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4PM END THE MASSACRE IN GAZA - Rally in Salinas
Friday Aug 1
5PM Peace Rally 4 Gaza
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7PM Candlelight Vigil for Palestine
Thursday Aug 7
7PM East Bay Film Premiere, 'Flying Paper'
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The World Responds to Israel's Atrocities in Gaza Rallies have been held around the world in opposition to Israel's recent air strikes on Gaza and the collective punishment carried out against the Palestinian people living there and in the West Bank. In Northern California, demonstrations have been held in Fresno, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Salinas, and Santa Cruz. According to the International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC), as of July 29, over 1100 Palestinians, including whole families, have been killed since July 8. 47 Israeli soldiers, most of whom were invading Gaza at the time of their death, have been killed by Palestinian resistance, and two Israeli civilians were killed by Palestinian shells.

Jerusalem: imc_photo.gifJewish activists light children’s dolls on fire at Yad Vashem to protest Gaza attack (7/12)

Fresno: imc_photo.gif"Free Palestine" rally in Fresno, CA (7/18) | audioPalestine, Gaza, Israel and the struggle for peace and justice discussed on Street Heat

Palo Alto: imc_photo.gifBoycott Israel Protesters die-in at HP Hewlett Packard in Palo Alto (7/17) | imc_photo.gifOn the Streets in Palo Alto: Two Sides Face Off on Palestine (7/24)

Salinas: imc_photo.gifDirect Action Monterey Network statement in solidarity with Palestine (7/14)

San Francisco: imc_video.gifFree Palestine Rally in San Francisco (7/12) | imc_video.gifFree Palestine Rally in San Francisco - Part 2 (7/12) | imc_video.gifFree Palestine Rally in San Francisco - Part 3 (7/12) | How many rallied for Gaza? | imc_video.gifSF Police allow a Pro Israeli group to illegally disrupt a legal Pro Palestinian rally (7/26)

Santa Cruz: imc_photo.gifCommunity Members in Santa Cruz Protest Israel's Attacks on Gaza (7/14) | imc_photo.gifProtests Opposing Israel's War on Gaza Continue in Santa Cruz (7/19) | imc_video.gifimc_photo.gifSanta Cruz Activists Display Names of Palestinian Children Killed in Gaza (7/21)

New York: imc_photo.gifAs Palestinian Death Toll Tops 100, New Yorkers Protest Israel’s Bombing of Gaza (7/11)

See Also: List of the 985 Palestinians Killed Between July 8 and July 29 | audioIMEMC: This Week in Palestine, July 11th, 2014 | July 15 Global Solidarity Fast for Peace – Palestine/Israel | Port of Gaza Burns: Gaza's Ark As Well | Human shield reports from El-Wafa Hospital in Gaza | Israelis Watch as Gaza is Bombed | imc_photo.gifIsraeli Airstrikes Hit al-Rimal, Khan Younis, Beit Lahia; Death Toll 100+ for Sunday Alone | Party of the Laboring Masses: Statement on the Gaza Genocide | audioMideast Migraines - Israeli Atrocities Vs. Killing 3 settlers | Imagine the Outrage Over 27,000 Dead Kids... If Gaza’s Dead Were America’s Dead | National Lawyers Guild Urges U.S. Government to Cease $3 Billion Annual Military Aid to Israel | audioIsrael, Palestine and the International Criminal Court | audioThis Week in Palestine, July 25th, 2014 -- Gaza Special Coverage
On June 10, activists rallied in front of Martin Luther King Jr. Library in San José to protest the unjust prosecution of 66-year-old Palestinian-American activist Rasmea Odeh. Last October, Homeland Security agents arrested Odeh after the Department of Justice charged her with “unlawful procurement of naturalization.” The Obama administration’s filing of these charges could result in her being stripped of her U.S. citizenship and deported.
Committee for Justice in Palestine Divestment Resolution Passed at UC Santa Cruz At approximately 2:45am on May 28, the University of California, Santa Cruz Student Union Assembly (SUA) passed a resolution calling for divestment from companies that profit from Israeli human rights violations against Palestinians with a majority vote of 22-14. While official discussion of the Divestment Bill was scheduled at 11pm, a SUA member motioned at approximately 8:15 to indefinitely table the bill. The motion failed, and the Divestment testimonials were initiated at 11:30pm.

Following the three hour debate, the first SUA vote on the resolution revealed widespread support for Divestment landing just shy of the necessary two-thirds majority. SUA representatives then voted to suspend the SUA bylaw dictating a two-thirds majority, instead requiring only a simple majority vote to pass the resolution. The resolution passed 22-14, a marked improvement over the previous 2013 UCSC Divestment Resolution, which failed 17-19.

The resolution was authored by members of the Committee for Justice in Palestine, a UCSC registered student organization, and endorsed by the UCSC chapters of Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán, Autonomous Students, and the Muslim Student Association. The resolution was also endorsed by several off-campus organizations such as Boycott from Within, the Santa Cruz Palestine Israel Action Committee, and the University of Cape Town Palestine Solidarity Forum.

Read More | See Also: Committee for Justice in Palestine at UCSC Moves Divestment Bill Forward
Queers Say No to Pinkwashing at Commonwealth Club The San Francisco Commonwealth Club hosted an event entitled "LGBT Rights in Israel: 25 Years of Progress and Challenges" on April 25 featuring Arthur Slepian, Executive Director and Founder of A Wider Bridge. Slepian's role is to go around promoting the idea that Israel is a progressive, democratic society because it has LGBT rights for Jewish citizens of Israel.

Queer activists and Palestinian queers call this "pinkwashing" — using Israel's liberal policies on sexuality and gender as a smokescreen to cover up its crimes against Palestinians, migrant workers, especially recently African migrants, and its apartheid system that legally discriminates between citizens on the basis of nationality and religion.

Activists handed out copies of a brochure called "The Truth About Gay Israel" as well as an article by Gheith Hilal of the Palestinian queer group, Al Qaws, laying out Eight Questions Palestinian Queers Are Tired of Hearing.

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One-Fifth of U.S. Foreign Aid Budget Goes to Israeli Military Community members gathered in downtown Santa Cruz on Tax Day, April 15, to protest the U.S. government's subsidy of $8 million a day in military aid to Israel. Tax Day is when federal income tax returns are due in the United States, and demonstrators held signs that indicated what the government should be spending citizens' hard earned dollars on, if the money wasn't wasted on military aid to Israel. They also held signs that read, "Apartheid: Wrong for South Africans, Wrong for Palestinians."

According to If Americans Knew, Israel has been the largest recipient of U.S. foreign aid since 1976, and in the last 20 years economic aid to that country has been slowly phased out in favor of military aid. Israel receives about $3 billion ($8 million a day) directly from the United States in military financing each year, which is about one-fifth of what is allocated for the entire foreign aid budget.

photoRead More | If Americans Knew | Palestine-Israel Action Committee Santa Cruz
Protest Inside and Outside Hewlett-Packard Shareholders' Meeting On March 19, a group of more than 60 protesters demonstrated at the Hewlett-Packard shareholders' meeting because of its business dealings with the Israeli military. They said HP is complicit in oppressing Palestine because it makes the technology for biometric cards that contain large amounts of data on the card carrier. Those cards are used by Israel to segregate and discriminate against Palestinians.

While protesters sang and chanted loudly in front of the Santa Clara Convention Center, some members of the "Stop HP Coalition" inside the shareholders' meeting introduced a proposal calling for an in-depth look at HP's dealings with the Israeli military and its human rights abuses. Although the measure was defeated by 83%, speakers in favor of the proposal, including two Presbyterian (USA) ministers, pressed their case, forcing HP CEO Meg Whitman to acknowledge it; Whitman said that the company "will look into this."

Human rights activists who organized the day's events say the task ahead is to get HP to agree to keep their commitments to meet with the coalition and to look into the issues brought forward. The Coalition to Stop HP includes: The American Friends Service Committee, Jewish Voice for Peace: Bay Area, South Bay and Santa Cruz chapters, Global Exchange, UC Berkeley Students for Justice in Palestine, Northern California Friends of Sabeel, and San Francisco Veterans for Peace.

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Jewish Voice for Peace | Friends of Sabeel | San Francisco Veterans for Peace | American Friends Service Committee
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Wednesday Jul 30th 7:14 PM
END THE MASSACRE IN GAZA - Rally in Salinas steph
Wednesday Jul 30th 4:09 PM
Candlelight Vigil for Palestine Betty Devi
Wednesday Jul 30th 2:42 PM
Protest Bob Schieffer's Racist Support of Israel Stop US Aid to Israel (1 comment)
Wednesday Jul 30th 8:37 AM
Die-in Staged in Santa Cruz to Protest Israel's Assault on Gaza Alex Darocy (1 comment)
Tuesday Jul 29th 2:20 AM
Mideast Migraines - TDtSO, The Assault On 'Assault' Ren Tawil
Monday Jul 28th 3:23 PM
East Bay Film Premiere, 'Flying Paper' Nawal Tamimi
Sunday Jul 27th 2:45 PM
Down with the latest criminal abuses by the Israeli State! International Communist Party
Sunday Jul 27th 10:06 AM
¡Abajo las nuevas exacciones criminales del Estado israelíes! partido comunista internacional
Sunday Jul 27th 9:35 AM
Running for Freedom Brad Gaffney
Sunday Jul 27th 1:04 AM
How many rallied for Gaza? Daniel Borgström (8 comments)
Friday Jul 25th 8:08 PM
Israel, Palestine and the International Criminal Court KPFA Weekend News/Ann Garrison
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Free Palestine Rally in San Francisco - Part 3 Bill Carpenter
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Political Satirist & Songster Dave Lippman returns to Sac! SacramentoBDS
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On the Streets in Palo Alto: Two Sides Face Off on Palestine R. Robertson (1 comment)
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