Lebanese Peace protest

07/24/06

On Saturday several hundred people gathered for a peaceful protest of the war in Lebanon,along dale mabry, in tampa. WMNF’S Arielle Stevenson reports

Over 300 people gathered alongside the corner of dale mabry and Columbus, to protest for peace. The event was organized by Evita Cheaib of OASIS, the organization of arab students in solidarity, university of south florida chapter. She spoke with wmnf briefly about their mission for the day.

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Currently Lebanon has lost at least 370 people, mostly civilians. 37 israelis have been killed, half of them being civilians. 600,000 lebanese civilians have fled their homes from the bombing. Though no Israel supporters were at the protest, those in traffic voiced their approval of the us governments plan in the situation, with one driver yelling, “go back home “ at a 15 year old boy at the protest, who is in fact a united states native. Many people at the rally spoke with wmnf about what they believe should happen.

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Wanda caleil just returned from Lebanon 3 days ago. Wanda, who is 17 and was on vacation says that the situation is out of control

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Fatima and kaitlyn, who are 9 and 12 were at the protest, and spoke with wmnf about the lebonese conflict.

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 Originally people who were being evacuated by the us government were required to sign an agreement to payback the amount it cost to be evacuted.One man, jay, was there because his family was vacationing in Lebanon when the situation broke out. He says that at the time it didn’t matter to him what it cost, he just wanted to get his family to safety.

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It was California representative nancy palosi that spoke out against the evacuation agreements, which ceased. Protestor rahim shaf says that other countries did not even think twice about getting their people out.

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In Israel polls show over 90% of citizen’s support how they are handling Lebanon. One protester showed that despite the united states support support of Israel, many lives, mostly civilian are being lost, with no sign of peace coming.   

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Nisar alvi, a protester says that borders need to be respected.

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Nancy, who was supporting the protest, says she just wants people to be aware of where their tax dollars are going, sami another protestor says he wants it to stop now.

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Evita, the events organizer says that Lebanon is trying to be a democracy, and is being denied that oppourtunity

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For wmnf I’m Arielle stevenson

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