For the second time this week motorists were reminded that as people gathered for holiday celebrations and shopping in the U.S., the suffering of the people of Gaza is continuing.
During the Friday afternoon rush hour about 20 people held signs at the corner of Keeaumoku and Kapiolani. Cars were bumper-to-bumper at the intersection. The sidewalks were filled with people getting off at three corner bus stops to shop at Ala Moana; hundreds were walking between Walmart and the shopping center. Many didn't know anything about Israel's murderous attacks on Gaza. A few shouted epithets or shouted "read your Bible." Some stopped to ask questions and comment. Many more gave quiet nods of approval, thumbs up, or a quiet "thanks for doing this."
It appears that the cease-fire is largely holding at this time. This does not mean that the suffering of the people of Gaza is any less and it is important that we continue to oppose U.S. funding for Israel and speak to the unspeakable crimes being committed against the Palestinian people. Following are links to several articles, as well as photos from the protest on Friday.
Article by Ann Wright on the trial against Israel for the murders on the Mavi Marmara (she was in attendance in Istambul): http://www.opednews.com/articles/Israeli-Violence-Finally-o-by-Ann-Wright-121123-72.html
"Blogging and Nothingness: Progressives Turn Their Gaze From Gaza" by Chris Floyd: http://www.worldcantwait.net/index.php/palestine/8061-blogging-and-nothingness-progressives-turn-their-gaze-from-gaza
Here are photos of just a few of the signs at the four corners of Keeaumoku & Kapiolani: