Group Calls for Action against Israel’s War on Gaza

A local group is circulating an “action alert” calling on Grand Rapids area residents to take action against Israel’s ongoing war on Gaza. The alert contains background information and suggestions for contacting our legislators and The Grand Rapids Press.

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MediaMouse.org received this email from a local group calling for people to show opposition to Israel’s attack on Gaza:

Take Action against Israel’s War on Gaza

Grand Rapids, Michigan Dec. 31, 2008—A group of local folks who are disturbed by Israel’s violent bombing of Gaza over the past week are calling on others to denounce Israel’s bombing of Gaza and to show support for the Palestinian families living there.

To date, Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip have killed more than 375 Palestinians and injured more than 1,400. Many are civilians, women and children. Many, many more have had their homes and their livelihoods destroyed…yet again.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has vowed “a war to the bitter end.” Why? It’s an election year. Yousef Munayyer, policy analyst for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, wrote in the Chicago Tribune, “In Israel, it is time to be tough. Not because being tough will stop rocket fire from the Gaza Strip, but because being tough will get you elected. With elections upcoming, the incumbents have a direct advantage over the challengers because they are in the position to create, and act upon, issues of national security to prove their ability to handle these challenges…Israel and Hamas were at their most peaceful state in the history of their coexistence for five months this year. During the Egyptian-brokered truce, aggressive attacks plummeted and for the first time in years, the alarm sirens indicating incoming rocket attacks had largely fallen silent.”

Not only is the recent bombing campaign about getting out the vote, US tax dollars are funding it. From 2001-2006, the U.S. transferred to Israel more than $200 million worth of spare parts for its F-16s and more than $100 million worth of Apache helicopter parts. In July 2008, the U.S. gave Israel 186 million gallons of JP-8 aviation jet fuel and signed $1.9 billion worth of combat ships. And, we signed a $1.3 billion contract with Raytheon to transfer thousands of TOW, Hellfire, and “bunker buster” missiles to Israel.

WE DEMAND AN END TO THE ISRAELI BOMBING OF CIVILIANS!

WE DEMAND THAT THE US STOPS FUNDING ISRAEL ($3 billion annually) UNTIL REAL NEGOTIATIONS BEGIN AND THE ISRAELI OCCUPATION OF PALESTINIAN LAND ENDS!

Contact the White House, the State Department, your Representative and Senators to protest Israel’s war on Gaza. Demand an immediate cease-fire.

Debbie Stabenow (616) 975-0052, http://stabenow.senate.gov/contact.htm

Vern Ehlers, Ford Federal Building, 110 Michigan St., Grand Rapids, MI 49503, (616) 451-8383, http://www.house.gov/ehlers/contact_vern.shtml

Carl Levin, Ford Federal Building, 110 Michigan St., Grand Rapids, MI 49503, (616) 456-2531, http://levin.senate.gov/contact/

White House: 202-456-1111 or comments@whitehouse.gov

State Department: 202-647-6575

Write a letter to the editor of The Grand Rapids Press, pulse@grpress.com, 150 Michigan NW, Grand Rapids MI 49503.

Phone into your favorite local talk show.

The action is being planned by an informal group, Brunch & Revolution, which meets monthly to discuss ways and take action to create social justice through meaningful change.

For more information, visit:

http://www.electronicintifada.net/

http://www.pchrgaza.org/

http://www.endtheoccupation.org

Author: mediamouse

Grand Rapids independent media // mediamouse.org

4 thoughts on “Group Calls for Action against Israel’s War on Gaza”

  1. These are crazy demands, what did the Palestinians thins would happen when they start firing missiles at Israel as soon as the cease fire ends. Until they recognize the right for Israel to exist and as long as they continue to fire missiles, they are getting exactly what they ask for.

  2. The Palestinians did not start this recent exchange of military fire. As has been reported in most of the world, but not in the US, Israel first bombed the Gaza area on November 4. James Petras and other writers have documented that Israel has been planning this assault in order to wipe out Hamas. Check out the links provided in the story, particularly Electronic Intifada.

    In addition, Israel’s bombing has killed more than 400 civilians and wounded over 2,000. The Israeli military is preventing international medical relief from entering the area to treat the wounded, bombed the Gaza hospital and the university, all of which are violations of International Law.

    Understanding what is happening and who is responsible for what atrocities makes the above demands very reasonable.

  3. It is so important that both Palestine and Israel live in secure safe borders without the fear of tyranny. One problem that occurs when trying to understand the politics of the region is that Israel and Palestine are not equals politically and militarily. Palestine does not have a central government free to conduct its affairs without interference from the occupying power, Israel. Nor does it have a navy or air force. But we continue to discuss the situation as though they are equally powerful partners.

    Palestine has recognized Israel’s right to exist on more than one occasion. Israel, however, does not recognize the right of Palestine as an independent sovereign nation. I believe the Israelis and Palestinians are tired of the violence and want nothing but peace.The Israeli press is very critical of its occupation of Palestinians and its government’s decision to continually wage war on Palestine. The Palestinian press is critical of the violence engendered by its people and the of the problems within its own government. But in America we have difficulty recognizing that Israel is the occupier and is more powerful than Palestine. Once we see this reality, it is easier to see a solution to the ongoing conflict.

  4. Here is my Help to the situation in Gaza

    I am sending swimming belts, they have to enter the water and swim direction WEST………….

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