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Madison-Rafah Sister City Project to hold “Day of Action for Rafah” on Friday

A pro-Palestinian speaker on the UW-Madison campus at a recent protest about the current crisis in Gaza (Photo by Omar Waheed)

The Madison-Rafah Sister City Project is organizing a “Day of Action for Rafah” on Friday, March 1 in downtown Madison.

“The purpose of the Day of Action for Rafah is to focus public attention on the city and to ask Madisonians to call the Biden White House and demand an end to the genocide of the Palestinians,” the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project said in a press release Wednesday. Rafah is a 25-square-mile area with approximately 1.4 million Palestinians. “Most of them seeking shelter having fled other areas in the Gaza Strip which have been bombed by Israel.”

The Madison-Rafah Sister City Project was founded in 2003 by a group of concerned citizens in Madison seeking to forge person-to-person relationships with Rafah, Palestine.

There will be multiple actions throughout the day on Friday for the “Day of Action” including banner drops over the Beltline Highway, sidewalk chalking and leafleting on the UW campus, a social media campaign, press outreach, and leafleting Madison. Organizers will be at Library Mall and the surrounding area from 12:30-2:30 p.m., educating people and asking them to take action to save Rafah. 

Gaza’s health ministry said Thursday that the number of Palestinians killed in the war has surpassed 30,000. The official number now stands at 30,035 deaths.