This article by Bob Audette originally appeared May 2 in the Brattleboro Reformer.
BRATTLEBORO — A group of local activists is urging Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., to visit the Gaza Strip and observe the conditions on the ground.
On Friday, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Pliny Park, Brattleboro Solidarity will host a rally “in solidarity with Palestinians demonstrating nonviolently for their rights.”
“Our main objective is to pressure Bernie Sanders to visit Gaza and see for himself the unjust conditions of the people trying to survive,” said Anna Mullany on behalf of Brattleboro Solidarity. “With Bernie, the media will follow, bearing witness to the occupation and resistance of Palestinians. We hope you will join in condemning the atrocious acts of violence perpetrated on nonviolent protesters and demand justice in Palestine.”
In addition to hosting the rally, Brattleboro Solidarity is urging people to write letters to Sanders and call his office.
“Gaza is unlivable,” said Mullany. “Palestinians are risking their lives. It is important that we act.”
In response to a request for comment, Sanders, in an email to the Reformer, wrote, “I share the concerns of many Vermonters regarding Gaza. The situation there is a humanitarian disaster and must be addressed immediately. Youth unemployment is 60 percent, the water there is deeply polluted and the infrastructure is collapsing. The United States must help end the Gaza blockade, demand that Israel accept a two-state solution and help Palestinians and Israelis build a future that works for all.”
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