Rally to Stop the War on Gaza
(See message from Norman Solomon and Jewish Voices for Peace, and UNRWA report on Crisis below)
Saturday November 24
Federal Building 157 Church Street (Betw. Elm & Chapel)
The U.S. enables the slaughter. U.S. taxpayers subsidize another war. Recent joint Israeli-U.S. war games planned this military attack.
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Call the President
House (202) 225-3121
Senate (202) 224-3121
Senator Richard Blumenthal
Phone: (860) 258-6940
Phone: (202) 224-2823
Senator Joseph I. Lieberman
Phone: 800-225-5605; (860) 549-8463
Phone: (202) 224-4041
Senator-Elect Chris Murphy
Congressman Christopher S. Murphy (5th)
Phone: (860) 223-8412
Phone: (202) 225-4476
John B. Larson (1st)
Phone: (860) 278-8888
Phone: (202) 225-2265
Congressman Joe Courtney (2nd)
Phone: (860) 886-0139
Phone: (202) 225-2076
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (3rd)
Phone: (203) 562-3718
Phone: (202) 225-3661
Congressman Christopher Shays (4th)
Phone: (203) 579-5870
Phone: (202) 225-5541
BRING YOUR VOICE, SIGNS.
From Norman Solomon for RootsAction
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As tragedies in Gaza and Israel continue, only a single standard of human rights can prevent us from falling into the easy ruts of propaganda.
Whatever the rationales, bombing civilians is morally unacceptable. When Israel does it. When Hamas does it.
Unfortunately, a double standard of human rights is routine in the United States — where skewed media coverage has reinforced the craven stances of top American officials.
It is necessary — but insufficient — to call for a cease-fire. At the same time, let’s be clear about the U.S. government’s ongoing role.
The current Israeli assault on Gaza, as Rabbi Alissa Wise noted days ago, “is being paid for thanks to the blank check the Israeli military receives from the U.S. government.”
Rabbi Wise, representing Jewish Voice for Peace, went on to say: “Even as we take to the streets to call for an immediate cessation of the bombings into Gaza, the rocket attacks into civilian communities in Israel, and an end to the ongoing siege of Gaza, we are aware that more is required.”
The “more” that’s required includes a change in U.S. policy. In Rabbi Wise’s words, we should ask President Obama “to make sure aid to Israel doesn’t continue to violate U.S. laws which specifically prohibit assistance to any country which engages in a consistent pattern of human rights violations.”
A new RootsAction action calls on the U.S. government to do just that. Please take a minute to click here and tell the President — and your Senators and Representative in the House — that our tax dollars should not go to aid Israel or any other country if it consistently violates human rights.
At last count, more than 100 Palestinians in Gaza have been killed during the past week, while the Israeli death toll stands at three. We must work to recognize that every one of such deaths is unacceptable.
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— Norman Solomon for RootsAction.org
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As Thanksgiving approaches, I had planned on writing to you about hunger in Gaza. But circumstances have changed, and instead, today I speak to you about crisis in Gaza. Israel’s military operation has now entered its seventh day, and innocent civilians, many women and children, are increasingly becoming victims to this devastating violence.
Parents are reporting to us that they can longer hide the death and destruction from their children, and that their children are becoming experts at recognizing the source of the various explosions they hear. Many of these children, still deeply traumatized by what they saw and the loss of family members during Operation Cast Lead four years ago, are facing new severe trauma.
So far, UNRWA schools, health clinics, food distribution centers, and training centers have been damaged in the violence. But, as the largest humanitarian assistance organization in Gaza, we remain there, dedicated to providing assistance, just as we’ve done for the past 63 years.
Here’s just some of the emergency work we’re currently carrying out in Gaza:
Despite the danger, more than 650 of our dedicated health staff are reporting to work at UNRWA’s health clinics, serving over 10,000 patients each day.
42% of essential medications are out of stock at local hospitals, so UNRWA is donating the necessary life-saving medication and supplies from our own stock.
All 12 of our food distribution centers remain open, serving 25,000 hungry refugees, despite some centers suffering damages.
UNRWA is providing fuel to ensure that water pumping and electrical generators at hospitals and blood banks remain functional.
Our UNRWA TV channel is providing 12 hours of lesson plans a day, so our 225,000 students can stay current with school work while unable to attend class.
Despite the danger we face, UNRWA remains completely dedicated to providing emergency assistance and protection to the 1.2 million Gazan refugees in need. But with extensive food and medical aid shortages looming, we simply cannot do it without your help.
During this time of giving thanks, I urge you to please think of those who have lost everything in Gaza, and make-a tax-deductible donation to UNRWA’s life-saving work. Your contribution could save a life.
Thank you, and happy Thanksgiving,