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|Press Conference v. Sen. Feinstein's Pro-Israel Rally|
|Date||Sunday July 23|
|Time||11:00 AM - 12:00 PM|
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Justin Herman Plaza
Foot of Market Street
|Event Type||Press Conference|
For Immediate Release
Green Party Press Conference to Denounce Sen. Feinstein’s Support for Israeli War
Sunday, July 23 at 11am
Justin Herman Plaza (at the foot of Market Street)
On Sunday, July 23, Sen. Dianne Feinstein will lead a noon rally in San Francisco supporting the Israeli invasion of Gaza and Lebanon. (http://www.jcrc.org/israel/solidarity_rally_7_23-06.htm)
Green Party candidate Todd Chretien will be there, joined by members of the Palestinian and Arab community and Bay Area anti-war activists, to offer an alternative to Sen. Feinstein’s cheering of the Israeli military.
“Sen. Feinstein’s decision to lead the pro-Israel rally called by Jewish Community Relations Council is despicable. At least she is consistent. She has voted to send tens of billions of dollars in military equipment to Israel and now she supports the use of those F-16’s to murder children in Gaza and Lebanon,” said Chretien.
Chretien derided Sen. Feinstein’s claims that Israel is acting in “self-defense.”
“Over the last 18 months, Hamas has maintained a ceasefire with Israel. Just since January, Israel has assassinated more than 50 Hamas leaders and killed over 100 civilians. Hamas then captured one Israeli soldier, hoping to exchange him for some of the 9,000 Palestinians Israel has kidnapped,” explained Chretien. “On the other hand, Hezbollah captured two Israeli soldiers and offered to exchange them for illegally held Lebanese prisoners. Israeli used this as an excuse to launch a pre-existing plan to destroy Lebanon and massacre civilians.”
Chretien noted that Sen. Feinstein was not alone amongst supposed “anti-war” Democrats who are cheering on Israel.
“Sen. Clinton led a pro-Israel rally in New York. Sen. Feingold holds the same position. If anything, the Democratic Party leadership is more fervently pro-war when in comes to Israel than President Bush,” stated Chretien. “If you support destroying Beirut, then vote for Sen. Feinstein. But if you want peace and justice in the Middle East, then you should vote for me in November and join me at the August 12 protests sponsored by the National Council of Arab Americans in San Francisco and Los Angeles against the U.S. and Israeli wars. We need to show the Arab world that not all Americans are blinded by greed and racism like President Bush and Sen. Feinstein.”