Images: 'Die in' protest halts visitors at Raytheon's foremost entrance

As visitors hissed and thundered alongside South Nogales Freeway, a number of dozen individuals lay on the asphalt of East Hermans Highway, blocking workers to the protection contractor Raytheon and demanding an finish to U.S. navy help of Israel.

As just a few Tucson Cops stood on the edges, members of the Tucson Coalition for Palestine pretended to be useless for practically 80 minutes as of a part of a “die-in” in entrance of the navy contractor’s foremost entrance. Together with banners and indicators, the group blocked the street with steel ladders.

Some individuals honked in help, whereas others snarled on the group from their automobiles. Just a few of the protestors laid on yoga mats, whereas others lined themselves in white plastic sheets, akin to physique luggage. One girl held her younger little one, who babbled quietly as her mom lay nonetheless.

The group stated their protest was designed to “ship a message that Raytheon can not proceed enterprise as ordinary whereas its weapons are getting used for the mass homicide of civilians in Gaza. Demonstrators will symbolically deliver the demise for which Raytheon is accountable again to its doorstep.” 

On Oct. 7, throughout the Jewish vacation of Simchat Torah, the militant group Hamas attacked Israel, killing as many as 1,400 individuals and taking practically 200 hostages. Israel responded instantly, launching a collection of counter-strikes, referred to as Operation Swords of Iron, towards navy and civilian targets within the Gaza Strip, a stretch of land pressed up towards Israel and Egypt and dealing with the Mediterranean Sea.

President Joe Biden stated after the assaults no less than 11 U.S. residents have been killed,
and U.S. officers stated they didn’t know if Americans have been
taken hostage.

After the assaults, practically a thousand individuals stuffed the sculpture backyard at Tucson’s Jewish Neighborhood Middle to point out solidarity for Israel.

By means of the remainder of October, Israeli air strikes continued, and the Gaza Well being Ministry has stated greater than 9,000 individuals have been killed. On Friday, a commander with the Israel Protection Forces stated air and floor forces have been “stepping up” their operations, concentrating on tunnels constructed by Hamas. The IDF additionally knocked out web and communications throughout the Gaza Strip, the Guardian reported.

In the meantime, 1000’s of individuals have protested all through Europe, the Center East, and Asia to point out help for Palestinians, Reuters reported, with many pushing for a ceasefire.

Earlier this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated Israel is not going to conform to a cease-fire, and Israeli navy forces have begun to push into Gaza as a part of a “second part”  of the nation’s navy assaults towards Hamas.

“Simply as america wouldn’t conform to a cease-fire after Pearl Harbor or after the terrorist assault of 9/11, Israel is not going to conform to a cessation of hostilities with Hamas after the horrific assaults of October 7,” Netanyahu stated throughout a press convention on Monday, NPR reported.

In Tucson, organizers stated their protest was a part of bigger actions across the phrase as persons are “taking motion towards the weapon producers whose missiles are killing individuals in Gaza.”

“Right here in Tucson, Raytheon is a serious provider of missiles, bombs, and weapons methods to Israel by way of direct contracts and by way of the U.S. Division of Protection. These weapons are getting used day by day to commit struggle crimes,” the group stated. “Tucson residents will say no to a genocide economic system and demand that Raytheon cease benefiting from the mass homicide of civilians.”