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11/29 Vigil for the Palestinian People
30 Nov 2001
Modified: 21 Dec 2001
On 11/29/01 at Park St. in Boston about forty people held a vigil in solidarity with the people of Palestine, who continue to suffer under Israel’s occupation of their lands. The occasion was the the anniversary of the 1947 passage of UN Resolution 181, calling for the establishment of both an Israeli and a Palestinian state.
11/29 Vigil in Solidarity with the Palestinian People
by Matthew Williams

11/29/01; Boston, MA, USA--Today at Park St. from 5:15 to 6:15 about forty people held a vigil in solidarity with the people of Palestine, who continue to suffer under Israel’s occupation of their lands. The occasion was the UN designated International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, on the anniversary of the 1947 passage of UN Resolution 181, calling for the establishment of both an Israeli and a Palestinian state.

Dina Karam of the Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights (BCPR) explained they were holding the vigil because, "Resolution 181, which the UN wrote up years ago, still has not been implemented--the Palestinians still do not have a state of their own and are living under a brutal, repressive Israeli military occupation."

Gabriel Camacho, also of the BCPR, noted the special responsibility Americans have: "The carnage that’s happening in [Palestine] is being supported by our tax money," referring to the large amounts of military aid Israel receives from the US government.

The thirty-five people in the vigil stood with lit candles where they could be seen by all the passers-by hurrying towards the T station. Near the T, laid on the ground were pictures of Palestinian children, victims of Israel’s military occupation, surrounded by candles. A woman came up and laid a single rose by it. In the middle of the vigil two people held up a large, visible sign, reading "Your Taxes Kill Palestinian Children." Others held up signs calling for an end to the occupation in English, Hebrew and Arabic.

Karam stood near the photos of the Palestinian children, leafleting. "Most people were quite apathetic. I don’t think it had anything to do with the Palestinian issue; I think Americans in general are very apathetic about world events, what goes on in the world besides America."

It would seem that the climate is, surprisingly, better for this issue after the terrorist attacks of September 11th though. Karam said, "Interestingly and ironically enough, more people are interested in learning about the Middle East and the Arab-Israeli issue since September 11th, which is something I didn’t expect."

Camacho said, "There was an initial chilling effect that many of us thought that would last. But I think that we’ve had time to mourn and get over the initial shock of this horrendous tragedy. We realize that if we’re going to honor the dead of this tragedy we have to continue to fight for justice and continue mobilizing and organizing around this issue."

Asked about the recent noises the US government has made about supporting a Palestinian state, Karam said, "I am hopeful that the US government will stick to their guns this time, but they’ve talked about a Palestinian state for a long time and they’ve always been pressured not to implement it."

Unlike in the US, the situation has worsened for Palestinians within Palestine itself. Karam explained, "The Israelis have stepped up their incursions in the West Bank, become more violent and killed more Palestinians since September 11th. It may be because the world’s attention was taken away from that part of the Middle East. But I think it would just have gotten violent regardless of the terrorist attacks; the Israelis would have just stepped up the violence anyway."

To learn more about the Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights, see their website at http://www.bcpr.org. To learn more about the issue, see ZNet’s MidEast Watch page (http://www.zmag.org/meastwatch/meastwat.htm), which has numerous additional links.
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more info
30 Nov 2001
or you can go to the newly tri-lingual israel indymedia:
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Palestinian Oppression?
04 Dec 2001
How about covering some of the Palestinian acts of terrorism, such as their suicide bombings and Arafat's encouragement of terrorism? Why is that not mentioned? We are not "occupying their land". If you get a chance to check your history, the British mandated almost 75% of the original "palestine" to the Arabs, which now encompasses ALL of Jordan. They've had their own state for almost 80 Years. If they chose to live there or not is not Israel's problem. Muslims, unlike Jews, have 24 other countries in the same area as options for living. Why do they want to take an area the size of Jersey? They claim it to be the 3rd most holy site in Islam. Well, it's our 1st! You don't see Jews attempting to take over Mecca or Medina! Their claim to Israel is preposterous. And I won't even get into the history of Palestine...If you want to discuss, you can email me....
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04 Dec 2001
why dont you cry about it. or fight about it.
Why isn't that mentioned.
12 Dec 2001
There is more than enough coverage of Palestinian terrorism. In fact, if you watch CNN/CBS/.. you would, mistakely, get the idea that the Isreal wasn't involved in state sponsered terrorism.

The vast majority of stories about this conflict have plenty to say about terrorism perpetrated by extremist Islamic groups in Israel while not mentioning the atrocities committed by Israel.

I think it would be fair if Isreali atrocities where covered as much as Palestinian atrocities? Don't you? Its a fact that Israeli terrorism has caused more deaths, caused more hardship. Why isn't this basic fact known by most americans?

Why isn't that mentioned in the vast majority of articles?

Who said that British mandates giving away land in Palestine is valid. Can the British mandate away New Jersey to Native Americans?

Americans Christians also have many other countries as options for living. The Native Americans don't. This means that Americans Christians shd leave if asked??

The fact that Native Americans have also survived genocide shd also give them a right to carve out a piece of the U.S proportional in size to Israel relative to pre WW2 Palestine?

American Christians don't have any holy sites in the U.S. Native Americans have all their most holy sites in the U.S.

I assume from your message that you would be in favor of giving over New Jersey to Native Americans if they demanded? And you would consider non Native American's claim to U.S land preposterous?
the =y didn't want one
18 Dec 2001
you know, the reason why they don't have a state is that they didn't want one when offered, that's fact. They could have taken half, they wanted all, so they get none. Don't forget the facts when you write a gushy misinformed opinion peace...
Didn't want one?
21 Dec 2001
What they "didn't want" was Barak's idea of a Palestinian state, basically a bunch of Palestinian islands isolated by Israeli road-blocks. One needs to only look at a map to see why Palestinians weren't jumping at the chance to have a state in name only.
The fact that Arafat is seen as the one who messed up that peace process, while Barak is seen as having "given them everything" is unfortunate. Clinton breaking his promise not to place blame on anyone if the peace talks failed (the first thing he did was point a finger at Arafat) probably didn't help.