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LA activists rally against fundraiser for Israeli army
Fri Dec 7, 2012 9:53AM
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Pro-Palestinian protesters holding Palestinian flags outside the Century Plaza hotel in LA

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators staged a rally outside the Century Plaza hotel in Los Angeles to protest against a fundraiser for the Israeli army.


The protesters held Palestinian flags and conducted a candle-lit funeral march along the pavement.


They also carried placards that called for an end to Israel’s “brutality” against Palestinians, especially those holed up in the besieged Gaza Strip.


Demonstrators said the fundraisers for the Israeli army help Tel Aviv continue “committing atrocities” against the Palestinian people.


“The Palestinians of today are the South Africans of yesterday,” said Shakeel Syed, a member of the steering committee of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.


“I am here to admit that I was a member of the terrorist organization,” said Miko Peled, an Israeli activist on behalf of Palestinian rights, referring to his time in the Israeli army. “Yes, they have tanks, commanders and fancy fundraisers and this hotel, but it is no more than a brutal terrorist organization."


American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) lobbyists guarantee billions of dollars in military aid for Israel each year. AlterNet


Israel receives about $3 billion from the U.S. in direct foreign assistance each year, which is roughly one-fifth of America's foreign aid budget.


AIPAC has also lobbied heavily for U.S. funding of various Israeli weapons programs, including Israel's Arrow missile system.


In Tel Aviv’s deadly offensive on the Gaza enclave this month, more than 160 Palestinians were killed and some 1,200 others were injured.


However, Obama said that the U.S. is "fully supportive of Israel's right to defend itself". Huffington Post


When Palestinians are being killed at a ratio of 100 to one, only an idiot or a liar could still believe the propaganda that Israel is merely “defending itself against terrorists.”



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