[News] SF - Protest Against Israeli Siege - Thursday, July 13

Anti-Imperialist News news at freedomarchives.org
Thu Jul 13 08:40:10 EDT 2006

For Immediate Release
July 12, 2006


Ramiz Rafeedie: 415-794-1335 President, American Arab 
Anti-Discrimination Committee-SF
Rayan Elamine: 415-572-8088 Lebanese-American Activist
Monadel El Abed 408-849-7977 Palestinian living in the Bay area with 
family in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = 
"urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Gaza

"Bay Area Arab-Americans Demand an End to the Israeli Siege on Gaza 
and an End to U.S. Support of Israel"

On early Wednesday morning, July 12, a U.S.-made Israeli F-16 dropped 
two-quarter ton bombs on the home of Dr. Nabeel Abu-Selmeya, killing 
him, his wife, and seven of their children, ages 7-19, while they slept.

The attack on the Abu-Selmeya home is nothing new.  Israel has a 
long-standing policy of attacking civilians both in Gaza and the 
Middle East.  Since the start of Israel's "Operation Summer Rain," 
the Israeli occupation army has wantonly destroyed hundreds of acres 
of Palestinian farmland and demolished hundreds of Palestinian 
homes.  In the three months preceding this latest Israeli operation, 
the Israeli army indiscriminately fired over 6,000 shells at the Gaza 
Strip from land, sea and air, resulting in the deaths of several 
dozens of civilians and ending a unilateral Palestinian cease-fire.

Meanwhile in Lebanon, Israeli leaders have vowed to continue 
attacking Lebanese civilian targets in response to an attack on the 
Israeli military.  Several bridges and a power plant have already 
been destroyed.  Innocent civilian deaths will follow if Israel is 
allowed to act without impunity.

"Israel has used U.S.-supplied Apache helicopters, F-16s, bullets and 
bombs to take Palestinian lives, destroy school buildings, bridges, 
homes, Gaza's only power plant, and numerous other civilian targets," 
said Ramiz Rafeedie, President of the American Arab Anti- 
Discrimination Committee-San Francisco.  "The Israeli offensive and 
siege has only exacerbated a humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip, 
with no food, medicine or electricity reaching nearly 1.4 million 

Lebanese-American activist Rayan Elamine said, "Lebanese are bracing 
themselves for an all-out assault by the invading Israeli army.  At 
least two civilians have been killed already, and the death toll is 
sure to rise given Israel's propensity for targeting civilians."

The US government, Israel's closest ally and supplier of military 
equipment, is complicit in these war crimes if it does not act to 
stop Israeli aggression.

We invite you to join hundreds of people of conscience who will 
gather outside the Israeli consulate to protest Israeli war crimes 
and demand an end to the siege and atrocities being committed by 
Israel.  Please bring your friends, family and community members

Press Conference and Protest- End the Siege of Gaza
THURSDAY, JULY 13, 5:00 P.M.


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American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
522 Valencia St  San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 861-7444  adcsf at adcsf.org

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