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OMNI: GAZA NEWSLETTER #8, MAY 13, 2021

 

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GAZA NEWSLETTER # 8

BUILDING A CULTURE OF PEACE, JUSTICE, AND ECOLOGY.   MAY 13, 2021.

   Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace, Justice, and Ecology.

(#1: 3-3-08; #2 Nov. 16, 2012; #3 Nov. 17, 2013; #4 May 31, 2014; #5 July 28, 2014; #6 August 30, 2014; #7 April 8, 2015).

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What’s at stake:   Over 1.5 million Palestinians live in the Gaza Strip. It is not a battlefield.  It is becoming an Extermination Camp.

 

Contents of Gaza Newsletter #8

PART I

ASSAULT ON GAZA MAY 2021

 

 

PART II

BACKGROUND: OCCUPATION AND REPRESSION

2010

2014

2018

RESISTANCE

 

 

 

TEXTS

PART I

ANOTHER ISRAELI DECIMATION OF GAZA, MAY 2021

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Luis Contreras

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https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/5/13/israel-bombs-high-rise-buildings-as-gaza-marks-deadly-eid-live

 

 

 

A JEWISH AMERICAN SOURCE

Weekly Update - Israel and Gaza on Fire

Americans for Peace Now apndc@peacenow.org via salsalabs.org 

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Americans for Peace Now

Weekly Update: May 13, 2021

 

 

CONGRESSIONAL ACTION

What if Palestinians had human rights?

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Congresswoman Betty McCollum from Minnesota has introduced a bill (H.R.2590) "to promote and protect the human rights of Palestinians living under Israeli military occupation and to ensure that United States taxpayer funds are not used by the Government of Israel to support the military detention of Palestinian children, the unlawful seizure, appropriation, and destruction of Palestinian property and forcible transfer of civilians in the West Bank, or further annexation of Palestinian land in violation of international law."

It's terrific for Congress Members and special envoys to speak out against brutal ethnic cleansing by the rightwing Israeli government. But ceasing to fund the killing would carry more weight. If the U.S. State Department had a secret "off" switch for all U.S.-manufactured weapons, there would be very few places on earth it would ever have to send anyone to plead for peace. In the absence of such a fantasy solution, we have the commonsensical steps taken in H.R.2590.

This bill would prohibit Israel from using U.S. taxpayer dollars in the Occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem for:

·  the military detention, abuse, or ill-treatment of Palestinian children in Israeli military detention;

·  the seizure and destruction of Palestinian property and homes in violation of international humanitarian law; or,

·  Israel’s unilateral annexation of Palestinian territory in violation of international humanitarian law.

Click here to quickly ask your Representative to cosponsor this bill, and to ask your Senators to introduce and pass the same legislation.

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If H.R.2590 becomes law, here are things the Israeli government will be forbidden to do to children with U.S. dollars: torture, physical violence, restraint in stress positions, hooding, sensory deprivation, death threats, solitary confinement, imprisonment without charge or trial, denial of access to parents or legal counsel, the use of force to coerce confessions.

The Israeli government imprisons around 700 Palestinian children a year, with the support of U.S. tax dollars, which flow in at a rate of nearly $4 billion a year. Armed soldiers barge into homes in the middle of the night, taking children away from their parents. Israel subjects children to torture and abuse, deprives them of food and water, and denies them their right to an attorney. U.S. tax dollars should not fund this immoral and illegal activity! (See documentation in background links at bottom.)
 
Israel routinely destroys Palestinian homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, leaving thousands of Palestinians homeless. Israel has demolished more than 48,000 Palestinian structures since 1967, 24,000 of which are estimated to be homes. These numbers have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, Israel demolished or seized 851 Palestinian structures, displacing over 1,000 Palestinians, including over 524 children. Families are often given just minutes to gather their belongings before bulldozers destroy their homes. In some cases, Palestinians are forced to even pay for the demolition of their own homes. (See documentation in background links at bottom.)

This week the residents of an apartment building in Gaza were given one hour to get out before it was destroyed with a missile.

A poll of 53 countries released last week found 44% of people see the U.S. government as a threat to democracy, while 38% see the Chinese government, and 28% see the Russian government as threat to democracy. A likely factor in the U.S. lead in this polling is its endless support for an apartheid state that gives basic rights to only one kind of people. If President Biden is serious about "winning the 21st century" on behalf of "democracy," it is in his immediate interest to change this shameful policy. 
 
Most of the world's oppressive governments receive funding for their militaries from the U.S. government, but Israel's receives the most. If you think putting some basic limits on what can be done with that money is the very least the U.S. Congress could do, click here to send an email. We've drafted it for you but encourage you to edit and add your own words!

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Background:
>> H.R.2590
>> Defense for Children International - Palestine
>> Friends of Sabeel North America: A Christian Voice for Palestine: "Support Rep. McCollum’s Bill H.R. 2590 to Protect Palestinians"
>> HaMoked Center for the Defence of the Individual: "Under Cover of Darkness: Night Arrests of Palestinian Minors by Israeli Security Forces in the West Bank"
>> Human Rights Watch: "Abusive Israeli Policies Constitute Crimes of Apartheid, Persecution"
>> The Guardian: "U.S. Seen as Bigger Threat to Democracy than Russia or China, Global Poll Finds"
>> World BEYOND War: "Mapping U.S. Military 'Aid' Received"

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Protests in 50 U.S. cities demanding end to U.S.-backed Israeli apartheid.  ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism).  

FREE PALESTINE

In response to the Israeli government and Zionist extremists' murderous actions in the last week, there is a new wave of Palestinian mass resistance not only in cities and towns across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, but also in many Palestinian cities inside the 1948 borders of Israel. On May 10, a horrifically violent and desecrating attack on the Al-Aqsa mosque left more than 400 Palestinians wounded, with 250 suffering injuries serious enough to require hospital treatment. 

In the latest escalation, Israel has launched hundreds of air strikes on the Gaza Strip. The death toll now reaches over 65, in Gaza. At least 365 people have been wounded, including 86 children and 39 women. Meanwhile, six people were killed on the Israeli side by rocket fire, including the first death of an Israeli soldier in this round of conflict. About 100 Israelis have also been wounded. 

Free Palestine! Please make an urgently needed donation to the antiwar and anti-racism movement today. We can only carry on this crucial work with contributions from supporters like you. 

Click here to read the full statement by the ANSWER Coalition – Act Now to Stop War & End Racism

Find local actions in your city: https://www.answercoalition.org/?utm_campaign=palestine_3_may_12_2021&utm_medium=email&utm_source=answercoalition

 



 

 

 

 

PART II  BACKGROUND

US CAMPAIGN FOR PALESTINIAN RIGHTS

Ahmad Abuznaid, USCPR via uark.onmicrosoft.com , 5-13-21

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New campaign: Sanctions & solidarity with Palestinians to end aparthei

 

Dear Dick,

As you watch photos and videos of Israeli settlers attacking Palestinians, chanting “death to Arabs”, stealing their homes, knees on their necks, you may be tempted to wonder if this is a recent trend or if it’s suddenly worse now. Don’t. It’s not. This is what Israel has done since its inception.

That’s why we’re co-launching a new campaign that gets to the root of Israel’s violence and demands full justice: Rise Up With Palestine. Join us and our partners at Adalah Justice Project, led by a collective of Palestinian grassroots leaders, to demand justice:



Israel emboldens violence against the Palestinian people and continues to forcibly displace communities while imposing travel restrictions, checkpoints, and home demolitions along with a stifling air, land, and sea blockade on Gaza.

Family members are separated from one another by walls and fabricated borders, and in a time when communities around the world are gathering to celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan, loved ones across Palestine are prevented from praying and breaking their fast together.

In Jerusalem, Israel has escalated its military presence, firing tear gas, stun grenades, and rubber bullets at Palestinians praying at al-Aqsa Mosque, and limited access to holy sites in attempts to erase Palestinian identity from the city. Sheikh Jarrah, Silwan and other Jerusalemite communities are being attacked on all sides. As Palestinians in Lydd, Haifa, Akka, and beyond rise up, they too are being met with harsh Israeli repression. And now, as you know, families across Gaza are mourning the loss of their loved ones after Israel’s airstrikes killed 87 people.

Funded by U.S. taxpayer dollars, to the tune of $3,800,000,000 every year, Israeli government policies continue to choose Apartheid, ethnically cleansing Palestinian people from the land. The courts affirm these policies. The soldiers and police carry out the enforcement. Israeli settlers march through the streets of the Holy city chanting "death to Arabs" and attack anyone they suspect to be Palestinian.

Dick, Israel has brutalized the Palestinian people since 1948, but what’s new in 2021 is the vast movement exposing Israel. The power of the people, both in Palestine, and across the globe, is the only way to freedom.

We are inspired by the resistance in Sheikh Jarrah—and we have a vital role to play in the U.S. in making bolder than ever demands with bigger than ever people power:



Our tax dollars are funding Israel's crimes against humanity while here at home we are told there is not enough money for Medicare for All, minimum wage, or public infrastructure —all of which have a disproportionate impact on Black and brown communities. Our demand is simple: stop bankrolling ethnic cleansing and apartheid, and start investing in health and safety for all.

Send a letter to Congress to demand the following: End U.S. military funding for Israelsupport sanctions on Israel, and elevate the Palestinian call for freedom and safety.

Take action and voice your support for the Palestinian people today. Your commitment to Palestinian rights is critical to shifting the narrative here in the U.S. and dismantling apartheid policies in Israel.

Together, we can continue building towards a future where freedom, justice, and equality are afforded to all.


In solidarity,
AHMAD ABUZNAID
Executive Director

 

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Norman Finkelstein: Palestinians Have the Right to Break Free of the “Unlivable” Cage That Is Gaza

DEMOCRACY NOW    STORYMAY 16, 2018

https://www.democracynow.org/2018/5/16/norman_finkelstein_palestinians_have_the_right

 

 mronline.org (11-23-19)

 

We thought the house was empty

On 13 November 2019, as part of its deadly attack on the people of Gaza, Israeli armed forces bombed a building in the Deir al-Balah neighbourhood of Gaza City.

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Israel: Arms Embargo Needed As Military Unlawfully Kills And Maims Gaza Protesters

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Why Are Palestinians Protesting In Gaza?

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PEACEKEEPING AND SECURITY, UN Wire (7-24-19)

 

Demolition of Palestinian homes is illegal, UN official says

Israel's demolition of Palestinian homes outside Jerusalem violates international laws and increases many Palestinians' risk of forcible transfer, warns Rosemary DiCarlo, head of the United Nations Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs. Palestinian envoy Riyad Mansour has asked the UN Security Council to investigate, while Israel's UN Ambassador Danny Danon says the homes are being demolished legally because they were built without permits.

Al Jazeera (7/23) 

 

Uninhabitable: Gaza faces the moment of truth - Jonathan Cook

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Oct 13, 2019 - Israel has ignored warnings by the United Nations that Gaza is about to become uninhabitable, acting as if Palestinians there can be caged, ...

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Can an Error This Egregious Be Called a Mistake?

·         ACTION ALERT: What NYT Called Israel’s ‘1st Incursion’ Was at Least Its 263rd by JOHN MCCULLOUGH.  FAIR Fairness and accuracy in reporting,  NOVEMBER 16, 2018.   DONATE

 

 

+972 photo of Israeli tank on Gaza border (photo: Miriam Alster/Flash90)

NYT: Deadly Gaza Raid by Israel Threatens Nascent Ceasefire

New York Times article (11/11/18) misstates the number of recent Israeli ground incursions into Gaza by two orders of magnitude.

In a piece headlined “Deadly Gaza Raid by Israel Threatens Nascent Ceasefire” (11/11/18), the New York Times described an Israeli assault near the city of Khan Yunis that killed seven Palestinians as

the first known Israeli ground incursion into Gaza since Operation Protective Edge, in July 2014, set off a seven-week war.

This depiction of the attack as a unique occurrence in recent times is wildly inaccurate. Since the 2014 Gaza War, the IDF has carried out 262 ground incursions into the Gaza strip, according to the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Seventy of these have occurred in the past year alone. As Henriette Chacar, writing for +972 Magazine (11/13/18), points out:

Israel carried out 21 incursions into Gaza in 2014…. The next year, in 2015, that number more than doubled, to 56 incidents. In 2016 and 2017, 68 and 65 incursions took place, respectively. By end of October 2018, 73 such incidents had been recorded, according to the UN data.

Such incursions are a regular occurrence, but are rarely reported by media or known to the general public. Chacar’s article (which was reposted by Lobe Log—11/14/18) quotes retired Israeli Gen. Tal Russo: “Activities that most civilians aren’t aware of happen all the time, every night and in every region.”

Operations by the Israeli military can have a devastating effect on ordinary Palestinians in Gaza. Combined with the ever-changing “buffer zone” declared by the IDF, they make it difficult for nearby farmers to grow crops or raise livestock, worsening the area’s already tenuous economic situation.

Errors like the New York Timesminimize the degree to which Israel continues to occupy Gaza, despite claiming to have “disengaged” in 2005, and aid a media narrative in which the IDF is reacting defensively rather than acting as an aggressor.

 [I read about this in FAIR’s Extra! (Soundbites, Jan/Feb 2019), to which I subscribe, and in search of it I found the preceding larger original report.  –Dick]



Why We Sail, Sail, and Sail Again: Freedom Flotilla 2020 ...

https://canadaboatgaza.org › 2020/01/28 › why-we-sail...

Jan 28, 2020 — The Flotilla will sail again in 2020, at the request of Palestinians of Gaza. This is the year the UN report declared that Gaza will be unliveable. Right now, most of its drinking water is contaminated. Every child shows symptoms of psychological distress.
New Freedom Flotilla will sail for Gaza in summer 2020 ...

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com › 20191202-new-f...

Dec 2, 2019 — The International Coalition of the Freedom Flotilla has announced that it will sail again to the Gaza Strip in the summer of 2020 to try to break ...

 

51 DAY WAR 2014

UN report on the 2014 Gaza conflict

UN report is a reminder: Over 1.5 million people live in the Gaza Strip. It is not a battlefield.  B’Tselem, June 30, 2015

The UN report on the 2014 Gaza conflict rejects Israeli government and military officials’ view of what is permissible in combat in densely populated areas. The UN commission’s premise differs from that of these officials, seeing Gaza as the home of over 1.5 million civilians where combat took place, not as a battlefield on which civilians live. The report states that the immense harm to civilians during the fighting cannot be justified nor can IHL be interpreted so as to legalize it, even considering the modus operandi of Hamas and other armed groups. The commission also found that the responsibility for violating IHL rests with the senior political and military officials who drew up the policy and did not change it even when its lethal consequences became clear.

 

Noam Chomsky, world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author. He is Institute Professor Emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has taught for more than 50 years.

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MIT Professor Noam Chomsky discusses U.S. support for Israel; the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS); and the blockade of Gaza. "In the Occupied Territories, what Israel is doing is much worse than apartheid," Chomsky says. "To call it apartheid is a gift to Israel, at least if by 'apartheid' you mean South African-style apartheid. … There’s a crucial difference. The South African Nationalists needed the black population. That was their workforce. The Israeli relationship to the Palestinians in the Occupied Territories is totally different. They just don’t want them. They want them out, or at least in prison."

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AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org,The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman, as we continue our conversation with MIT Professor Noam Chomsky. The world-renowned political dissident, linguist, author has written more than a hundred books; one of his latest, Gaza in Crisis. I interviewed him on Thursday.

AMY GOODMAN: Noam, I wanted to ask you about your recent piece for The Nation on Israel-Palestine and BDS. You were critical of the effectiveness of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement. One of the many responses came from Yousef Munayyer, the executive director of the Jerusalem Fund and its educational program, the Palestine Center. He wrote, quote, "Chomsky’s criticism ofBDS seems to be that it hasn’t changed the power dynamic yet, and thus that it can’t. There is no doubt the road ahead is a long one for BDS, but there is also no doubt the movement is growing ... All other paths toward change, including diplomacy and armed struggle, have so far proved ineffective, and some have imposed significant costs on Palestinian life and livelihood." Could you respond?

NOAM CHOMSKY: Well, actually, I did respond. You can find it on The Nation website. But in brief, far from being critical of BDS, I was strongly supportive of it. One of the oddities of what’s called the BDS movement is that they can’t—many of the activists just can’t see support as support unless it becomes something like almost worship: repeat the catechism. If you take a look at that article, it very strongly supported these tactics. In fact, I was involved in them and supporting them before the BDS movement even existed. They’re the right tactics.

But it should be second nature to activists—and it usually is—that you have to ask yourself, when you conduct some tactic, when you pursue it, what the effect is going to be on the victims. You don’t pursue a tactic because it makes you feel good. You pursue it because it’s going—you estimate that it’ll help the victims. And you have to make choices. This goes way back. You know, say, back during the Vietnam War, there were debates about whether you should resort to violent tactics, say Weathermen-style tactics. You could understand the motivation—people were desperate—but the Vietnamese were strongly opposed. And many of us, me included, were also opposed, not because the horrors don’t justify some strong action, but because the consequences would be harm to the victims. The tactics would increase support for the violence, which in fact is what happened. Those questions arise all the time.

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Delinda Hanley.      
What Looms Ahead for the Forgotten Heroes of Gaza?   Washington Report on Middle East Affairs.  May, 2015.   WRMEA, May, 2015, pp. 16-17. 

Especially about the Gazan and UNRWA victims and heroes of the Israeli invasion of Gaza in 2014.   Focuses particularly on UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krahenbuhl and the Gazan victims.   --D

 

 

 

 

The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza

by Max Blumenthal.

Best-selling author reports on Israel’s brutal assault on Gaza in July 2014

Beginning July 8, 2014, Israel launched air strikes and a ground invasion of Gaza that lasted fifty-one days, leaving over 2,000 people dead, the vast majority of whom were civilians. During the assault, at least 10,000 homes were destroyed and, according to the United Nations, nearly 300,000 Palestinians were displaced.

Max Blumenthal was on the ground during what he argues was an entirely avoidable catastrophe. In this explosive work of reportage, Blumenthal reveals the harrowing conditions and cynical deceptions that led to the ruinous war. Here, for the first time, Blumenthal unearths and presents shocking evidence of atrocities he gathered in the rubble of Gaza.

Reviews

“Max Blumenthal’s new book about this Israeli attack [is] so compelling, so necessary … It humanizes this event like nothing else I’ve read … The book is filled with very well-documented history, facts and statistics relevant to what the Israeli military calls Operation Protective Edge. And all of those are both interesting and important.”– Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept

“This will be the definitive history of the Israeli war of 2014 against Gaza. Blumenthal has once again demonstrated his devotion to truth and justice.”– W. Patrick Lang, Former Defense Intelligence Agency head for Middle East / South Asia

“Max Blumenthal audaciously takes in-your-face, on-the-ground journalism into the realm of geopolitics.”– Juan Cole, author of The New Arabs and Engaging the Muslim World

“To really understand what happened, read Max Blumenthal's The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza. His concision and clarity are established in the introduction”  – Independent

“Max Blumenthal has spent the last decade transforming himself into one of the most vital voices in journalism today, always speaking truth to power with fearlessness and integrity. As with his previous books, The 51 Day War is sure to be talked about for years to come.”– Reza Aslan, author of Zealot and No god but God

“Explosive, pull-no-punches reporting that is certain to stir controversy.”– Kirkus Review

“A gripping eyewitness narrative of the latest pointless war in Gaza last year.”– Foreign Policy

“Tells a powerful story powerfully well.”– David Swanson

“The definitive account of the 2014 Israeli war on Gaza. Max combines the very best of humanistic, on-the-ground journalism with detailed documentation backing up every point he makes.”– Asa Winstanley, Middle East Monitor

 

In Max Blumenthal’s ‘The 51 Day War,’ Life in Gaza Looks Bleak, But Resistance is Growing BY BEN LORBER   Email  Print.  In These Times  (July 2015).       Blumenthal offers an unembellished look at the misery on the ground in the Gaza Strip during Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in 2014.

Blumenthal allows the young men and women of Gaza to speak.

When American journalist Max Blumenthal arrived in the Gaza Strip on August 14, 2014, it was the 38th day of Israel’s bombardment of the coastal enclave. By the time Operation Protective Edge ended on August 26, over 2,100 Palestinians had been killed, including more than 1,500 civilians and over 500 children, and over 10,000 wounded. With more than 7,000 homes destroyed and 10,000 more severely damaged by Israeli bombing, approximately 30 percent of the 1.8 million residents of Gaza were internally displaced, with hundreds of thousands needing emergency food assistance and seeking shelter in UN-run schools.

Blumenthal’s new book, The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza, lays bare some of the names, faces and experiences behind these statistics, and stands both as a harrowing account of the destruction wrought by the Israeli army, and a testament to the resilience and strength of the Palestinian people. The book takes us inside the halls of hospitals overflowing with wounded patients and the corpses of innocent adults and children; through the streets of shell-shocked cities and towns, flooded with refugees dodging shrapnel, frantically searching for loved ones and fleeing for safety; and across the blood-stained courtyards of UN schools scorched and decimated by Israeli airstrikes.

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"Sadistic & Grotesque": Noam Chomsky on How Israel Limits Food & Medicine in Occupied Gaza

 

 

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Thousands of Palestinians have been wounded and 42 have been killed during the last four weeks of protests along the Gaza border, says United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein. "The loss of life is deplorable, and the staggering number of injuries caused by live ammunition only confirms the sense that excessive force has been used against demonstrators -- not once, not twice, but repeatedly," he warns.

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The death toll continues to rise from today’s massacre of unarmed Palestinian protestors by the Israeli military. We urge you to take action by contacting your members of Congress and demanding significant changes to U.S. policy in the region.

Just days after announcing his administration’s intention to violate the nuclear deal with Iran, President Trump went ahead with the provocative move of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

For decades, the U.S. government has supported Israel’s development and possession of a substantial nuclear arsenal while going to war against other nations over non-existent weapons of mass destruction.

While Israeli snipers were shooting unarmed Palestinians, including children, from long range, President Trump was hard at work on Twitter. This morning, he tweeted, “Big day for Israel. Congratulations!”

 

While thousands of Gazan families mourned the injuries and deaths from Israeli bullets, White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah called the massacre “a gruesome and unfortunate propaganda attempt” by Hamas.

As long as the United States government continues to unconditionally support Israel’s unlawful actions, peace between Israel and Palestine, and in the Middle East more broadly, will remain elusive. 

Please contact your senators and representative today, and demand that they condemn Israel’s killing of unarmed protestors. Ask them to support sensible, balanced policies that will foster peace and a nuclear-free Middle East, instead of willfully provocative policies designed to further inflame tensions.

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Noam Chomsky on Media’s "Shameful Moment" in Gaza & How a U.S. Shift Could End the Occupation

 

 

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Dear Dick,

This week marks the one-year anniversary of the launch of Israel’s ruinous assault against the besieged people of Gaza, the third such operation since 2008 and the most devastating. Over 2,200 Palestinians were killed during Israel’s 50-day military incursion; 547 of the casualties were children. Many families in Gaza are still living in the rubble of their destroyed homes, and there is little hope of rebuilding while the Israeli blockade of land, sea and air continues.

Today—July 9th—we mark the tenth anniversary of the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement. We believe that BDS is the most effective means at our disposal to hold Israel to account for its war crimes, as well at for its ongoing land theft, dispossession, and discrimination against Palestinians.

At CODEPINK we’ve been working to expose real estate giant REMAX for selling illegal Israeli settlements on stolen Palestinian land. Please take a moment to send a note to the CEO of REMAX, and tell him to respect international law and immediately halt the sale of illegal Israeli settlements!

The growing strength and power of this global movement has Israeli leadersworried, and just this week Hillary Clinton paid tribute to our influence in a letter to top donor Haim Saban in which she vowed to fight BDS.

So as we remember those who died in Gaza last summer, we commit ourselves to redouble our efforts on behalf of dignity, equality and justice. Check out our ongoing boycott campaigns: Stolen BeautyStop SodaStream, and No Open House on Stolen Land, and send a note to the CEO of REMAX today.

In solidarity,

Alli, Chelsea, Janet, Jodie, Lia, Medea, Michelle, Mike, Nancy, Tighe, and Sergei

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*Nakba is the Arabic word for catastrophe or disaster when more than 700,000 Palestinians were forced into exile as a result of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. They and their descendants now number 5.7 million, most still confined in refugee camps and denied basic human rights. Human Rights Watch has recently called on Israel to allow for their repatriation.

 

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Contents of Gaza Newsletter #7

Gaza Newsletter #7 is mainly about the 51 Day War that began July 8, 2014

http://jamesrichardbennett.blogspot.com/2015/04/gaza-newsletter-7.html

Dick, Conversion of US Funds

Russell Tribunal on Palestine, Sept. 25, 2014

Twelve Articles Report the Siege of Gaza, by the Washington Report on Middle
   East Affairs

Gaza’s Ark’s Weekly Digest[DB1] 

Gaza’s Ark’s Weekly Digest

Gaza’s Ark’s Weekly Digest, Dec. 27, 2014

 

Noam Chomsky, Brutal Israeli Occupation 

Two Reports from Democracy Now

   Henry Siegman, “A Slaughter of Innocents”

    Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan, “The Guns of August,” Context of WWI

 

Three Articles by Marjorie Cohn, Our Country’s Truth and Justice Conscience

 

Debra DeLee, Americans for Peace Now Available Online Free Daily

 

Contact President Obama

 

 

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