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Funeral Procession in Boston Joins National Protests Against Israel's Incursion in Gaza
BWP1100722.pngBoston, Mass.--Around 400 people with home-made coffins marched in downtown Boston in a silent funeral procession to join protests around the world against Israel's military aggression in Gaza. Thousands marched in major cities in Europe, Arab countries, and the United States to express their outrage for the killings of so far 821 Palestinians, including 235 children, and close to 3700 wounded (50% of them women and children). Thirteen Israelis have died in the offensive, ten of them soldiers.

“Palestinian people must be some of the most extraordinary human beings in the world to continue to survive and raise families and talk about peace under the conditions they are living in,” said Catherine Hoffman from the Cambridge-Bethlehem People-to-People Project. “People who see Israel as the victim here, can see the power, absolute power that Israel wields in Palestine, not just now in terms of the killing, but everyday in terms of the occupation.”

RELATED: Watch video of the funeral procession, by Michael Borkson:
http://openmediaboston.org/node/498
Cambridge City Council Adopts Gaza Resolution
http://gazasiege.blogspot.com/2009/01/breaking-news-cambridge-city-counc
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10 Jan 2009 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : Organizing : War and Militarism
Bostonians Arrested Demanding End to US-Funded Israeli War Crimes in Gaza
DSC_7161.pngBOSTON – A diverse group of 30 Palestinian-Americans, Jewish Americans and supporters dramatized the US funded Israeli war crimes in Gaza with a "die-in" at the Israeli Consulate at 20 Park Plaza in Boston, MA. Demonstrators carried poster-sized images of the recent carnage in Gaza and read some of the names of the over 700 Palestinian dead as a result of US-funded Israeli aggression. Susan Barney, Rick Colbath-Hess, Ridgely Fuller, and Patrick Keaney, were arrested when they refused to leave the lobby of the consulate building, until Israel agreed to an immediate and unconditional ceasefire and to end its 18-month blockade on Gaza, which has prevented Palestinians from having food, medicine and electricity.

RELATED: "The people of Gaza are not alone!" Jewish Women Occupy Israeli Consulate in Toronto [audio report]
http://radio.indymedia.org/en/node/17138
Protesters Shut Down Israeli Consulate in Montreal
http://www.tadamon.ca/post/2565
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08 Jan 2009 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : Organizing : War and Militarism
Semantics of a Massacre
mike.pngCommon knowledge has come to regard black as white in the "Israeli-Palestinian" conflict. This article is attempting to set the record straight when it comes to the fundamental truths and the political context of the controversy. Israel has invaded and is currently an occupation force in Palestine, Palestinians have a right to armed resistance and what is happening now in Gaza is not war, but pure massacre.

It seems that what is in order for a clear understanding of the struggle between Israelis and Palestinians, is a return to “first principles”, the essential historical causes of the conflict. This is necessary because our perception of the events in Palestine has been suppressed and conditioned by layer after layer of western orientalist propaganda which has brought about in our minds an effective inversion of the roles that each party plays in the conflict.

RELATED: Hundreds Demonstrate in Support of Gaza as Israeli Air Attacks Turn to Ground Invasion [includes VIDEO]
http://www.openmediaboston.org/node/486
Anti-war Protests Escalate as Israel Launches Ground War
http://indymedia.us/en/2009/01/35351.shtml
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04 Jan 2009 | Filed under: Commentary / War and Militarism
Gaza Rally Outside Israeli Consulate
crowd.pngOn the fourth day of Israel’s bombing campaign in Gaza, hundreds of Bostonians turned out to a rally to demonstrate their solidarity with the Palestinian people. The rally, which was organized by a coalition of pro-Palestinian groups, took place in front of the office building that houses the Israeli Consulate’s office in Boston’s Back Bay. The spirited rally was followed by a boisterous march from the Israeli Consulate to Copley Square, where preparations for Boston’s First Night were underway.

RELATED: AUDIO report about protest at Israeli Consulate, broadcasted on WMBR, 88.1FM:
http://radio.indymedia.org/en/node/17117

RESOURCE: web site Gaza Siege, created by a local activist, for more information about Gaza:
http://gazasiege.org/

INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE TO THE MASSACRE IN GAZA:
https://israel.indymedia.org/newswire/display/10048/index.php
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31 Dec 2008 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : War and Militarism
Protests in Boston Against Israel's Attacks on Gaza
IMG_0014.pngA day after Israel's air raids on Gaza, which claimed at least 290 lives and more than 900 wounded according to the Palestine News Network (http://english.pnn.ps/), a coalition of groups in Boston gathered on Park Street to protest Israel's aggression. Protests have been carried out in several cities in the United States and around the world.

Haaretz, one of Israel's main newspapers, reported that the attacks had been in the planning for months. Hundreds in Tel Aviv came out to protest the bombings saying that military action against Gaza does nothing to improve security in Israel.

RELATED: Protests in Houston and New York City. Planned protests in DC and Los Angeles. Visit: http://indymedia.us/en/index.shtml
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28 Dec 2008 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : War and Militarism
Veterans For Peace in Boston Defy Parade Ban On Veterans Day (Video-Photos)
Veterans for Peace-IVAW  Nov. 11-2008 007.jpgBoston, Mass.--Veterans For Peace were not permitted to march in the Boston Veterans Day parade; instead they had to march after the parade passed by, behind the ambulance and street sweeper. Nevertheless, about 100 Vets for Peace and their supporters marched in the anti-war contingent, which included Iraq Veterans Against the War, Code Pink, the Raging Grannies, the Peace Abbey, and others.
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12 Nov 2008 | Filed under: News / War and Militarism
Palestinian Rights Win on Question #4
palestine_wall.jpgIn Somerville and Cambridge, a little-talked about ballot question supporting the right of Palestinians to "live free from laws that give more rights to people of one religion than another" passed in both cities.

This was an effort launched by the Somerville Divestment Project (SDP) last year who have worked in coalition with organizations such as, Cambridge Residents for Human Rights (CRHR) and Jamaica Plain Residents for Human Rights (JPRHR), to highlight the needs of Palestinians to live free of intimidation on their lands.
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05 Nov 2008 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : War and Militarism
War Veterans PTSD Study At Mass. General Hospital-A Sign Of The Times
PTSD photo.jpgHeres is a photo I took of an ad on the Boston subway. It's a medical study to find ways of treating combat PTSD in military veterans. A sign of the times-a generation of young people are being sent off to an insane war and the trauma of war has taken soldiers' sanity-hence the diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
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31 Oct 2008 | Filed under: Commentary / War and Militarism
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