Katie Archibald-Woodward shares this update from Jewish Voice for Peace:
I don’t know about you, but this morning I raced for the news of the second Friday protest of the Great March for Return in Gaza.
From what we know so far, reports are that 20,000 people are again nonviolently marching in Gaza for their basic rights. This is beautiful - that so many people are marching with such dignity and determination.
But the Israeli military killed another five Palestinians today - including a teenager. More than 250 Palestinians are reported wounded. So it is also awful to witness- that people are having their lives stolen from them in their quest for fundamental rights.
Palestinians are going to continue to protest for their rights. The Israeli military is continuing to meet those protesters with lethal violence. And it’s our job to continue to speak up.
Our folks are out on the streets all over the country--today (or this weekend) in New York, Chicago, and Boston.
Most people viscerally understand the horror of the Israeli army picking off unarmed protesters. So far, just two Congressional Representatives and two Senators have spoken out. But even that small number shows real momentum - we think we can get more progressive elected officials will speak out against these continued attacks against civilians and the basic right to protest.
And in the process, we can help move the public conversation, and the political calculus in this country and in Israel, a step further toward why we all need to stand with Palestinians standing up for their rights, and for holding Israel accountable for its actions.
We expect these actions to continue through May 15th, when Palestinians mark Nakba Day, so we’ve put together a resource page here with talking points, analysis, and opportunities for action.