rally and march to focus on Palestinian solidarity,
confronts the "Road Map" with the reality
of three decades of brutal occupation.
Event: PPRC Rally and March for Peace
Date: Friday, June 6th, 2003
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Place: Pioneer Courthouse Square
The Portland Peaceful Response Coalition Friday 5:00
p.m. rally and march at Pioneer Courthouse Square will
again return to the Israel/Palestine conflict to mark
the 36th anniversary of the Israeli occupation of the
West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem. "In flagrant violation
of UN resolutions, Israel continues to control the land
and the lives of the Palestinian people," said Will
Seaman, a volunteer with PPRC and member of Jews for
Global Justice. "The Israeli military has Palestinians
hemmed in by check-points, arbitrary closures and curfews,
a ‘settler-only’ road system, massive and expanding
illegal settlements, and now a huge wall that has turned
the occupied territories into a massive prison." Peter
Miller of Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights
(AUPHR) reports that unemployment in the territories
is at around 70%, and that malnutition and anemia is
becoming common among Palestinian children.
"June 5th marks the 36th anniversary of the occupation,
over three and a half decades of brutal military repression,
massive expropriation of land, destruction of agricultural
lands including olive groves that are hundreds of years
old," said Seaman. "And paying for all those crimes
are the US taxpayers."
AUPHR’s Peter Miller will speak about his recent experiences
in Palestine at the Friday rally. "I saw the checkpoints,
the closures, the settlement building and the construction
of Israel’s wall of separation which is appropriating
Palestinian lands farms, orchards, water resources,
and economically devastating entire villages and towns,"
said Miller. He said that he was shocked to see the
situation first hand. "The goals of the Sharon regime
and the settlers are clear: take as much land as possible
and make impossible a real Palestinian state," said
Miller. "The wall that Israel is building is unbelievable.
The way the Israelis are going about it shows a complete
lack of human compassion and belies the true goals of
the wall which is obviously the appropriation of yet
more Palestinian lands under the guise of security."
The PPRC will also be promoting a War Resisters League
action against Rose Festival militarization, set for
Saturday at 12:30 p.m., at the Salmon Street Fountain.
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