State Green Party Condemns Torching of Pro-Palestinian Display at University,
Administration's War on Muslims
GREEN PARTY OF CALIFORNIA NEWS RELEASE
For immediate release: May 27, 2004
Cres Vellucci, GPCA Spokesperson, 916-996-1970,
Beth Moore Haines, GPCA Spokesperson, 530-277-0610,
Sara Amir, GPCA Spokesperson, 310-270-7106,
ANAHEIM – The Green Party of California Wednesday voiced "disgust" at the
arson attack on a pro-Palestinian display at the University of
California-Irvine and called it an example of the Bush Administration's
"war on Muslims."
"This is a very sad example of Bush's war on Muslims, Arabs and anyone who
supports their causes. If we stand by and tolerate these hate crimes, then
history will judge us like we judged the Germans in the fascist era," said
Sara Amir, GPCA spokesperson and Iranian-American feminist activist in
Police have now officially classified as a hate crime the torching late
last week of a display challenging the wall Israel is building on
Palestinian land. The display, made of cardboard boxes and built by the
Society of Arab Students (SAS), was a replica of Israel's new wall.
Tom Lash, the Green Party's nominee for Congress in the 46th District
(Huntington Beach), said that he was "disgusted by the openly racist
action...the "apartheid wall that the Israeli government is erecting is
abhorrent to all sane, peace loving peoples."
Lash, who called on the U.S. to withhold all military aid to Israel until
it withdraws from the occupied territory, added that "Just as we can make a
distinction between supporting our military and at the same time condemn
the mission on which they have been sent, we can condemn the Israeli
government for the apartheid conditions they enforce in Gaza and the West
Bank, yet still support the Jewish people."
"The road to peace and justice is made even more difficult by the actions
of those currently in power in our country that take no action to prevent
the real wall from being built in the first place. Our Congress must lead
the way in breaking the spiral of injustice, fear, and hate," said Gary
Waayers, Green Party congressional candidate in District 50 (San Diego).
The Greens cited a recently-released California Senate Office of Research
Report that documents massive civil rights violations of Muslims since 9/11
and passage of the USA Patriot Act, which was approved by Democrats and
Republicans in Congress.
The Green Party of California
P.O. Box 2828, Sacramento, CA 95812
Phone: (916) 448-3437