June 07, 2010

Students for a Democratic Society Condemns Freedom Flotilla Massacre

*For Immediate Release*
Students for a Democratic Society condemns in the strongest terms
Israel's massacre and kidnapping of the activists of the Freedom
Flotilla on May 31 that was bringing humanitarian aid in solidarity
with the people in Gaza. This terroristic act of piracy on the high
seas by the Israeli military resulted in the deaths of at least nine
people and the wounding of many more. The surviving activists say that
they were beaten and tortured with electricity before being abducted
from international waters into Israeli territory, where they were
jailed on the absurd charge of illegally entering Israel.
Meanwhile, as the whole world responds to these events with shock and
outrage, the US government hasn't skipped a beat in providing the
usual diplomatic, political and financial support for Israel's war
crimes. This has played a critical role in enabling Israel to conduct
business as usual, as can be seen by the boarding and kidnapping of
another aid ship headed for Gaza, the MV Rachel Corrie only days after
the massacre.
SDS is mobilizing across the country to protest Israel's criminal
aggression against the Freedom Flotilla as well as its occupation and
oppression of Palestine in general:
  • On June 1 and June 4, the UW-Milwaukee and UW-Waukesha SDS chapters,
    alongside MEChA, the Arab-American and Jewish communities brought out
    hundreds to protest at the Milwaukee Federal Building.
  • Chicago SDSers joined with a picket of more than 3000 at the Israeli
    consulate in Chicago on June 1.
  • On June 3, UNC-Chapel Hill SDS mobilized for a rally in Durham,
    North Carolina.
  • UNC-Asheville SDS called for an emergency protest on June 7.
SDS calls on students everywhere to join us in protest of Israel's war
crimes and the United States government's complicity in them. We are
calling for the following:
  • Release the activists with the MV Rachel Corrie
  • Lift the siege of Gaza
  • Dismantle the Jewish settlements in the West Bank
  • End all US aid to Israel
  • Campus divestment from businesses profiting from Israeli apartheid
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