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Massachusetts Residents for International Human Rights
On November 2nd, 2010
Voters Choose Equality:
57 % vote for ending Israeli government
discrimination against Palestinians
MRIHR Press Release (pdf)
Vote echoes 2008 vote in Somerville and Cambridge
(Read about it below)
Watertown, Arlington, Jamaica Plain, & South Medford vote YES for Equal Rights for Palestinians
joining Somerville and Cambridge districts.
MRIHR 2010 CAMPAIGN
Download Discriminatory Israeli Laws: Jews v. Non-Jews (pdf)
Question 4 passes in Somerville and Cambridge districts !!
SDP Press Statement (pdf)
Good News Folks !
62 % of people voting in Somerville and 73 % of people voting in
Cambridge casts YES votes on Question 4.
Cambridge, MA is the home of leading colleges MIT and Harvard.
Here are the unofficial results for in each state representative district
which represents a large fraction of the population of each city.
Somerville, MA: 62% of Voters for YES
YES 9100 NO: 5542
Cambridge, MA: 73 % of Voters for YES
YES 9637 NO: 3650
These results come after the pro-apartheid side attempted legal maneuvers
to block the question from being on the ballot (failing in September), and
over the opposition of mayor, all local elected officials in Somerville
and a main newspaper in Somerville. The mayor of Somerville, two years ago,
went on a trip to Isreal sponsored by the pro-apartheid government of Isreal.
In 2006, 45% of Somerville voters supported the Palestinian peoples' Right of Return
- a fundamental human right, despite the opposition from the pro-apartheid governor,
congressman and mayor... all of whom opposed the fundamental human right of return.
Nov 11, 2008:
SDP Press Statement (pdf) on Equal RIghts Ballot Campaign. The statement
was approved by the Active Members Group of the Somerville Divestment Project (SDP)
on Monday Nov 10th and includes the results of our ballot questions,
the pro-apartheid side's attempt to block it last September and our political analysis.
Nov 12, 2008:Hear John SPritzler (top photo) on Question 4 in Pacifica
KPFK radio interview !
(interview starts 36 minutes in).
Nov 28, 2008: Ron Francis (bottom photo) interviewed on CII Radio reaching listeners in
Europe, Africa and the Internet.
DOWNLOAD PART 1
- PART 2
Support EQUAL RIGHTS for All People
End Discrimination against Palestinians
Download Discriminatory Israeli Laws (pdf)
APARTHEID IN ISRAEL: CBS 60 Minutes News show tells like it is in "Is Peace Out of Reach?",
a segment from the Jan. 25, 2009 episode of 60 Minutes.
This piece marks the first time that a mainstream U.S. media outlet has dared to accurately
portray what Israeli occupation and settlement mean for Palestinians living in the West Bank
and to explain to the American public why this system is apartheid.
Photo above - Some of the volunteers that participated in the campaign.
Text of Ballot Question 4:
Shall the State Representative from this district be instructed to vote in
favor of a nonbinding resolution calling on the federal government to
support the right of all people, including non-Jewish Palestinian citizens
of Israel, to live free from laws that give more rights to people of one
religion than another.
WHO WE ARE AND HOW YOU CAN HELP
The Somerville Divestment Project (SDP) is a grassroots
organization in Somerville, Massachusetts. Members of SDP
are everyday people: homemakers, students and
teachers; retirees and people juggling multiple jobs to make ends meet.
Our organization focuses on building a solid base of support for the human rights and self
determination of the Palestinian people. more
Whether it's a little or a lot, support SDP's work with a
Volunteer! One hour a month or one hour
a week , we have activities that may fit either.
Make visible your support for divestment and for SDP - Wear an SDP
Write letters to the editor, contact your
town officials and let them know you support Palestinian human rights and divestment.
SDP ON ATTACKS ON NON-COMBATANTS AND SELF DEFENSE
SDP opposes all attacks by anyone, anywhere, and at any time where unarmed
civilian casualties are clearly likely, whether the attacks are aggressive or
retaliatory. At the same time we support self-defense actions and armed
resistance against those who use physical violence to oppress people.
YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK
Did you know Israel has made of Gaza a giant prison that is
where the Palestinians are being
The U.S. provides Israel with the money and military financing
that makes occupation and genocide possible. The U.S. gives Israel annually between $6 - 10 billion.
The Israeli annual national budget is about $40 billion. Because of access to American
technology and financial support:
- Israel is the world's fourth largest nuclear power.
- Israel is the 16th wealthiest nation in the world.
- Israel has the world's sixth largest military.
- Israel has become the third largest arms producer in the world.
- Israel has national health insurance.
- Israel has third best newborn survival rate (U.S.'s is second worst) of modern world.
"The American taxpayer contributes one third of its foreign aid budget to the 16th
wealthiest nation on the planet, with a population that represents .001% of the
world's population, supporting in the process the resettlement of thousands of
immigrants from foreign lands to Israel, a foreign country, where they can reside
in [subsidized] luxury town homes with lush grounds and pools, while our New Orleans residents,
the majority classified African-American and living below the poverty line, remain
scattered throughout the country unable to return to their homes." -
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