Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Israel Occupation Forces Launch Brutal Attack On Gaza

From the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition

" Using the capture of one of it's soldiers as the pretext, the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) launched a brutal assault on the entire population of Gaza, in the early morning hours of June 28.
U.S.-supplied F-16 fighter-bombers destroyed the main power station in Gaza & destroyed bridges on the only major roads linking the northern & southern sections of the region. The people of Gaza are now without water & electricity--& many will die. The use of U.S. planes & other military goods against illegally occupied territories is a violation of both international & U.S. law.
Israel is also threatening to widen the war, sending war planes over Syria to buzz the home of Syrian President Bashir al-Assad, whose goverment the U.S. has been actively working to bring down for more than two years.
The Palestinian population of Gaza, one of the poorest & most densely populated areas of the world, was already suffering severe shortages of food, medicine & other necessities due to Israel's blockade of Gaza & the cut-off of international aid to the West Bank & Gaza, in effect since January 2006. The new Israeli assault has resulted in the cut-off of power, water, & food supplies to most of the people in Gaza. The situation constitutes a deliberately created humanitarian disaster.
Deliberately attacking the civilian population, with the intent of causing maximum suffering, is clearly a crime against humanity. What we are witnessing today in Gaza is collective punishment against the Palestinian population as a whole. It is just one part of Israel's colonial policy toward the Palestinians. In historic Palestine, whether the West Bank, Gaza or inside the 1948 borders of Israel, an apartheid system is in place, where many rights reserved for Jewish Israeli's are denied to Palestinians. More than 6 million dispossessed Palestinians are denied the right to return to their homeland.
Israel's apartheid & the latest assault on Gaza is supported by the Bush regime, Congress & the corporate media because of Israel's vital role in Washington's project of Middle East domination. That is why Israel recieves more military & economic aid from the U.S.-over $ 3 billion annually- than any other country in the world.
While a great hue & cry is heard in the mass media about one captured Israeli soldier, the same media pays no attention whatsoever to the 9,800 Palestinian political prisoners being held illegally ( it is illegal for an occupying power to transfer prisoners from occupied territory) under terrible conditions in Israeli prisons. At least 355 of these prisoners are children. Palestinian prisoners are systematically tortured after arrest. Just 2 days ago, the Israeli parliament gave the Shih Bet (secret police) the right to double the time for secret interrogation of Palestinian prisoners-a green light for even greater torture.
The A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition, which has organized the largest anti-war protests in Washington D.C., L.A., San Francisco, & other US cities over the past 5 years, including the historic demonstration of over 100,000 people supporting Palestinian rights in Washington on April 20,2002, is calling for & supporting protests at Isreali embassies, consulates, & US federal buildings, to demand:
** Immediate end to US-supplied Israeli assault on Gaza
**Release of all Palestinian political prisoners from Israeli jails
**An end to all US aid to Israel
**An end to colonial occupation, support for self-determination for the Palestinian people including the right to reform
**No new US-Israeli was against Syria"

Emergency protest outside the Israeli Consulate tomorrow-Thursday, June 29, from 4-6 pm. Located at 6380 Wilshire Blvd in Los Angeles.