Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Hundreds Marched in Ann Arbor, Demanding Divestment from Apartheid Israel:

July 22, 2006, on the University of Michigan's Ann Arbor campus.

Hundreds Marched in Ann Arbor, Three Times in the Summer of 2006.

The Marchers Chanted for Divestment from Apartheid Israel, outside the University of Michigan President's Mansion--

July 29, 2006, on the University of Michigan's Ann Arbor campus.

The marchers also chanted in front of Ann Arbor City Hall, where the City Council meets, demanding divestment from Israel.

August 11, 2006, downtown Ann Arbor, in front of the Federal Building.

See the front-page "Ann Arbor News" coverage:
"Marchers protest war: "Multiple speakers at rally highly critical of Israel"

Saturday, August 12, 2006


Full article on the Web at:

"About 230 people marched through downtown Ann Arbor early Friday evening to call for a ceasefire in the Middle East just as diplomats appeared to hammer out an agreement after weeks of discussions.

"Rally emcee Nazih Hassan, former president of the Muslim Community Association (MCA) of Ann Arbor and Vicinity - the lead organizer of the event - said the rally held in front of the Federal Building on Liberty Street was set on federal property to protest misguided policies of the Bush Administration that contribute to the current fighting in Lebanon and lingering war in Iraq.

"Measured remarks came from leaders of event co-sponsors Michigan Peaceworks and the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, however multiple speakers criticized the Jewish state for occupying land they say belongs to Arabs.

"Others also made parallels to conflicts with the Palestinians and the U.S.'s presence in Iraq.

" 'This is a colonial war and it's been in the U.S./Israel designs for decades,' said Ann Arbor resident Nadine Naber, who also openly called for a boycott of Israel and said that true peace hinges on ending occupation.

"Dawud Walid, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations for Michigan (CAIR), also said the root cause of the conflict was Israeli occupation of Lebanese, Palestinian and Syrian territory, not Islamic fundamentalist terrorists as the Bush Administration would prefer people to believe. He also told the cheering crowd that the interests of Israel are not the same as and should never supersede America's.

"Michigan Peaceworks, the Ann Arbor-based nonprofit organization that conducted its own peace vigil on downtown streets last month, issued a press release at Friday's event that called for an unconditional ceasefire and acknowledged suffering on both sides of the conflict..."


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