Barnard-Columbia International Socialist Organization

April 3, 2009

Courtroom solidarity: AIPAC 10 case goes to court Monday!

Filed under: Solidarity — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 11:45 am

AIPAC 10 case goes to court Monday!
Join us in Solidarity!

On January 30, 2009 in New York City, ten activists opposed to the U.S.-backed Israeli assault on Gaza disrupted a fundraising gala hosted by a pro-Israel lobby group, AIPAC.

Most of Gaza still lay in ruins after three weeks of bombing and ground attacks by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), made possible by US military funding and equipment. While the dead bodies were still being counted, New York state politicians and Zionists were rubbing elbows at a $1500-a-plate fundraising dinner for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), with Mayor Michael Bloomberg participating as the keynote speaker. The demonstrators chained themselves together to block the entrance to the Times Square Marriott Hotel, where the event was being held.

The ten non-violent activists were abusively forced apart by police, arrested and placed in jail overnight. Meanwhile, the real criminals inside, supporting a government that had just murdered 1400 Palestinians, went unpunished. The AIPAC 10 now face five charges: Obstruction of Governmental Administration, Resisting Arrest, Trespass and two counts of Disorderly Conduct. Their case will be heard this Monday and they encourage any and all supporters to show solidarity in the court room! While they have an excellent legal defense, we want to send a clear message to the judge that the community is watching and supports the AIPAC 10’s struggle for justice.

Monday 4/6
9:30am
(our case will likely be heard by 11:30am)
New York Criminal Court
100 Centre Street
New York, NY
Nearby trains: NRQW / 6 / JMZ

Join the AIPAC 10 facebook support page by clicking here.

Since the ten were arrested in January, they have continued their Palestine solidarity activism as well as campaigning for student free speech, an end to US occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan and an end to the racist repression of Arabs and Muslims in the US. Members of the AIPAC ten have helped to organize the Take Back NYU! occupation of Kimmel Hall, the campaign to Free Fahad Hashmi and the student divestment campaign at Columbia University, among others.

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