[News] Demonstrate for Kate and to Stop the Wall- Tuesday

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Demonstrate for Kate and to Stop the Wall
Tuesday, 4-6 p.m. at the Israeli Consulate, 456 Montgomery

Kate Raphael, a lesbian from the Bay Area, was arrested in Palestine on 
December 31 when she was videotaping Israeli soldiers who attacked a 
peaceful demonstration by Budrus villagers and Israeli and international 
supporters against Israel's Apartheid Wall.  The 400 mile long, 25 foot 
high Wall is slated to surround the community of Budrus. The Israeli 
government has ordered the deportation of Kate and three other 
internationals arrested at the demonstration. Kate is resisting 
deportation, and has been held since December 31 in a prison in Hadera.

Activists from several groups in the Bay Area are calling a demonstration 
for TUESDAY, JAN. 6, 4-6 p.m. at the ISRAELI CONSULATE in San Francisco, 
456 Montgomery St. (at California).

The demonstration will demand that the Israeli government:

Immediately release Kate, annul her deportation order, and cease all 
actions against her and other human rights activists
Stop the apartheid wall
Withdraw from the occupied territories
Recognize the right of return for all Palestinians

Kate is a member of the International Women's Peace Service (IWPS) which is 
documenting human rights abuses, and taking non-violent actions to oppose 
land confiscations, home demolitions, imprisonments, restrictions on 
movement, etc.  She has initiated a project, Neighbor to Neighbor, bringing 
Israelis on reality tours through occupied Palestine and training them to 
share what they have learned in their communities.  Kate is determined to 
continue this important work and will take her case to remain in Palestine 
to the Israeli Supreme Court if necessary.
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For more information on IWPS activities, go to 
<http://www.womenspeacepalestine.org/>http://www.womenspeacepalestine.org/. 
For updates on Kate's case, go to 
<http://www.quitpalestine.org>www.quitpalestine.org; For more information 
on the demonstration in Budrus and other activities against the apartheid 
wall, go to <http://www.stopthewall.org/>http://www.stopthewall.org/.

The demonstration is sponsored by San Francisco Women in Black, Queers 
Undermining Israeli Terrorism (QUIT!), the International Solidarity 
Movement, LAGAI - Queer Insurrection, and Out of Control - Lesbian 
Committee to Support Women Political Prisoners.

IF YOU CAN'T ATTEND (or even if you can), CALL THE SF CONSULATE GENERAL 
Yossi Amrani at (415)844-7500 and explain the importance of Kate's work in 
Palestine.

For more information call: (510) 434-1304.
The Freedom Archives
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 863-9977
www.freedomarchives.org 
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