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Threat of pro-Palestine protest prompts Asheville, Buncombe to close offices early
Friday, 24 November 2023 18:22

Fear of violence sends gov’t workers home, but tourists, locals fail to get forewarning

From Staff Reports
The fear of violence that could result from a pro-Palestine protest in downtown Asheville on Nov. 9 prompted all downtown Buncombe County and some Asheville city offices to close early — at 3 that afternoon — and remain closed the next day.

The rally, organized by Party for Socialism and Liberation - WNC, is part of a nationwide effort to “demand an end to Israeli’s genocidal campaign against Palestine.”“

About 100 people chanting ‘free Palestine’ had gathered (on Nov. 9) downtown by 4 p.m. The rally ended around 5 p.m. and remained peaceful,” Asheville television station WLOS (News 13) reported that evening.
WNC socialism/liberation party claims Nov. 9 protest in Asheville frightened ‘the ruling class;’ until carnage ends, ‘no more business as usual’
Friday, 24 November 2023 18:21

From Staff Reports

After its Nov. 9 protest rally at Pack Square in downtown Asheville, the Western North Carolina Party for Socialism and Liberation — under the headline of “Asheville shut it down for Palestine!” — declared it a victory, issuing the following statement on Facebook:

“Hundreds gathered today in Asheville at Pack Square as part of a national day of action to SHUT IT DOWN for Palestine!

“Today, Buncombe County and the City of Asheville closed all downtown offices in anticipation for our demonstration. After seeing the historic march on Washington attended by more than 300,000 people last Saturday (Nov. 4), the ruling class fears the movement for Palestine!”

Biltmore launches Christmas season with spirit (and sparkle)
Friday, 24 November 2023 18:19

From Staff Reports

The delivery of a towering 35-foot Fraser fir tree at “America’s largest home” on Nov.1 was the finishing touch after a year of planning and weeks of decorating Biltmore House for the holidays, according to the Biltmore Estate.

Christmas at Biltmore, which began Nov. 3, will run through Jan. 7.

The Banquet Hall tree is Christmas at Biltmore’s star attraction. It took more than 50 staff members to hoist the tree onto their shoulders and carry it into the Banquet Hall, where a system of ropes secured the tree in place.

Trinity Baptist Church effort to aid Israel nets $310K; triggers threats
Friday, 24 November 2023 18:17

From Staff Reports

Trinity Baptist Church in West Asheville raised $310,000 when it hosted more than 1,000 people for an “A Night for Israel” service on the evening of Oct. 25 to show local solidarity with — and support for — victims and those working the frontlines in Israel, TPC Senior Pastor Winston Parrish confirmed in a Nov. 19 interview with the Daily Planet.. 

“A moving service was followed by a telethon that raised more than $300,000 for Magen David Adom (MDA), Israel’s national emergency medical system,” Air 1 News reported on Nov. 13.

Meanwhile, Skyline News headlined an Oct 27 story as follows: 

“Pro-Hamas terrorist group targets Asheville’s Trinity Baptist Church and Ralph Sexton Ministries — others also targeted....”


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