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The Jewish Presence at the March to End the Occupation of Palestine

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[Washington D.C., June 10, 2007] On a hot, humid Sunday afternoon 5,000 patriotic, truth, justice and peace activists converged on the West Lawn of Capitol Hill in solidarity saying: ENOUGH is ENOUGH! 40 years of Israel's occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem must end. The mobilization sponsored by over 300 organizations  called for an end to U.S. military, economic, diplomatic, and corporate support for Israel's illegal military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem and to demand that both Israel and America uphold International Law and Universal and inalienable human rights for the four million Palestinians who have been denied them.

Many of the activists flooded the halls of Congress the day after lobbying Congress for a change in U.S. policy to one that supports a just peace between Palestinians and Israelis based on equality, human rights and international law, and the full implementation of all relevant UN resolutions.

Mitchell Plitnick, one of the speakers before the march and the Director of Education and Policy for Jewish Voice for Peace, is also one of 7,000 truth, justice and peace seeking Jews labeled as "self-hating and Israel-threatening Ediots"  on the Jewish S.H.I.I.T.E. List [] exclaimed, "Forty years is not just enough; it is too much!"

Another member of the S.H.I.I.T.E. List, Phyllis Bennis, journalist, author, scholar and Director of The New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies whose specialty is the Middle East and United Nations issues acted as M.C., "This day is historic and has global importance. While we say no to US support for Israeli occupation, our counterparts from all around the world are saying the same message to their own governments. From South Africa to Brazil, from Australia to Canada, from Britain to Malaysia, Ramallah to Tel-Aviv, today is a day of international action. The world says no to occupation and we say no to U.S. support of occupations."

The site of dozens of marching Orthodox Jews United Against Zionism [ ] who refuse to recognize the existence and authority of Israel, based on their understanding of the Torah and Judaism, carried American and Palestinian flags and caused the hundreds of Zionist counter protesters who had gathered along the march route to boo and yell even louder.

Also on the S.H.I.I.T.E. List, Rabbi Jeremy Milgrom, Co-founder and co-director of Clergy for Peace, an Israeli/Palestinian interfaith initiative of Christians, Muslims, and Jews working for justice and peace in the Middle East, who served three years of active duty in the IDF and sixteen years of reserve duty in the Israeli Army, the last eight as a conscientious objector, and a member of Rabbis for Human Rights informed the activists, "Land theft devours its inhabitants, it devours its children. The majority of Israelis want the occupation to end. We have problems with our governments, not with people. We rabbis must empower those rabbis who are not here to speak to their congregations of American Jews. We Jewish people are small in number, but a few committed people can make a difference and we can make this happen. The occupation will end when we free Jewish hearts from fear and liberate their minds of propaganda."

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