‘Pie for Palestine’ set for Sept. 20 at Kate’s Pie Shop

Staff Report

Rockford Peace & Justice is sponsoring “Pie for Palestine” at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20. The event will be at Kate’s Pie Shop inside the East Branch Rockford Public Library, 6685 E. State St. The program is free and open to the public, although a free-will offering will be taken.

Pie for Palestine is a benefit for American Friends of UNRWA (UNRWA USA), a nonprofit that supports the humanitarian work of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, specifically for Palestinian refugees.

Lamis Diab, a Palestinian-American woman who lives in Rockford, will speak about the need and the situation in that occupied land. Lamis has studied at Rockford University and the Friends School in Ramallah, West Bank of Occupied Palestine.

People are invited to have a slice of pie and make a contribution.

Contact Stanley Campbell at (815) 964-7111 for more details.

Diab noted: “My name is Lamis Diab, and I am Rockford native, born and raised. I am the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, who were themselves born years before the existence of the state of Israel. Growing up here in the United States watching the news about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on television, and listening to what my relatives here and in Palestine would tell me about the situation in Palestine, I thought I had a pretty good idea about the struggles that Palestinians faced in the region. That was until I had the chance to live there for a year, in my grandfather’s home. Then, I learned that what we see on television here is nothing but a shred of the truth that is the daily life of a native Palestinian. As a teenage girl who’d choked on tear gas and was shot at unprovoked, I knew that the mainstream media went to great lengths to obscure the severity of the Palestinian struggle. And, as an adult lucky enough to have access to international news outlets at my fingertips, I now know that anyone in the U.S. can find the truth of the Palestinian struggle even without having to witness the trauma firsthand, as I have done.”

Posted Sept. 17, 2014

17 thoughts on “‘Pie for Palestine’ set for Sept. 20 at Kate’s Pie Shop

  • September 17, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    The UNRWA allowed rockets in their schools and returned rockets when found. They also allowed the embezzlement of millions that were used to build the terror tunnels and buy rockets while dooming the people that are living there to live in poverty. Until Hamas took over there was trade and employment between the Gazans and Israelis. When Israel pulled out of Gaza they left fields, groves and houses which Hamas burned to the ground. Israel endured over 3,000 rockets this summer. Over 200 children were killed building those terror tunnels for Hamas. Hamas has been summarily executing the Palestinians for supposedly collaborating with Israel. The goals of Hamas are no different than IS. It is written in their charter that they will destroy Israel. The leaders are not peaceful people.

    Hamas is internationally recognized as a terror group and is an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood. The children are taught from birth to hate all Jews. Their television shows, their camps, etc are all geared toward jihad.

    It is too bad the people in Gaza support a world wide recognized terror group. It is also horrible that every day for years the civilians in Israel have faced kidnapping and the murder of innocent children and civilians and of course the never ending rockets sent from Gaza. These rockets are sent at citizens and children who must rush to shelters.

    I feel sorry for the Palestinian children because they are filled with lies and hate from birth.

    The trauma is what these terrorist Hamas has done to the Palestinians by using them as cannon fodder while their leaders were living in luxury in Qatar.

  • September 17, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Also, this is not something that should not be happening in the public library.

    • September 18, 2014 at 12:41 pm

      Susan, agree with EVERYTHING you said. Thank you for INTELLIGENT comments!

    • September 19, 2014 at 8:48 am

      Yes Susan, perhaps the public library and Kate’s Pie Shop would welcome a “Cake for Christians” event to bring attention to what Christians in the Middle East and north Africa are suffering?

  • September 18, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Maybe next they will have ISIS there for a recruiting event?

    • September 18, 2014 at 12:41 pm

      I know, right?

  • September 19, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    At Susan….Yes their were missiles and weapons in the UN schools. The schools were abandoned and not in use. However, Israel attacked many of the schools once they were occupied with civilians, and later claimed they had weapons there after they were returned to Hamas.

    Embezzlment? It would seem you are forgetting the the recent trials of Israeli officials accused of the same acts. Including former PM Ohmert.

    IDF spends over three billion dollrs annually on weapons and military expenses. Hamas has a right to defend gaza from constant attacks by the IDF and incursions. ” Terror Tunnels,’ as Isareli apologists like to term them have been in existance since 2006, and were never used to attack civilains in Isarel, but were used to smuggle goods and attack the IDF at time of conflict.

    During the time if the Wrasaw Ghetto….Where did the Jews hide their weapons? Where did they attack from under ground, the sewars? Really your hypocrisy is stunning.

    Israel is an occupier and the Palestinians have every right to defend themselves and resist. Yes there was trade and peace before the existance of Israel…..Most of all the Palestinian people were free.

    And, sharing a pie and contributing to help the Gazans after the massacre brought upon them, is nothing short of humanitarian.

    Something you and Israeli apologists have always lacked.

  • September 19, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    The tunnels were used to kidnap and murder Israeli soldiered during the last war.

    The only IDF incursions are the result of the numerous attacks on the civilians of Israel. Israel over and over again said the bombing would stop if the rockets did.

    Hamas stored the rockets in schools and hospitals where there were people. They were notified by Israel to clear out, but Hamas made them stay.

    Egypt destroyed the tunnels that were for smuggling goods. Remember they blew them up and poured sewage in them? The tunnels into Israel were purely for terror. These tunnels were not there since 2006 and were built with money to help the Gazan people.

    It seems that you do not keep up with the news. Hamas admitted the tunnels were for terror and kidnapping. Hamas admitted sending rockets at civilian aircraft from around the world. Hamas admitted kidnapping the three students. The Bishop of the Orthodox church stated that Hamas was firing rockets from its church grounds.

    Israel is not occupying anything in Gaza, they pulled out in 2005. There was trade until the suicide bombers and other started carryout terror tactics on Israel.

    I feel sorry for the Gazans. Many of the people there have been murdered and tortured by Hamas. But Hamas is a terrorist group. If Hamas would stop the terror, the people would thrive. Hamas does not seem to have a great support among the Gazans. Perhaps it is because the summarily kill people they do not like or the corruption.

    You seem to forget everyone living in the area Christians, Jews, Muslims were all Palestinians as that was what the area was called. It was only after 1967, when Arafat started the Palestinian name.

    It is time for peace in the area. But misrepresenting the situation in Gaza to promote hate is wrong.

    And the public library should not be supporting any political group especially one that is at odds with our government.

  • September 20, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Considering the conflagration in this area of the world providing assistance to displaced families is a peaceful gesture and one which we should encourage.

  • September 20, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    The public library is not supporting a political group, they are having an evening for Palestine, to raise money and support and awareness. Has that now become a crime also?

    Israel is not occupying Gaza the way they occupy the West Bank, but they don’t allow Palestinians to leave or enter Gaza by land, sea or air, except with their permission – what do you call that? Freedom?

    Israeli supremacy and racism has caused millions of people grief and the reason we all care is that WE the people in the USA are sending 3 Billion per year to support this genocide – slow – but nonetheless genocide of the Palestinian people who were the native people of the land.

    Irgun and Stern (Jewish terror groups) helped to found Israel and are now called IDF.

    God bless Palestine, God bless all Palestinians, God bless all Palestinian children.

  • September 22, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    First the Library is not supporting this night. I had several people tell me that the library in no way is involved and that it would be inappropriate for them to support it. I guess the Pie place rents space. This was news to me and a very good decision by the library as it is inappropriate to support terrorist organizations.

    All the death and destruction is caused by Hamas and Iran working to the detriment of the Palestinians. There were no separate Palestinians until 1967. Everyone one who lived in the area were Palestinians. it was what the region was called. They are mostly from Jordan, Syria and Egypt.

    There is no genocide. The population has doubled in the last few years. Many people come and go. There are borders with Egypt. Egypt has closed most of them except for a few hours per day because of the terror that hamas has caused. If you want to look at genocide, you need to see what has happened to Christians in any area including Gaza that is controlled by terrorist Muslims.

    I feel sad for you because you obviously have not studied the area and do not know the reality. And you certainly do not know the history.

  • September 22, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Susan – My father was born in Palestine and his father and his father’s father. He had to leave Jerusalem in 1948 and my mother left Jaffa in 1948 after their families were scared by the massacres that the Irgun and Stern had committed on nearby villages. They left to escape the fighting and were never allowed to go back. I grew up in the Palestinian Diaspora hearing about how the Zionists had destroyed Palestinian lives, and livelihoods. Now, in the West, Palestinians are demonized by the very Zionists who have slaughtered 2000 in Gaza and are told they don’t exist. No, I won’t go back to Syria, or Egypt because that is not where my roots are from. One day I would like to take my children to Jerusalem and show them where their Gido and Teta come from, but up to this day I cannot. Please do not deny the existence of a whole people.

  • September 23, 2014 at 9:10 am

    The Palestinians support Hamas because they have no other voice. Since 1949 their land has been reduced significantly as a result of the 1967 war and ongoing Israeli settlements. A two state solution should have been recognized years ago but has been held back by Israel with the support of the US which only empowers more extremist action.

  • September 23, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    I keep reading inaccurate information being posted here. I strongly encourage that individuals do significant research on their own and not rely on what is posted. Much of it is straight from the Muslims/Palestinian/Hamas propaganda page and is totally inaccurate. Please as responsible people do research. What the two previous posters have written does not jive with reality. Please do the research.

  • September 23, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Susan, you and other Zionist mouthpieces have Avoidant Personality Disorder Syndrome. I posted my personal history and you encourage others not to believe the post but do their own research? Where in the name of humanity is your soul?

  • September 23, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Leila and Albert, you are spot on…Zionism is doing to Judaism what Isis is doing to Islam. Their occupation of innocent Palestinians is untenable. The status quo WILL change and very soon we hope. This last rampage in Gaza was beyond belief and the world saw what happened to 500 innocents who lost their lives. Much of what you see posted now is hasbara or paid trolls as Israel knows its on the losing side.

  • September 24, 2014 at 12:23 am

    Susan, will you try to pass a law so that people who read above posts will not be allowed to believe them? There are many sides to this conflict and people can decide for themselves without you pointing frantically in a certain direction. The whole world knows the Palestinians are being oppressed by the state of Israel.

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