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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.

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Campaign volunteers

Question 4 passes in Somerville and Cambridge districts !!
SDP Press Statement (pdf)

Why Our Government Supports Israel and Why We Shouldn't

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.

Unofficial results:
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.

John Spritzler and Ron Francis

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 ! PLAY - DOWNLOAD (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

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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.

Campaign volunteers
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.

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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

bullet point Whether it's a little or a lot, support SDP's work with a donation

bullet point Volunteer! One hour a month or one hour a week , we have activities that may fit either.

bullet point Make visible your support for divestment and for SDP - Wear an SDP T-shirt!

bullet point Write letters to the editor, contact your town officials and let them know you support Palestinian human rights and divestment.


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.

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Did you know Israel has made of Gaza a giant prison that is under siege where the Palestinians are being starved?
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." - Source

Pat Oliphant comic


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