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Protest "Peace" Conference In Support of Israel (english)
31 Oct 2003
Modified: 06:10:49 PM
On the 86th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration--in the immediate aftermath of the massacre at Rafah Refugee camp, the mass dispossession of thousands of Palestinians whose land is being annexed by the Israeli Apartheid Wall, and the sudden expansion of Israeli settlements to include more than 900 homes in the past month--political leaders from the US and Israel will be speaking at a special conference at the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston.
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ALERT: LOCATION CHANGED FROM HARVARD SQ. TO PARK PLAZA

On Balfour Day--Confront the Zionists!

TWO days of protest;
Saturday, November 1, 4:00pm-8:00pm
Sunday, November 2, 10:30am-3:00pm

Israeli Consulate,
Park Plaza, Boston
(at the Park Plaza Hotel, near the Arlington T stop on the Green Line)

On the 86th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration--in the immediate aftermath of the massacre at Rafah Refugee camp, the mass dispossession of thousands of Palestinians whose land is being annexed by the Israeli Apartheid Wall, and the sudden expansion of Israeli settlements to include more than 900 homes in the past month--political leaders from the US and Israel will be speaking at a special conference at the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston.

Under the title, "Israel's Road to Peace: the Role of American Jews," the three day program will be used to promote Israel by using representatives of the so-called "peace camp" in the Israeli Labor and U.S. Democratic Parties. The program on Saturday, November 1st will begin with a "Torah reading of the Israeli Declaration of Independence"--the founding document of a "Jewish state" built on the destruction of Palestinian villages and the killing and expulsion of the native people. The day will culminate with speeches by Massachusetts Democrat Barney Frank and Israeli former MK Amram Mitzna. The following day will include meetings with major representatives of the Democratic Party, including Steve Grossman the former president of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

Mitzna served as military commander of the occupied West Bank under Yitzhak Rabin and was infamous for instituting the "iron-fist" policy of crushing the bones of Palestinian youths for throwing stones during the first Intifada. Presented during the last Israeli election as a candidate for "peace" against Ariel Sharon, his own references to fighting "terrorism" (read resistance) with an "iron-fist" have made clear what Israel's "road to peace" will look like.

Barney Frank gave a speech at an AIPAC dinner in May of last year, a little more than a month after Israel committed the massacre of the people of Jenin Refugee Camp, in which he complimented Israel for its commitment to democracy and human rights.

Although the event is being billed as a peace conference, its real aim will be to shore up support for Israel during a period when the brutality of Israeli military aggression in Palestine has increasingly revealed the racist and genocidal character of the colonial-settler regime.

Please make an effort to join us on both days for a weekend of
protest against the continued colonization of Palestine.

New England Committee to Defend Palestine
http://www.onepalestine.org
See also:
http://www.onepalestine.org/
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the conference isn't that bad (english)
31 Oct 2003
I find this rather bizarre. I know one of the organizers of the conference. She is quite earnest in her support for an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel. She actually described what is happening to the Palestinians as a holocaust, a really loaded term coming from a Jew. I checked out the website of the group organizing the conference and, while there are things on there I don't entirely agree with, the worst I think they can be accused of is being moderate. And you know what? If we are to get anywhere on most issues in the short run, we need *both* radicals and moderates. The moderates can create openings for radicals that would not otherwise be there. And radicals can make moderates look far more respectable than they might otherwise look. As part of our strategy, we should try to find ways to create synergy between moderate and radical groups. Part of that means we have to acknowledge that people can have principled differences--they can be working towards similar goals of peace and justice and have different understandings of the best way to get that. The people calling this protest seem oblivious to that possibility.