Washington, DC Dec. 31, 2008 - Thousands of people already have taken to the streets in New York, Washington, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and dozens of other cities to protest Israel's attacks on the occupied Gaza Strip with dozens more protests planned.
The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation has posted to its website more than 100 emergency protests taking place in more than 30 states and 65 cities against Israel's war on the occupied Gaza Strip. Event details and contact information for local organizers can be viewed by clicking here: http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?id=1773
Israel's four day attack on the Gaza Strip has left more than 375 Palestinians dead and more than 1,700 injured.
The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation called today for people around the country to attend public New Year's Eve events tonight to distribute fact sheets and collect petition signatures to Congress to end military aid to Israel.
The US Campaign also called on local organizers to set up emergency meetings with their Members of Congress before they reconvene in Washington on January 6 to demand 1) an immediate and unconditional cease-fire; 2) full humanitarian access to Gaza and an end to Israel's siege; and 3) accountability for Israel's misuse of U.S. weapons.
The US Campaign has also organized an open letter to President-Elect Obama, signed by more than 250 organizations, calling on him to change U.S. policy toward Israel/Palestine to support human rights, international law, and equality.
Phyllis Bennis, a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and a Steering Committee member of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, stated:
"Israeli Air Force attacks since Saturday on the occupied Gaza Strip killed an estimated 375 or more people and injured more than 1,700. These Israeli attacks come on top of a brutal siege of the Gaza Strip, which has created a humanitarian catastrophe of dire proportions for its 1.5 million Palestinian residents by Israel's restrictions on access to food, fuel, medicine, electricity, and other necessities of life. The United States remains complicit in Israeli violations of U.S. and international law through its continual provision of military aid. The U.S. is also complicit through its protection of Israel in the United Nations, which prevents Israel from being held accountable by the international community."
Josh Ruebner, the National Advocacy Director of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, stated:
"While the scope of civilian casualties in these attacks is not yet clear, it is unmistakable that Israel carried out these attacks with F16 fighter jets, Apache helicopters, naval gunboats, and missiles provided to it by the taxpayers of this country. From 2001-2006, the United States transferred to Israel more than $200 million worth of spare parts to fly its fleet of F16's and more than $100 million in helicopter spare parts. In July 2008, the United States gave Israel 186 million gallons of JP-8 aviation jet fuel and signed a contract to transfer $1.9 billion of littoral naval ships to the Israeli navy. Last year, the United States signed a $1.3 billion contract with Raytheon to transfer to Israel thousands of TOW, Hellfire, and "bunker buster" missiles. In short, Israel's lethal attack on the Gaza Strip could not have happened without the active military and political support of the United States."
The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is a national coalition of more than 250 organizations working to change U.S. policy toward Israel/Palestine to support human rights, international law, and equality. For additional information, please click here: http://www.endtheoccupation.org/
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