Women in Black-LA/Palestine Aid Society
www.wib-la.org / www.palestine-aid-society.org
Local Jewish and Palestinian Groups Join Forces for
International Protest of Israel's Building of
Wall Annexing West Bank
Participants to Erect Symbolic Replica 'Wall' to be Brought Down
Prominent Rabbi & Holy Land Trust in Bethlehem Rep. to Speak
Sunday November 9th Marks the Day the Berlin Wall Came Down
SANTA MONICA, CA (November 9) – Hundreds of protesters are expected today to participate with local Jewish and Palestinian human rights groups working together to erect a symbolic replica of the fortified wall being built by the Israeli government annexing the West Bank. Members of Women in Black-LA, the Palestinian Aid Society and their supporters will build a 10-foot-tall cardboard replica of the 30-foot-tall ‘Apartheid Wall’ at the Palisades Park in Santa Monica. The 400 mile-long wall in the Middle East is a massive barrier, which runs deep into Palestinian territory, is made up of a series of fortifications 200 to 300 feet wide, including a 27-ft. high concrete wall, razor wire and electrified fences, roads and trenches, with guard towers and electronic surveillance stations. In over 60 cities across 21 countries including Israel there will be protests against the 'Apartheid Wall' during the week of November 9th.
WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 9th 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM
WHERE: Palisades Park at Ocean Ave. & Colorado Blvd., SM
WHO: Speakers include George Rishmawi from the Holy Land Trust in Bethlehem, Rabbi Leonard Beerman, world-renowned rabbi emeritus of Leo Baeck Temple, USC Professor Hagit Borer and the Rev. Darrel Meyers. Dr. Laila al-Marayati will emcee.
WHAT: Street theater 10-foot–tall cardboard replica of the 30-foot-tall ‘Apartheid Wall’ will be erected at Palisades Park, Santa Monica. Two scenes from "Convergence," a play dramatizing the conflict between Jews and Palestinians in Israel and the occupied territories, performed by Blue Sphere Alliance. Poetry readings, Arabic music and a dramatic reading by actress Miri Harvach on the hardships created by the wall. Trumpets will herald a dramatic finale as the ‘Wall’ is brought down at approx. 2:30 PM.
SPONSORED BY: Women in Black-Los Angeles and Palestine Aid Society
ENDORSED BY: American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, American Friends Service Committee, ANSWER Coalition, Arab-American Press Guild, Cafe Intifada, Cal Poly Student Coalition for a Just Peace Casa del Pueblo, CISPES, the Coalition for World Peace, CODEPPINK, Free Palestine Alliance, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Friends of Sabeel-North America, International Action Center, L.A. Freedom Socialist Party, Middle East Peace Fellowship of So. Calif., National Lawyers Guild, Palestinian American Congress, Palestine Solidarity Committee-LA, SUSTAIN-LA, the Union of Palestinian-American Women and the Writing Empowerment Project. ###