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Democracy Now! Covers Gaza Invasion; Actions Throughout Southern California This Week

Posted by uscsjp on January 6, 2009

Hundreds of shoes litter Whitehall, near Downing Street (Mail Online)

London: Hundreds of shoes litter Whitehall, near Downing Street (Mail Online)

A.N.S.W.E.R. LA Announcement of Protests/Actions in Southern California this week:

Southern California Actions This Week

Los Angeles-Area
(1) Sunday, Jan. 4, 1pm: Emergency Response Protest in Anaheim (See above)
(2) Tuesday, Jan. 6, 4:30pm: Emergency Response Protest in LA at Israeli Consulate (6380 Wilshire Blvd.)
(3) Saturday, Jan. 10, 12 noon: National Day of Emergency Mass Action – Mass Regional Protest in LA at Westwood Federal Building (11000 Wilshire Blvd.)

Next Saturday, January 10, is a National Day of Emergency Mass Action. There will be a major regional demonstration that day in Los Angeles at the Westwood Federal Building at 12 noon. There will be coinciding demonstrations in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, San Diego and in cities around the country. Please mobilize all of your family, friends, coworkers and everyone you know for next Saturday’s action…”

–A.N.S.W.E.R LA, 3 January, 2009

Also, coverage of earlier protests worldwide on the Daily Mail site:

“Demonstrators hurl shoes at Downing Street in day of global protest against Israeli attacks

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 1:23 AM on 04th January 2009

Demonstrators demanding an end to Israeli airstrikes on Gaza hurled their shoes at the gates of Downing Street yesterday during a wave of global protests.

Riot police were also pelted with missiles and fireworks as about 5,000 pro-Palestinians descended on the Israeli Embassy in London in the evening…”

–The Daily Mail (Mail Online), 4 January, 2009

See also Democracy Now’s in-depth coverage of the invasion:

“Israeli Troops Invade Gaza; Death Toll Tops 530

Israeli ground troops and tanks have pushed deeper into Gaza and surrounded Gaza City, effectively splitting Gaza into two sections. At least 531 Palestinians have died over the past ten days, including eighty since Israeli ground forces invaded Gaza on Saturday. Five Israelis have died since the fighting began.

US Blocks UN Call for Ceasefire in Gaza

The United States blocked a UN Security Council statement on Saturday calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.

US Deputy Ambassador Alejandro Wolff: ‘This Council has spoken on many times about the concerns we had about Hamas’s military attacks on Israel. The charter of this organization respects the right of every member state to exercise its self-defense, and Israel’s self-defense is not negotiable.’

The United Nations estimates Israeli forces have now killed at least 100 Palestinian civilians. Earlier today, a navy shelling off the coast of Gaza killed a Palestinian family of seven inside the Shati refugee camp. Israel says it is not targeting civilians, only seeking to halt rocket fire from Hamas militants. Despite ten days of attacks, Hamas fighters are continuing to fire rockets into Israel. On Sunday, New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg was touring Sderot, Israel, when he had to be taken into a bomb shelter due to a possible rocket attack. Bloomberg and New York Police Chief Ray Kelly traveled to Israel to express their support for Israel’s attack on Gaza…”

–Democracy Now!, 5 January, 2009

And the Angry Arab weighs in:

American Public Opinion: it is not what you think

“”This Rasmussen Reports poll– the first to survey American public opinion specifically regarding the Israeli attack on Gaza — strongly bolsters the severe disconnect I documented the other day between (a) American public opinion on U.S. policy towards Israel and (b) the consensus views expressed by America’s political leadership. Not only does Rasmussen find that Americans generally ‘are closely divided over whether the Jewish state should be taking military action against militants in the Gaza Strip’ (44-41%, with 15% undecided), but Democratic voters overwhelmingly oppose the Israeli offensive — by a 24-point margin (31-55%). By stark constrast, Republicans, as one would expect (in light of their history of supporting virtually any proposed attack on Arabs and Muslims), overwhelmingly support the Israeli bombing campaign(67-27%)…”
–The Angry Arab News Service, 4 January, 2009
And Finally:

“Understanding the Gaza Catastrophe

Richard Falk

Posted January 2, 2009 | 11:00 AM (EST)
For eighteen months the entire 1.5 million people of Gaza experienced a punishing blockade imposed by Israel, and a variety of traumatizing challenges to the normalcy of daily life. A flicker of hope emerged some six months ago when an Egyptian arranged truce produced an effective ceasefire that cut Israeli casualties to zero despite the cross-border periodic firing of homemade rockets that fell harmlessly on nearby Israeli territory, and undoubtedly caused anxiety in the border town of Sderot. During the ceasefire the Hamas leadership in Gaza repeatedly offered to extend the truce, even proposing a ten-year period and claimed a receptivity to a political solution based on acceptance of Israel’s 1967 borders. Israel ignored these diplomatic initiatives, and failed to carry out its side of the ceasefire agreement that involved some easing of the blockade that had been restricting the entry to Gaza of food, medicine, and fuel to a trickle…”
–The Huffington Post, 2 January, 2009
This last piece was also posted on The Gaza Siege website:


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