Las Vegas, Nevada - Sunday, at a ceremony attended by Jews, Muslims, Christians and all concerned citizens in front of the Federal Courthouse Building, participants will call for peace in Gaza and Israel, followed by a candle light vigil with one candle for each victim of this conflict.
The rally, led by Samantha Haikal, will begin at 5pm and run till 7pm, with guest speakers including Rabbi Yisroel Weiss of Naturei Karta International.
"Citizens of the United States need to understand that this issue transcends religion; this is not a con*ict between Jews and Muslims. This is a con*ict of social injustice and genocide of the Palestinian people. When a political issue becomes a humanitarian issue, it is our job to recognize the crimes against humanitand call for action to address them. That is what we are rallying for, that is why we will stand united in calling an end to the siege of Gaza and an end to the mass murder of innocent civilians," said Samantha Haikal, rally organizer and UNLV student.
The candle light vigil, led by Peacemakers Vegas and other valley activists, will start around 7:30 pm. There will be a coffin, a large dove, and one candle for each victim of both sides of this conflict (over 1,400 at the time this pressrelease was sent). A large light projection will also be aimed at the Federal Courthouse (Sen. Harry Reid’s office) building demanding "Fund Peace, Not War."
"Any other solution would be acceptable, other than killing children playing soccer, bombing schools and blowing upUN bomb shelters. Israel has one of the top 10 most sophisticated militaries in the world and their collateral damage in this conflict has been completely unacceptable. The US is culpable for selling arms to Hamas (via Qatar)and Israel (outright) and has the blood of all the victims on it’s hands. This needs to END NOW." says Angie Morelli,local activist and member of Veterans for Peace.
Sen. Harry Reid has requested $225 million in "emergency" aid for Israel, on top of the billions the US already givesto Israel annually. He then called this the "minimum amount of aid," but refrained from defining what he thought would be an acceptable amount. With a drought in California, water shut offs in Detroit and a humanitarian situation where refugee children from Central America are being held in cages within our borders due to lack of funding, Vegas residents are calling for the US government to make more responsible choices in how they are spending their money.
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