Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Protesters Surround Israeli and Egyptian Embassies

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Protesters Surround Israeli and Egyptian Embassies

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HUNDREDS of protesters gathered in front of the Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC on Jan. 2 to try to stop Israel's attack on Gaza. "We're here to say the violence must stop," said one protest organizer, Muslim American Society executive director Mahdi Bray. "And we're here to say that there must be a cease-fire, a truce, and that basically the sanctity of life is important."

Brian Becker, national coordinator of the Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER) Coalition, which co-sponsored the protest, told the crowd: "The Israeli government is carrying out war crimes against humanity in Gaza. These crimes could not be committed without the explicit consent, support and financing provided by the Bush administration."

Becker called for the U.S. government to immediately cut off all aid to Israel. "The U.S. spends $15 million a day to support the state of Israel," he said, and pointed out that there is no money left for housing, health care and jobs at home.

"Free, Free Palestine," protesters shouted as they marched to the nearby Egyptian Embassy to call on Egyptian President Mubarak to open Egypt's borders with Gaza. …

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