Political protesters gathered Wednesday evening under a blanket of humidity and rain to support the plight of Palestinian citizens currently suffering in their war-torn native land. Protesters assembled to extend a disdainful welcome to Dr. Ra'anan Gissin, senior advisor to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who spoke at the University Center that evening.
The protest drew students, citizens and community members alike. Representatives from several local organizations including C-3, a local anti-war organization, the LaRouche Democrats and the New Orleans chapter of the New Black Panther Party were all in attendance.
C-3: standing for Concern, Compassion, Community; "supports the right of Palestinians to self determination," explained member Mike Howells.
"We call on Israel to withdraw from the West Bank and the Gaza strip. We believe the Sharon government is violating international law through its occupation of those areas, and the repression of the people that live in those areas," Howells said.
"[Israel] is pushing for this war in Iraq because the plan is to push all of the Palestinians off the West Bank and Gaza and push them into Jordan so Israel can take over the rest of the occupied territory. That's against the United Nations' rules," adjunct Tulane professor and LaRouche Democrat Marty Rowland said.
Rowland, who is also a C-3 member, said, "Ariel Sharon is within a tradition of Fascist, Jewish people ' The report on how the Nazi's cleared the Jews out of the ghetto is now being used by the Israeli Defense Forces to clear the Palestinians out of Jenin and other cities."
Rowland addressed the Sept. 11 bombing, saying, "There's a lot of interesting leads that need to be followed up. For example, the man that owns the company that was in charge of security at Logan airport was a convicted criminal, and was Likud party-linked." He also questioned "why there were Israeli Intelligence officers on a rooftop in New Jersey video-taping the planes crashing into the World Trade Center," adding, "I'm not saying there's a conspiracy, but it sure smells like one to me."
C-3 is supported by several local organizations, including the New Orleans chapter of the New Black Panthers.
"We have been working with C-3 on a coalition basis," said Nnamdi Okeke, Chairman of the New Orleans chapter of the New Black Panther Party. "We participated in this rally of protest for what we in New Orleans chapter of the New Black Panther Party feel is an oppressive government of Israel that oppresses the Palestinians and denies the Palestinians their just rights to self-determination."
(Leigh Stuart in the Tulane Hullabaloo [Tulane University, New Orleans, LA], March 14, 2003)
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May you burn in hell.
It appears it has become obvious, even to the sycophants, that Pat Buchanan is blatantly anti-semitic, and always has been.