2008/12/28: Take Action to End Israeli Attacks on Gaza



1. Contact the White House to protest the attack and demand an immediate cease-fire. Call 202-456-1111 or send an email to comments@whitehouse.gov.

2. Contact the State Department at 202-647-6575 or send an email by clicking here.

3. Contact your Representative and Senators in Congress at 202-224-3121 or find contact info for your Members of Congress by clicking here.

4. Contact your local media by phoning into a talk show or writing a letter to the editor. To find contact info for your local media, click here.

5. Organize a local protest or vigil and tell us about it by clicking here.

6. Sign our open letter to President-Elect Obama calling for a new U.S. policy toward Israel/Palestine and find out other steps you can take to influence the incoming Administration by clicking here.

Alert sent to WNPJ by Madison Rafah Sister City Project:  rafahsistercity@yahoo.com


NOTE: Jennifer Loewenstein, MRSCP Advisory Committee member, will be on the "Forward Forum" Radio show SUNDAY DEC. 28, AT 7PM  with host John Quinlan to discuss the current attack on Gaza.  This is on WTDY radio, am 1670.  (John's 8 pm guest will be MRSCP advisory committee member Cecilia Zarate-Laun of Dane County's sister community in Colombia, currently facing threat of imminent attack by right-wing paramilitaries.)
Dear Members and Friends of MRSCP,
Our friends in Rafah and elsewhere in Gaza report massive casualties due to the Israeli air strikes, hospitals are overflowing with more than 200 dead and over 500 wounded (so far)...so-called "hamas compounds" included a civil police training school where scores of young men (older teenagers and twenty-somethings) desperate for a salary to support families were assembled for a graduation ceremony...bombs hit at school let-out time so children were in the streets in large numbers...many expected that no Israeli attack would be launched just hours after Israel, as widely reported in the western media, had finally allowed the delivery of a small amount of humanitarian aid to the starving population of Gaza.  Widespread property damage is making life in the cold and dark of Gaza even more miserable than it was, if such a thing can even be imagined. And as I write this, it is reported that new missile attacks are targeting a mosque and various social welfare agencies located in densely crowded neighborhoods.
(And the U.S. media continues to promote the myth of Israeli "retaliation" when in reality it was Israel that broke the truce several weeks ago.)
If you need more information on today's events in Gaza, click here: Gaza City hospital a gruesome scene; families pick through body parts to identify loved ones
(27 Dec) Death shrouds the hallways of Gaza City's Ash-Shefa medical compound Saturday, its smell creeping in from all corners. Amputated bodies are strewn throughout hallways because morgues in the city can no longer accommodate the dead. In one corner a man stands with his seven year old son in a cardboard box because the hospital ran out of sheets to cover the dead with. This is how he will carry him home and bury him. Another man stands dazed, in shock after watching his son Mohammed killed during his graduation ceremony at the de facto police headquarters. The father of one of Mohammed's classmates stood next to his son as he was decapitated. The man is still screaming.

and here: Gaza-based foreigners witness catastrophic violence (27 Dec) In front of our house we found the bodies of two little girls under a car, completely burnt. They were coming home from school. This is more than just collective punishment. We are being treated like laboratory animals.
See also this from Ali Abunimah at the Electronic Intifada: Gaza Massacres must spur us to action:
If you are ready to do something, read on.
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), Jewish Voice for Peace and the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation are all issuing calls for protests to our government officials...the U.S. Campaign alert is below.
I recommend you do three things:
Phone: DC (202) 225-2906 Madison: (608) 258-9800

Phone numbers: DC: (202) 224-5653 Madison  (608) 264-5338
Phone numbers: DC (202) 224-5323 Middleton (608) 828-1200

(3) Contact the Obama Transition team at this link: http://change.gov/page/content/contact.  Ask him to call for an end to the Israeli attacks, at a minimum (Bush and Rice are supporting the attacks.)