Protesters from Adalah-NY, the New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel, and other groups staged a re-enactment of a Bil'in march and tear-gassing at the Manhattan offices of Point Lookout Capital Partners, which finances
tear gas sold to and used by the Israeli army against unarmed protesters in the West Bank.
least 18 people have been killed or injured by canisters fired at them
in the last two years. The latest victim was 36-year-old Jawaher Abu
Rahmah from Bil'in, who collapsed and later died after being gassed. No
one from the Israeli military has been held accountable for any of the
deaths or injuries.
In 2007 and 2008, the US State Department provided $1.85 million
worth of tear gas and riot control agents to Israel as part of the
US's $3 billion in annual military aid to Israel.
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A coalition of
rights groups from Pittsburgh and nearby cities are also organizing
protests at the Pennsylvania headquarters of Combined Systems Inc. (CSI)
which manufactures and sells the tear gas financed by Point Lookout.
Actions include a "Tear Gas Teach-In" today at the University of
Pittsburgh and a demonstration on Martin Luther King Day.
More information from Jonas Moffat, Pitt Students for Justice in Palestine, firstname.lastname@example.org