Tuesday, July 31, 2007

"Stop Bombing & Starving Palestinian Children"

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"Rally calls for justice in Gaza:

"About 150 people attended the event Saturday."


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ANAHEIM - The Irvine man who wore a Palestinian flag on his head and waved another one with his hand said he had plenty of reasons to voice his concerns at an Anaheim rally Saturday, where about 150 denounced what they said were injustices in Gaza.

Saed Jabr, 23, said his father immigrated to the United States after he was booted from his native Palestine in 1948. He lost his family's riches, land and home overnight.

Family members who stayed behind weren't better off, Jabr said.

His 2-year-old Palestinian nephew is so traumatized from regular shootings that he only sleeps if his mother hugs him.

"He even has gray hair," Jabr added.

Stories like these were shared in private conversations and announced via microphone throughout the 1 to 2:30 p.m. rally organized by the Act Now to Stop War & End Racism organization. Protestors – from as far as Modesto – descended on the 500 block of S. Brookhurst Street and chanted "Free, free Palestine."

Many speakers blamed Israel for the bloodshed and misery in Gaza. Though Israel officially pulled out of Gaza, Muna Coobtee, an organizer of the event, said the Israeli military still controls the borders.

"In reality, the people in Gaza are living in the biggest prison in the world," Coobtee said.

Others, however, accused the group of distorting the truth.

Rabbi Marc Dworkin, executive director of the American Jewish Committee, called the rally a "travesty'' and challenged the allegations...

Contact the writer: 714-445-6688 or ccarcamo@ocregister.com


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