Gaza:  Inaction is a Choice (updated 2/4/09)

Sheila Musaji

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Gaza: Inaction is a Choice

by Sheila Musaji

last updated 02/04/09

Gaza is still an open air prison cage for it’s 1.5 million residents.  The people are living in an enforced ghetto that they cannot leave or enter without permission.  Water and electricity can be cut off at will.  There is not enough food, people can’t make a living, there is not enough medicine.  In the current bombardment of Gaza, Israel has targeted at least one mosque, a university and a warehouse for medical supplies. Almost 300 people are dead and 1,500 have been wounded.  Some people seem to have forgotten that this current round of violence did not come out of nowhere.  On November 4th Israel launched an aerial strike killing four people in Gaza it claimed were digging a tunnel to smuggle weapons.  This was a direct violation of the existing truce, and was ignored by the world until Hamas responded with rockets.  Israel then reinstituted the blockade.  And, once again the cycle of revenge began.

As of January 18, 2009 there is a ceasefire.  However, this is a temporary ceasefire and unless the blockade is ended and the Palestinians are given an independent state, who knows what will happen next. 

What you can do

You can still contact your elected officials and tell them what you think by going to the site putting in your zip code and sending a message.  Or you can use the AAI site to send a letter.  Sign Jewish Voice for Peace open letter to President Obama

Tariq Ramadan has issued an appeal - Palestine: An Appeal For a Non-Violent Global Resistance Movement Against the Violent, Extremist Policy of the State of Israel.  Please go to Tariq Ramadan’s site   and add your signature to this appeal. 

Contact the media at this site with an easy method to find your local media contact information to send a letter to the editor.  CLICK HERE TO SEND YOUR LETTER TO MAJOR MEDIA EXECUTIVES to demand they stop the Gaza media blackout NOW. It will only take you 30 seconds and 1-click. Your message will reach the presidents and editors of major American media outlets. 1/15/09 The Arab American Institute calls on the State Department to urge the Israeli government to act immediately and allow reporters into Gaza in accordance with the Israeli High Court Ruling of December 2008. We’ve set up an Action Alert on our website with a draft letter that you can quickly and easily send to the State Department. Send your letter today, and send the link to your friends and colleagues, urging them to do the same: click here to do it NOW  1/15/09

You can post messages on your Facebook, My Space or other social media sites to inform people about what is going on and ask them to get involved.

You can also call upon the Egyptian government to fulfill its Islamic and humane duty by opening its borders to allow critically-needed supplies into Gaza and to give Gazans a route to flee the devastation and terror that is upon them.  Embassy of Egypt in Washington D.C. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) - Consulate General in New York .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) - Consulate General in San Francisco .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 

You can also contact Israeli Government officials - Mark Regev in the Prime Minister’s office at: +972 2670 5354 or +972 5 0620 3264 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) - Shlomo Dror in the Ministry of Defence at: +972 3697 5339 or +972 50629 8148 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

AAI-USA has sent out the following information about organizations collecting donations for relief to Gaza:  UNRWA, The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East is accepting donations: - ANERA Accepting donations for medical supplies:  -  Palestine Red Crescent Society, cash donations are being accepted into an established bank account  -  Medical Aid for Palestinians, donations for medical supplies (Donations taken in pounds not dollars) donations made at and ISNA has sent out the following:  Islamic Relief:  - Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA Relief): - American Task Force on Palestine: - United Palestinian Appeal: - Palestine Red Crescent Society:

Here is something you can do while shopping in your grocery store, in re: boycotting Israeli made products: A bar code, starting with “729” indicates that this product is produced in Israel (729 Israeli Bar Code Association - EAN Israel)  This is a modest, simple way to support the Palestinian struggle against the Israeli occupation & crimes against human beings.  Sometimes brands are misleading, but a bar code never lies.  If it carries the bar code “729”, for example, 729 3453459070., don’t buy it, or buy it & then return it, telling the store manager why you are returning it.

Talking points  -  The Palestinian right to freedom from occupation — an end to the blockade of humanitarian supplies to Gaza — International support for a just resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — an immediate end to the violence — an end to U.S. military aid to Israel — call for the immediate cessation of the massive, disproportionate bombing campaign and an end to the rocket attacks — the de-escalation of violence — an end to U.S. support for the blockade of the Gaza Strip — efforts for immediate access to food supplies, electricity, water and medical provisions for the civilian population in Gaza — the reopening of the borders between Israel and Gaza under international supervision — ask them to recognize that a two-state resolution to this conflict is not possible without Palestinian political reconciliation — support genuine measures and necessary interim steps conducive to restoring Palestinian unity — stop U.S. tax dollars from going to Israel — Israel’s war and siege on the Gaza Strip would not be possible without the jets, helicopters, ships, missiles, and fuel provided by the United States.  You can also find talking points on many organizational sites:  End the Occupation click here; United for Peace and Justice click here .  Excellent articles giving responses to each of the Israeli and U.S. media claims can be found here, and hereThe “Generous Offer” Update: Two Years of Starvation Followed by Fire-bombing, Mike Whitney - Chronology: Which Side Violated the Israel-Gaza Ceasefire?  - THE BEST ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ABOUT THE GAZA SITUATION by Stephen Shalom at

Key Statements:

Ensuring the protection of human rights of both Israelis and Palestinians will not solve the political problems, but it is the only way to make a political solution viable. We have seen in the past that a diplomatic process that ignores human rights violations on the ground is doomed to failure.  Thus America must prioritize easing the suffering of civilians in Gaza, lifting the restrictions in Hebron, and bringing some relief to civilians in Sderot.

Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza struggle under various Israeli policies that destroy their homes; expose them to daily harassment, humiliation, and violence; strangle their economy by severely curtailing their freedom of movement; hamper their access to farmland, family, water, and medical care; and maintain a separate system of law for them than for Israeli settlers. They are also victims of Palestinian forces that employ arbitrary detentions and torture in the factional fighting between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas. Meanwhile, residents of southern Israel have lived for years with one eye on the nearest bomb shelter, and all too often inside it, while residents of other areas live in fear of the next round of attacks. All of this suffering can be addressed and, at the outset, at least eased a bit by a real focus on human rights.

It is time for the United States to stop talking about being Israel’s good friend and start acting like it. That means not only supporting Israeli security, it means helping Israel comply with its commitments and its obligations to international law and to upholding human rights standards. It’s time for a new and more sincere kind of “pro-Israel” president, one who will not allow his friends to follow a path to moral self-destruction any more than he will allow them to face danger without his strong support. And one who recognizes that human rights are universal and equal.  Mitchell Plitnick

Jewish Voice for Peace joins millions around the world, including the 1,000 Israelis who protested in the streets of Tel Aviv this weekend, in condemning ongoing Israeli attacks on Gaza. We call for an immediate end to attacks on all civilians, whether Palestinian or Israeli.

Israel’s slow strangulation of Gaza through blockade has caused widespread suffering to the 1.5 million people of Gaza due to lack of food, electricity, water treatment supplies and medical equipment. It is a violation of humanitarian law and has been widely condemned around the world.

In resisting this strangulation, Hamas resumed launching rockets and mortars from Gaza into southern Israel, directly targeting civilians, which is also a war crime. Over the years, these poorly made rockets have been responsible for the deaths of 15 Israelis since 2004.

Every country, Israel included, has the right and obligation to protect its citizens. The recent ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza shows that diplomatic agreements are the best protection for civilian life.

Moreover, massive Israeli air strikes have proven an indiscriminate and brutal weapon. In just two days, the known death toll is close to 300, and the attacks are continuing. By targeting the infrastructure of a poor and densely populated area, Israel has ensured widespread civilian casualties among this already suffering and vulnerable population.

This massive destruction of Palestinian life will not protect the citizens of Israel. It is illegal and immoral and should be condemned in the strongest possible terms. And it threatens to ignite the West Bank and add flames to the other fires burning in the Middle East and beyond for years to come.

The timing of this attack, during the waning days of a US administration that has undertaken a catastrophic policy toward the Middle East and during the run-up to an Israeli election, suggests an opportunistic agenda for short-term political gain at an immense cost in Palestinian lives. In the long run this policy will benefit no-one except those who always profit from war and exploitation. Only a just and lasting peace, achieved through a negotiated agreement, can provide both Palestinians and Israelis the security they want and deserve.  Jewish Voice for Peace

Again, as in the past, Israel’s overwhelming and disproportionate violence in retaliation puts innocent civilians in the firing line, thereby inflaming Palestinian and regional passions.  Indeed, this is the third such devastating assault launched by Israel with the Bush Administration’s acquiescence (remember the re-conquest of the West Bank in 2003, and the wars on Gaza and Lebanon in 2006). And to what end? All these attacks on Gaza bring massive civilian deaths, destruction of property, and deepening bitterness toward Israel and the United States. The conditions in Gaza are already deplorable; what hope can Gaza cling to in its darkest hour of need? A nation without hope has nothing to lose, and already, factions are calling for a renewed intifada against Israel.

One cannot view this tragic episode outside the context of Israel’s long and cruel history in Gaza which has been criminal, by any measure of international law and conventions.

Should the White House once again fail to act to restrain Israel and to provide real leadership in the search for peace, this tragedy will continue to grow: Palestinian suffering and bitterness will deepen, Israelis will remain insecure, and extremism will be further fueled by anti-American anger.

The bottom line, here, is that, while the stupidity of Hamas’ reckless behavior cannot be excused because of the continued danger such ill-considered actions pose to the security and well-being of its own constituents, there can be no justification for Israel’s massive and brutal assault.  AAI-USA

UPDATE 12/31/08 At a press conference, representatives from the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), the Council on American-Islamic Relations of Greater Los Angeles (CAIR-LA), the Muslim American Society of Greater Los Angeles (MAS-LA), and the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California condemned the ongoing Israeli attacks on Palestinians in the Gaza Strip as a “brutal and immoral violation of international human rights norms.”  “Targeting civilians on either side is unacceptable. Israel’s war machine is executing an operation that is totally unacceptable by all standards,” said Dr. Maher Hathout, MPAC Senior Advisor. “Our elected officials have a responsibility to stop the massacre of Palestinians, which is taking place using weapons supplied by American taxpayer dollars.”

UPDATE 1/3/09  Israeli ground troops attack Gaza  -  Israel hits Gaza by land, sea, and air  - Gaza invasion - Israel bars Red Cross from entering Gaza - Israel bans foreign journalists from entering Gaza,1,5103677.story

UPDATE 1/4/09  -  World leaders condemn Israeli assault - France condemns Israeli assault - British Prime Minister Gordon Brown calls for immediate ceasefire - India condemns attack on Gaza - Vietnam condemns Israel’s military attacks at Gaza - EU calls for immediate ceasefire in Gaza - French President Nicolas Sarkozy calls for a ceasefire - UN Security Council split on ceasefire - Scottish politicians call for ceasefire - Spain’s foreign minister urges ceasefire -  A delegation from the International Union of Muslim Scholars led by influential Sunni cleric Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi will ask Arab leaders to cut diplomatic and economic ties with Israel and to use all their powers to stop the aggression - South Africa denounces invasion of Gaza -  Portugal calls for a ceasefire - Russia calls for a ceasefire - Australia calls for a ceasefire, urges dispomacy. - Governments of Chile, Nicaragua, and Peru condemn Israeli assault. -

Death toll passes 500

UPDATE 1/5/09 Israel Using Illegal Chemical Weapon in Gaza, ADC

UPDATE 1/6/09 - Israeli shelling kills dozens at UN school in Gaza - Obama breaks silence on Gaza, expresses deep concern for civilian deaths - Israel puts media clamp on Gaza -

Death toll exceeds 600,,12215_cid_3925766,00.html?maca=en-en_nr-1893-xml-atom - Israel puts media clamp on Gaza

UPDATE 1/8/09 - Women and children now more than 50% of the casualties  -  information from official Israeli sources that there is more to the story of who broke the truce - Palestine - An Appeal For a Non-Violent Global Resistance Movement, Tariq Ramadan

UPDATE 1/09/09 U.N. rights chief calls for Gaza war crimes probe - US Senate Endorses Israel’s War on Gaza

UPDATE 1/10/09 US Plans Massive Arms Delivery to Israel  -

Death toll reaches 800

UPDATE 1/12/09  There were massive demonstrations around the U.S. on Saturday 1/10 and yet these received almost no mainstream media coverage.  Estimates are that there were 20,000 protestors n D.C., 10,000 in Los Angeles, 10,000 in San Francisco, 2,000 in Orlando, 1,000 in St. Louis, etc.  Why is this not newsworthy? Could it be that Richard Silverstein’s article on the Hasbara media spin effort is only too successful? - Israeli Military Changes Stories Yet Again on Gaza School Attack (this is the fourth “official” story) - Thousands of Israeli reservists are being sent into Gaza - Leading British Jews call on Israel to halt ‘horror’ of Gaza  - UN Human Rights Council Condemns Israeli Action in Gaza

UPDATE 1/13/09 Israel bans Arab parties from running in upcoming elections - is this a democracy?

UPDATE:  1/14/09 (- Olmert stands by his claim that he caused the US to abstain from a UN resolution calling for a halt in Gaza fighting - Olmert’s Claims Revive Specter of “Israel Lobby”, Daniel Luban - The Humiliation of America, Paul Craig Roberts )  - The president of the UN General Assembly has condemned Israel’s killings of Palestinians in its Gaza offensive as “genocide”. - Death toll in Gaza exceeds 1,000 -

Death toll exceeds 1,000 

UPDATE 1/15/09 (day 20) Death toll at 1,070 - Israelis shell hospitals and UN HQ - Israeli Navy ships turn back Free Gaza boat

UPDATE 1/16/09 (day 21) Israel bombs media offices in Gaza -

death toll 1,133 - Journalist calls Livni ‘terrorist’ during press conference on Gaza operation in D.C.

UPDATE 1/17/2009  Israeli security cabinet votes for unilateral Gaza truce set to begin at midnight - A Hamas representative in Lebanon, Osama Hamdan said Saturday if there is no Israeli withdarwal from Gaza and no lifting of seige there will be no ceasefire  - Death toll 1205 (and 5310 wounded Palestinians

UPDATE 1/18/2009  Hamas agrees to one week ceasefire to allow Israeli troops to withdraw

UPDATE 1/19/2009  Today in Solidarity We’re All Palestinians, Stephen Lendman (gives an excellent and lengthy overview of the entire Gaza “War” and a history of how we got here going back to 1947) - 230 int’l lawyers taking Israel to the Hague

UPDATE 1/21/2009  U.N. demands free flow of goods, opening of border crossings

UPDATE 1/25/2009  Israel to Grant Legal Protection to Soldiers Who Served in Gaza

UPDATE 1/28/09 - The Chief Rabbinate of Israel says it has suspended ties with the Vatican following the pope’s decision to lift the excommunication of a Holocaust denier - Likud leader Binyamin Netanyahu spoke sharply against the possibility of dividing Jerusalem under any circumstances and vowed to preserve the capital undivided - France summons Israeli envoy over Gaza border scare - Obama peace envoy George Mitchell arrives in Jerusalem - Israel bombs Gaza tunnels - Israel sent tanks into Gaza again - Israeli settlement construction jumps 60% in 2008  - Netanyahu says: Existing settlements will grow

UPDATE 1/29/09  Violence escalates again in Israeli-Gaza “ceasefire” - 170 British MP’s criticize BBC’s Gaza Appeal ban - Abbas says Israeli settlements show lack of desire for peace

UPDATE 2/2/2009  Ceasefires, Israeli-Style, Stephen Lendman - We must adjust our distorted image of Hamas - Failure written in West Bankstone - Likud has a Charter which does not recognize the right of Palestine to exist

UPDATE 2/4/2009  A Spanish judge has instituted a judicial inquiry against seven Israeli political and military personalities on suspicion of war crimes and crimes against humanity, Black Flag, Uri Avnery - Israel says Spain says it will amend war crimes law - Spain to limit judges human rights’ crusades,news-spain-to-limit-judges-human-rights-crusades—feature.html


One page fact sheet on Gaza
462 Palestinians killed, 2300 wounded in 8 days of Israeli offensive on Gaza
A Hundred Eyes for an Eye, Norman Solomon
A Long History of Injustice Ignored:  Israel and the Consequences of “Uniqueness”, M. Shahid Alam
Americans Should Act to End Violence Against Gaza, Jeremy R. Hammond
Another war, another defeat, John Mearscheimer
Arab Extremists’ Logic Calls for Annihilation of Arabs in the Holy Land, Dr. Robert D. Crane
Arabs increasingly accuse Egypt of being complicit in Israel’s war on Gaza
The Arabs and Israel: The hundred years’ war
Avraham Burg: Israel’s new prophet
Beit Hanoon, Gaza, Ewa Jasiewicz
Believable change and Gaza, Rev. Larry Greenfield
Blaming the Victims - The Dominant Media Vilify Hamas, Stephen Lendman
Both Israel and Hamas share blood stained policies in Gaza war crimes,  Ray Hanania
Britain and US refuse to demand end to Israeli airstrikes on Gaza
Bush Administration Must Enforce Arms Export Control Act, Dennis Kucinich
Bush Winks at Israel’s Slaughter in Gaza, While Obama and Clinton Are Silent, Matthew Rothschild
The Ceasefire, Ewa Jasiewicz
The Challenge of Nakba: Surahs al-Haqqah and al-Furqan on the Role of Truth and Justice, Dr. Robert D. Crane
Christmas In Gaza : No More Room In The Morgue
Chronology: Which Side Violated the Israel-Gaza Ceasefire?
Comparison of Palestinian and Israeli death tolls
The death of children is the death of innocence,  Emine Erdogan
Deutschland uber alles, Norman Finkelstein (collection of photographs from Germany and Gaza)
Eine Kleine Nacht Murder: How Israeli Leaders Kill for their People’s Votes, Gilad Atzmon
The End of Hypocrisy: Crime’s Gleeful Abandon in Gaza ,  Chris Floyd

EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS:  Chaos in Gaza, BBC - Marna house, Gaza city, Vittorio Arrigoni - Gaza:  Oh What a Day!, Cynthia McKinney -  Beit Hanoon, Gaza, Ewa Jasiewicz -  Do Israel pilots feel happy killing innocent women and children?, Fida Qishta  - ‘People Are Being Killed in Their Homes’, Jenny Linnel  - Riding on fire and a third intifada, Ewa Jasieiwcz  -  My life in Gaza, Dr. Mona El-Farra - Take some kittens, put them in a box, and jump on the box, Vittorio Arrigoni - Children of Gaza, Run to the Angels, Suzanne Baroud - They Parade in Fear, Vittorio Arrigoni - Letters from Gaza Kenneth Ring - Gaza:  Eyewitness Account From Hell, Vittorio Arrigoni - In Gaza, Hippocrates is Dead, Vittorio Arrigoni

Fashionable Death in Gaza, Maha Zimmo
Father mourns loss of five children in Gaza strike
Food and medical supplies grow scarce in Gaza
From Mississippi to Gaza: Killing Children With Impunity, Henry A. Girous
Gaza and the Crimes of Mubarak, Rannie Amiri
Gaza and the Sphere of Legitimate Debate, Anas Coburn
Gaza Crisis, Ghost Dances, Rabia Terri Harris
Gaza History: Those People in Gaza: Where Do They Come From, And Why Are They So Mad?
Gaza humanitarian plight ‘disastrous,’ U.N. official says
Gaza: The Invasion Won’t Solve Mideast Problems, Peter Phillip
The Gaza massacre in perspective, Chandra Muzaffar
Gaza Massacres Must Spur Us To Action, Ali Abunimah
Gaza, the aggression continues, over 400 dead
Gaza Slaughter Exposes Truth About Zionism, Mark H. Gaffney
Gaza: Toward Understanding and Action,  Mark Chmiel
A genuine peace movement cannot be Zionist
Getting away with murder,  Julia Irwin
Hastening an awaiting disaster, Kristoffer Larsson
How Can Anyone Believe There is ‘Progress’ in The Middle East?, Robert Fisk
How Israel’s propoganda machine works, James Zogby
Hudna or Apocalypse: A Tipping Point for Palestine?, Dr. Robert D. Crane
Hudna:  A Rationale and Platform for Peaceful Engagement, Dr. Robert D. Crane
Hudna:  A Long-Range Islamic Strategy for Conflict Resolution, by Dr. Robert D. Crane
Hudna Sabotaged: Israeli Invasion Torpedoes Hamas Strategy to Build a New M.E. Based on Justice, Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed
“No international pressure to end op”:
If Gaza Falls, Sarah Roy
International community piles pressure on Israel to stop Gaza attacks
Israel Is Committing War Crimes, George Bisharat
Israel Is Killing Palestinians in Gaza w/ U.S. Weapons
Israel: The only nation that can do no wrong
Israel Pounds Gaza for Second Day, 296 Killed (Reuters)
Israeli Patrol Boat Rammed Civilian Mercy Ship, Sheila Musaji
Israel’s Righteous Fury And Its Victims In Gaza,  Ilan Pappe
Israel’s Wanton Aggression on Gaza, Stephen Lendman
Gaza and the U.S. Corporate Media
The Gaza Boomerang, Nicholas D. Kristof
Gaza is an unnecessary war, Jimmy Carter
Gaza residents fear Israeli tank assault is near,0,3053809.story
Gaza’s Guernica,  Enough is enough
Gaza today: ‘This is only the beginning’, Ewa Jasiewicz
Gaza Under Fire, John Pilger
Gaza: The War On Children, Jamal Dajani
Gaza Voices, American Silence, Kenneth Ring
Guernica in Gaza, Vittorio Arrigoni
The Hanukkah Massacre in Gaza :: The Sacrificial Lamb to the Israeli-American-Arab Interests, Mohamed Khodr
Holocaust denied, John Pilger
How Hypocrisy on ‘Terrorism’ Kills, Robert Parry
I know why the caged bird bites…, Imran Musaji
If Gaza Falls, Sara Roy
If Hamas Did Not Exist, Jennifer Loeuinstein
Ignoring the plight in Gaza 

INTERFAITH STATEMENTSChristian-Muslim Forum  - Council of Christians and Jews (U.K.)  - Patriarchs and Heads of the Churches in Jerusalem  - Churches for Middle East Peace  - Archbishop of Canterbury -  - UCC / Disciples of Christ Global Ministries   - metro Detroit religious leaders  - Pope denounces violence, hatred, prays for peace in Gaza - Pope calls for truce - Evangelical Lutheran Church in America  - Presiding Episcopal Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori  - The chairman of the U.S. Catholic bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace - Methodist Church (U.K.)  - California interfaith leaders  - Church Leaders Appeal for Cease Fire in Gaza - US Catholic bishops plea for ceasefire in Mideast   - Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace  - Interfaith Peace BuildersCatholic Relief Services - Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice - American Friends Service Committee - World Council of Churches - International Interfaith Organizations Network - An Open Letter to Evangelicals and Other Interested Parties: The People of God, the Land of Israel, and the Impartiality of the Gospel, Initiated by Knox Theological Seminary  - Israeli Jews from Sderot and Palestinian Gazans Speak Out Together - Boston religious leaders call for a ceasefire - An Interfaith Declaration for Peace

Israel: boycott, divest, sanction, Naomi Klein
Israel destroyed 41 mosques in Gaza
Israel must acknowledge Hamas as the democratic choice of a majority of Palestinians
Israeli Assault Violates International Humanitarian Law,  Prof. Richard Falk (United Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories )
Israeli Assault Injures 1.5 Million Gazans, Jonathan Cook
Israel rejects truct, presses on with Gaza strikes
Israel’s eternal impunity
Israel’s lie machine working flat out to dodge “killer” question, Stuart Littlewood
Israel’s lies, Henry Siegman
Israel’s onslaught on Gaza is a crime that cannot succeed, Seumus Milne
Israel’s Subjugation of the Palestinians Must End Now, Louay Safi
Israel’s victories in Gaza come at a steep price, Sara Roy
Israel’s Wanton Aggression On Gaza, Stephen Lendman
Israel’s Warped Self-justification For Murder, Paul J. Balles

JEWISH VOICES FOR PEACE:  The History and “Morals” of Ethnic Cleansing, Victoria Buch - Jewish Voice for Peace statement on Gaza Attacks - The Jewish People, Zionism, and the Question of Justice, Mark Braverman$2C+Zionism$2C+and+the+Question+of+Justice+2.11.doc  - Jewish voices against the massacre in Gaza - A revenge strategy, Haim Baram - Delusions of victory in Gaza, Zvi Barel  - Gaza: the logic of colonial power, Nir Rosen - Gaza, the Horror, Richard Silverstein  - Gaza: the logic of colonial power, Nir Rosen - Gaza: The Dominion of the Dead, Roger Cohen - Israel and Gaza: In Search of a New Moral Calculus, Rabbi Brant Rosen - ‘Little Baghdad’ in Gaza - bombs, fear and rage, Amira Hass - Molten lead in Gaza, Uri Avnery - The neighborhood bully strikes again, Gideon Levy  - Nixed Signals: When Hamas hinted at peace, U.S. media wouldn’t take the message, Seth Ackerman - Not by Might, and not by Power, Rabbi Arthur Waskow - Want to End the Violence in Gaza? Boycott Israel, Naomi Klein  - Who will save Israel from itself?, Mark LeVine - Israel’s War of Deceit, Lies and Propaganda, Uri Avnery - Nine Israeli human rights groups call for war-crimes probe of Israeli military,0,6642234.story -  Australian Jews protest against Israel’s actions  - Jewish women protest in Toronto’s Israeli Consulate  - Statement by American Jews in Condemning Gaza War (if you are Jewish and agree, please sign) - Jewish Americans in Los Angeles protest at Israeli Embassy - Jews in L.A. Join Protests Against Israel’s Gaza Actions - UK Jewish lawmaker says Israeli forces acting like Nazis - Renowned Jewish Playwright Tony Kushner Speaks Out Against Israel’s Assault on Gaza - The boss has gone mad, Uri Avnery

Jewish Newspaper Article Calls for Murder of Innocent Muslims, Sheila Musaji
Keeping out the cameras and reporters simply doesn’t work, Robert Fisk
Letter to President Bush on Gaza Crisis, Ralph Nader
Lights Out in Gaza, News Blackout in US, Deena Guzder
Looking the Other Way, Reuven Kaminer
Marty Peretz and the American political consensus on Israel, Glenn Greenwald
McKinney to Obama: “Say Something” About Gaza Humanitarian Crisis

MEDIA: - Blame Game in Gaza: Covering for Israel, Concealing War Crimes, Stephen Lendman
- Media’s Self-Censorship Abets Gaza Atrocities, Ahmed Rehab - In the US, Gaza is a different war,  Habib Battah - US Media Coverage Of Gaza Invasion Largely Biased Towards Israel - Media bias endangers peace in Gaza - How Biased Media Manipulates the Facts, Yvonne Ridley - Saint Louis Journalist Faces Criticism for Reporting on Gaza Demonstration, Sheila Musaji - Gaza and the media, perhaps a silver lining - In the US, Gaza is a different war,  Habib Battah - Unseen Gaza

Mideast Dream Team? Not Quite, Roger Cohen
Moral Vacuum, Aftab Ahmed Malik
More oddities in the U.S. “debate” over Israel/Gaza, Glenn Greenwald
Most Gaza casualties were non-combatants, civilians
The myth of Israel’s strategic genius, Stephen M. Walt
Natural Gas, Palestinian Elections, and Israel’s Subversion of the ‘Peace Process’,  By Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed
Obama’s ‘deafening silence’ stifles hope of change,25197,24872354-5013948,00.html
Obama seeks ‘lasting peace’ in Middle East
Old battles, new contenders in the Gulf
Olmert’s poodle, Patrick Buchanan
Outrage in Gaza: No More Apologies,  Rabbi Brant Rosen
Palestinian death toll rises to 325 as Israeli strikes continue
The Paradox of Peace, Soraya Ulrich
Picking Up The Pieces In Gaza, Alice Gray
Pirates Of The Mediterranean, Yvonne Ridley
The Politics of An Israeli Extermination Campaign: Backers, Apologists and Arms Suppliers, James Petras
Pro-Israel Rally Attended by Big-Time NY Dems Descends into Calls for ‘Wiping Out’ Palestinians, Max Blumenthal

Protests U.S. -  More than 100 protests across the U.S.  -  Protests for Gaza, St. Louis and Worldwide, Sheila Musaji
-  List of protests nationwide here, herehere, and here (includes Albany,  Albuquerque, Anchorage, Anaheim, Ann Arbor, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Bellingham, Boston, Buffalo, Burlington, Cedar Rapids, Charlotte, Chicago, Cinncinati, Cleveland, Colorado Springs, Columbia, Columbus, Costa Mesa, D.C., Dallas, Dearborn, Detroit, Denver, Durham, Eugene, Flint, Fort Lauderdale, Honolulu, Houston, Indianapolis, Ithaca, Kalamazoo, Kansas City, Knoxville, Lansing, Lawrence, Louisville, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Montpellier, New Brunswick, New Haven,  New Orleans, New York, Norfolk, North Hampton, Ocala, Olympia, Orlando, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Phoenix, Portland, Rochester, Roanoke, Saint Louis, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, San Mateo, Seattle, Springfield, Spokane, Tacoma, Tampa, St. Petersburg, St. Louis, Santa Rosa, Sioux Falls, Toledo, Tucson, Woodstock, Worcester, Youngstown) and the list is growing.  Young Jews Stage Die In in Boston to Denounce Israeli Attacks on Civilians.  Photographs of New York protest here.

Protests - Worldwide movement protests U.S.-Israeli massacre in Gaza   -  Thousands take to the streets worldwide - Protests sweep the Middle East - Photos of protests around the worlld here  - Adelaide - Amsterdam - Athens  -  Bangkok  -  Belfast - Brussels  - Cairo  - Capetown -  Dhaka -  Dublin - Edinburgh - Glasgow - Haifa, Israel IstanbulJakarta  - Jerusalem, Israel - Johannesberg  -  Kano - Kuala Lumpur  - Lisbon - London  - MadridMontreal  - Ottawa  - Paris  -  Rotterdam -  Tel Aviv, Israel Tokyo - Toronto - Vancouver - Vienna - Wellington, NZ

Punishing the Palestinians, Ralph Nader
The Quartet’s Hypocrisy and Failure in Occupied Palestine, Stephen Lendman
Questions and Answers on Gaza, Stephen Shalom
The Real Goal of the Slaughter in Gaza, Jonathan Cook
The rotten state of Egypt is too powerless and corrupt to act, Robert Fisk
The self delusion that plagues both sides in this bloody conflict, Robert Fisk
Shadow of Warsaw Ghetto over Gaza-Israel border, Alastair Macdonald
The Siege of Gaza: Barack Obama’s First ‘Test’?, John Esposito
So, I asked the UN secretary general, isn’t it time for a war crimes tribunal?, Robert Fisk
So what have the Palestinians got to complain about?, Mark Steel
South Africans Call for Sanctions on Israel
Timeline of Gaza crisis
Violence explodes once more in Gaza
Struggle for peace: Obama has to take control of mediating Mideast conflict, Yousef Munayyer,0,2474499.story
Time for a New Divestment Campaign, Kevin Alexander Gray
The True Story Behind this War Is Not The One Israel Is Telling, Johann Hari
The truth about those Hamas rockets, Dennis Rahkonen
The untold reasons of the Israeli massacre of Palestinians in Gaza, Abdus Sattar Ghazali
The United States Promotes Israeli Genocide Against the Palestinians, Francis A. Boyle
The Urgency of Now—Obama Must Act on Gaza, Omid Safi——oba_b_156287.html
The U.S. Congress’s Biased Resolution on Gaza, Sheila Musaji
U.S. Weaponry Facilitates Killings in Gaza, Thalif Deen
A variety of perspectives of the Israeli assault on Gaza, Network of Spiritual Progressives
Vatican aide calls Gaza a “big concentration camp”
VIDEO:  Gaza in Crisis
VIDEO:  Israel and International Law
VIDEO:  Massive Israeli Air Raids on Gaza
VIDEO:  The reality in Gaza
VIDEO:  US Military Aid Underpins Gaza Offensive
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