Fast for Gaza, July 16 and Third Thursday Each Month
Posted by uscsjp on July 15, 2009
“…The Jewish Fast for Gaza is an ad hoc group of rabbis, Jews, and people of conscience who have committed to undertake a monthly daytime fast in support of the following goals:
1. To call for a lifting of the blockade that prevents the entry of civilian goods and services into Gaza;
2. To provide humanitarian and developmental aid to the people of Gaza;
3. To call upon Israel, the US, and the international community to engage in negotiations without pre-conditions with all relevant Palestinian parties – including Hamas – in order to end the blockade;
4. To encourage the American government to vigorously engage both Israelis and Palestinians toward a just and peaceful settlement of the conflict.
…This water-only fast will take place on the third Thursday of the month, beginning on July 16, 2009, from sunrise to sunset. In addition to signing on to the statement above, participants are asked to donate the money they save on food to the Milk for Preschoolers Campaign of the American Near Eastern Refugee Aid (ANERA). This important relief campaign combats malnutrition among Gazan preschool children through daily provisions of fortified milk and high energy biscuits…”
–Fast for Gaza, July, 2009
Statement by George Galloway:It’s time the siege was lifted
“A delegation of solidarity activists from the U.S. is bringing desperately needed humanitarian supplies to the Palestinians of Gaza. The convoy was organized by the group Viva Palestina, led by British Member of Parliament and antiwar activist George Galloway.
The delegation has met one obstacle after another in Egypt, where it assembled to gather the supplies and prepare for the crossing into Gaza. Egyptian authorities last week blocked several buses from crossing the Sinai on the way to the Rafah border crossing, and they continued to delay the full convoy for several more days. Supporters in the U.S. gathered at Egyptian consulates and embassies on Tuesday to protest against Egypt’s restrictions.
On Tuesday night, Cairo time, Viva Palestina leaders announced they had finally negotiated an agreement with the government to travel to Rafah and cross into Gaza on Wednesday morning, bringing 11 trucks filled with medical supplies.
After the agreement was announced, George Galloway talked to SocialistWorker.org about what’s at stake with Viva Palestina’s humanitarian mission…”
–Alan Maas, Socialist Worker, 15 July, 2009
And from PBS:
Wide Angle: Heart of Jenin
“When 12-year-old Palestinian Ahmed Khatib was killed in the West Bank city of Jenin by Israeli soldiers who mistook his toy gun for the real thing, his death could have been just one more blip on the news. Instead, Ahmed’s parents’ decision to donate his organs turned tragedy into hope for six Israelis and created a rare moment of optimism amid the violence and entrenched hatred surrounding an intractable conflict.
In Heart of Jenin, WIDE ANGLE tells the story of Ahmed’s tragic death and his father Ismael Khatib’s journey to visit three of the organ recipients two years later…”
–PBS Wide Angle, 9 July 2009
Finally, a list of reports on the Dec ’08 to Jan ’09 Bombardment of Gaza
(from a recent email by Sydney Levy of Jewish Voice for Peace)
(1) Breaking the Silence Testimonies
(2) Amnesty International Gaza report
(3) Ha’aretz: Israeli soldier: “We used Gazans as human shields.”
Original article removed from Ha’aretz, but available in full here:
(4) BBC Breaking the Silence on Gaza Abuses