Make your voices heard in solidarity with the Palestinian people.
Bring a whistle as we "blow the whistle" on Israeli Apartheid!
Lift the siege of Gaza now!
(There will be a poster and banner making party at Calvary Church (48th and Baltimore) on Tuesday 12/15 at 5 pm. Bring paint and banner making materials.)
The total number killed in this massacre is estimated at more than 1400. During the 3-week assault on Gaza (Dec 27, 2008 - Jan 18, 2009) the number of Palestinian children who were killed by Israelis: 313. The number of Israeli children who were killed by Palestinians: 0. The number of Gazans displaced at some point during conflict: approx. 500,000. Get the facts here.
The population of Gaza is approximately 1,417,000 of which 793,520 (56%) are children. Israel's attack on the people of Gaza - carried out by the world's 4th most powerful military- constitutes a crime against humanity. During the 3-week attack approximately 1 million people lost electricity and drinking water. Water treatment facilities were rendered inoperable and at least 16 schools were damaged or destroyed.
According to the media summary of the United Nations Fact
Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict:
During the military operation, houses, factories, wells, schools, hospitals, police stations and other public buildings were destroyed, with families, including the elderly and children, left living amid the rubble of their former dwellings long after the attacks ended, as no reconstruction has been possible due to the continuing blockade. Significant trauma, both immediate and long-term, has been suffered by the population of Gaza. More than 1400 people were killed. The Gaza military operations were directed by Israel at the people of Gaza as a whole, in furtherance of an overall policy aimed at punishing the Gaza population, and in a deliberate policy of disproportionate force aimed at the civilian population. The destruction of food supply installations, water sanitation systems, concrete factories and residential houses was the result of a deliberate and systematic policy to make the daily process of living, and dignified living, more difficult for the civilian population...The Israeli operations were carefully planned in all their phases as a deliberately disproportionate attack designed to punish, humiliate and terrorize a civilian population, radically diminish its local economic capacity both to work and to provide for itself, and to force upon it an ever increasing sense of dependency and vulnerability.
The Mission found that Israel used white phosphorous, flechettes and heavy metal weapons. The use of white phosphorous, flechettes and heavy metal (such as tungsten) is restricted or even prohibited in certain circumstances. Flechettes, as an area weapon, are particularly unsuitable for use in urban settings while the Mission is of the view that the use of white phosphorous as an obscurant should be banned.
Israel’s blockade of Gaza amounts to a violation of Israel’s obligations as an Occupying Power under the Fourth Geneva Convention. The deliberate actions of the Israeli forces and the declared policies of the Government indicate the intention to inflict collective punishment on the people of the Gaza Strip...including: willful killing, torture or inhuman treatment, willfully causing great suffering or serious injury to body or health, and extensive destruction of property.
US taxpayers subsidize the State of Israel with more than 7 billion dollars a year. Stand with the people of Gaza and say:
Lift the siege of Gaza now!
Support the Gaza Freedom March on December 31! On December 31, activists from the world-over will be will be crossing the border into Gaza and joining with Palestinians in a Gaza Freedom March, demanding the immediate end of the siege of Gaza.
The people of Gaza need: medical supplies and medicines, chemicals to operate sewage treatment plants, fuel and construction materials like cement to recover from the vicious assault.Endorsed by End Oppression Now, Philly Against War, Phila. International Action Center, Socialist Action