Campaign to account for war crimes
Published Aug 22, 2006 9:47 PM
On Aug. 30, the
International Action Center and People Judge Bush will launch an international
campaign to demand that the United States and Israel be held accountable for
their war crimes against the people of Lebanon and Palestine.
for this campaign will be held in New York City, at the United Nations Church
Center at 44th Street and First Avenue, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
meeting, which will be the first in a series of public gatherings, will begin
with live and videotaped testimony from eyewitnesses from Lebanon and Palestine.
The campaign has already received support and endorsements from all corners of
The Aug. 30 program will include former U.S. Attorney General
Ramsey Clark, representatives from the Palestinian, Lebanese, and Iranian
communities, solidarity organizers, and anti-war and community
Presentations will address:
* The planning and
preparation for war by the U.S. and Israel, including a historical overview of
the U.S. agenda in the Middle East.
* Details of U.S./Israeli violations
of the Geneva Conventions, the Nuremburg Charter, numerous U.N. resolutions, and
other international laws and treaties.
* A detailed expose of U.S.
culpability in Israeli war crimes.
* The links between the Israeli
attacks in Lebanon and Palestine and the U.S. agenda in Iran, Syria, and
The meeting will also explore the serious domestic costs of
Bush’s agenda of endless war. “Each bomb dropped on Leba non also
explodes in poor and oppressed communities here,” said Larry Holmes of the
Inte rnational Action Center. “The money spent to kill and maim could
provide health care for all. It could rebuild cities and infrastructure, like
the levees in New Orleans, rather than foster a deadly and purposeful policy of
racism and neglect that still has not been addressed.”
who helped initiate the call for the Campaign for Accountability, wrote,
“Individuals in the U.S. and Israeli governments must be held accountable
by prosecution for their criminal acts, and responsible leaders must be removed
from office by impeachment in the U.S. and appropriate legal action in
“The Aug. 30th meeting at the UN will mark the
beginning of an international effort,” said Sara Flounders, an organizer
with the Campaign for Accountability.” This will be a historic opportunity
to expose, with documents, video, and eyewitness accounts, the U.S./Israeli
planning and preparation for all out war against all forms of popular
“However, this will be much more than an expose of
U.S./Israeli war crimes,” Floun ders said. “The real thrust of the
Campaign for Accountability is to build resistance to the U.S. agenda of
endless war and corporate hegemony in the Middle East.The people of the region
have the right to resist U.S./Israeli invasion and occupation, and activists in
the U.S. have an obligation to defend that right and to do everything within our
power to demand ‘U.S. out of the Middle East!’”
information on the Campaign for Accountability, see www.PeopleJudgeBush.org.
The writer is a U.S. Navy veteran and an organizer
with the Campaign for Accountability.
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