CodePink: Can a white rose help a child in Gaza?


8 January, 2009

code-pink-gaza.jpgIn our plea to the President Elect to speak out, CODEPINK harkens back to the White Rose Society-the WWII non-violent resistance group in Germany. This tiny band of college students and their professor adopted the motto “We will not be silent” and exposed what they saw and knew was happening around them.

On Friday, CODEPINK, along with Jewish and Muslim women, will deliver a flood of white roses to Obama’s Washington, DC hotel, with the message, “Please do not be silent. The children of Gaza need your help.” For $5, you can add a white rose to the bouquet and a voice to the chorus of those who speak out!

Will you give $5 to send Obama a white rose?
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Norway – historical mobilization against Gaza massacres – unions on political strike – support for BDS

norway-gaza40,000 gather in Oslo on the 8th January

This just in from Palestine solidarity partners in Oslo… A most impressive, EFFECTIVE solidarity with Palestine is sweeping Norway.

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Demonstrations have now been held in at least 28 cities:

Oslo, Stavanger, Sandnes, Fredrikstad, Trondheim, Hamar, Sortland, Namsos, Arendal, Norheimsund, Mosjøen, Bergen, Sarpsborg, Tønsberg, Harstad, Tromsø, Kristiansand, Notodden, Vadsø, Mo i Rana, Alta, Kirkenes, Røros, Volda, Halden, Gjøvik, Lillehammer, Selbu.

The numbers of participants have never been bigger.
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RASHID KHALIDI: What You Don’t Know About Gaza

8 January, 2009 NYT Op-Ed Contributor

NEARLY everything you’ve been led to believe about Gaza is wrong. Below are a few essential points that seem to be missing from the conversation, much of which has taken place in the press, about Israel’s attack on the Gaza Strip.

THE GAZANS Most of the people living in Gaza are not there by choice. The majority of the 1.5 million people crammed into the roughly 140 square miles of the Gaza Strip belong to families that came from towns and villages outside Gaza like Ashkelon and Beersheba. They were driven to Gaza by the Israeli Army in 1948.
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In February 2008, Israel’s Deputy Defence Minister Matan Vilnai warned that if Hamas continued firing rockets, they would bring upon themselves a ‘bigger shoah,’ the word used by Israelis to refer to the Nazi genocide or holocaust. This statement came in the wake of attacks on Gaza which left 32 Palestinians dead, including eight children, the youngest a six-month-old baby. These regular attacks, combined with a blockade which deprived Palestinians in Gaza of food, fuel, potable water, medicines and educational materials, was the slow-motion shoah which had been taking place up to December 27. The full-scale bombing which began on that date is surely the ‘bigger shoah’ promised by Vilnai, and, according to Israeli reports, it was being planned as long back as February (1).
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Israel Attacks UN Gaza Convoy

ADC Repeats Calls for Investigations into Israel’s Continued Violations of the Laws of War

Washington, DC | January 8, 2009 | | The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) today called on the United States Government; including members of Congress, and the international community; including the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), to investigate an Israeli military attack earlier today on a United Nations relief convoy resulting in the death of one UN relief worker and the injury of two others. The attack took place as the convoy traveled to the Erez border crossing to pick-up humanitarian supplies that were to have been allowed into Gaza during a three-hour ceasefire.
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Michel Chossudovsky: War and Natural Gas: The Israeli Invasion and Gaza’s Offshore Gas Fields

8 January, 2009 Global Research

The military invasion of the Gaza Strip by Israeli Forces bears a direct relation to the control and ownership of strategic offshore gas reserves.

This is a war of conquest. Discovered in 2000, there are extensive gas reserves off the Gaza coastline.

British Gas (BG Group) and its partner, the Athens based Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC) owned by Lebanon’s Sabbagh and Koury families, were granted oil and gas exploration rights in a 25 year agreement signed in November 1999 with the Palestinian Authority.

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The Real News Network – Israel and international law

On the eleventh day of the Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip, two UN schools were bombed by Israeli jets. The schools were housing people who had been displaced from their homes as a result of the conflict, and the Associate Press reports that 37 civilians were killed in the attacks. As the costs of the conflict to civilian populations continues to increase, the Real News spoke to Phyllis Bennis to find out what international law has to say about the events. Phyllis believes that while certain key members of the UN apparatus have spoken out against international law violations, the power structure of the Security Council continues to make definitive action impossible. with vodpod

James Petras: The Politics of An Israeli Extermination Campaign: Backers, Apologists and Arms Suppliers

2 December, 2009

Because of the unconditional support of the entire political class in the US, from the White House to Congress, including both Parties, incoming and outgoing elected officials and all the principle print and electronic mass media, the Israeli Government feels no compunction in publicly proclaiming a detailed and graphic account of its policy of mass extermination of the population of Gaza.


Israel’s sustained and comprehensive bombing campaign of every aspect of governance, civic institutions and society is directed toward destroying civilized life in Gaza. Israel’s totalitarian vision is driven by the practice of a permanent purge of Arab Palestine informed by Zionism, an ethno-racist ideology, promulgated by the Jewish state and justified, enforced and pursued by its organized backers in the United States.

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