Free Gaza, Hold Israel Accountable
Call from Palestine: Free Gaza, Hold Israel Accountable
To those who understand the interconnectedness of our many human struggles for justice and dignity, we in the Palestinian Civil Society implore you to act in solidarity as Gaza burns and bleeds, gathers and buries the lifeless bodies of her children, and contends with carnage and loss for which there is no language. The Gaza Strip is 139 square mile packed with 1.8 million people (1.2 million of whom are refugees ethnically cleansed by Israel between 1947-1950). This open-air prison has been suffocating under a deadly siege imposed by Israel for years and accommodated by the Egyptian government under pressure from the USA. A UN report before the latest assault said the Strip will be unlivable by 2020 but this attacks may bring that date sooner. Further, Gaza has been subjected to repeated massacres as Israel uses the small strip as testing grounds for its latest weaponry (funded by US taxpayers). According to the ministry of health, in its latest assault on the people of Gaza, Israeli occupation forces murdered 1283 and injured 7170 human beings (80% of them civilians, >200 children). Entire families are wiped out almost every day by Israel’s relentless bombing of civilian areas. Even before this latest assault, Israel has declared 20% of Gaza off-limits to human habitation and has demolished homes and agricultural fields in those areas. Now Israel has doubled this scorched earth area to be 40% of Gaza (182,000 displaced). We watch in horror as Israeli occupation forces destroyed mosques, schools, hospitals, agricultural areas, industries, and even the only power station in Gaza. We ask people of conscience to contact media and politicians to ensure that Israel is not immune from compliance with International Humanitarian Law. We also ask for expansion of campaigns of boycotts, divestment, and sanctions (BDS). Hundreds of thousands around the world demonstrated for Gaza and we are grateful. But more actions at this stage are needed to prevent large-scale genocide and human catastrophe in Gaza.
As Gaza is forced into darkness and devastation, we must speak on her behalf. Our friends and family members in Gaza call on you to demand the lifting of the siege on Gaza, the immediate provision of medical and humanitarian aid, and holding Israel accountable for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Key websites for information on current events in Gaza
Gaza: gaza.scoop.ps; pictures/stories of martyrs humanizepalestine.com; UN Office of Coordinator for Humanitarian Affairs ochaopt.org; UNRWA unrwa.org/gaza-emergency; Palestinain Center for Human Rights pchrgaza.org
International Middle East Media Center imemc.org
UN releases Satellite images showing Gaza destruction about livelihood http://www.channel4.com/news/gaza-satellite-image-destruction-rubble-houses-israel-bomb
“The third segment of the show, Gorilla Radio interview with Prof.
A child is thought dead, his family receives the bad news, touching and crying over him then he comes back to life and is rushed back to the operating room http://www.alwatanvoice.com/arabic/news/2014/07/29/573010.html
Targeting ambulances (now how is this video but evidence of crimes against humanity not war crimes since there is no war on Gaza, there is genocide) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-d5crde4vg
IDF Confirms Nahal Oz Video, Deif Shocks Israel http://www.roitov.com/articles/nahaloz.htm
Five Israeli talking points on Gaza debunked http://www.thenation.com/article/180783/five-israeli-talking-points-gaza-debunked
Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Pedro Almodovar denounce Israel’s ‘genocide’
64 public figures, 7 Nobel laureates, call for arms embargo on Israel Tutu, Chomsky, Waters, Pappe, others accuse country of ‘war crimes and possible crimes against humanity.’
The UN spokesperson Christopher Gunness cried as he tried to describe recent bombing of a United Nations school in Gaza.
People all over the world are stepping up – many for the first time – to send a clear, urgent message: We Choose Freedom for All.
Palestinians will not ‘raise a white flag (including statement from Prof.
Henry Siegman, Leading Voice of U.S. Jewry, on Gaza: “A Slaughter of Innocents”
Hiroshima to Israel: Stop indiscriminate killing of civilians http://marthiemombergblog.com/2014/07/21/hiroshima-to-israel-stop-indiscriminate-killings-in-gaza/