as a form of collective punishment of Gazans, a flagrant violation of international law."

For updates go to http://witnessgaza.com/ and http://www.freegaza.org/

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