Al-Jazeerah: Cross-Cultural Understanding
Opinion Editorials, December 2008
The World Protest Zionist Israeli Savagery in Gaza, January 11, 2009
Current Issues TV interviewd Sameh Habeeb live from Gaza
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZ7BMb20i5E Hesham Tillawi interviews Sameh Habeeb live from Gaza on Current Issues TV ( 10 Minutes)
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5472585938932394581 Full Hour with Sameh Habeeb from Gaza
US House of Representatives Votes on Unbalanced Resolution
Blaming Palestinian Victims, Justifying Israeli War Crimes
US House of Representatives Votes on Unbalanced Resolution Blaming Palestinian Victims, Justifying Israeli War Crimes
The US Senate unanimously passed an extremely unbalanced resolution on the War in Gaza. The resolution can be seen here: http://aipac.org/Publications/SourceMaterialsCongressionalAction/SenateRes.pdf
CALL YOUR HOUSE REPRESENTATIVES NOW and let them know you oppose any legislation which places blame on only one side, fails to recognize the plight of the Palestinian civilians suffering under Israel siege for years before the war, and does not hold Israel accountable for any violations of International and American Law and the Laws of War.
Instructions on how to contact your Representatives are below.
Continue to visit ADC's GAZA CRISIS RESOURCE CENTER for ways to take action, donate, and keep up to date about recent developments in the Gaza Strip.
How to contact your Senators in 7 steps.
1. Go to http://capwiz.com/adc/dbq/officials/ , if you have trouble locating contact information call ADC at 202-244-2990.
2. In the middle of the page there is a space to enter your zip code, enter it and press GO
3. You will get information about President; your two senators; and your District Representative. Decide if you will call one or all three of them - (We suggest to call/write all of them)
4. Click on the name of the person you want to call. This will take you to the Congressperson's home page. Once there click on the tab above their picture that reads "Contact". You will get contact information for their District office as well as their DC-based office. Call the DC- number since Congress is back in session this week.
5. Call the number, a legislative correspondent (LC) will pick up the phone: Immediately say you are from the Congressperson's district and mention your zip code
6. Ask to speak to the FOREIGN POLICY LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT. The LC will most likely respond that he or she is not available and you can leave a message, at that point make sure to speak your piece concisely and clearly in 1-2 minutes maximum (they don't have time and you want them to write down what you say and free up the line for others to call)
Suggested Script & Talking Points:
I am a constituent in the Congressperson's district and I want to express my indignation at the massacre of civilians in Gaza. This is not a war against terror, it's a war against civilians as Israel has killed over 760 Dead including 219 Children and 89 Women, and Over 3,085 Injured, including 46% Women andChildren, and continues to target schools, homes, and places of worship. We provide Israel with 3.2 billion tax dollars every year and I don't want my money used like that. I want my Congressperson to: A. Call for an immediate cease fire B. Coordinate a humanitarian shipment to Gaza; and C. Hold Israel accountable for misuse of U.S. supplied weapons pursuant to US law like the Arms Export Control Act andthe 1952 US Israel Treaty regarding arms sales.
Urgent Action: Contact Congress Right Now on Pro-Israel Resolutions
CAIR today called on all Americans concerned about peace with justice in the Middle East to urge congressional leaders to ensure that resolutions on the current crisis in Gaza are balanced and help promote a just and durable peace for all parties to the conflict.
A resolution passed in the U.S. Senate today failed the test of balance and peace-building. The House is expected to take up a similarly unbalanced pro-Israel resolution tomorrow.
President-elect Barack Obama recently said that he is "committed" to being "engaged effectively and consistently in trying to resolve the conflict in the Middle East."
CAIR believes Congress should support the incoming administration by mirroring President-elect Obama's statement, "the loss of civilian life in Gaza and in Israel is a source of deep concern for me."
"Our elected representatives should focus on American interests first, not on offering uncritical support to a foreign power engaged in the illegal and immoral use of military force and collective punishment of a civilian population," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. "The widespread perception that American officials support Israeli brutality compromises our nation's ability to act as a mediator and peace-builder. Peace in this region is a national security issue."
URGENT ACTION REQUESTED:
1. Call your U.S. Representative and urge her or him to ensure that any resolutions or statements coming from Congress are balanced and promote peace with justice. This will ensure that the international community does not perceive that the U.S. government is divided on the goal of bringing a just and durable peace. (Find suggested talking points below.)
Call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask for your representative's office.
2. Call the House Speaker and Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and urge them to ensure that any resolutions or statements coming from Congress are balanced and promote peace with justice. This will ensure that the international community does not perceive that the U.S. government is divided on the goal of bringing a just and durable peace. (Find suggested talking points below.)
(If you are not a constituent be sure to mention that you are calling them in their leadership roles. If you reach an answering machine, feel free to leave a message.)
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Speaker of the House
3. Sign CAIR's Online Petition urging our nation's leaders to speak "in favor of peace and justice for all parties in the current humanitarian crisis unfolding in the Gaza Strip." When completed, the petition will be sent to elected officials nationwide and will be given to members of the current and incoming administrations. Go to: http://petition.cair.com/
4. Pray for all those who are suffering and oppressed.
Israel Outraged as Vatican Calls Gaza a 'Big Concentration Camp'
Echoing Pope Benedict XVI's repeated calls to end the ongoing bloodshed in the Gaza Strip, Vatican Justice and Peace Minister Cardinal Renato Martino urged both the Israeli government and Hamas to show more willingness toward peace talks and for the world to help them come an agreement that would end the ongoing Israeli invasion.
He also expressed concerns about the dire humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip, saying "let's look at the conditions in Gaza: these increasingly resemble a big concentration camp."
Compiled by Jason Ditz
Muslim Action Alert
Click here to locate your U.S. Representative, and
click here to locate your Senators. Ask them to vote for an
immediate and unconditional ceasefire in view of the humanitarian
crisis already taking place. You can be more detailed than the
letter to the editor above.
KAWAGIB Moro Human Rights, Suara Bangsamoro and LKM held protest rally in Cotabato City Plaza today to support world's call to stop Israeli State in launching war against the Palestinian people.
Cotabato City- The Philippines
The KAWAGIB MORO HUMAN RIGHTS joins the international community in condemning the atrocious military aggression of Israel in Gaza and urges world leaders to support measure to protect and advance the basic rights of the Palestinian people.
The humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip calls for an immediate and comprehensive intervention. The entire Gaza populations are being punished for the actions of a few militants. Israel ’s military incursion has targeted Hamas but a vast majority of the victims are innocent civilians. The deadly air strikes were aimed at civilian areas. At least one aerial assault hit a U.N. school.
Israel ’s sustained and escalating military assault in Gaza has already claimed the lives of close to 700 Palestinians – about a third of whom are women and children – and injured thousands of others.
Despite mounting international pressure, Israel , with the backing of the United States (U.S.), has kept on with its military operation, which is nothing but a large-scale massacre of innocent civilians. The U.S.’ used of its veto power to oppose a draft ceasefire resolution by the United Nations (U.N.) Security Council is a clear manifestation of its support to Israel’s aggression.
We are very dismayed by the apparent impunity with which Israel with its complicit state, the U.S. , persist in their systematic oppression of the Palestinian people. Israel , with the backing of the U.S. , has been committing immense crimes against humanity despite strong condemnation of international watchdogs.
The Bangsamoro people are, to some extent, beset with similar aggression and feel for the Palestinians in their quest for the right to self-determination. The Philippine government has consistently suppressed the rights and aspirations of the Bangsamoro people and brazenly violated international humanitarian law with its all-out war policy. It has been quick to resort to military option to contain peace and security issues and puts little consideration to the number of civilian lives lost and affected in its military campaigns.
We condemn in the strongest terms Israel ’s military aggression in Gaza ; its shameless and flagrant defiance of international humanitarian law and its arrogant and appalling disregard of the unified call of the international community.
We deplore U.S. support in the armed aggression and its imperial pursuits in the Philippines and in the rest of the world.
We support the adoption of concrete measure to end the aggression and the sufferings of the Palestinian people and call an end to Israel ’s military and humanitarian siege of Gaza .
BAI ALI INDAYLA
(064)421-5680. Contact # 0921.906.4699
STOP THE WAR COALITION
Bruce Kent, CND
Days of Action to Support Gaza
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee reiterates it horror
at Israel’s ongoing military attacks on, blockade of, and massacres in
Gaza. ADC repeats its call for an immediate ceasefire and
protection for civilians as enumerated by United Nations Security
Council Resolution 1860. ADC also reiterates its calls for
investigations into Israel’s attacks on civilians, alleged use of white
phosphorus (which is categorized as a chemical weapon by most
governments and its use in civilian areas is banned by the 1980 Geneva
Convention. While Israel has not affirmed this treaty, it is a violation
of customary international humanitarian law and the laws of war to use
White Phosphorus ammunition, an incendiary weapon, in civilian areas),
attacks on schools and humanitarian aid workers and organizations.
ADC also calls for Israel to allow media outlets to cover the conflict
Atlanta Protests Against Israeli Genocide in Gaza
The pace of activities in response to the Israeli assault on Gaza has made it difficult to send out the regular weekly International Action Center calendar. This message includes events through Sunday, Jan. 11.
Events that we would have normally publicized were not included in the emergency announcements sent out over the last 2 weeks.
Also next week begins a series of programs celebrating the 80th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, culminating in the march on the national holiday, Monday, Jan. 19. The IAC will be sending out more information on these events in the next calendar, especially details of the march.
Thursday, Jan. 8,
7-8pm, Worldwide Prayer Vigil for People of Gaza and for an End to the Violence, North Decatur Presbyterian Church, 611 Medlock Road, Decatur, GA 30033.
Sponsored by Presbytery of Greater Atlanta's Joining Hands for Justice Committee, Worldwide Initiative, YMCA and YWCA of Jerusalem.
For more information, call 404.636.1429
Friday, Jan. 9,
noon-1pm, weekly Stand for Peace vigil, Colony Square, 14th and Peachtree. For more than 6 years, antiwar activists have held a vigil at this busy intersection demanding an end to the war in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Sponsored by WAND.
SATURDAY, JAN. 10, 2PM
CHILDREN MARCH AGAINST GENOCIDE IN PALESTINE
Assemble at Woodruff Park on Peachtree between Edgewood and Auburn
Led by children of all nationalities, join
the demonstration from Woodruff Park to CNN to demand Ceasefire Now! End
the Blockade of Gaza! Let Palestine LIVE!!
Sunday, Jan. 11 (multiple events)
1pm, monthly walking tour of 1906 Race Riot sites, meet at Gazebo in Woodruff Park (corner of Peachtree and Edgewood). In 1906, a racist mob of some 10,000 whote men and boys empaged through downtown Atlanta, killing and beating scores of Black men, women and children, destroying their businesses and terrorizing the community.The tour covers the hostorical background of the Massacre and its impact on today's political, economic and social struggles
For more information, e-mail email@example.com
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