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Mahoning Valley Arab-American community plans vigil, demonstration

Published: Sun, December 28, 2008 @ 4:12 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — In response to the violence hitting Gaza, Palestine, a vigil and demonstration are planned for Monday and Tuesday.

The Arab-American Community Center of Greater Youngstown will sponsor the events to express solidarity with Gazans and to inform the public of the crisis unfolding overseas today, a representative for the organization said.

On Monday, between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m., a vigil will take place at the Center at 15 Belgrade Ave., in Youngstown.

On Tuesday, demonstrators will gather in front of the Thomas D. Lambros Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse on 124 Market St., in Youngstown.

Representatives of the Center said that coverage of the Gaza attacks show Israel as a retaliating “innocent victim,” which they say is characteristically untrue. The events are meant to provide other dimensions to the Palestinian-Israeli confrontation, along with highlighting the plight of the Gazans,

Organizers are seeking demonstrators of “goodwill and peaceful intentions” for the events.

For more information, call (330) 759-9186.


1Stan(9923 comments)posted 7 years, 7 months ago

Make real peace with the Israelis and dont shoot missiles into Israel. The solution for the Palestinians is an easy one.

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2rayvindi(4 comments)posted 7 years, 7 months ago

The preceding comment ignores the fact that Israel has never stopped targeting Palestinians for assasination and has killed hundreds in Gaza this year alone, at least a third of whom have been innocent bystanders, including scores of chilldren. As long as Gazans are content to shut up and quietly be blockaded, cut-off from the world and slowly starved to death, they can have "peace." In the West Bank no rockets are fired, yet peaceful demonstrations are met with bullets and beatings. Houses are demolished, land is stolen and illegal Israeli settlers go on "pogroms" (according to Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert) against innocent Palestinians. The answer is simple: Israel needs to comply with international law and stop its policy of war crimes.

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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 7 years, 7 months ago


The facts dont support your BS. To the Palestinians all of Israel is illegal.

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