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September 8, 2008
WAWA Blog September 7, 2008: Inhale Deeply

Exhale Fully. Then Do Something.

I just returned from two half days and one night at Bonnie's abode in Birmingham, Alabama. Bonnie and I go back thirty years-way before I was political. I made the trip to hear Alex Awad speak about his new book. Alex was a two year old in Jerusalem when the 1948 Arab-Israel War erupted. His father was killed in the crossfire and the family became refugees, but because of their mother Huda, they never lived like a refugee.

"I was broke many times in my life, but I was never poor."-Huda

More on Alex's book later in the week.


I also got to see again, Dr. Sis and Jerry Levin who had organized Alex's talk at a peace and justice Methodist church in downtown Birmingham where the homeless are welcome.

Jerry was my guide through Hebron in June 2005. He was full-time volunteer with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) but in the 1980's he had been CNN's Middle East bureau chief in Lebanon. He was kidnapped and held hostage by the Hezbollah for nearly a year and miraculously escaped unharmed after a mystical Christmas Eve.

Marlo Thomas played Sis in the 1991 HELD HOSTAGE: The Sis and Jerry Levin Story. To order a DVD contact Jerry @ 205-933-8007 or < >





One million signatures to be sent to UN to urge it to end Gaza siege

[ 07/09/2008 - 04:02 PM ]

GAZA, (PIC)-- Dr. Eyad Al-Sarraj, the founder of the Gaza community mental health program, announced Saturday that the international Palestinian campaign to break the siege intends to collect one million signatures from Gaza citizens and submit them in a document to the UN general assembly in order to urge it to take immediate decision to end the unjust siege on the Gaza Strip.

According to Sarraj, the document, which will be sent to the UN General Assembly on the occasion of holding its regular session, confirms that the Israeli siege violates the international system of human rights and international humanitarian law as well as the fourth Geneva convention which obliges Israel to respect civilians in time of war.

The document also underlines the destructive impacts of the Israeli siege on all aspects of life in Gaza in addition to the Palestinian people's right to resist the occupation, the siege and racism.

The document calls on the international community to assume its humanitarian and legal responsibilities and to take a decision criminalizing the Israeli siege and compelling Israel to end its mass punishment imposed on the Gaza people.

Meanwhile, the European campaign to break the siege affirmed Saturday that the new sea trip to break the Israeli siege on Gaza will start in the last week of Ramadan coming from Cyprus.

Anwar Al-Gharbi, the head of Rights For All Association and a founding member of the European campaign, stated that the boats this time will be carrying 150 personalities including European lawmakers and international figures in addition to a number of journalists and doctors.

MP Jamal Al-Khudari, the head of the popular committee against the siege, reported that the direct losses of the industrial sector is estimated at more than $70 million per month in addition to $10 million indirect losses as a result of the Israeli ban imposed on the entry of raw materials into Gaza despite the truce agreement.

MP Khudari explained that Israel has been barring the entry of raw materials and factory supplies for more than a year which led to the closure of 3,900 factories and workshops, and the unemployment of about 70,000 workers.

The lawmaker pointed out that Israel is also seizing Palestinian goods at its ports despite they were imported legally after paying all duties and taxes.

He added that these Israeli arbitrary measures contradict the fourth Geneva convention and all principles of international law, calling on those who have living conscience to stand by the paralyzed industrial sector in Gaza.

Khudari called on Egypt, in its capacity as the truce broker, to pressure the Israeli occupation to allow in all seized raw materials and supplies to Gaza.



To:  People of Conscience

The Honorable Amr Moussa,
Secretary General of The League of Arab States
Cairo, Egypt


Dear Mr. Moussa,

We are quite heartened by your recent statement, praising the Palestinian ?supporters who have endured hardship to deliver their message to the world and to express their objection to the harsh siege of Gaza [and who] deserve every support and appreciation,"

However it is ironic to note that had Egypt not acquiesced and abetted Israel in its shameful blockade, the heroic supporters of the Free Gaza Movement would not have needed to endure hardship to convey to the world the simple message that Palestinians are human beings and have a right to live a life of dignity and a life without privation and misery.

We therefore urge you to use your esteemed office to press upon Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to lift the inhumane blockade of Gaza and immediately open Rafah to facilitate the unhindered passage of people and goods.

Opening the Rafah crossing will ease human suffering and normalize the Gaza-Egypt border. It will not relieve Israel of its responsibility as the occupying power. Israel has to meet its obligations under International law and still has to come to terms with Palestinians in historic Palestine and the Diaspora to secure a just peace and a dignified future for Israelis and Palestinians.

We all have responsibility to end oppression and reverse colonization. The failure of the International Community thus far to meet its responsibility regarding Israel is not an excuse for the Government of Egypt not to do its part.

Looking forward to a positive response.

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Dear Ms. Tsipi Livni, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prof. Daniel Friedman, Minister of Justice, and President Bush,


In 1985, Mordechai Vanunu listened to his conscience and paid with 18 years in jail, most all of it in solitary. During those years the European Parliament, International Peace Bureau, Federation of American Scientists, American Friends Service Committee, Jewish Peace Fellowship, Episcopal Peace Fellowship all called for his release on humanitarian grounds. Amnesty International has classified Vanunu as a prisoner of conscience.



In 1999, thirty-six members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to President Clinton calling for Vanunu's release from prison because they believed "we have a duty to stand up for men and women like Mordechai Vanunu who dare to articulate a brighter vision for humanity"

2008 is also the 60th anniversary of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, upon which Israel's statehood was contingent upon upholding:

Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers. -Article 19

Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own -Article 13:2

Vanunu returns to court September 23, 2008. Please do the humane, right and just thing and suspend his six month sentence with time all ready served. Please allow Vanunu his right to leave the state and pursue a normal life.

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