Chicago and Nabi Saleh Honor Gaza’s Children with Mass Balloon Release – must see video


Related: Never Cast Lead Again – Memorial


On the third anniversary of Gaza Invasion, Chicago and Nabi Saleh Honor Gaza’s Children with Mass Balloon Release

CHICAGO, IL (December 31, 2011) — Over two hundred people gathered to honor Gaza’s children with a mass release of balloons marking the third anniversary of Operation Cast Lead, Israel’s brutal military invasion of Gaza. After marching from Millennium Park to Grant Park, participants released one balloon for each of the 344 children killed during the 22-day attack on Gaza from December 27, 2008 — January 18, 2009. In a parallel event, families in the Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh also gathered for a balloon release. In response, the Israeli army fired tear gas and mustard gas at those who participated in the action, including children, and arrested at least seven .

The Chicago event was organized by Chicago Movement for Palestinian Rights (CMPR).”We organized this event to express our grief over deaths of these children and celebrate the resilience of the people of Gaza,” said CMPR member Ishan Chakrabarti. Tied to each balloon was a card with the name and age of each child killed in the Gaza Massacre. The balloons and ribbon were 100% biodegradable and the cards were made from Lotka paper embedded with flowerseeds. “Wherever they land, these cards will plant seeds in the ground that will bloom into beautiful flowers to pay tribute to the memory of each child,” said Chakrabarti.

At the event local community members performed selections from “The Gaza Monologues,” a collection of monologues written by Palestinian children who survived Israel’s assault. Immediately before releasing the balloons, participants also observed a moment of silence.

Prior to the Chicago commemoration, the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh gathered for a parallel balloon release. The Israeli army responded to the balloon release by firing tear gas and mustard gas at participants, including children. They arrested at least seven, including two internationals. Palestinian activist Amra Amra said that during the event, “Five year old Samer asked his mom if he would be a martyr like Mustafa Tamimi.” On December 9, 2011, Mustafa Tamimi was murdered when the Israeli army shot a tear gas canister at his face. Tamimi became the first person to die while participating in Nabi Saleh’s weekly nonviolent demonstrations against Israeli annexation of their land. During these demonstrations, the Israeli often uses tear gas, mustard gas, skunk spray, and violent arrests against the participants. Of Samer’s question, Amra said, “These are not normal questions children ask their parents! Yet it is normal questions for children living under occupation.”

Chicago Movement for Palestinian Rights CMPR is a diverse, youth-led movement advocating for Palestinian human rights, civil rights and equality through citywide educational events, grassroots campaigns and creative, direct action.
 Many CMPR members are involved in other Chicagoland Palestinian solidarity organizations, including several chapters of Students for Justice in Palestine.




For who does not understand the need or concept of resistance of Palestine, recommended read: History of Resistance | The Eagle of Palestine


Israel is not looking for Peace


History of Israeli Genocide


Essential Read: The Promised Land ~ by Jad KhairAllah



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Martyred By Israeli Occupation Attacks

انّا للہ و انّا الیه راجعون

May Allah Subhana wa Ta’ ala grant the Shuhada Jannatul Firdaus, and ease it for their families, loved ones and anyone around them. Allahumma Ameen ya Rabbil Alameen. ‘ Inna Lillahi wa ‘ Inna ‘ Ilayhi Raji’un, Allahu Akbar

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* The list of shuhada does not display, the numerous victims of the zionist occupation which are undocumented by media. Nor it displays the victims of the “silent onslaught” due to restrictions of movement, ability to go to hospitals for treatment or life saving surgery, due to lack of medication because of the blockades and so on. For example: The Slow Motion Genocide by the Siege on Gaza only, killed 600 patients since Gaza got under Israeli Siege.

For an overview of All Israeli Massacres Palestinians go here

Neither does this list, display the avoidable mortality. A clear and statistical factual evidence, about the number of deaths due to indecent ruling by occupation forces. For even an occupier has obligations under International Laws, Geneva Convention and the Hague regulations, which it is neglecting. These circumstances, together with deliberate policies of the occupier to neglect and even deny every basic human right, severes avoidable mortality which is totally silenced by media or reporting organisations. While in the Holocaust, 1 on 6 Jewish people directly died of deliberate neglect, so if we believe the facts over 1 million due to avoidable mortality, neither should these same circumstances be ignores which are ongoing in Palestine. For this report displays a avoidable morality of at least 0,5 million Palestinians.

How many more dead corpses of Palestinians does the international community need to see in order to act? How many more cruelties and violations of Human Rights, Regulations and International Law will be needed to intervene so this ongoing warcrime is being stopped once and for all.





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Vigil held for Palestinians killed in Gaza 2 years ago | 89.3 KPCC

Jan. 21, 2011 | Quyen Lovrich | KPCC
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WEST LOS ANGELES – Holding banners, one reading “Stop the US and Israeli war on the Palestinian people,” about 30 people held a demonstration and candlelight vigil Friday, calling for an end to attacks on Gaza and to support Palestinian people in the region.

“I would love to see our country stop giving aid to Israel because they don’t adhere to international law and human rights,” Amani Barakat, 42, of Moorpark, said at the event held on the corner of Veteran Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard.

“It’s a crime what’s happening there. It needs to be stopped,” said Mazen Almoukdad, 52, of Anaheim.

The vigil was held to mark the second anniversary of an attack by Israel on Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip between Dec. 27, 2008 and Jan. 18, 2009.

Organizers of the event, which included the Palestine Right to Return Coalition, claim that some 1,417 Palestinians were killed, including 352 children, and 5,300 wounded.

Israel launched its war on Dec. 27 in an effort to stop militant rocket fire from Gaza that terrorized hundreds of thousands of Israelis.


Vigil held for Palestinians killed in Gaza 2 years ago | 89.3 KPCC.

US medical delegation to land in Gaza on Sunday

[ 15/01/2011 – 10:05 AM ]

 

GAZA, (PIC)– A US medical delegation is scheduled to land in the Gaza Strip on Sunday to perform a series of medical operations.

The Gaza program for mental health, the trip’s coordinator, has completed preparations to receive the delegation of eight doctors of surgical specialists and psychologists from the US Physicians for Social Responsibility group. The medics will stay in Gaza until January 24.

The delegation will visit government and civil health and rights foundations during the visit in coordination with Gaza Health Ministry and the general hospital authority.

The delegation visited the Gaza Strip twice in recent years. The doctors carried out many orthopedic and urologic procedures and assessed dozens of other patients.

US medical delegation to land in Gaza on Sunday.

Ramsey Clark delivers a lecture in the IUG Gaza

06-01-2011,20:21

Al Qassam website– The former United States  Attorney General-William Ramsey Clark delivered on Thursday January 6, 2011 a lecture in the Islamic University of Gaza(IUG), the lecture entitled as “International Law and the Future of Palestine”.

The lecture was attended by huge masses in the Islamic University of Gaza including the President of the IUG Dr-Kamaline Sha’th and Head of the Public committee for breaking the siege Dr-Jamal Naji Al Khudari in addition to a number of Palestinian politicians, academicians and religious figures.

Among the audiences who attended Clark’s lecture was the Asian 1 convoy activists who came to feel solidarity with the Palestinian people, however, Clark has discussed many issues related to the International Law and the Palestinian right of determination and statehood.

Palestinian right of Resistance

During his lecture in the IUG, Clark asserted on the Palestinian right of resistance, adding that he and many people like him in the United States have defended the Palestinian rights and exposed the Zionist crimes against people of Gaza and West Bank.

He said that many American lawyers and politicians in the US stand strongly with the Palestinian people by the power of the International Law and the public support, and mentioned that many cases were filed against Zionist occupation leaders in the United States and other international courts , which are all accuse Israel of committing  war crimes and crimes against humanity, but Clark pointed out that all these attempts have failed due to the lack of political support and power of the Zionist lobby in the US.

Clark accused Israeli occupation and its allies of terrorism for rejecting the Palestinian Democratic choice represented in the Palestinian Resistance Movement Hamas.

Hamas leadership is the legal

“Hamas leadership is the legal leadership that succeeded in the Palestinian Democratic elections and people needs a government that protect their children and women”, William Clark said.

In addition, he praised the leadership of Hamas as saying  “pure and genius” for serving  all kinds of Palestinian people to keep him steadfast and strong.

We defending the Palestinian case since the 1948 when Zionists attacked the homeland of Palestine and corrupted everything at that time, we doing our efforts by using the power of the International Law to let you live in one Palestinian country with full rights, we struggle in the United Nations and in many international courts to bring the Palestinian rights back, he said.

For the Palestinian unity, Clark mentioned that the American unity should be an example for the Palestinian people, he said we were separated but later on we united in one country.

Palestinian unity and Statehood

However, he said that Palestinian unity is essential and should take place among Palestinians, and without unity government things will not be better.

Eventually, and at the end of his lecture, Ramsey Clark hoped a Palestinian state for the Palestinians with full International recognition.

Its important here to mention that the Islamic University of Gaza was targeted many times as a civilian property by the Zionist occupation air forces during war on Gaza in 2008-2009, the Zionist targeting caused of huge destruction in the university buildings and properties.

Side of the lecture at the Islamic University of Gaza (Pictures) :


By Al Qassam website correspondent.

 

Ramsey Clark delivers a lecture in the IUG – Ezzedeen Al-Qassam Brigades.

Asia Convoy 1: Shame on US, Israel for Gaza blockade

[ 04/01/2011 – 07:41 PM ]

 

GAZA, (PIC)– Asia Convoy 1 head Feroz Mesberola said the convoy’s naval vessel carrying 20 tons of humanitarian aid valued at one million dollars docked at Port El Arish, Egypt Tuesday morning in its final stop for the aid to be unloaded onto trucks that will carry it to the Gaza Strip through Rafah.

The convoy’s activists earlier flew from Syria to Egypt before crossing over to the Gaza Strip through Rafah. The multi-national mission set out Monday morning on a tour of Gaza to assess the region’s situation.

Reaching the Shifa hospital in Gaza in the course of the tour, Mesberola said the facility’s medical staff are an elemental part of the Palestinian resistance of the Israeli occupation. Israel wants to kill Palestinians with illnesses, he said.

“You provide aid and well-being to the Palestinians despite the difficulties you suffer. We found the hospital to be very clean and advanced in its services,” he went on to say.

“Shame on America and Israel for not allowing the hospital to finish some of its buildings until now. Israel fears the cement that the Palestinians build with.”

“We feel it is our duty to offer aid and needed medicines to the hospital, so we are preparing Convoy Asia 2, which we hope will arrive June this year.”

Ebraman Abdurrahman, heading the convoy’s Indonesian delegation, announced that the Indonesian government will erect a hospital in the Beit Lahia district, a project that was kicked off in 2008 in northern Gaza in cooperation with the health ministry.

Gaza hospital authority director Madhat Moheisan expressed his gratitude to the convoy for coordinating with hospital regarding the required medical supplies. The convoy equipped the health facility with 30 solar-powered back-up generators

Asia Convoy 1: Shame on US, Israel for Gaza blockade.

Egyptian Blockade of Gaza – Blocking Ramsey Clark, Dr. Curtis Doebbler

Egyptian Blockade of Gaza – Ramsey Clark, former Attorney General Of the US but long time enemy of US imperialism is being blocked by Egypt (under US orders) into entering Gaza at this moment. All required protocols were followed on the Egyptian side, but once again Egypt plays its role in collaborating with Israel and blockading Gaza. Clark has important work in Gaza, he is travelling with Dr. Curtis Doebbler & Sarah Flounders of International Action Center

Ramsey Clark can be reached at +20 1501093768 or +41 793044654

PRESSURE EGYPT NOW TO STOP BLOCKING HIS ENTRY & ALL OTHER HUMANITARIANS

Ramsey Clark as US Attorney General 1968

William Ramsey Clark (born December 18, 1927) is an American lawyer and former United States Attorney General. He worked for the U.S. Department of Justice, which included service as United States Attorney General from 1967 to 1969, under President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Ramsey Clark in 2010 – Anti-war Rally

Following his term as Attorney General he worked as a law professor and was active in the anti-Vietnam War movement. He visited North Vietnam in 1972 as a protest against the bombing of Hanoi. He was also associated with the New York law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison before resigning to run for political office.

n June, 2006, Clark wrote an article criticizing US foreign policy in general, containing a list of 17 US “major aggressions” introduced by “Both branches of our One Party system, Democrat and Republican, favor the use of force to have their way.” (the list includes the Clinton years) and followed by “The United States government may have been able to outspend the Soviet Union into economic collapse in the Cold War arms race, injuring the entire planet in the process. Now Bush has entered a new arms race and is provoking a Second Cold War…”[19]

Egyptian Blockade of Gaza – Blocking Ramsey Clark, Dr. Curtis Doebbler.

The U.S. Response to the Gaza Crisis: Unfair and Unbalanced

January 3rd, 2009

Wajahat Ali

Moral relativism, political double talk, and a military juggernaut blind to its violence against an occupied people highlight the most recent, tragic conflagration in Israel and Palestine. In justifying Israel’s most brutal and bloody salvo against Gaza in decades – which has so far killed nearly 400 Palestinians and wounded more than 1800 – Israel’s UN ambassador stated that Israel was “rightfully defending itself from continued Hamas rocket attacks within her borders.” Furthermore, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert forewarned that the offensive “is liable to continue for some time” and Defense Minister Ehud Barak declared it as an “all-out war against Hamas and its branches.”

By affirming Israel’s “right to self defense” and supporting Israel’s contention that the onus is on Hamas to renew the truce, President Bush’s waning administration highlighted its remarkably predictable political incompetence and tone-deaf moral vacancy by squandering yet another precious opportunity to remedy – at least rhetorically – the festering, radioactive sore that is the Palestinian human rights crisis in Gaza and the West Bank. Continuing to spin a broken record, his administration condones Israel’s brazen and repeated violations of international law while simultaneously denying Palestinian human rights, at the precarious risk of destabilizing a hostile and volatile Middle East region.

 

It goes without saying that this sad reality fails to absolve the illegality of Palestinian violence directed against Israel and her civilians. Hamas’ infractions of international law should be strongly condemned by both the United States and the international community, including Arab countries, many of which espouse reactionary, anti-Semitic rhetoric. But such actions do not justify an escalation into outright war – one in which civilian causalities are almost a certainty due to the density of Gaza – any more than the Israeli blockade of Gaza would justify suicide bombings against Israeli civilians. The answer to a festering conflict is to take steps towards resolution, not spiral the conflict into madness.

President-elect Obama conveniently remains silent on the current hostilities (for now) and has thus deferred to President Bush. Nonetheless, earlier this summer he endorsed Israel’s right to defend itself against Qassam rockets by stating, “If someone were sending rockets into my house where my two daughters sleep at night, I would do anything to stop it.” One wonders, however, if President elect Obama’s principles of safety, dignity and self defense apply to Palestinians as well? If Obama and President Bush’s daughters were forced to suspend their emergency hospital operations due to fuel shortages, beg for 300 essential medicines, drink contaminated water that causes malnutrition and anemia in children, eat bread made of animal feed, and renounce electricity because their main power plant was forced to shut down, what would they do?

That hypothesis tragically exists as a reality for Gaza residents, some of the poorest people on Earth, who have survived Israel’s nearly two-month embargo and blockade that followed another two years of frequent and devastating closures. Chris Gunness, a spokesman for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA), called the Gaza humanitarian crisis “disastrous” and said the agency has been unable to get needed medical supplies into Gaza for more than a year due to Israel’s blockade of border crossings.

At AIPAC’s annual conference last summer, in what devolved into an embarrassing competition of one-upmanship, both President-elect Obama and Senator Hillary Clinton pledged unyielding support for Israel. Obama promised he would “never compromise when it comes to Israel’s security”; meanwhile, Clinton affirmed “the United States stands with Israel now and forever.”

In order to truly act upon his promise of “change,” President-elect Obama needs to quickly revoke Israel’s perennial carte blanche and “get out of international jail” Monopoly card for the sake of ensuring long-term American and Israeli security and eventually winning the “war on terror.” It would bear reminding that the current US policy in Israel and Palestine is one of bin Laden’s main justifications for his global, violent jihad against Americans and sadly remains a highly successful recruitment ploy for al-Qaeda amongst disenfranchised Muslims.

It warrants a mention that the brutality of Israel’s policies towards Palestinians has transcended the bipolar framework of an “Arab vs. Jewish thing” and is now recognized internationally as a shameful example of human rights violations. After visiting Israel, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who opposed apartheid in South Africa, stated he saw “the humiliation of the Palestinians at checkpoints and roadblocks, suffering like us when young white police officers prevented us from moving about.” He offered Israel would “never get true security and safety through oppressing another people.” Commenting on Israel’s policies in Gaza and West Bank, President Jimmy Carter controversially declared that it existed as “a system of apartheid, with two peoples occupying the same land but completely separated from each other, with Israelis totally dominant and suppressing violence by depriving Palestinians of their basic human rights.”

The United States could publicly acknowledge the lopsided and oppressive relationship existing between the nation of Israel and its Palestinian refugees by refusing to implicitly or explicitly endorse and rationalize Israel’s latest offensive incursion as simply a “defensive security measure.” Yet, by continuing to vocally defend Israel as the only advocate and partner of peace while perpetually blaming Palestinians as the sole aggressor, the United States recklessly obfuscates the reality of an Israeli blitzkrieg that repeatedly bombards a beleaguered Palestinian refugee population with an inordinately superior and sophisticated military might.

This changed tone, which would reflect fairness and nuance, would also signal to the Muslim world that the US does not blindly and unconditionally endorse Israel’s prejudicial treatment of Palestinian refugees, its building of illegal settlements on West Bank and Gaza lands, its illegal, extra judicial killings and kidnappings, and it’s most recent gratuitous violence unleashed on Gaza civilians.

Finally, the loss of innocent Palestinian life in relation to Israeli life should not merely be treated as tragic, but necessary, “collateral damage.” Both need to be afforded dignity and value as human beings, who are neither favored nor condemned for sake of advancing narrow-minded foreign policy initiatives and strengthening expedient political alliances.

Wajahat Ali is a Muslim American of Pakistani descent. He is a playwright, essayist, humorist and Attorney at Law, whose work, “The Domestic Crusaders” is the first major play about Muslim Americans living in a post 9-11 America. His blog is at http://goatmilk.wordpress.com/


Source: http://www.counterpunch.org/waj01012009.html