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Saturday, December 30, 2006

Stop Starving Gaza!

Below I have posted a video from the site The Struggle
The Struggle is sponsored by the Middle East Crisis Committee. They are a group of activists that organized in 1982 in New Haven, CT during Israel's invasion of Lebanon. In 2006 they merged with Al-Awda CT, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition. This video just appeared on youtube four days ago but is slightly dated. It states that 300 have died in Gaza this year. Three days ago, the following B'Tselem (The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the OccupieTerritories) report was released. According to B'Tselem's research, from January to December 27, 2006, Israeli security forces killed 660 (4005) Palestinians in the West Bank and in Israel . This includes 141 (811) minors. At least 322 (1920) of those killed did not take part in the hostilities at the time they were killed. Another 22 (210) were targets of assassinations. In the Gaza Strip alone, since the capture of Cpl. Gilad Shalit, Israeli forces killed 405 Palestinians, including 88 minors. Of these, 205 did not participate in the fighting when killed. The full text of the report can be found here

The continued deterioration of the conditions in Gaza and the West Bank during 2006 go largely unreported in the Western press. There may be an article here, an article there, but somehow the "articles" don't put the entire picture into perspective. Gaza is starving, the people of Palestine are suffering FAR beyond what ANY American should tolerate for another people. This is what our American tax dollars are going to support and this is what anyone who says "I stand by Israel" is agreeing to. This is NOT acceptable for us to support. FULL STOP.

Following are links for some of the information presented in this video:

UNRWA November 2006 report, "Prolonged Crisis in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Recent Socio-Economic on Refugees and Non-Refugees" (63 pages long)

"Act of Vengeance, Israel's Bombing of the the Gaza Power Plant and it's Effects" by Norman Finklestein

"Sanctioning the People" by Ghassan Khatib

"Apartheid in the Holy Land" by Desmond Tutu

"A Jewish Hitler, the Rise of Avigdor Lieberman" at

Amnesty International, "Israel and the Occupied Territories, a Road to Nowhere"

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