Mosaic Alert: Arab Reaction to Shoe Attack on Bush + 200 lawyers offer to defend Bush shoe attacker + Take Shoes to WH

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Thousands of Iraqis have demonstrated in Baghdad’s Sadr City in support of a journalist being held in custody after throwing his shoes at George Bush, the US president.

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200 lawyers offer to defend Bush shoe attacker

Daily Times
Dec 16, 2008

Detained journalist’s employer calls for his ‘immediate release’

AMMAN: Saddam Hussein’s former d his shoes at US President George W Bush during his farewell visit to said on Monday he was forming a team to defend the Iraqi journalist who hurle

“So far around 200 Iraqi and other lawyers, including Americans, have expressed willingness to defend the journalist for free,” the Amman-based Khalil al-Dulaimi told AFP. “I took the decision on Sunday night to defend the man after the incident. I am currently contacting Arab bar associations to form a defence committee.” Television journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi jumped up as Bush was holding a press conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Sunday, shouted “It is the farewell kiss, you dog” and threw two shoes at the US leader.


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Peace Activists Take Shoes to White House in Solidarity with Shoe-Throwing Iraqi Journalist

Global Research, December 15, 2008

Call for his release and tribute to Iraqis who have suffered under US occupation

WHAT: Peace activists to gather with shoes in solidarity to Iraqi journalist
WHEN: 11 a.m., Weds. Dec. 17
WHERE: In front of White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In solidarity with an Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at George W. Bush at a Baghdad press conference Sunday, peace activists will gather outside the White House with bags of shoes representing Iraqis and U.S. soldiers who have died since the Bush Administration’s illegal invasion of Iraq.

They aim to show support for Iraqi journalist Muntader al-Zaidi, who hurled his shoes at President Bush while he spoke at the conference on his “surprise” visit to discuss the war. Al-Zaidi is currently being held by Iraqi police and questioned on his actions. The peace activists are calling on the Iraqi government to release al-Zaidi without charges and have set up a fund to support him and his family.”

“It’s outrageous that al-Zaidi could get two years in prison for insulting George Bush, when Bush is directly responsible for the deaths of 1.5 million Iraqis and 4,200 U.S. troops, and 5 million displaced Iraqis,” says Medea Benjamin of CODEPINK. “The one who should be in jail is George Bush, and he should be charged with war crimes.”

The gesture of throwing shoes is considered a major insult in Arabic culture.

“al-Zaidi’s act of civil disobedience expresses the disgust that so many Iraqis and Americans feel towards a man who has caused so much pain and suffering,” says Anas Shallal of Iraqi Voices for Peace. “It is indeed a fitting tribute to the end of the Bush reign of terror.”

U.S. veterans who served in Iraq will also participate in the shoe action at the White House.

“Having one shoe thrown at George Bush pales in comparison to the suffering that veterans and Iraqis go through everyday,” says Geoffrey Milliard of Iraq Veterans Against the War. “Perhaps if Bush can see some more of these shoes before he leaves office, he will feel some of our pain.”

For more information, please call Medea Benjamin at 415-235-6517.

CODEPINK, founded in 2002, is a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end the war in Iraq, stop new wars, and redirect our resources into health care, education and other life-affirming activities. With an emphasis on joy and humor, CODEPINK women and men seek to activate, amplify and inspire a community of peacemakers through creative campaigns and a commitment to non-violence. For more info, visit

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Send Bush Your Shoes!

America: We were unable to give President [sic] Bush the boot, but we *can* give him the shoe!


It is time to carpet the lawn of the White House and carpet both the lawns of Bush’s new homes.

What better way to stand in solidarity with Iraqi television journalist Muntadar al-Zaidi?

Send virtual shoes, too! A CLG reader wrote, ‘I urge everyone around the world who thinks it appropriate to email George Bush at a picture of a shoe.’

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3 thoughts on “Mosaic Alert: Arab Reaction to Shoe Attack on Bush + 200 lawyers offer to defend Bush shoe attacker + Take Shoes to WH

  1. How unfair the world is, poor US people with a government that conspires against the world and their own people politically economically, they and there associates have made of the US this year as poor as a third world country, the coming years will be in such despair that the US people sadly will now understand why and how a big part of the world feel against their government, their policies and who they represent and only care for, I am so sorry for the American people and for the rest of us that have to endure such economic, political and social terror as a result of the greed of a group of people in and out the US government and the people behind them, not only the iraqi and afganistan people, to whom my hearts goes specially as you have been brutaly occupied and abused, keep fighting and inspiring the world in your love for your country, your home land your people and your culture, in a way we all share something with you now and even more in the future, even the US people without knowing, God bless the people of the world with strenght, health, prosperity, peace, justice and true freedom.

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