Press Releases
Voice of OC posts press releases as a way of providing readers with information directly from businesses, cities, county and state agencies, political organizations and nonprofits. We do not edit or rewrite press releases. We allow readers to comment on releases, and we encourage readers to contact the originator of a given release for more information. To submit a press release email engagement editor Julie Gallego at

Tawfieq Mousa (714) 813-8668;
Dina Abdo (714) 933–0141

ANAHEIM — Community members, activists and academics will hold a demonstration against war crimes that Israel is imposing on occupied Palestine utilizing United States diplomatic cover and financial support of over $3 billion in aid per year. The event will be held on Sunday, October 18, 2015 from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. at the corners of Orange and Brookhurst in Anaheim.

Following the June 12th disappearance of three Israeli teenage settlers who were hitchhiking near Hebron, part of the Occupied Palestinian Territories, a gag order prevented reporting that they had likely already been killed and that the suspected killers were known. The Israel military initiated collective punishment on Palestinians through raids on thousands of homes; hundreds of arrests without charges; administrative detentions; house demolitions; bombings; kidnappings; the closures of civil society organizations; the seizing of cash, computers, and other property; putting the whole of Hebron with its 680,000 residents under lockdown; road closures; new checkpoints; the injuring of hundreds with rubber bullets, teargas, and concussion grenades; the beatings of wives and mothers of hunger strikers; and fatal shootings.

When the discovery of the bodies of the three Israeli youth was announced, Prime Minister Netanyahu and other Israeli leaders incited demands for revenge, resulting in mobs running through the streets demanding “death to Arabs” and beating Palestinians who were in their path.

Subsequently, Israeli terrorists ran over a 9-year girl and kidnapped 17-year old Mohammed Abu Khdeir, severely tortured him, poured gasoline on him, and burned him to death. The autopsy report confirmed that he was still alive as he was set on fire. Shortly thereafter, his cousin Tariq Abu Khdeir, an American citizen, was grabbed by the Israeli army, beaten severely and held without access to either his parents or the medical treatment he needed.

Since then, the attacks on the Palestinians has yet to cease it has continued. QUICKLY escalating. From the collective punishment, to the imprisonment without trial, to the burning of innocent babies, Israel has yet to become human. As of today in the past month, there have been 31 martyrs and over 1,500 wounded. Over 560 Palestinians were abducted, several Palestinian universities were raided, and $3.5 million cash and property was stolen. The carnage is continuing and the death toll mounts as Israel continues to bomb Gaza and attack Palestinian West Bank villages and youth.

We invite those who deplore these human rights abuses to join us protesting the actions of Israel, particularly as the Israeli state is utilizing U.S. funding to engage in practices of colonization, apartheid, and occupation that have been condemned as illegal under international law.

We will meet on October 18th from 3 p.m. — 6 p.. on the corners of Orange and Brookhurst near the CVS. Come join us and show your solidarity. Bring your signs, flags, kuffieyeh’s and pride.

“67 years of brutality, murder, and occupation. 67 years of parents grieving, a production of orphans, and trauma. It’s been 67 years, 67 YEARS and propaganda and power are still the set of eyes for the world.” – Dina Abdo

Since you've made it this far,

You are obviously connected to your community and value good journalism. As an independent and local nonprofit, our news is accessible to all, regardless of what they can afford. Our newsroom centers on Orange County’s civic and cultural life, not ad-driven clickbait. Our reporters hold powerful interests accountable to protect your quality of life. But it’s not free to produce. It depends on donors like you.

Join the conversation: In lieu of comments, we encourage readers to engage with us across a variety of mediums. Join our Facebook discussion. Message us via our website or staff page. Send us a secure tip. Share your thoughts in a community opinion piece.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *