Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Three Mothers Arrested at Israeli Embassy in Wash DC, Protesting Bombing of Gaza

Dec. 29th, 2008


Three Mothers Arrested @ Israeli Embassy, DC,

Protesting Bombing of Gaza

(Clare Grady & Ellen Grady, Ithaca, NY

-Heidi Schloegel Bronx, NY)


Press Release


For immediate release:


(in DC) Danny Burns 1-607-280-0369

(in DC) Kate DeMott Grady 1-607-216-2043

(in Ithaca, NY) Mary Anne Grady Flores 1-607-280-8797


      December 29, 2008 - As part of a group of 60 people from the

Atlantic Life Community, three mothers, Heidi Schloegel and Ellen

Grady and Clare Grady of the Grady clan of Ithaca NY CWers, were

arrested outside the Israeli embassy. The group was petitioning

embassy officials for an end to Israeli air strikes on Gaza. The three

approached the embassy gate singing "Peace, Salaam, Shalom" and

holding signs which read, "Peace. Stop the killing," and "Stop the war

on the children." They knelt and prayed before being arrested.  The

three mothers are being held over night, and it is anticipated that

they will appear tomorrow for arraignment in Superior Court of the

District of Columbia.


      The action was part of a three day retreat organized by the

Atlantic Life Community to commemorate the biblical Feast of the Holy

Innocence and to protest the slaughter of the innocent of today:


      "When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in

a dream. Get up, he said, take the child and his mother and escape to

Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for

the child to kill him. So he got up, took the child and his mother

during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death

of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the

prophet: Out of Egypt I called my son. When Herod realized that he had

been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill

all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and

under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. Then

what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled: "A voice is

heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her

children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more."  -

Matthew 2:16-18


      Earlier Monday, Dec. 29th, the group held a vigil at the

Pentagon on the retreat's theme of empire and children.  Eleven of the

seventy vigilers were arrested and charged with "disobeying a lawful

order" for holding signs outside of the Pentagon's designated free

speach zone.  They are scheduled to appear in court on the 6th of

March, 2009.


The action at the Israeli embassy was a part of protests against

Israeli war crimes and air strikes on Gaza, protests that are

happening throughout the US, including Ithaca NY, the home town of

Ellen and Clare Grady.


The Ithaca Gaza Support Protest will happen

Tues. Dec. 30th, 2008

3:30 - 5:30 pm

RT. 13 & Clinton St. ( near Wegmans bridge)

bring banners and

call for info:  607-280-8797


For further info on protests in different cities, check the web site

of US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. Check Electronic

Intifada web site: http://www.endtheoccupation.org/



Mary Anne Grady Flores

514 N. Plain St., Ithaca, NY 14850

1-607-273-7437/ 1-607-280-8797

Ithaca Catholic Workers


"If you think one person can't be effective, you've never been in bed

with a mosquito"-War Resister's League








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