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Local Group calls for Rally Against Israeli Attack on Humanitarian Activists

June 4, 2010

The Arab-American Association of West Michigan (AAWM), in conjunction with protests around the world, is calling for a rally this Monday (June 7) to condemn the Israeli attack on the Freedom Flotilla, which was bringing humanitarian aid to Gaza.

The Press Release that AAWM sent out states:

“The Arab-American Association of West Michigan will host a rally in front of the Gerald R. Ford Federal building on Monday, June 7 at 5pm to condemn the recent Israeli assault of a flotilla bringing humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza.

The Israeli assault violates International Law and is morally reprehensible, especially since those on board the flotilla were non-violent activists on a humanitarian mission. This humanitarian mission was of vital importance because the people living in Gaza have been suffering from lack of food and medical supplies due to the Israeli blockade of Gaza since 2007 and the 2008/2009 Israeli military assault on Gaza.

The Arab-American Association of West Michigan and dozens of local supporters call for a full investigation into these crimes, an end to the Israeli blockade of Gaza, and the suspension of all US aid to Israel until these crimes are fully investigated.

We are inviting the public to join us on Monday, June 7 at 5pm to take a stand against these atrocities and join millions of people around the world who have already condemned these actions.”

One reason that the group thinks it is important for Americans to speak out on this issue is because of the massive aid ($3 billion annually) the US government provides Israel, as well as weapons, some of which were used in this most recent attack on the Freedom Flotilla.

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