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Thousands Converge on Capitol To Demand End To Israeli Occupation of Palestinian Territories

US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation/
United for Peace and Justice


Thousands Converge on Capitol To Demand End To Israeli Occupation of Palestinian Territories:

Rally and March to call for change in US Mideast policy

Sunday, June 10, 2007
Rally; March
West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol

Contact: Omar Masri 1-202-332-0994 (office)
or 1-713-885-6985 (mobile)
Amie Fishman 1-415-317-2509 (mobile)

Email: office@endtheoccupation.org
Website: www.endtheoccupation.org

Washington, DC, June 7, 2007: The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and United for Peace and Justice, two major national coalitions are bringing demonstrators from all over the country on Sunday, June 10 to declare that “40 years is enough” of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. Kicking off with a Rally at 2PM on the West Lawn of the Capitol, followed by a 4PM March to the White House, thousands of Americans will raise their voice to say that “The World Says No to Israeli occupation.” This will be the largest ever national demonstration in Washington against the Israeli occupation.

More than 300 organizations nationwide have endorsed the mobilization calling for:

  • An end to U.S. military, economic, diplomatic, and corporate support for Israel's illegal military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem.
  • A change in U.S. policy to one that supports a just peace between Palestinians and Israelis based on equality, human rights and international law, and the full implementation of all relevant UN resolutions.

The Rally will feature prominent speakers from different parts of the world and different communities and faiths in the United States, including:

  • Rabbi Jeremy Milgrom, Clergy for Peace
  •  Ambassador Edward Peck, Former Chair, Council for the National Interest Foundation
  •  Mona Al-Farrah, Director of Gaza Projects, Middle East Children's Alliance
  •  Mitchell Plitnick, Director of Education & Policy, Jewish Voice for Peace
  •  Afif Safieh, head of the PLO Mission to the U.S.
  •  Kyung Za Yim, President of the Women’s Division of the United Methodist Church

All are available for interviews, including before and during the rally itself, where a press area will be established behind the stage. 

“We believe there IS a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” said Josh Ruebner, Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator of the US Campaign. “While there are many different ideas for how it should be resolved, none can be advanced while this occupation continues. Palestinian and Israeli peace activists consistently tell us that US policy needs to support a just peace based on human rights and international law. We’ve assembled a broad and diverse coalition to call for an end to US support for Israel’s occupation.”