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

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