[MEDIA ADVISORY] Major Protest Against Israeli Assassination of Palestinian-American Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, 74 Years of Occupation and Violence

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Wassim Hage (832) 704-7660, wassim@araborganizing.org

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Major Protest Against Israeli Assassination of Palestinian-American Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, 74 Years of Occupation and Violence

In response to the Israeli murder of the prominent Palestinian American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, and amid increasing Israeli military violence against Palestinians, Bay Area communities plan mass mobilization to protest US support of the apartheid regime.

What: Mass mobilization for Palestine

When: Saturday, May 14th 2022, 12pm

Where: 16th and Valencia, San Francisco

San Francisco, CA- Bay Area communities are planning a mobilization in San Francisco on Saturday, May 14th, in response to the killing of Palestinian American journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh. Throughout Palestine, Israel has escalated campaigns of displacement, dispossession, and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians over the last year.

Hundreds of Palestinians in Jerusalem and the West Bank have been injured, maimed, or killed by Israeli armed settler-militias, backed by the military and police. Several human rights organizations, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, have joined Palestinians in describing Israel as guilty of the crime of apartheid. May 14th marks the 74th anniversary of the collapse of Palestinian society, described as the “Nakba” or “catastrophe” where 750,000 Palestinians were ethnically cleansed to make way for the creation of Israel.

“What level of barbarism will it take for our government to stop aiding this apartheid regime?,” says Lara Kiswani, Executive Director of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center. “We call on the US to end its complicity in Israeli ethnic cleansing and we demand our local elected officials to respond to the call from their constituents to condemn Israeli apartheid, and the US policies enabling it, by signing onto HR2590, which is a critical first step in supporting the Palestinian struggle for freedom.”

Bay Area communities will also gather to mourn the legacy of Shireen Abu Akleh, a prominent Palestinian American journalist working for Al-Jazeera, who was assassinated by an Israeli sniper while covering Israeli raids on a refugee camp in Jenin, Palestine.

“Shireen was someone we watched documenting Palestine since we were kids. She described her journey to journalism as coming from her desire to feel close to her people. We are enraged that the Israeli occupation murdered one of our most prominent community members,” says Saif Yaffawi of the Palestinian Youth Movement. “Beyond our grief, we are committed to upholding her legacy of upholding justice so that our people can be free. We demand that the perpetrators of this heinous crime face the necessary consequences to secure press freedom for Palestinians.”

This morning, Israeli armed forces attacked Abu-Akleh’s funeral procession in occupied East Jerusalem, beating mourners and assaulting the casket bearers.

This mobilization comes a year after over 10,000 Bay Area residents came out to protest the ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestinians by the state of Israel, in particular the expulsion of Palestinian families from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. Since then, Bay Area communities have engaged in numerous successful campaigns in support of Palestine. The United Educators of San Francisco recently passed a resolution in support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Campaign against Israel, while successful collaboration between organized labor and community organizations resulted in the blocking of Israeli cargo shipments to Oakland. In response to calls from constituents, Rep. Barbara Lee recently signed onto HR2590, which seeks to condition US military aid to Israel.

Members of the press who wish to cover this event may RSVP by contacting our media liaison, details above

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