Pre-event press release:
Thursday, April 12, 6-8pm
Philly Don't Orchestrate Apartheid! Honoring Martyrs of March 30
Candle light vigil and speak out outside the Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad, Philadelphia
massive outcry from communities in Philadelphia and around the world,
the Philadelphia Orchestra is doubling down on their decision to visit
Israel this summer to help provide political and diplomatic cover for
the Israeli occupation of Palestine. The Orchestra actually intends to
visit a military base while on tour, to meet with the Israeli forces
that murdered 30 unarmed Palestinian demonstrators on March 30 and
April 6. Military snipers intentionally killed dozens and shot hundreds more.
Our demands are simple: Philly, Don't Orchestrate Apartheid! Cancel the Apartheid Tour to Israel!
join us on Thursday to peacefully make our demands heard, just like our
brothers and sisters did in Gaza for two weeks, and help us to honor
those martyrs who laid down their lives for the freedom and
self-determination of all Palestinians.
Sponsored by Philly: Don’t Orchestrate Apartheid, phillyDontOrchestrateApartheid@gmail.com
Photo by Joe Piette (Arrows on either side to see more photos by Joe)
Al Jazeera says that Friday, April 13th, marks the third consecutive Friday protest
at the Gaza-Israel border. Each protest, is part of the "Great March of
Return" movement, a movement that seeks a Palestinian return to their
old homeland. A piece explaining the "Great March"
makes no mention of the Trump Administration's plan for peace between
Israel and the Palestinians, meaning that President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was a deal-breaker. The US is not trusted to play any role and, in truth, the Times of Israel makes it clear that nothing much can be expected from the US on the issue.
Youtube of some chants and speeches by Rich Gardner.
is little sign of a plan emerging and protests have erupted in Gaza,
where Palestinians have burned tires and thrown firebombs and rocks at
Israeli soldiers, who responded with tear gas and live fire.
White House has called for Palestinian leaders to keep their supporters
back from the border, but has not spoken out against Israel’s use
of force, further enraging Palestinians.
The US called for "a
renewed focus by all parties on finding solutions to the dire
humanitarian challenges facing Gazans.” Palestinians are
unimpressed with such even-handed calls that do no address Palestinian
announcement was made at the protest that the Philadelphia Orchestra
will go to Israel and play a concert there because arreangements have
already been made, so protests will contniue anyway.
The group Christian-Jewish Allies is calling for a "Just Peace in Israel/Palestine" and has materials for understanding the conflict there.