Chicagoans Opposing JUF Support for Israeli War Crimes to Hold Counterprotest Today in Chicago

Coalition for Justice in Palestine

Activists say JUF should instead oppose ongoing slaughter, as US continues to funnel tax dollars to Israeli military despite growing evidence of Israeli war crimes.

CHICAGO, IL – Chicagoans will picket a pro-Israel rally on Monday at the State of Illinois Building, located at Randolph and Dearborn, as a counterweight to the distorted propaganda Israel government and its supporters continue to churn out in the effort to manufacture support for Israel’s ongoing violence against the people of Gaza and occupied Palestine.

The picket will take place today, Monday, July 28, at the State of Illinois plaza, Randolph & Dearborn, Chicago at 11 A.M.

The Jewish United Fund scheduled the pro-Israel rally at the same time as the Eid el-Fatr, which celebrates the end of Ramadan – one of the most important holidays in the Muslim calendar, when many local Arab Americans and observant Muslims will be at religious services.

Israeli forces have killed over 1,000 Gazans – overwhelmingly civilians – since its onslaught began three weeks ago, and injured over 6,000 more. The death toll in the occupied West Bank has also continued to rise as Israel seeks to suppress protests against its occupation and assault on Gaza — including the Israeli sniper assassination of human rights worker Hashem Abu Maria, who worked for Defense of Children International. He was shot as he stood among a group of onlookers at a protest in the West Bank town of Beit Ummar on Friday.

Organizers of today’s counter-picket include the Chicago Coalition for Justice in Palestine, which has been coordinating local protests to oppose Israel’s ongoing slaughter in Gaza, including the latest protest in Chicago on Saturday, which drew thousands of supporters of Palestine to the streets.

For more information, contact Hatem Abudayyeh, 773-301-4108, hatem@aaan.org