IN PHOTOS ~~ VIGIL IN NEW YORK TO STOP ARMS TO ISRAEL

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(As a preface, yesterday Mondoweiss posted a letter by Alan Levine written to Schumer & Gillibrand urging them to follow the Leahy law which states that countries who use arms against a people in a way that violates international law and creates war crimes will no longer receive arms or $ for arms from the US.  

On Monday, October 6th, Jewish Voice for Peace NY and Jews Say No, with the support of several other organizations that support justice for Palestinians, held an 8 hour demonstration in front of the offices of Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrand at 780 3rd Avenue.  Demonstrators came and went in the course of the day but there were always between 50 and 80 people there.  Palestinian food was served to the demonstrators and people passing by, many having questions to ask or just wanting to chat a bit. It was explained that welcoming with food was part of a strong Palestinian tradition.  Informational leaflets were also distributed.  Most participants carried signs throughout the day created by We Will Not Be Silent. 

There was also an educational/cultural program.  People read Palestinian poetry, songs were sung accompanied by a guitar, there was a humorous skit about a trip to Israel and another about a news conference for a newly reformed Senator Schumer,  a reading of the Carol Churchill play, 7 Jewish Children, by some very talented actors (done twice) and a concert from the Rude Mechanical Orchestra.  Another participant read a  list of some of the horrible conditions that Palestinians on the West Bank and in Gaza are forced to live with, all imposed by Israel because of the occupation. 

At one point the Granny Peace Brigade came with some of the representations that they made of the 519 children murdered by Israel in Gaza this summer.  The people present held up each figure, read their name and age, and noted that they were murdered by Israel, some noting that this was done with the active support of the 2 New York senators and U.S. taxpayer funds.  Some people were brought to tears because the action felt very much like a funeral.  One of the participants noted, “These children are all our children and our grandchildren.” 

The 8 hours passed very quickly.  Many strangers in the street stopped to read the signs and leaflets and to listen to the presentations.  It is hoped that as people learn what Israel is doing they will urge Congress not to give Israel $8.7 million a day and a carte blanc to kill and destroy at will.

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Photos © by Bud Korotzer, Commentary by Chippy Dee

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5 Comments

  1. rolandmartin said,

    October 8, 2014 at 16:13

    Reblogged this on 29 seconds and counting.

  2. John Silver said,

    October 8, 2014 at 18:01

    Bless those good people

  3. sue pankhurst said,

    October 8, 2014 at 18:33

    Well done.
    Does anyone know which congress members voted for increased arms sales to Israel?

  4. robertsgt40 said,

    October 8, 2014 at 19:58

    Sadly, this is falling of deaf ears.

  5. nancy ann siracusa said,

    October 10, 2014 at 00:14

    Hi Fran/Bud, Again thank you for keeping me informed. Lorie’s and Sarah’s signs are as always an “in-your-face” educational opportunity to make people think – even when they don’t want to – because by reading the facts on these posters – cannot be un-remembered. And hopefully, the shame and brutality of Israel’s and those of the United States by continuing to fund these crimes, will encourage more Americans to join groups demanding an end to these atrocities committed in our name and to start repairing our integrity.

    All the best, Nancy Ann


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