PPRC Friday Rally
and March to Honor Rachel Corrie, Tom Hurndall and Brian
Avery, Internationalists Targeted by the Israeli Military
Event: PPRC Friday Rally and March for Peace
Date: Friday, April 25, 2003
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Place: Pioneer Courthouse Square
The Portland Peaceful Response Coalition regular Friday, 5:00 p.m.
rally and march at Pioneer Courthouse Square will focus on the Israeli
military targeting of International Solidarity Movement (ISM)
The PPRC is urging the local peace community to attend a memorial for
Corrie, a young ISM volunteer from Olympia, Washington, who was
crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer. The memorial will be taking
at the Northwest Neighborhood Cultural Center, 1819 N.W. Everett
6:30 p.m. Friday evening, after the PPRC peace rally and march.
"Rachel Corrie was brutally killed because she was unwilling to
observe the crimes of the Israeli occupation that are bankrolled by her
government," said William Seaman, a PPRC volunteer. "She was engaged
compassionate act of nonviolent resistance against Israel’s criminal
of home demolition, and her tragic death has shown a light on the moral
degradation and brutality of the Israeli occupation regime."
was killed in the town of Rafah in occupied Gaza as she was confronting
Israeli bulldozer driver who was about to destroy a Palestinian home.
her death, two other ISM volunteers have been shot by Israeli troops.
Hurndall, a British ISM volunteer, was critically injured as he was
attempting to protect Palestinian children from Israeli gunfire on
10th. Brian Avery, another volunteer from the US, was shot in the face
while working in Jenin on April 5th.
"The ISM volunteers travel to Israel from all over the world to live
work with the Palestinians, in the hope that their presence will help
the violence of the occupation," said Seaman. "With the onset of
on Iraq, the Sharon government has felt encouraged to escalate his
Palestinian communities, and this attack now includes anyone who dares
show compassion and solidarity with the victims of the terrorism and
oppression of the state of Israel."
Seaman said that only a strong
solidarity movement in the US has any hope of bringing an end to the
occupation. "Unless we shut off the flow of weapons and tax dollars
fuel Sharon’s brutal colonizing program, Israel will continue its South
African-style occupation plan, resistance will continue, and the
will not end."
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