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December 31, 2008
WAWA Blog December 31, 2008: Ending 2008 with Bob Marley, seeking video and fasting and praying for Gaza

 The Global Face Book effort, !!!Palestine - Self-Determination Now!!! is seeking two-three minute video messages from musicians, artists, writers, peace activists, nonviolent anarchists, politicians, religious leaders and I hope most especially for the voices of Palestinian women regarding the fierce urgency of now for the immediate recognition of the Palestinian people's right to self-determination.


Human Beings have rights.

States and Nations have obligations.

Self-determination is defined as the right of a people to decide their own political status or independence, including own administration, taxation and control of their own borders.

Security for Israel requires Justice for Palestine.

Justice demands Self-Determination and only then;

Can Peace flow through the Holy Land.

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From the UN's website:

H.E. Mr. Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann is President of the 63rd session of the United Nations General Assembly.

On Gaza airstrikes
UN Headquarters , New York, 27 December 2008

The behavior by Israel in bombarding Gaza is simply the commission of wanton aggression by a very powerful state against a territory that illegally occupies.

Time has come to take firm action if the United Nations does not want to be rightly accused of complicity by omission.

The Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip represent severe and massive violations of international humanitarian law as defined in the Geneva Conventions, both in regard to the obligations of an Occupying Power and in the requirements of the laws of war.
 
Those violations include:

Collective punishment - the entire 1.5 million people who live in the crowded Gaza Strip are being punished for the actions of a few militants.
 
Targeting civilians - the airstrikes were aimed at civilian areas in one of the most crowded stretches of land in the world, certainly the most densely populated area of the Middle East.
 
Disproportionate military response - the airstrikes have not only destroyed every police and security office of Gaza's elected government, but have killed and injured hundreds of civilians; at least one strike reportedly hit groups of students attempting to find transportation home from the university.

I remind all member states of the United Nations that the UN continues to be bound to an independent obligation to protect any civilian population facing massive violations of international humanitarian law - regardless of what country may be responsible for those violations.   I call on all Member States, as well as officials and every relevant organ of the United Nations system, to move expeditiously not only to condemn Israel's serious violations, but to develop new approaches to providing real protection for the Palestinian people.

Thanks to ADC for compiling:

1)   The Israeli strikes, which started on December 27th, come after several weeks of a tight Israeli blockade which left many of Gaza's 1.5-million inhabitants without sufficient food, water, fuel, or medicine.

2)   As of December 30th, the United Nations indicates that the Israeli air strikes over the past three days have killed 375 people, including 63 civilians, in Gaza and have left over 1,650 more injured, almost 300 of which are in critical condition.  The UN estimates that 5% of those killed are children under the age of 18.

3)   The population of Gaza is 2/3 refugee and more than half are under the age of 16.  The UN has listed Gaza as the most densely populated area in the world with a population density that is higher than that of Manhattan in New York City.

4)   Israel has a responsibility as the occupying force under international humanitarian law, including the Geneva Conventions, and the laws of war to avoid harm of civilians in Gaza.

5)   Israel's actions with the tight blockade on the 1.5-million people in Gaza is a violation of those laws.

6)   Israeli's attacks on Gaza, thus far resulting in the death of over 375 people, including over 62 women and children, and injuries to 1,650 more people, calls for an immediate investigation by the United Nations and objective review by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

7)   The timing of the strikes calls into question Israel's political motivation as this comes in the final days of a lame-duck US Administration and one-month before a hotly-contested Israeli election in which the challenger is attacking the incumbent for being "soft" on security.

8)   It is time for the US to take its proper role as an honest broker in the conflict and to live up to its promise as a champion of freedom, liberty, and justice.

9)   An immediate cessation of hostilities on all sides and a complete end to the blockade is the only way to reinstate a cease-fire agreement that will ensure the security of both Israelis and Palestinians.

10)   The mainstream media in the US has thus far miserably failed in its news coverage of the humanitarian tragedy taking place in Gaza.  Media outlets should recall the disproportion, context of occupation, and siege when mentioning the indiscriminate rocket attacks by Hamas on southern Israel.

Situation before the strikes:

Cease-Fire from June to December: During the cease-fire brokered by Egypt in June 2008, rocket attacks by Hamas extremists had greatly diminished. The blockade of Gaza was relaxed slightly by Israel; however, it never ended completely.

November: Israel escalated the situation in early November by killing 4 Palestinians in Gaza; claiming they were involved in weapons smuggling, in the bloodiest violation of the cease-fire during the Egyptian-brokered agreement.  This resulted in renewed rocket attacks by Hamas thus resulting in the crippling tight blockade by Israel on the 1.5-million people in Gaza.

December: The siege of Gaza continued to suffocate the population with renewed Hamas rocket attacks against southern Israel.

Impact of these strikes on the security of Israel:

The disproportionate nature of the Israeli strikes furthers the humanitarian disaster, and represents a collective punishment of the population of Gaza, which will not likely lead to security for Israelis.  Multiple studies indicate that similar attacks in the past have failed to make Israeli citizens any safer and resulted in increased support of Hamas extremists.



Throughout the history of Arab-Israeli peace negotiations only cease-fires and agreements have brought peace and security for both Arabs and Israelis.





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