Monday, December 29, 2008

Those who are speaking out on Israel & Palestine

Not only have protests been happening World Wide but a variety of groups including Jewish Voice for Peace have released statements:

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.


Here's a list of where rallies are being held. There are some listed for Ohio and one in Toledo:

Tuesday, December 30, 5-7PM
Secor and Central
Contact: Northwest Ohio Peace Coalition

5 comments:

Jill said...

Lisa - The Middle East Peace Forum is holding a discussion in tonight - I posted the info here.

I can't tell from your post - is all of it the organization's statement, or just part?

Jill said...

That should read "in Lakewood tonight."

Lisa Renee said...

Jill - everything after the : is the organization's statement.

The last line is a link that was also provided.

Jill said...

Thanks - wasn't sure since it wasn't indented etc. The group is active in the Cleveland area too from what I read today.

Lisa Renee said...

The rally for Cleveland was yesterday from what I read, Blogger was being difficult last night, it's cooperating today so I've edited the post.

I had promised the friend who sent it to me that I'd post it.