August 12 mass protest on Middle East in DC

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MASS PROTEST: KEEP THE PRESSURE ON THIS SATURDAY. ALL OUT FOR LEBANON & PALESTINE, AUGUST 12, in WASHINGTON, DC
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After the Aug. 5 – 6 weekend of international protests, let’s keep the pressure on this Saturday, Aug. 12, with the national protest in Washington, D.C.. For information about transportation from Massachusetts to DC, phone the Boston International Action Center at 617 522-6626.

NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE! U.S. OUT OF THE MIDDLE EAST!
U.S./Israel Out of Lebanon & Palestine Now!

– Stop U.S. Aid to Israel
– Support the Palestinian & Lebanese Peoples? Right to Resist
– End the Occupation of Iraq, Palestine & Lebanon
– Support the Palestinian People?s Right to Return
– No More Fighting & Dying for Oil Profits

The obstacles to peace in the Middle East aren’t Hezbollah, Hamas, Syria or Iran. The real obstacles are the U.S. government and its client, the Israeli settler state. The problems of the Middle East are not rooted in a struggle between religions. These wars are driven by greedy imperialist policymakers in the U.S., like Bush and his super rich friends, to dominate, colonize and exploit the people of the Middle East and the natural resources (especially oil) of their lands.

Washington has given Tel Aviv the green light to wage all-out war against Lebanon and Palestine, with full diplomatic, political and military support. Republicans and Democrats alike have united to back this expansionist Israeli war, which is really an extension of the U.S. war and occupation of Iraq. Israeli soldiers and bomber pilots may be doing the killing in Lebanon, but this is fundamentally a U.S. war, and the Israeli forces are acting as surrogates for the Pentagon.

The Bush administration is also laying the basis for a wider war against Syria and Iran. The U.S. is ready to crush the legitimate aspirations for self-determination of the masses of the Middle East.

Together, we must intensify the struggle to get U.S. imperialism out of the Middle East and to free the thousands of Palestinian, Lebanese and Iraqi prisoners held in U.S. and Israeli jails. This would serve the cause of peace and justice in that region and worldwide. We join with all the peace-loving people and organizations that are mobilizing locally, nationally and internationally around this struggle.

Many protests during the August 5 – 6 weekend focused on the theme ?No Justice, No Peace: U.S. Out of the Middle East.? [SCROLL TO THE END OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR A SUMMARY of some Aug. 5 – 6 actions.] But, with the situation worsening in Lebanon [*] and Palestine, we must stay in the streets. As the next step we urge full support of this Saturday’s (August 12) Washington, D.C. protest, initiated by ANSWER, National Council of Arab Americans (NCA), and Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation.