by Bob Geary
A Raleigh protest is also planned, we're told by peace activist Bill Towe, beginning at the Islamic Center of Raleigh at 2:20 p.m. on Friday, following prayers. A group will march from the center along Gorman Street to the intersection with Western Boulevard, where they'll remain until 5 p.m.
(Update: Here's a statement on the Raleigh protest:
Muslim organizations and human right activists will gather tomorrow, Friday June 4 at 2:20PM for a demonstration sponsored by the Muslim American Society Freedom and MAPAC. The demonstration will start from the Islamic Center of Raleigh. From there, we will walk down Ligon St. and Gorman St. ending up at the corner of Western Blvd. and Gorman St. where we will remain up to 5PM holding protest signs calling for an end to the embargo of Gaza and respect for international law.
The Durham organizers' statement:
Durham Protests Israel's Assault on Humanitarian Aid Flotilla
Israel‘s recent violent attack on an unarmed flotilla carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza, resulting in injury or death for dozens of international civilians, is the latest in a long series of violations of human rights and international law that Israel carries out with impunity because of the unwavering political and economic support of the United States.
As Jews and as US citizens, we protest these immoral and illegal acts perpetrated by Israel in our name and with our tax dollars — aid projected to reach $30 billion through 2018. We ask our government to stop being an accomplice of Israeli aggression, to lift the blockade on Gaza, and to end U.S. military aid to Israel until it adopts a constructive peace policy towards the Palestinians.
Our protest will take place Thursday, June 3, from 5-7 p.m., in Durham at the intersection of Main and Gregson streets (near Brightleaf Square).
Jews for a Just Peace, NC
Co-sponsors (at time of mailing):
Coalition for Peace with Justice / www.peace-with-justice.org
Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions-USA / firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. David J McBriar, O.F.M, Franciscan Friars, Raleigh, NC
Rev. J. Mark Davidson, Pastor, Church of Reconciliation, Presbyterian Church (USA)
North Carolina Peace Action / www.ncpeaceaction.org
Peace and Social Concerns Committee, Durham Friends Meeting
Progressive Democrats - Orange/Chatham County Branch / http://pdamerica.org/
Southern Anti-Racism Network / www.projectsarn.org
The Franciscan Coalition for Peace and Justice / http://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/franciscancoalition/
Triangle Area Green Party / http://www.trianglegreens.org/
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom -Triangle Branch / http://trianglewilpf.org/