Solidarity with Gaza on second anniversary of Israeli aggression
Published Jan 5, 2011 4:08 PM
The movement in solidarity with the people of Gaza has grown rapidly since the
Dec. 27, 2008, bombing and invasion of Gaza that killed 1,450 Palestinians,
almost all civilians. The ongoing Israeli blockade of the 1.5 million people
living in the small territory and the continued Israeli threats have
accelerated this movement’s growth. Behind this development is not only
the exposure of the crimes of the Israeli occupation regime, but also the
courage of Palestinians both in Gaza and the West Back who keep on struggling
against all odds.
Many meetings and other actions of solidarity are taking place in recognition
of the two-year anniversary of the Israeli aggression. Such solidarity actions
have grown in importance since the Israeli military continues to threaten a new
invasion. Israeli planes aggressively attacked inside Gaza on Dec. 18, 24 and
25. Both the Israeli regime and Washington refuse to recognize the legitimacy
of the Hamas government in Gaza, a government that clearly won the last
Many young people as well as older activists have organized aid delegations by
land caravans and sea flotillas that bring material assistance to Gaza.
Currently the Asian aid ship Salam, which started in India, is making its way
toward Gaza, tracked by two Israeli warships. The growing understanding of the
oppressive character of the Israeli state has also given rise to the struggle
for “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions” against the regime
Among the solidarity actions is one where international human rights activist
and former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark is leading a delegation that crossed into Gaza on Jan. 4. Among those with Clark are co-director
of the International Action Center Sara Flounders. Egyptian and U.S.
authorities stopped the delegation for more than 12 hours on the border before
allowing it to proceed.
“We are part of an active global movement,” Flounders told Workers
World, “but even more must be done. It is especially urgent at this time
to speak out, write, demonstrate and take all kinds of actions in every
possible way in defense of the still-blockaded territory of Gaza. That Israel
outrageously continues to bomb and Israeli officials talk openly of a new
offensive call for a determined response.”
Flounders also called attention to the solidarity activists in Minneapolis,
Chicago and other Midwestern cities who the FBI has targeted. “The
efforts by the U.S. government and its repressive forces to shut down
solidarity with the heroic Palestinian struggle must be met by ever stronger
Meetings, protests scheduled
For three days the delegation will visit representatives of the Palestinian
people in Gaza and will see the situation on the ground first hand.
Delegation members plan to speak at public meetings when they return to the
U.S., which should be the second week of January, to help bring the truth about
Gaza to the people here.
The first such meeting is scheduled for Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. at 55 W. 17th Street
in New York City. This meeting will coincide with the release of the new book
“Gaza: Symbol of Resistance.”
That meeting comes three days after a protest set for Jan. 9 in New York at 1
p.m. at 33rd Street and 6th Avenue in Manhattan sponsored by Al-Awda NY —
The Palestine Right to Return Coalition — and many other organizations,
including the IAC.
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