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Friday, August 04, 2006


Standing up against the Israeli/U.S. war

In Iraq:
Hundreds of thousands of Shiites chanting "Death to Israel" and "Death to America" marched through the streets of Baghdad's biggest Shiite district Friday in a show of support for Hezbollah militants battling Israeli troops in Lebanon.
Note to author: when they shout "Death to America," there's more involved than just a show of support for Hezbollah. I think the Iraqis may have noticed the presence of 130,000+ American troops (plus a lot more other Americans in other roles) in their couuntry.

And in the United States:

To hear it from organizers of the recent protests against Israel's offensives against Lebanon and Gaza, there is a familiar feeling in the air. Brian Becker, the national coordinator for the ANSWER Coalition, an antiwar umbrella group, has observed it while leafleting in the street. Leaders of Arab-American organizations such as the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) say it is reflected in the number of phone calls their offices have been receiving of late.

"It's like the way things were right before the Iraq war," Becker says. "Before the Iraq war we had huge support, and now we're getting a similar response at the grassroots level."

In the past three weeks alone, 3,000 new people have registered on ANSWER's website, and the group has helped plan a five-city protest against Israeli aggression that will occur on August 12.
Join a protest August 12 (and before)! If you're in the UK, Aug. 5 (tomorrow) is the day. Stand up! Speak out!

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