December 26, 2008

Tel Aviv demo against Israeli Gaza invasion

This is interesting. There's been a demo in Tel Aviv today. I know this from an email sent by Frank Fisher to the Just Peace UK list. He (Frank) actually forwarded an email from Gush Shalom announcing the demo and stating a few facts about the recent ending of the truce between Israel and Hamas. I'll paste some of it here because there's not much about it in the mainstream media and the zionists are developing yet another popular misconception about who did what, when and to whom.

No, I won't paste from the Just Peace UK site because the format is all over the place. I've googled the demand "No to a military attack on Gaza!" to find a better laid out version and the first site out of not very many is Window into Palestine.

So here are some slogans and bullet points of the demo organised by The Coalition against the Siege on Gaza:

No to a military attack on Gaza!

War is not an elections spin!

Friday Dec. 26th, at 14.00, in the corner of Ben-Zion Ave. and King George St., Tel-Aviv

In the demonstration we will call for:

· Stop immediately siege on Gaza! Set no conditions for ending the inhuman suffering of innocents!

· Negotiations with Hamas and renew of the truce!

· Stop the military offensive and propose a political solution for ending the occupation!

· Learn from the Second Lebanon War! A military assault will not stop the missiles! Only an agreement can bring calm!

And the facts?

It is Israel which broke the truce already a month and a half ago, in early November, the State of Israel broke the truce in a series of military attacks on Gaza, which caused the death of six Palestinians. In this way, the government of Israel, with its own hands, brought a rain of Qassam missiles upon the heads of the inhabitants of Sderot and the other Gaza Border communities. Afterwards, every time that the situation started calming down, more Palestinians were killed by the army, their killing provoking new salvos of missiles. Now, the government is using the breaking of the truce as the pretext to launch a new military offensive. An offensive which would cost the lives of civilians, and would not achieve any of its declared aims – certainly not the aim of bringing calm to the inhabitants of the border area.

It is Israel which is responsible for the poverty and despair, entailed by the siege on Gaza – already for months the million and half inhabitants of Gaza live under an Israeli siege, with stoppages of water and electricity and a severe lack of vital goods. The Hamas government is already for weeks stating that it would be possible to restore the truce, should Israel agree to open the passages and allow the entry of goods, products, gasoline and people into the Strip. The government chooses consciously to ignore the Hamas declarations and cynically chooses, for electoral purposes, the path of war.

Contact: Adi Dagan (Coalition of Women for Peace) 050-8575730

Adam Keller (Gush Shalom) 0506-709603

Actually, the organisers definitely got one important fact wrong. For Israel, war, or more accurately, war crimes are election spin. Remember Qana I?

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