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Chicago: Emergency Rally and March Saturday, July 5 to Demand End to Collective Punishment of Palestinians

CHICAGO—(ENEWSPF)—July 3, 2014. A diverse coalition of Chicagoland Palestinians, along with members of other student, faith-based, human rights and other social justice groups, will hold a rally and march to protest Israel’s increasingly escalating attacks on Palestinian civilians in the West Bank and Gaza. The protesters will also march to two prominent Chicago media sites – the Chicago Tribune on Michigan Avenue and the CBS Chicago Newsroom on Washington St. to stress their demands for fair coverage of these attacks.

Amnesty International and other human rights organizations have said that Israel’s actions against Palestinian citizens since the disappearance of the three Israeli youths on June 12 amount to collective punishment, which is against international law. The protesters are calling for an end to Israel’s collective punishment and violence against Palestinian men, women, and children. The protesters also demand that mainstream media outlets end biased reporting that only covers the Israeli youth who have been killed, while ignoring the more than 10 Palestinians killed since the Israeli army operations began.

The Rally  take place on Saturday, July 5 at 3 p.m. Water Tower Place Park, 180 E. Pearson, Chicago. We will then walk at 4 p.m. to Daley Plaza. Speakers include members of Palestinian community and their supporters

Background:

Since the deaths two weeks ago of three Israeli youth in the occupied West Bank, the Israeli army has engaged in a brutal campaign of collective punishment against the Palestinian people, heavily bombing the Gaza Strip, raiding West Bank towns and villages on a scale not seen in years, arresting and detaining hundreds of civilians, including dozens of children, and reinstating the practice of punitive home demolitions, which had been abandoned after the Second Intifada. Last Friday, Palestinian citizens of Israel gathered at the entrance to Umm al-Fahm, one of the largest Arab towns inside the pre-1967 lines, to protest against Israeli attacks in the West Bank and were violently dispersed by police, who deployed tear gas and stun grenades.

On July 2, after thousands of Israelis marched through the streets of Jerusalem chanting ‘death to Arabs’, the charred and mutilated body of 17-year old East Jerusalem resident Mohammad Abu Khdair was found in a forest near Jerusalem, a likely victim of a revenge killing. Israeli forces have killed at least nine other Palestinians during the past two weeks, including at least three children.

Endorsed by:

American Friends Service Committee

American Muslims for Palestine – Chicago

Anti-War Committee – Chicago

Chicago Islamic Center

Jews for Justice in Palestine

Jewish Voice for Peace – Chicago

Palestinian American Council

Palestinian Comity Center

Palestine Solidarity Group – Chicago 

Students for Justice in Palestine’s Chicago network

US Palestinian Community Network – Chicago

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1479409155627269/

Source: Students for Justice in Palestine’s Chicago Network

 

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