Chris Hedges writes in Truthdig:

Ehud Barak, Israel’s defense minister, said Israel is engaged in a “war to the bitter end” against Hamas in Gaza. A war? Israel uses sophisticated attack jets and naval vessels to bomb densely crowded refugee camps and slums, to attack a population that has no air force, no air defense, no navy, no heavy weapons, no artillery units, no mechanized armor, no command and control, no army, and calls it a war. It is not a war. It is murder.  Read the rest here:

AP photo/Fadi Adwan

The illegal US regime endorses the Israeli government position.  I would like to be able to support both the US and Israel.  I cannot do that in this matter and I join with all those calling on Israel to stop their aggression immediately, to allow humanitarian aid into Gaza and to allow UN representatives and the media free access.

Barbara sends this from  Peace Action with steps we can take:

“Peace Action is a proud member of United for Peace and Justice along with The U.S. Campaign to End the Israel Occupation.  They have issued an action alert with these suggestions — we urge you to take action today!

  1. Contact the White House to protest the attacks and demand an immediate cease-fire. Call 202-456-1111 or send an email to comments@whitehouse.gov.
  2. Contact the State Department at 202-647-6575.
  3. Contact your Representative and Senators in Congress at 202-224-3121.
  4. Contact your local media by phoning into a talk show or writing a letter to the editor. Find their contact information here.
  5. Organize a local protest or vigil and tell us about it by clicking here.

“Background Information

“Below are three articles you may want to read for background information and reports on the Gaza crisis.

“‘If Gaza Falls…’, Sara Roy, Professor at Harvard’s Center For Middle Eastern Studies and author of ‘Failing Peace: Gaza and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict’.   Read it here.
“‘Gaza Massacres Must Spur Us To Action’, Ali Abunimah, Co-founder of The Electronic Intifada and author of ‘One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse’ (Metropolitan Books, 2006).  Read it here.
“‘Report on Gaza’, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, Update December 22, 2008. Read it here.


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