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Obama’s Speech to the Middle East in Egypt

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Norwegian lawyers to accuse Israeli leader Ehud Olmert and other top officials of war crimes

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Break the Seige on Gaza Coalition- Up Coming Actions…

BREAK THE SIEGE ON GAZA COALITION
WWW.BSG-NY.ORG
Upcoming Actions:

TONIGHT, Friday January 16: 7pm Poets For Gaza Fundraiser: Judson Memorial Church 55 Washington Square South.

Monday January 19, 2009: 10 AM Rally & Gathering At UN Plaza 47th St & 1st Ave

MONDAY JANUARY 19: 4:30 PM VIGIL & MARCH IN HONOR OF MLK FOR GAZA, LED BY WOMEN & CHILDREN ALL ARE ASKED TO JOIN & SUPPORT–Location changed to UNION SQUARE!!!

FRIDAY JAN. 23, 2009: COMMUNITY TOWN HALL: FOLLOW UP & BUILD MASS GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT FOR PALESTINE: mother’s committee, grocer’s union, students, street action, Civil Liberties committee and MORE. Bath Ave Youth Center 1933 Bath Ave BK NY D TRAIN to 20th Ave

The Following is organized by BSG (Awda-NY, MAS-NY & NJ, AMAF, IAC, Salam Church) & endorsed by: NYCLAW, National Lawyers Guild-NY, BAYAN, New Jersey Solidarity, and many more…keep moving & stay visible for Gaza.
LOCATION CHANGED TO UNION SQUARE ENDING AT WASHINGTON SQUARE
VIGIL & MARCH FOR JUSTICE IN GAZA
Led By Women & Children
WE ASK FOR YOUR SOLIDARITY & SUPPORT

NEW YORK Joins National Days of Action in Honor of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Stop Israel’s War Crimes Against the Palestinian People in Gaza

WHEN:Monday, January 19th, 20094:30 PM WHERE:UNION SQUARE PARK
QUIET Rally Followed By
March to WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK

Stop the Killing of the Palestinian People!Stop the War and Siege on Gaza!End All U.S. Aid to Israel!
SUPPORT PALESTINIANS RIGHT TO SELF DEFENSERESTORE THE PALESTINIANS OF GAZA TO THEIR RIGHTFUL HOMES
End the Israeli Occupation of Palestine!

On Monday January 19th, 2009, people all across the United States will celebrate the life, legacy, and birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who was assssinated by a racist’s bullet on April 4th, 1968. Dr. King was one of the foremost leaders of the Black civil rights movement in this country, an organizer extraordinaire for peace and justice, and an eloquent orator who challenged racism, injustice, and oppression everywhere.

Approximately 1,100 Palestinians have been slaughtered since the Israeli Massacres of Gaza began 19 days ago, with over 4,600 injured and the Massacres by the Zionist Israeli State Continue Unabated as the world watches in silence & complicity.

The thousands and thousands of Black civil rights organizers and activists, with Dr. King as one of their representatives, were people of courageous action, many of whom gave their lives to the struggle for Black liberation, and they would not have stood idly by while this new war on the Palestinians is being waged.

Join the Break the Siege on Gaza Coalition, and our friends from all different communities in the peace and justice movement of greater New York & New Jersey and across the U.S. (confirmed cities for these nationally coordinated days of action already include Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Youngstown, OH–and others will be confirming soon), as we do justice to Dr. King’s memory, and the memories of others like him, by demanding an end to “Israel’s” massacre of the Palestinian people.


New Jersey Solidarity – Activists for the Liberation of Palestine
http://www.newjerseysolidarity.org/
info@newjerseysolidarity.org
973-954-2521

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Sick of the Media Lies About the Gaza Massacre? PROTEST!

Sick of the media lies about the Gaza Massacre?
Protest today and tomorrow in D.C., Chicago and San Francisco

As of this writing nearly 1,000 Palestinians have been needlessly killed and another 4,000 injured–all in less than 20 days. The war crimes committed by the Israeli occupation forces include the targeting of civilians, women and children, entire families, schools, mosques, medical aid workers, journalists and the entire infrastructure of Gaza. The IOF has also used outlawed chemical weapons against the population. Despite unanimous world-wide condemnation of the murderous and illegal invasion and siege of an already occupied people, every major news outlet in the U.S. is acting as apologists for the U.S.-supported Israeli massacre. As just one example of their biased reporting, the U.S. corporate media bias has not mentioned at all that this week the Israeli state banned two Arab parties from running in the upcoming elections.

A heartfelt thanks to everyone who donated in the last week to help pay for the expenses for the many mass demonstrations that took place on Jan. 10. None of this would have been possible without the generosity of individuals who came forward to donate. We must go forward. The war is deepening. The death toll is climbing. We will be in the streets again in the next few days. Please continue to show your generosity and commitment and make a donation today by clicking this link.

Washington, D.C.

The Washington Post refuses to cover the demonstrations of thousands of people protesting the massacre in Gaza. Many thousands of local residents, especially from the Arab-American and Muslim community, have demonstrated on Dec. 30, Jan. 2 and last weekend on Jan. 10 in a mass march in Washington, D.C. Not one article in the Washington Post about these demonstrations!

Everyone should bring at least one issue of the Washington Post—multiple copies if you can—to literally dump them on the Post’s doorstep as we denounce their biased pro-Israeli coverage of the massacre in Gaza and their complete whiteout of protest activities in the United States, including last Saturday’s march of tens of thousands of people.

Demonstrate
Fri, Jan 16, 4:00 pm
Washington Post
1150 15th Street NW (between L and M Sts.)
Metro to Farragut North or McPherson Square
Contact 202-544-3389 for more information

Chicago

Join us on the street in front of the ABC studio during their newscast on Friday, Jan. 16 at 5 pm. We will assemble in front of ABC news to demand an immediate end to the massacre in Gaza. We will also demand that the media report on the thousands of U.S.-supported Israeli war crimes that continue to be carried out against the people of Palestine.

Friday, Jan. 16 – 5 pm
ABC State Street Studio
190 N. Street (State and Lake)
For directions click here
For more info call 773-463-0311 or 773-951-2020
Initiated by American Muslims for Palestine and ANSWER Chicago. Endorsers welcome.

San Francisco

On the day after 10,000 people marched and rallied in San Francisco on January 10 to demand “Let Gaza Live,” the San Francisco Chronicle reported the demonstration had been just “more than 1,000 people.” In their January 10 edition, on the morning of the protest, the Chronicle publicized the pro-Israeli war counter-protest on the steps of City Hall, but failed to mention the “Let Gaza Live” anti-war demonstration.

Immediately after the march, at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10, the Chronicle’s website featured the march as its top story under the headline, “Thousands Protest in San Francisco.” By the time the Sunday paper was printed, however, the number of participants had been reduced to “more than 1,000.”

Despite being presented with irrefutable video and photo evidence (linked below) that they had massively undercounted the number of people participating in the march and rally, the Chronicle editors have declined to print a correction.

Protest Thursday, January 15, 5pm
S.F. Chronicle building
Corner of 5th and Mission Sts. in San Francisco. (One block from Powell St. BART).
Contact 415-821-6545 for more information

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HANDS OFF GAZA! FUNDRAISING BENEFIT! 1/18/09

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MORE BUSES LEAVING FROM NEW YORK

If your interested in buses leaving from New York, please leave a comment with your location, and I will find the closest bus to you.

Right now, HVICC has a bus that is still not full.
If your anywhere near Mohegan Lake, NY let me know, and I will give you the details.

tickets are $35

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Buses going to Gaza Protest in DC on 1/10/09

ILLINOIS

Chicago, IL
Transportation to DC

Bus departs on Friday, Jan. 9 at 7 pm from the Back of the Art Institute of Chicago on Columbus Ave. between Monroe & Jackson. Bus returns early Sunday Morning.

Bus Tickets are $100 — just to cover the cost of the bus — and can be purchased online by clicking here.You can also pay in cash at the ANSWER Office:

3334 W. Lawrence (Brown Line – Kimball Stop)
The office will be open Tuesday, Jan. 7, from 4 pm to 8 pm, Wednesday, Jan. 8: 12 pm to 8 pm, and Thursday, Jan. 9: 12 pm to 8 pm . For more information, call: 773-463-0311

NEW YORK

New York, NY
Transportation to DC

All buses depart at 6am on Saturday, January 10th, and return around 10pm on the same day. The cost is $40 for a round-trip ticket. These are the bus locations:

1) Union Square / 14th St. (Downtown Manhattan): L,N,Q,R,4,5,6 trains
2) Bay Ridge Ave and 4th (Brooklyn)

Click here to buy your bus ticket online

You can also pay in cash at the ANSWER office:
2295 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. (near the corner of 135th St.)
Take the 2/3 or B/C to 135th St.

For more information and to get involved, call the ANSWER office at 212-694-8720.

NORTH CAROLINA
Charlotte, NC
Transportation to DC

Vans will leave Charlotte on Sat., Jan. 10 at 5:00 am from The MAS Community Center at 4301 Shamrock Dr., Charlotte, NC 28215. Vans will leave DC that same day at 6:00 pm to return to Charlotte. To reserve a seat contact David Dixon at 704-492-5226 or email charlotteaction@gmail.com with “J10 Rides” as the subject. There will be a small fee to cover gas & rental. Volunteers needed to drive. Updates, changes & any additional info will be posted at http://www.charlotteaction.blogspot.com/.

Organized by Action Center For Justice & Muslim American Society Charlotte

Many Religious places and other organizations are organizing buses for this event. Contact them for more information. Otherwise, continue to check this page for any updates.

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WORLD WHERE ARE YOU! GAZA NEEDS YOUR HELP!



click this link to watch a video on a hospital treating those injured in gaza… http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/7812547.stm%5D

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Gaza Protest update for New York

Adding to those below…

Poughkeepsie/Wappingers:
Across from Burger King
on Rt. 9
Jan.10.2009
11:00 am to 3:00 pm

New York City:
Gather at Times Square
Jan.11.2009
1:00 p.m.

For other Protests, and protests in your area, check out previous posts, and continue to check out this page for updates.

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George Clooney is Pro Palestinian? His support and talks with Obama

Published by Unkown sourse: 8/12/08

Don’t write off Hollywood just yet. ‘How Clooney offers good friend Obama advice on issues from body language to Iraq,’ report Caroline Graham and Sharon Churcher.

George Clooney once famously declared he could never run for public office because he’d ‘slept with too many women, done too many drugs and been to too many parties’.

But now the Hollywood heart-throb has entered the political arena at
the highest level – by becoming an unofficial adviser to US Presidential front-runner Barack Obama.

Oscar-winner Clooney, 47, is said to be helping the Democratic candidate to polish his image at home and abroad.

But he is also sharing with Obama his strong opinions on Iraq and the Middle East.

Sources say the actor has tried to hide the pair’s friendship for fear his Left-wing views and playboy image would hurt the Presidential hopeful’s bid for the White House.

But Democratic Party insiders have revealed that Clooney and Obama regularly send texts and emails to each other and speak by phone at least twice a week.

One said last night: ‘They are extremely close. A number of members of the Hollywood community, including Brad Pitt, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, offered to help raise funds for Barack but it was with George that he struck up this amazing affinity.

‘George has been giving him advice on things such as presentation, public speaking and body language and he also emails him constantly about policy, especially the Middle East.

‘George is pushing him to be more “balanced” on issues such as US relations with Israel.

‘George is pro-Palestinian. And he is also urging Barack to withdraw unconditionally from Iraq if he wins.

‘It’s a very risky relationship. His hope of becoming America’s first black President depends heavily on winning over conservative voters and it would be suicidal for him to be perceived as a tool of a Hollywood Leftie, which is how they regard George.

‘But they text and email each other almost every day and speak on the phone at least a couple of times a week, often more.’

The Ocean’s Eleven star is among many Hollywood figures to have endorsed Obama, including Barbra Streisand, Scarlett Johansson, Warren Beatty and Steven Spielberg.

One of Clooney’s trusted acquaintances said: ‘George is a master at crafting his own image and he is helping Obama to hone his image both domestically and abroad.

‘He told me he feels Obama is a once-in-a-lifetime leader. He is doing everything he can behind the scenes to bolster support in Hollywood, not just with other celebrities but with the money men at the studios.’

The acquaintance added: ‘He has tried to keep the true extent of their involvement out of the Press because he is frightened of alienating voters.’

Clooney himself has admitted in an interview: ‘I’ve had the conversation with him saying, “Look, I’ll give you whatever support you need, including staying completely away from you.”’

The star has never tried to hide his liberal views and last week announced he is making a £15million film about the lawyer who defended Osama Bin Laden’s former driver, Salim Hamdan, on terror charges.

Clooney’s spokesman Stan Rosen-feld said last night: ‘I know they have spoken. I view it as a private conversation.’ Obama’s Press office did not comment.

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What we want to know from you:

What do you think about George Clooney and Barak Obama’s relationship? Would it help Obama, or hurt Obama?

What do you think about George Clooney being “Pro-Palestinian,” do you believe it? Or do you think its just media talk?  Also: do you think that it will help the cause? Or make it worse but for Palestine, and for him?

What do you think about Barak Obama? Do you think that hes all talk? Or do you think that he will actually take that step to changing things in the world?

Many people have said that Obama secretly supports the Palestinian people, yet only rally talks about supporting Israel to get him elected.  Do you believe this?

Please explain and be specific. Feel free to answer as many questions as you would like. Your opinions are very important.  Let your voices be heard!

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