Stop the Israeli invasion of Gaza!
- June 30, 2006
Stop the Israeli invasion of Gaza!
On June 29, the Israeli Occupation Forces launched a massive attack
on 1.25 million Palestinian inhabitants of the besieged Gaza Strip.
Artillery shells and warplanes destroyed the power plant in Gaza,
blocked access to fuel, and demolished central roads. Leaders of
Palestine's ruling Hamas Party have been taken hostage or forced from
their homes in Jerusalem. The Israeli government is compelling the
population to live without electricity, water, or the gasoline needed
to power generatorsin a desert climate!
The Palestinian people have been under brutal, illegal occupation for
almost 40 years. During that time they have struggled against their
oppression through diplomatic, military, and grassroots means. But
Israel, inspired by separatist, Zionist ideology, is continuing its
ethnic cleansing and the Israeli military has escalated its assault
upon the Palestinian people with renewed savagery.
Nearly three dozen Palestinian children were killed in the first half
of 2006 alone. Many other people, including pregnant women, were
killed or wounded in recent months. The excuse for the current horror
is the capture of a single Israeli soldier by a guerilla group.
Currently, Israel holds nearly 9,000 Palestinians prisoner, all
jailed, tortured, or held hostage. Since 1967, over 650,000
Palestinians have been detained, amounting to 40% of the male
population of the Palestinian territories. The Israeli government is
in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and
Political Rights, and countless UN resolutions and other norms of
These atrocities take place with the explicit support of the U.S.
government, which gives Israel billions of dollars a year, and
protects the country from international criticism. The instruments of
war that Israel is employing are U.S.-made: helicopters to murder
people in crowded streets, warplanes to bomb villages, bulldozers to
demolish homes and uproot olive treesall are part of the aid package
extended to Israel by Congress.
By murdering increasing numbers of Palestinians, assassinating their
leaders, destroying their homes and agricultural lands, starving
them, and forcing families to leave their homes to find refuge
elsewhere, the actions of the Israeli government show that its
only "solution" to the conflict is the extermination or utter
submission of the Palestinian people. The only real solution is the
formation of a bi-national state of Arab and Jewish people, a
socialist state that would remove itself from the war-driven
economies of capitalism.
We call on all forces that fight for justice around the world to
support the brave Palestinian struggle against Israel's savage
aggression. Please fax or email key government officials of Israel at
the addresses below:
Demand of the Israeli government:
Immediately stop the attack on Gaza!
Release funds held by Israel belonging to Palestine!
End the blockade!
Recognize the democratically-elected government of the Palestinian
Resume the ability of Hamas leaders to reside in Jerusalem!
Release the Palestinian leaders taken hostage after June 27!
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert
Defense Minister Amir Peretz
Foreign Minister Tzippy Livny
The Knesset Parliament
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