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United Church of Christ national meeting votes to divest from Israeli settlements listen

06/30/15 Seán Kinane
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Tags: Palestine, Israel, occupation, BDS, UCC, Divestment, christianity, First United Church of Tampa


Another major Christian church denomination has voted to divest from companies doing business in Israeli-occupied Palestine; during a national meeting Tuesday in Cleveland the United Church of Christ overwhelmingly supported divestment. One of the UCC delegates is from Tampa -- Reverend Bernice Powell-Jackson is Pastor of First United Church of Tampa.

Tuesday’s UCC divestment decision is wider than one last year by another denomination: the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted to sell stock ...

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Occupy Tampa complies with police order to remove their shade, but vows to stay listen

10/14/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Friday morning police told Occupy Tampa to take down parts of their sidewalk camp outside Curtis-Hixon Park. Tables and canopies have been removed, but the protesters are still allowed to stay and sleep.

Last Sunday night a police officer told Occupy Tampa that they could stay on the sidewalk. But two nights later [police told protesters they had to leave the sidewalk](http://www...

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Tampa protesters hold first overnight occupation of downtown park listen

10/10/11 Josh Holton & Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Occupy Tampa protesters occupied a public location downtown all night long for the first time, moving one step closer to a 24-hour-a-day occupation in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street. But Keith Cuesta said this is just a tryout for the real deal.

"But this is the preliminary trial run of the occupation. It's almost like a beta test, you know when you're doing computer testing and stuff like that. We're seeing where the bugs are, and we're trying to work out the kinks."

Despite rainy...

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Palestinians in Gaza celebrate the revolution in Tunisia listen

01/20/11 Pam Bailey
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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People across the world, including the Middle East, celebrated the peaceful revolution that toppled Tunisia's government. The former president, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, was forced to leave the country on Friday. WMNF's reporter in the Gaza Strip, Pam Baily, tells us, Palestinians are inspired by the uprising in Tunisia.

As news of Tunisian revolution spread like wildfire around the world, Arabs living in countries struggling with their own oppressive governments and soaring unemployment we...

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Rally for Israel listen

04/26/10 Doris Norrito
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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We have to understand we’re in the Middle of World War III. So far, the only one that doesn’t get it is the White House.

Bob Kunst spoke to a group of Israel supporters beside the statue of the World War II sailor kissing his sweetheart. The rally was to show love and support for America and Israel, and against the Obama politics threatening to divide [Jerusalem](

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Nonviolent demonstrations against Israel's wall in Bil'in are met with violence listen

01/12/10 Doris Norrito
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A small farming village near the Israeli border in the West Bank of Palestine is gaining international notice. According to the Friends of Freedom and Justice Bil'in website, Israeli soldiers have responded to weekly nonviolent demonstrations against Israel’s occupation and land confiscation with tear gas, rubber bullets and house raids. The result has been several injuries and a death last April.

Hamde Abu Rahma was born and raised in Bil’in. He says he st...

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