PROTEST ISRAELI WAR CRIMES - Vancouver
December 27, 2008
PROTEST ISRAELI WAR CRIMES
Please come out rain, snow or shine to demonstrate your outrage and our collective humanity in response to the latest massacre of Palestinians. At least 200 Palestinians have been killed and over 800 injured in the latest Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip, while the threat for further bloodshed still hands heavily as air strikes continue. This is the single largest massacre in Gaza since Israel illegally occupied Gaza in 1967, many among the dead are civilians and the numbers keeps mounting.
Monday December 29th @ Noon
US Consulate (1075 West Pender)
Gather on HASTINGS side (corner Thurlow)
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Israel’s latest massacre in Gaza occurs with official US and Canadian complicity towards Israel’s illegal siege and ongoing sanctions over the civilian population in Gaza. Over the past two years the Gaza Strip has been undergoing the daily violence of a wide-ranging humanitarian catastrophe triggered by severely reduced access to energy, food, and medicines. In effect, Gaza is the world’s largest open air prison.
Demonstrations are planned all over the world in the next few days including in the Canadian cities of Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa. Join us in Vancouver as people of conscience to stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people of Gaza and to demand an end to the siege of Gaza and Israeli apartheid.
Al-Awda - Vancouver
Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign
Canada Palestine Association - Vancouver
Voice of Palestine - Vancouver
The Canadian Arab Federation - National
Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights - University of British Columbia
Canadians Against War
Adala - Arab Justice Committee
Vancouver Socialist Forum
The suffering that the Gazans have endured in the past two years as a collective punishment with the silence of Arab Regimes and limited solidarity work gave Israel the upper hand in the starvation of people, and today, mass massacre of over 200 people in hours. Israel is currently testing it's status with the U.S. new upcoming administration, as well as, exploiting the holiday times when many parts of the world are busy with holiday celebrations. The victims that fell today are a direct result to our silence.
A report from Gaza last month on the deterioration in Gaza Strip is as follows:
- Bread Crisis: The lack of propane gas (cooking gas), has caused the closure of over 70% of the bread bakeries in Gaza. People stand in lines for over 4 hours per day to receive minimal bread rations, which often are insufficient for the family. Very limited quantities of corn and barley flour are usually mixed with a variety of grains used for animal feed to make bread, which is nearly inedible.
- Fuel Crisis: A new phenomenon of home fires is causing tremendous damage, due to lack of information about alternative fuels such as dirty propane, kerosene and candles, the only source of fuel or lighting available. Propane (cooking) gas is mixed with other types of fuel, causing hazardous and harmful fumes, and causing suffocation without sufficient ventilation. An alternative has been the kerosene-based heat, a method that has not been used since the 1920s that can only be used for making tea and coffee, but not for cooking meals. Candles have also been used quite often as an alternative to electricity.
- Lack of Cash in banks: The banks closed their doors two days before Eid Al-Adha holiday, due to lack of cash in the bank to pay salaries for over 150,000 employees. The banks have promised to open their doors once Israel allows the cash to come in. If the situation continues.
- Pilgrims' Crisis: Since 1948, no one has been prevented from going to the holy pilgrimage in Mecca, however, this year, many pilgrims from the Gaza Strip were stopped and deprived from the right to pilgrimage, and the Egyptian government was clearly pressured to prevent the pilgrims from crossing the borders
- Hospitals Crisis: The electricity generator at Shifa hospital, a major hospital in the heart of Gaza Strip serving over 500 new patients per day, has broken, risking the lives of many of their patients.
- Blockade on Livestock – Qurbani: During the Eid al-Adha holiday, it is a custom to eat meat, and for people to donate 1/3 of their livestock to the poor. The Israeli blockade has prevented the entry of livestock into Gaza Strip which meant that Qurbani meat is not available for families this year.