Gaza Protests across the United States Demand an End to Israel's Aggression

IMC-US, 31.12.2008

Since Sunday, dozens of demonstrations have taken place across the United States against the Israeli Defense Force's air strikes on civilians in Gaza. According to the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, at least 100 are scheduled for this week. The air attacks, which were ordered in response to the small scale rockets launched by Hamas earlier in the week, are viewed worldwide as a massacre of innocent civilians. The death toll in Gaza is now more than 390 people (with 1,600 wounded), contrasted to four Israelis killed by rocket fire. Israel has so far rejected international demands for a cease fire.

At least seven major Jewish organizations in the US are calling for an immediate end to the bombings, and for humanitarian aid in the Gaza Strip. According to the Inter Press Service, these include Americans for Peace Now, the Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace, J Street, and the Israel Policy Forum. Additionally, the Shalom Center, American Jews for a Just Peace, and the Jewish Voice for Peace have strongly condemned the attacks.

On Monday, about 100 activists protested Obama's silence on the issue at his transition headquarters in DC (includes Audio & Video links). In Los Angeles close to 1,000 people demonstrated outside the Israeli consulate, and in New York City, three successive protests have drawn thousands to the streets. Reports are coming in of other large demonstrations in cities around the nation: Boston, MA: Dec28, Dec29 (1 and 2), Dec30 (AUDIO), and Dec31 | Chicago, IL | Cleveland, OH | Denver, CO | Houston, TX | Portland, OR | San Francisco, CA | Seattle, WA | Twin Cities, MN

Global Indymedia Coverage: Palestine Bleeds; the World Shudders | Massacre in Palestine - Responses and Developments | Today We Stop The War | | | Coverage From: Indybay | Rochester IMC | DC IMC | | | More Alternative News Sources: Israel IMC | Palestine News Network | International Middle East Media Center and Radio Free Palestine | | | More Resources: Background Information on Gaza | Gaza Community Mental Health Programme

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