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Report on Beth Israel vigil 02-19-11

Posted on February 27th, 2011 at 10:12 am by

The Angry Arab Visits UM Campus

Speaking to a group of about 25 activists, Professor As’ad Abu Khalil (California State University, Stanislaus) gave a short talk about the recent democratic uprisings in Arab countries. His happiness was evident, and his humor shined throughout his talk. He underscored the tension rampant within the Jewish Israeli population, and said that Israel is restrained now and cannot conduct business as before. He went as far as saying that “No one now thinks that Israel will attack Iran”. Perhaps he was alluding to the possibility that Israel’s puppet – the US – will be selected to do the “wet work”.

Television Soapbox

Vigil Supporter E and this writer had five minutes on Ann Arbor’s Cable Television Network’s (CTN) “Access Soapbox” this week. The topic was “Non-Violent Resistance in Bi’lin”, and we focused on the tragic brother-sister deaths of Basem and Jawaher Abu Rahmah, both of whom were killed by Israel’s IOF (Israeli Occupation Forces) in the Palestinian West Bank. Basem posed for a photo with this writer in April 2005 and he was killed by a high velocity tear gas canister which was fired directly at him on April 17, 2009. His sister Jawaher died this past New Year’s Day after being overcome from tear gas made by Combined Systems, Inc. of Jamestown, PA, which genetics professor (and peace activist) Mazin Qumsiyeh described as a highly toxic one, “a much stronger version with unknown chemicals than used in the West.” We sourced our presentation in part from our friends at Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel.

Local cable customer will be able to view our presentation Sundays at 5:00 pm, and Mondays at 6:30 pm. Other times are available and are listed on CTN’s website.

Upcoming Forum: Seven Years of Synagogue Vigils: Why We Still Do It

All are invited to attend our second open forum coming up next month.

Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Time: 7:00 – 8:30PM
Place: Mallets Creek Branch, Ann Arbor District Library
3090 E. Eisenhower Parkway
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Nine Vigilers
Settlements continue to be constructed, because Jews want the land
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