Thursday, July 24, 2014

The War on Children


Palestinian children    avaaz.org
So many of us are heartsick at what is happening in Gaza. This is the third war in 5 1/2 years. Hamas
is wrong to fire missiles at Israel and Israel is wrong to be bombing civilians who literally have no place to go. Even schools and hospitals are not safe from Israeli bombs. According to this report from Johnathon Miller of Channel 4 News in the UK, this is looking more and more like a "war on children".  http://www.channel4.com/news/gaza-shifa-hospital-israel-hamas-shajaiyah-jonathan-miller

The whole world is rising up to say no to the violence (see photos below). We must get to the root of the problem which is Israel's seven year siege of Gaza. The illegal settlements and occupation must end. Hamas also has to stop calling for the destruction of Israel. World pressure in the form of boycotts, divestment and sanctions must ratchet up- for the sake of the children.

One thing this war is showing in high relief is that women, children and innocent civilians are at the epicenter of modern warfare. Over 100 million died in wars in the last century. In the 21st century, we must find nonviolent solutions to conflict. We must end war before it ends us.

From Avaaz.org
"As a new round of violence kicks off in Israel-Palestine and more children are killed, it's not enough just to call for another ceasefire. It’s time to take definitive non-violent action to end this decades long nightmare"  Join over a million people in signing their petition- https://secure.avaaz.org/en/israel_palestine_this_is_how_it_ends_rb/?bCzJdab&v=42735

Here is a video of an American Jew speaking out in Israel- what happens next is shocking. I thought Israel was a democracy.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=680935605323935&set=vb.153633174720850&type=2&theater

This petition is from a man who works at a small NGO in California called Oasis for Peace to promote peaceful coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians - a few days ago five members of his family were killed in Gaza including two small children. Lift the economic blockade in Gaza- end the war- http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/tell-whitehouse-johnkerry?source=c.em&r_by=1135580

In Photos: Worldwide protest against Israeli attack on Gaza (and this was from over a week ago- the outrage continues to grow- how many of these protests do you see on American media?

http://mondoweiss.net/2014/07/worldwide-protest-israeli.html
Chicago
Chicago
Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa
Rabat, Morocco
Rabat, Morocco
London
London
Bethlehem, Palestine
Bethlehem, Palestine
Aukland, New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Maldives
Maldives
Valparaiso, Chile
Valparaiso, Chile
Amman, Jordan
Amman, Jordan
Madrid, Spain
Madrid, Spain
Dublin
Dublin
Tunisia
Tunisia
Philadelphia
Philadelphia
France
Metz, France
Haifa
Haifa
Washington D.C.
Washington D.C.
South Korea
South Korea
San Francisco, USA
San Francisco, USA
Ottawa, Canada
Ottawa, Canada
Santiago, Chile
Santiago, Chile
Sweden
Stockholm, Sweden
Chicago
Chicago,USA
Paris, France
Paris, France
Glasgow, Scotland
Glasgow, Scotland
Lebanon
Lebanon (photo:AP)
Tokyo, ,Japan
Tokyo, ,Japan
London
London
Greece
Greece
Columbus, Ohio
Columbus, Ohio
Norway
Norway
Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh, Scotland
Iceland
Iceland
Amman, Jordan
Amman, Jordan
Columbus, Ohio
Columbus, Ohio
Milan, Italy
Milan, Italy
Seattle
Seattle
Seattle
Seattle
Tunisia
Tunisia
eattle
Seattle
BuenosAires, Argentina
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sydney
Sydney, Australia
Spain
Italy
San Francisco
San Francisco
Bogata, Columbia
Bogota, Colombia
Chicago
Chicago, USA
Germany
Germany
Frankfurt, Germany
Frankfurt, Germany
france
France
Houston, Texas
Houston, Texas
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Dublin, Ireland
Dublin, Ireland
Rome, Italy
Rome, Italy
Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen, Denmark
Vienna, Austria
Vienna, Austria
Montreal, Canada. Photo courtesy of Under the Olive Tree which airs on CKUT 90.3 FM every Thursday from 11am – 12 noon. Learn more at http://www.mixcloud.com/UnderTheOliveTree/.
Montreal, Canada. Photo courtesy of Under the Olive Tree which airs on CKUT 90.3 FM every Thursday from 11am – 12 noon. Learn more at http://www.mixcloud.com/UnderTheOliveTree/
New York
New York
Montreal, Canada. Photo courtesy of Under the Olive Tree which airs on CKUT 90.3 FM every Thursday from 11am – 12 noon. Learn more at http://www.mixcloud.com/UnderTheOliveTree/
Montreal, Canada. Photo courtesy of Under the Olive Tree which airs on CKUT 90.3 FM every Thursday from 11am – 12 noon. Learn more at http://www.mixcloud.com/UnderTheOliveTree/

Lastly, here is an article a friend sent me that gives you a better understanding of the humiliation, degradation and destruction Palestinians face on a daily basis. It also offers a nonviolent solution based on the ultimate goodness of our shared humanity. It may seem light years from reality right now- but ultimately, it is the way forward. http://zenpeacemakers.org/2014/07/the-peace-activists-demons-israeli-engaged-dharma-report-summer-2014/