Matt Daniels holding a picture of Mo'tasem Nabil Abu Abed, a 13-year-old Palestinian child that was killed by Israeli forces during a military raid in the town of Qabatiya in late March.

Asbury Park Action for Peace in Palestine (AFPIP) is organizing a rally at 2 PM on Saturday, April 27th at the Asbury Park Post Office, located at 801 Bangs Ave, Asbury Park, New Jersey.

Organizer Matt Daniels laments, “Since October 7th, Israeli defense forces have killed over 33,000 Palestinians, displaced over 1.7 million—75% of the Palestinian population—and completely destroyed infrastructure in Palestinian territories. We do not consent to our tax dollars being used to fund a genocide committed by a settler colonial project. We want a free Palestine!”

Daniels and others have been protesting the war for the last several months, most notably at Municipal Plaza and at the City Council meeting on March 13.

A press release from the group invites the public to attend to hear “Muslim, Jewish, African American, and LGBTQIA+ community members speak on liberation in regard to the US-funded Israeli genocide of Palestinians in Gaza.” 

 Also, the organizers of the AFPIP rally listed the following demands:  

  • An immediate and permanent ceasefire 
  • The release of all Israeli and Palestinian hostages  
  • An immediate stop of US weapons to Israel and that the US follow the Leahy Law
  • A free flow of humanitarian aid to Palestinians in Gaza 
  • An end to Israel’s military occupation of Palestine 
  • An immediate end to the siege imposed on Gaza by land, sea, and air
  • An immediate stop to the genocide of Palestinians 
  • A free and liberated Palestine

Kerry Margaret Butch is a founding member of the Asbury Park Reporter. Throughout her career, she worked to increase grassroots input in local public policy. She served as the Executive Director of both the Asbury Park Consortium and the League of Women Voters of New Jersey. Notably, she produced the documentaries entitled, “Greetings from Asbury Park,” shown throughout the country and on PBS, and “Storming for the Vote: Hurricane Sandy and the Election.”

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