Tens of thousands of demonstrators are expected to protest in Washington D.C. to denounce what organizers call “a war by the United States and Israel against the Palestinians and Lebanese.” The “National Emergency March” on Aug. 12 is being organized by a coalition of Arab-Americans and US peace groups.

The Aug. 12 rally will begin at noon in front of the White House. “What you will see will literally be a sea of human protesters surrounding the White House,” said Brian Becker, national coordinator of the ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) Coalition. “I expect tens of thousands to come to Washington to confront the Bush Administration about the policy in the Middle East,” Becker told Arab News. He urged readers to log onto their site: Answercoalition.org.

Becker said the ANSWER Coalition, the National Council of Arab Americans and the Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation have jointly organized what they call “A National Emergency March” on Washington in two weeks, with coordinated marches other cities. The march, he said, has been organized in defense of the people of Palestine and Lebanon who are under brutal attack by the US-backed Israeli government. . .

“A big turnout at the rally will encourage the silent majority in our society to stand up and voice their disapproval of America’s short-sighted policy in the Middle East,” said CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) Executive Director Nihad Awad.


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