Saving Gaza

April 8, 2011 from

Palestinians gather in front of a fire after an explosion in a smuggling tunnel in the southern Gaza Strip. (Reuters: Ahmed Zakot)

Israel is again inflicting death and destruction using U.S.-supplied weapons against Palestinians in the besieged and occupied Gaza Strip, demonstrating the dramatic imbalance of power in this conflict. According to press reports, in just 24 hours, Israel has killed 13 Palestinians in Gaza and injured dozens; in Israel two people have been injured.

Israel's Cast Lead assault on Gaza

Israel appears to be deliberately escalating this pattern of strikes and counter-strikes, which began on March 16, when an unprovoked air strike by Israel killed two Hamas militants and injured another at the same time as Israel further tightened the siege on Gaza by closing the Karni crossing, the main entry point for goods into Gaza.

From March 16-30, according to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, Israel killed 15 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, including four children. See this timeline by the Alternative Information Center here.

Until Israels March 16 attack, an informal ceasefire had been in place since Israel’s devastating Cast Lead assault ended in 2009. Even the Israeli daily Haaretz wrote on March 24: Despite the escalation, Hamas does not seem to want large-scale clashes yet. The organization actually has good reasons to believe that Israel is the one heating up the southern front.

So what can we do?

1. Stay informed. This escalation may or may not be a prelude to a massive Israeli attack on Gaza. We should all be monitoring the situation as it develops. The Institute for Middle East Understanding already posted an interview from Gaza recorded last night on its website ( and will be providing timely news updates and other resources. Check out other resources like (see especially Ali Abunimahs Another War on Gaza?) and The Palestine Center.

2. Challenge the Discourse. In the United States the clashes again are being framed in terms of Israels security, no matter what the cost in Palestinian lives and injuries. But only a ceasefire, along with an end to Israels illegal siege and occupation of Gaza, can bring security for all and a ceasefire was in place until Israel broke it.

Another point to make: It is no coincidence that Israel is escalating its actions against Gaza after Justice Richard Goldstones rethink of one aspect of the UN report. But lets be clear: Goldstone did not retract the report’s findings. Nor does he have the authority to do so: This is the report of the UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict that grouped four distinguished experts and is now the property of the UN.

Read the many excellent analyses on the status of the Goldstone Report, such as that by Nimer Sultany here, George Bisharat here, and New York Times’ Roger Cohen here.

3. Demand the lifting of the siege on Gaza: The collective punishment imposed on Gaza violates international humanitarian law. The United States should end its military aid to Israel because of its many violations of Palestinian human rights and U.S. laws. Get involved in our campaign to challenge military aid to Israel.

Together, we can end U.S. support of Israel’s violations of human rights and uphold international law.

In solidarity,

Nadia Hijab, US Campaign Advisory Board

Josh Ruebner, US Campaign National Advocacy Director

4 thoughts on “Saving Gaza

  1. More reports says:

    After Gaza suffers a 2 day pounding by the Israelis (at least 13 dead and scores of injured) Egyptians rally in support of Palestine and call for an end to treaty with Israel

    Massive anti-Israel rally held in Cairo
    Anti-Israel rally turns violent in Cairo

    Over one million Egyptian protesters in Cairo’s Liberation square have demanded their military rulers to abandon Israel and lift the blockadeon the besieged Gaza strip.

    Protesters voiced their anger at Tel Aviv by burning the Israeli flag and demanding the Liberation of Palestine, a Press TV correspondent said.

    They promised to stand by Gazans, who have been suffering Israeli attacks and its four-year long crippling siege…

    [Thanks David]

  2. Justice for Palestine Meeting says:

    Hi all,

    There will be a Justice for Palestine meeting next Wednesday, April 13 at 6:30pm at the TLC Building (2nd floor), 16 Peel St, South Brisbane.

    in solidarity,

  3. Egyptian army fires on protestors in Tahrir Sq Cairo says:

    Saturday Apr 09, 2011 Press TV

    Over one million Egyptian protesters in Cairo’s Liberation Square demanded their military rulers to abandon Israel and lift the blockade on the besieged Gaza Strip on Friday – 8 April 2011

    See and

    The military dictatorship and corrupt guard
    April 9, 2011 — iraqibeacon April 9, 2011 – iraqibeacon

    الاشتراكيون الثوريون SRs

    إن هجوم القوات المسلحة على المعتصمين العزل في ميدان التحرير فجر اليوم، باستخدام الرصاص الحي والقنابل المسيلة للدموع، وإثارة الرعب باستخدام المدرعات، يضع المجلس العسكري بشكل واضح في خانة الثورة المضادة.ه
    The attack of the armed forces on unarmed demonstrators in Tahrir Square this morning, using live bullets and tear gas, and intimidate using the armor, puts the military junta is clearly in the category of counter-revolution.

    إن محاولات فض الاعتصام لا معنى لها إلا أن هذا المجلس يدافع عن مصالح الفاسدين، الذين سرقوا الشعب المصري على مدار ثلاثين سنة ،والجنرالات المتربعين على قمة هرم الجيش جزء من عصابة مبارك الفاسدة، التى تتولى مهمة حماية منظومة الفساد والسرقة بعد خلع مبارك.
    The attempts to break up the sit have no meaning except that this Council to defend the interests of the corrupt, who stole the Egyptian people over thirty years, and the generals are accrued on top of the pyramid of the military part of Mubarak’s corrupt gang, which holds the task of protecting the system of corruption and theft after the deposition of Mubarak.
    وقد حان الوقت الان للتخلص منهم كما سبق وتخلص الثوار من زعيم عصابتهم.ه
    It is time now to get rid of them as I have to get rid of the rebel leader Asapthm.

    لن ننخدع بعد اليوم بالمقولة المضللة أن “الجيش والشعب يد واحدة”، فعلى مدار شهرين منذ تولى المجلس العسكرى السلطة وكل مهمته هو
    After today will not be fooled by misleading dictum that “the army and the people of one’s hand,” Over the two months since the junta took power and every task is قمع المتظاهرين وتعذيبهم واحالتهم الى المحاكمات العسكرية، الا أن
    قمع المتظاهرين هذه المرة ومحاولة فض المعتصمين لم تكن بيد الجيش وحده بل كانت بالتعاون بين الجيش والشرطة، وهو ما يعنى أن الجيش والشرطة يداً واحدة ضد الشعب، وان يداهما ملطخة بدماء الثوار، وان على الثوار التخلص منهما معاً وخلق سلطة شعبية مدنية تعبر بحق عن الثورة ومطالب الثوار وتحقق طموحات الشعب المصرى فى حياة حرة كريمة، وتضمن تقديم مبارك ورموز نظامه الى المحاكمة عن كل الجرائم التى ارتكبوها فى حق الشعب ومصادرة جميع ممتلكاتهم .ه
    The suppression of demonstrators and torture and brought to the military trials, but that the suppression of the demonstrators this time and try to resolve the protestors were not, however, the Army alone, but the cooperation between the army and police, which means that the army and police, as one hand against the people, and Idihama stained with the blood of the rebels, and that the rebels get rid them together and create a popular civilian authority reflect the right of the revolution and the demands of the rebels and achieve the aspirations of the Egyptian people in free and dignified life, and ensure the provision of Mubarak and his henchmen to justice for all the crimes they committed against the people and the confiscation of all their possessions. e

    لن يتم تقديم مبارك ورموز نظامه للمحاكمة طالما ظل طنطاوى وعنان وغيرهم من جنرالات المجلس العسكرى متربعين على كرسى السلطة السياسية فى مصر ، وذلك لانهم جزء من نظامه ومتورطين فى الفساد الذى أغرقوا به البلاد على مدار سنوات حكم الديكتاتور المخلوع ، فلتستمر ثورتنا حتى تطهير البلاد ، وانتزاع السلطة من مجلس مبارك العسكرى.ه
    Will not be providing Mubarak and his henchmen on trial as long as Tantawi, Annan and the other generals of the military council Mterpain on a chair of political power in Egypt, for they are part of his regime and involved in corruption, who drowned by the country over the years, the rule of deposed dictator, Vltistmr our revolution until the purge of the country, and to extract authority of the Council of Mubarak’s military.

    النصر للثورة
    Victory of the revolution

    المجد للشهداء
    Glory to the Martyrs

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