Stop the massacre of Gaza – Twenty-six things to do to bring peace with justice:

(courtesy Destert peace)

“The Israeli air-strikes on the Gaza Strip represent severe and massive violations of international humanitarian law as defined in the Geneva Conventions, both in regard to the obligations of an Occupying Power and in the requirements of the laws of war.”
The UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian

(1) First get the facts and then disseminate them. Here are some basic background information:
http://tinyurl.com/8ppsec
http://tinyurl.com/6dok4l
http://tinyurl.com/7budqp

The true story behind this war:
http://tinyurl.com/9624zp
http://tinyurl.com/785dzt

If Gaza Falls:
http://tinyurl.com/a53ujd

Gaza massacres must spur us to action:
http://tinyurl.com/8dfxee

(2) Contact local media. Write letters to editors (usually 100-150 words) and longer op-eds (usually 600-800 words) for local newspapers. But also write to news departments in both print, audio, and visual media about their coverage. In the US http://tinyurl.com/2jxwf You can find media listings in your country using search engines like google.

(3) Contact elected and other political leaders in your country to urge them to apply pressure to end the attacks. In the US, Contact the State Department at 202.647.5291, the White House 202-456-1111 the Egyptian Embassy 202.895.5400, Email (embassy@egyptembassy.net) and the Obama Transition Team 202-540-3000 (then press 2 to speak with a staff member).

(4) Organize and join demonstrations in front of Israeli and Egyptian embassies or when not doable in front of your parliament, office of elected officials, and any other visible place (and do media work for it).

(5) Hold a teach-in, seminar, public dialogue, documentary film viewing etc. this is straightforward: you need to decide venue, nature, if any speakers, and do some publicity (the internet helps).

(6) Pass out fliers with facts and figures about Palestine and Gaza in your community (make sure also to mention its relevance to the audience: e.g, US taxpayers paying for the carnage, increase in world instability and economic uncertainty).

(7) Put a Palestinian flag at your window.

(8) Wear a Palestinian head scarf (Koufiya)

(9) Wear Black arm bands (this helps start conversations with people).

(10) Send direct aid to Gaza through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). http://www.un.org/unrwa/

(11) Initiate boycotts, divestments and sanctions at all levels and including asking leaders to expel the Israeli ambassadors (an ambassador of an apartheid and rogue state). See Palestinian call http://tinyurl.com/94aafw

(12) Work towards bringing Israeli leaders before war crime courts (actions along those lines in courts have stopped Israeli leaders from traveling abroad to some countries like Britain where they may face charges).

(13) Calling upon all Israelis to demonstrate in front of their war ministry and to more directly challenge their government

(14) Do outreach: to neighbours and friends directly. Via Internet to a lot of others (you can join and post information to various listservs/groups).

(15) Start your own activist group or join other local groups (simple search in your city with the word Palestine could identify candidate groups that have previously worked on issues of Palestine). Many have also been successful in at bringing coalitions from different constituencies in their local areas to work together (human rights group, social and civil activists, religious activists, etc).

(16) Develop a campaign of sit-ins at government offices or other places where decision makers aggregate.

(17) Do a group fast for peace one day and hold it in a public place.

(18) Visit Palestine (e.g. with http://www.sirajcenter.org)

(19) Support human rights and other groups working on the ground in Palestine.

(20) Make large signs and display them at street corners and where ever people congregate.

(21) Contact local churches, mosques, synagogues, and other houses of worship and ask them to take a moral stand and act. Call on your mosque to dedicate this Friday for Gaza actions.

(22) Sign petitions for Gaza, e.g. http://tinyurl.com/8nt5on

(23) Write and call people in Gaza, they need to hear from the outside world.

(24) Work with other groups that do not share your political views (factionalism and excessive divisions within activist communities allowed those who advocate war to succeed).

(25) Dedicate a certain time for activism for peace every day (1 hour) and think of more actions than what are listed above.

(26) Urge your local radio talk shows and news editors to call any of us here in Palestine to report live what is happening on the ground.

For support and contacts of people in Gaza or to volunteer, please contact the Palestinian Center for Rapprochement Between People, via gaza@imemc.org, or call +1-989-607-9480 (from the US and Canada) or +972-2-277-2018 (from other places).

Ref: Desert peace

One Response

  1. I posted this on the wrong site
    part 1 was written before the ground invasion.[

    There are a number of strategic reasons Omert choose this time to escalate the w ar against Gaza.
    1.
    there is the open wound of searing wrath which he wants to appease by way of inf licting degradation and humiliation on the gazans ; it is of course the longed f or and lusted after revenge for his own armies humiliation- ” defeat” or “non S ucess ” during the last Israeli invasion – 2006.
    2.
    He is conscious of the interregnum period between US presidential handover.- he knows Bush is not just a lame , but a dead duck, but more worryingly he is consc ious that Obama has made no unequivocal condemnation of Israel.- did he even mak e any statement?

    3.
    Omert is conscious that the Sect of State in waiting , Hillary Clinton has equal ly had to considerably ameliorate her position because of her once adopting a po sition along side Arafat supporters.

    4.Attorney General Menachem Mazuz has advised Prime Minister Ehud Olmert he pl ans to recommend he be indicted in connection with the Rishon Tours double billi ng affair, pending a hearing.
    Omert is acutely aware that any ambiguity or obfuscation which the war will brin g about is favorable to his unwieldy political position,

    In addition to all of this he knows that if his war effort is seen as less succe ssful or as much a failure as 2006 , a greater hawk lies perched ready for even more brutal action- Ben. Netenahu.
    Meanwhile Egypt sits on the fence ; afraid of an arab backlash for failing to of fer some succor to the plight of the Gazans.

    Meanwhile the world sits on its collective hands.
    At lasts Sarkosi is now intervening , subtle ( Oxymoronic?) on behalf of the EU.

    But it is the massive cash injection the Isrealis received from her rich patron , the USA . which sustains its might and supremacy in the area.
    Unless and until the separation wall is torn down , the right of return is acced ed to, power lines and border crossings opened , and a final fair and equable re distribution of land is instituted , there can be no hope of peace.
    The UK and the US and French would have to be deemed partisan in the participati on of any such body of arbitration.
    Their collective legacies are too fraught.
    So the ICHR- ??
    Alas it has no mandate to enforce any of its deliberations .
    #
    donmacnamara, on January 3rd, 2009 at 7:42 pm Said:

    Now. the Israeli ground invasion has begun, jusy 1 hour ago.. the mission is defined as being one to greatly restrict restrict / curtail the rocket launches in Gaza.
    there seems to be a 3 prong attack
    air – sea and ground,
    there is neither power nor medical assistance inside Gaza.
    the representatives from Gaza are imploring the civilized world to assist. Yet the world watches on,
    There is no consideration whatever for the civilian population.
    Aerilal bombardment continues as I watch.
    The Israeli army speak of an infiltration for as long as it takes .
    Sarkosi goes to Israel on Monday.
    The UN are silent in their condemnation of this asymmetrical war.
    The US are silent , yet the war plan was approved by the kitchen cabinet last night.

    The Israelis seem to want engage in a street war fare , where the civilian population will suffer even more.
    The imbalance of casualties now rate at about 100 /1
    And despite the appeals from Gaza remain ignored.
    This is operation Grapes of Wrath on a massive scale.
    And the world powers look on.
    What does it take to convince the rest of the world that we are not responsible for the Holocaust.
    We are not responsible .
    The Israelis were ‘ given’ a place to live in after WW2 . hey were not given free rein to plunder a country that was not theirs.
    But the British Empire thought it was the gentlemanly thing to do. Old Oxtonians and armchair generals decided that they would give them a piece of Palestine.Those same generals who led the lions into battle in WW”
    ( driven by mules; fought by lions )
    How awfully noble .They didnt invite the Jews to Somerset or the Kings Road..
    I wonder if their Queen’s slep or appetite has been disturbed, cos shure as heck GBW aint gonna worry about it.
    But every mora; soul in the wworld should be on guard tonight .

    This is even worse than the fall of the Lehman Brothers
    – Where is Robin Hood and Batmaan ??

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