PPRC’s Friday Rally and March Protests US Support for Israel’s Attacks
on Syria and Gaza, Supports Portland City Council Resolution Against the
Event: PPRC Friday Rally and March
Protests Israel’s Attacks on Syria and Gaza, Supports
Anti-Patriot Act City Council Resolution
Date: Friday, October 17th, 2003
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Place: Pioneer Courthouse Square
The Portland Peaceful Response Coalition 5:00 p.m. Friday rally and
for peace at Pioneer Courthouse Square calls for international
of Israel’s recent attack on Syria and of the attacks on Gaza that have
eight people dead, including two children, and hundreds homeless with
demolition at least one hundred houses. "Both of these Palestinian
children, an eight-year-old and a twelve-year-old, were shot by the
soldiers," said Will Seaman, a PPRC volunteer, "there was no fire
cross fire, no stray bullets, this was the deliberate murder of two
children."1 Seaman said that the Israeli government’s explanation for
attack was merely a rationalization for a particularly brutal form of
collective punishment. "They say they demolished these houses was to
and destroy tunnels used for smuggling weapons," said Seaman, "but they
destroyed one hundred houses, made over 2,000 people homeless,
killed two children, and claim to have found only three tunnels."
said that the crimes committed by the Israeli army in Gaza are made
by US diplomatic and financial support. "We pay for these crimes,"
Seaman, "and so we can stop them."
In addition to protesting the Israeli actions of the past two weeks,
Friday rally is also calling for support of a Portland City Council
resolution which condemns provisions of the Patriot Act. "We’re asking
Portland residents to call their city council to urge them to back this
important resolution," said Mikel Clayhold, another PPRC volunteer.
states and 188 cities, towns, and counties have already passed
or ordinances like the one being considered by our city council."
said that the PPRC and other local groups hope to generate phone calls,
letters, faxes and e-mail messages to the city council to support the
resolution. "This is the latest and most importand local effort to
the Bush administration’s assault on the Constitution," said Clayhold.
1. "`All Israelis are to blame' for Rafah", Arnon Regular, Ha’aretz,
October 14, 2003. "Rafah camp hit again by Israeli bulldozers", By
Huggler in Jerusalem, Independent (UK), 15 October 2003
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