October 12, 2010
Last month, 82-year old Holocaust survivor Reuven Moskovitz joined a ship full of Jewish activists to challenge the Israeli blockade of Gaza. Under the Israeli blockade, some 1.4 million Palestinians are cut off from the rest of the world. In the words of Mr. Moskovitz, “We are two peoples, but we have one future.”
Will you send an email to the US Senate supporting Mr. Moskovitz’s efforts?
While brave people like Mr. Moskovitz push for peace, the US Senate just took a step in the opposite direction. 87 US senators sent a letter to President Obama that praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu while ignoring Israeli settlements and the Gaza blockade. The letter was organized by the pro-Israel lobby group AIPAC.
Please click here to email your US senators. Tell them you oppose the AIPAC letter. Urge them to follow the example of Reuven Moskovitz and take a stand for peace.
July 13, 2010
Gaza Palestinian Fatma Sharif wants to get a Masters degree in Human Rights. Unfortunately, the Israeli government won’t let her.
As with many other Gazans, the Israeli government has barred Ms. Sharif from leaving Gaza to attend Birzeit University in the West Bank. The Israeli High Court affirmed the decision.
Will you stand up for Fatma Sharif and her freedom to learn? Will you call on the Israeli government to let Gaza live?
Please click here.
It has been nearly a month since Israel announced changes to its Gaza blockade. Unfortunately, these “new” policies still keep Gazans from living normal lives.
Israel still blocks Gaza businesses from directly accessing raw materials like cement and steel. Israel still prevents Gazans from exporting their finished goods outside the territory.
No raw materials + no exports = closed factories = mass unemployment
That’s why Israel’s decision to let more consumer goods into Gaza is unlikely to have significant impact. If you can’t get a job, you can’t earn the money necessary to purchase new products.
So long as Israel maintains its Gaza blockade, peace is but a dream. And so long as U.S. taxpayers are forced to give Israel billions, U.S. policy must link those funds to an end to the Gaza blockade.
Please click here to show your support for Fatma Sharif and the 1.4 million Gaza Palestinians who still live under an Israeli blockade.
They deserve the freedom to live their lives – a first step towards meaningful peace.
June 17, 2009
By Howard Schneider
Washington Post Foreign News
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
JERUSALEM, June 16 — Former president Jimmy Carter said Tuesday that Palestinians in the Gaza Strip were being treated “more like animals than human beings” by Israeli rules that have limited travel, banned the import of all but basic goods and prevented reconstruction since a three-week war ended earlier this year.
“Never before in history has a large community been savaged by bombs and missiles and then deprived of the means to repair itself,” he said.
Full article @ The Washington Post
May 27, 2009
From BBC: “Gazans have begun building with mud. Under Israel’s blockade, building materials cannot enter the Strip, leaving the owners of several thousand homes destroyed in the recent conflict unable to rebuild.”