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Minnesota calls on Senator Klobuchar to speak out against Israeli massacres

By Rhea Smykalski

Protesters at offices of Sen. Klobuchar demand an end to aid to Israel

Minneapolis, MN – Protesters stood outside the offices of Senator Amy Klobuchar, April 10, to call attention to the Palestinians being killed by the Israeli military. This emergency bannering comes as Palestinians are being killed during the Great March of Return, which began on Land Day, March 30, and will continue for six weeks until Al Nakba on May 15.

A statement from protest organizer, the Anti-War Committee, said, “It has been 70 years since the Deir Yassin massacre. In 1948, the Palestinian village was attacked by Israeli commandos and 100 women, men and children were slaughtered. Every year Palestinians demand the right to return to their homeland, but this year it coincides with a growing resistance movement in Gaza. We want folks in the Twin Cities to join us and stand in solidarity with Palestine to demand an end to U.S. support for Israel's war crimes.”

Meredith Aby-Keirstead, speaking for the MN Anti-War Committee, addressed the crowd of 25 people, “Yesterday marked the 70th anniversary of the Deir Yassin massacre. Today Palestinians are still protesting for the right to return to their homeland while they are shot at by snipers with live ammunition, are shot at with rubber bullets, and are tear gassed. We are here to draw attention to the recent Israeli military attacks on the Great March of Return in Gaza and to call for an end to U.S. aid to Israel.”

Aby-Keirstead continued, “Not only is the Israeli occupation of Palestine immoral, we are subsidizing it! According to the Congressional Budget Office the U.S. has provided Israel $134.7 billion in assistance and missile defense funding. Almost all U.S. aid to Israel is in the form of military assistance.”

Senator Klobuchar was unwilling to meet with the Anti-War Committee on April 10 and the committee plans to continue to pressure their senators to end U.S. aid to Israel and to demand freedom for Palestine.

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