imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Subscribe Calendar Publish RSS
Tell the NSA: StopWatching.US

Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

CopWatch LA

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List





IMC Network: www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech
printable version - json version - email this article - view hidden posts - tags and related articles
link:

From Iraq to Palestine: Occupation Is a Crime

by Leslie Radford Sunday, Aug. 06, 2006 at 5:58 PM
leslie@radiojustice.net

Protestors marched in the third largest Jewish city in the world to stop the U.S. and Israeli war machine.

From Iraq to Palesti...
collective_punishment.jpg, image/jpeg, 429x425

Three hundred determined protestors defied George Bush, Condoleeza Rice, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Antonio Villaraigosa to march through Westwood in support of Lebanon and Palestine.

While the rest of the world descries Israel's bombing of civilians, a U.N. outpost, a Red Cross ambulance, and the Lebonese infrastructure, the U.S. citizenry has been loath to give up its pro-Israel position.  In spite of the the odds, the International Action Center joined with the UCLA Muslim Student Association to call for an end to hostilities against Lebanon and in support of a Palestinian state.

Shouting "From Iraq to Palestine, occupation is a crime!" and "Bush, Olmert, you can't hide--we charge you with genocide!" the protestors waved signs demanding, "Stop doing to the Palestinians what the Nazis did to us!"  Palestinian and Lebanese flags waved above young women in head scarves, who blasted chants and speeches through megaphones.  The marchers walked down Wilshire Boulevard from the Federal Building, around Kinross in Westwood Village, and rallied outside of the Occidental Petroleum Building, to demand an end to exchanging blood for oil and corporate profits.  

Police had shut down the eastbound Wilshire exit of Interstate 405 to prevent traffic from seeing the demonstration, but many of the remaining Wilshire travelers honked their support.  March organizers moved the marchers onto the sidewalk in front of the Oxy Building Building so that police had no excuse to divert traffic around the demonstration.  Security and the police videotaped the protestors.

The Muslim and Arab communities have an uphill battle. The Shura Council of Southern California and the Islamic Center of Southern California have repeatedly called on Mayor Villaraigosa to attend Muslim peace vigils, but to no avail.  At a July 23 pro-Israel rally at Wilshire and San Vicente, the Mayor told the thousands of Israel supporters, "We are here today to be counted and to demonstrate to the people of Israel that we can be counted on . . . to stand up and demonstrate the strength of our solidarity," and invoked "our mutual heritage as immigrant nations" and "our common obligation to fight the evils of religious extremism and terror."  He followed Governor Schwarzenegger, who called on his film persona as the Terminator and proclaimed, "I'm so proud to stand with you today."

In the midst of today's rally, one Lebanon supporter took off after an SUV that had waved a "thumbs down" at the crowd.  He was intercepted by one of the security crew, who warned him, "You're the one that the cops will beat up, just like what's been happening in Hollywood."  Another protestor added, "And they'll come after all of us, 'cause that's the way it is."  The guy answered, "Yeah, that's the way it is in Lebanon, too.  That's what the police are here for--to hold us down."  He went off to lead some chants in Arabic.

Perhaps on July 23 he had stood surrounded by threatening Israeli supporters on the north, east, and west, backs to the wall, as the police bullhorned to protestors to exit to either side.  Maybe he had marched out that day as the police directed: east, then south, then west, then north on Gale, only to meet Israeli flags and an angry pro-Israel crowd heading south.

But today the IAC and the Muslim Students found solidarity with the March 25 Coalition and the Black-Brown Coalition for Human and Civil Rights.  A small group at one end of the rally defiantly chanted, "Long live Hezbollah!" in the midst of the third largest Jewish city in the world.

Next Saturday ANSWER-LA takes up the fight for the people of Lebanon and Palestine at 1:00 p.m. at Olympic and Broadway.

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


by Leslie Radford Sunday, Aug. 06, 2006 at 5:58 PM
leslie@radiojustice.net

...
the_crowd.jpg, image/jpeg, 475x297

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


by Leslie Radford Sunday, Aug. 06, 2006 at 5:58 PM
leslie@radiojustice.net

...
prayer.jpg, image/jpeg, 275x375

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


by Leslie Radford Sunday, Aug. 06, 2006 at 5:58 PM
leslie@radiojustice.net

...
understanding.jpg, image/jpeg, 352x450

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


by Leslie Radford Sunday, Aug. 06, 2006 at 5:58 PM
leslie@radiojustice.net

...
belief.jpg, image/jpeg, 450x338

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


by Leslie Radford Sunday, Aug. 06, 2006 at 5:58 PM
leslie@radiojustice.net

...
determination.jpg, image/jpeg, 318x379

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


LATEST COMMENTS ABOUT THIS ARTICLE
Listed below are the 10 latest comments of 35 posted about this article.
These comments are anonymously submitted by the website visitors.
TITLE AUTHOR DATE
Ahmen! Collective Punishment is Terrorism! Critical Thinker Monday, Aug. 07, 2006 at 5:44 AM
Can't touch the casualties in Lebanon Not a zionazi Monday, Aug. 07, 2006 at 7:32 AM
Peaches & poems lie mangled among the dead jesse Monday, Aug. 07, 2006 at 6:58 PM
More on the victims of Israeli terror Not a Dhimmi No More! Tuesday, Aug. 08, 2006 at 1:20 PM
Mayor Meets With Muslim Leaders Ralph Frammolino (repost by Leslie) Friday, Aug. 11, 2006 at 11:26 AM
thats wassup nine Monday, Aug. 14, 2006 at 1:43 PM
Yo leslie, ignore the infantile nutcase zionist troll, he's a looney CT Saturday, Aug. 19, 2006 at 3:47 PM
look Leslie Saturday, Aug. 19, 2006 at 3:51 PM
turd brain loser boy? what? Saturday, Aug. 19, 2006 at 4:30 PM
interesting inversion What? Saturday, Aug. 19, 2006 at 5:23 PM
garnish Really? Saturday, Aug. 19, 2006 at 6:09 PM
You put words in my mouth Not Shitstain-zionazi Saturday, Aug. 19, 2006 at 6:42 PM
focus oh Saturday, Aug. 19, 2006 at 7:25 PM
parsing BS For Pete's sake Sunday, Aug. 20, 2006 at 1:16 AM
Swiss Cheese Factchecker Sunday, Aug. 20, 2006 at 8:06 AM

Local News

In LA, San Diego, Sacramento and 147 Other Cities, McD And Other Fast Food Workers Picket S05 1:08PM

Did LA pro-Israel group conceal right-wing identity from Hollywood celebs and media? S04 11:39AM

Stop Circus Animal Suffering – Protestors Urge Audiences to Shun the Wild Animal Circus S02 4:49PM

Anti-blackracism in the U.S. S01 12:10PM

New Zine on Activist Collective Living A29 9:19AM

LA Fields Two Marches Against Police Executions Photoset 2 of 2 A21 9:09PM

LA Fields Two Marches Against Police Executions Photoset 1of 2 A21 7:01PM

Running Down the Walls 2014 A20 8:48PM

Weaving the Past: Journey of Discovery Extends Exclusive Engagement A19 3:37PM

Los Angeles Declares “Hands Up!” in Peaceful Protest of LAPD Murder of Ezell Ford A18 4:09AM

Ezell Ford and Ferguson Solidarity A17 6:35PM

Family and Supporters of #Justice4Fords Protest LAPD Execution of Ezell Ford in South L.A. A17 2:49PM

Southern California Swarms to Save the Bees in Solidarity with Honey Bee Day Around the Gl A17 5:30AM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Enlisting Support for Imperial War S22 10:06AM

Karl Polanyi - Still Actual 50 Years After His Death S22 6:37AM

Telling It Like It Is On Israel S22 3:37AM

Paraphysique de la prohibition S22 1:29AM

Video: "The Roosevelts," 7 episodes S21 2:13PM

Fear-Mongering Ahead of Another US False Flag? S21 12:38PM

maps of disappearing Palestine S21 11:21AM

Gaza Speaks Out: Hamas War Crimes S21 9:09AM

MSM War on Venezuela S21 7:09AM

Hate-Mongering in America S20 1:50PM

Firestorm Over Steven Salaita's Sacking S20 10:08AM

Scotland's Referendum: Fair or Foul Play? S20 6:57AM

Humanitarian disaster unfolding today: IS encroaches on Kobane on five fronts S20 5:10AM

Israel's Hannibal Directive S19 2:44PM

Are Govt, University And Corporate Labs Spreading Ebola? S19 11:46AM

Flashback to 2001: President Assad to Prime Minister Blair:'Stop bombing Afghan civilians' S19 5:51AM

Ukrainian President Poroshenko in Washington S19 5:48AM

Creative Community for Peace S18 10:00PM

The Shortwave Report 09/19/14 Listen Globally! S18 4:59PM

UCLA Center for Near East Studies charged with racism S18 8:24AM

Anti-Assad Extremists and Obama Plan Coordinated Attacks on Syria S18 7:25AM

Ukraine's President in Ottawa and Washingto S18 4:31AM

Le système, ses agents, ses exécutants S18 1:24AM

The Failure of the Block the Boat tactic S17 8:38PM

Israel's Ruthless Agenda S17 11:46AM

National Football League Violence S17 11:29AM

Bomb Abroad Spank At Home S17 11:05AM

Naomi Klein Breaks a Taboo S17 10:57AM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2003 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy