Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Seattle Jewish Voice for Peace and Allies Blockade Boeing--It Supplies Israel's War Machine (and our own!)


Aug. 2 National March On The White House: Stop The Massacre In Gaza!


Saturday, Aug. 2, 1:00pm
Gather at the White House
Washington, D.C.
Transportation is being organized from all over the country (see the transportation center section for downloadable flyers and posters)
On July 16, Israeli Defense Forces deliberately targeted a group of children playing soccer on a Gaza beach, killing four from the same family and maiming the others—another war crime committed against the Palestinian people.
Join thousands of people in a National March on the White House on Saturday, August 2 at 1:00pm to condemn the Israeli massacre in Gaza.
We have been in the streets every day in cities around the country. What is needed now is a massive National March on Washington.
Israel receives $4 billion in “aid” from the United States each year. This money is being used to commit war crimes against the Palestinian people in Gaza. We are demanding that all U.S aid to Israel be ended now!
More than 200 people in Gaza have been killed and more than 1,500 have been wounded from Israeli bombs and missiles. This has to end!
Join us to demand:
  • Stop the massacre in Gaza! End the blockade of Gaza! 
  • End all U.S. aid to Israel!
  • End the colonial occupation!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

"A Legal and Moral Case for Hamas Rocket Fire" Jonathan Cook (reblog from Cooks blog)

(see original at link above)

Two leading intellectuals make separate and eloquent cases that the people of Gaza have the right to resist by any means – including by firing rockets – Israel’s efforts to slowly extinguish their right to self-determination, and possibly to life itself. They argue that the Palestinians have this right most certainly at a moral level, but also almost certainly at the level of international law.
I recommend reading each article in its entirety but, knowing the constraints on readers’ time and attention, I have extracted the most salient points they make.

Norman Finkelstein:

It is not altogether clear what constitutes an indiscriminate weapon [a reference to Human Rights Watch's judgment that all Palestinian rockets from Gaza are war crimes by definition because they are not "precise"]. The apparent standard is a relative one set by the available technology: If an existing weapon has a high probability of hitting its target, then any weapons with a significantly lower probability are classified as indiscriminate. But, by this standard, only rich countries, or countries rich enough to purchase high-tech weapons, have a right to defend themselves against high-tech aerial assaults. It is a curious law that would negate the raison d’ĂȘtre of law: the substitution of might by right. …
The United States and Britain, among others, have staunchly defended the right of a state to use nuclear weapons by way of belligerent reprisal. By this standard, the people of Gaza surely have the right to use makeshift projectiles to end an illegal, merciless seven-year-long Israeli blockade or to end Israel’s criminal bombardment of Gaza’s civilian population. Indeed, in its landmark 1996 advisory opinion on the legality of nuclear weapons, the [International Court of Justice] ruled that international law is not settled on the right of a state to use nuclear weapons when its “survival” is at stake. But, if a state might have the right to use nuclear weapons when its survival is at stake, then surely a people struggling for self-determination has the right to use makeshift projectiles when it has been subjected to slow death by a protracted blockade and recurrent massacres. …
Fully 95 percent of the water in Gaza is unfit for human consumption. By all accounts, the Palestinian people now stand behind those engaging in belligerent reprisals against Israel. In the Gaza Strip, they prefer to die resisting than to continue living under an inhuman blockade. Their resistance is mostly notional, as makeshift projectiles cause little damage. So, the ultimate question is, Do Palestinians have the right to symbolically resist slow death punctuated by periodic massacres, or must they lie down and die?

Chris Hedges:

If Israel insists, as the Bosnian Serbs did in Sarajevo, on using the weapons of industrial warfare against a helpless civilian population then that population has an inherent right to self-defense under Article 51 of the United Nations Charter. The international community will have to either act to immediately halt Israeli attacks and lift the blockade of Gaza or acknowledge the right of the Palestinians to use weapons to defend themselves. …
Violence, even when employed in self-defense, is a curse. It empowers the ruthless and punishes the innocent. It leaves in its aftermath horrific emotional and physical scars. But, as I learned in Sarajevo during the 1990s Bosnian War, when forces bent on your annihilation attack you relentlessly, and when no one comes to your aid, you must aid yourself. When Sarajevo was being hit with 2,000 shells a day and under heavy sniper fire in the summer of 1995 no one among the suffering Bosnians spoke to me about wanting to mount nonviolent resistance. …
The number of dead in Gaza resulting from the Israeli assault has topped 650, and about 80 percent have been civilians. The number of wounded Palestinians is over 4,000 and a substantial fraction of these victims are children. At what point do the numbers of dead and wounded justify self-defense? 5,000? 10,000? 20,000? At what point do Palestinians have the elemental right to protect their families and their homes? …
The Palestinians will reject, as long as possible, any cease-fire that does not include a lifting of the Israeli blockade of Gaza. They have lost hope that foreign governments will save them. They know their fate rests in their own hands. The revolt in Gaza is an act of solidarity with the world outside its walls. It is an attempt to assert in the face of overwhelming odds and barbaric conditions the humanity and agency of the Palestinian people. There is little in life that Palestinians can choose, but they can choose how to die.
Tagged as: Israel war crimes
- See more at: http://www.jonathan-cook.net/blog/2014-07-24/a-legal-and-moral-case-for-hamas-rocket-fire/#sthash.tRBqpsVY.dpuf

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Seattle Confronts People Who Support Bombing Babies with F16s -- @Voices4Pals

People in Seattle who favor bombing little babies with F-16s.
Some of the people in Seattle who object to the above.

We win because Palestine Lives and resists, which means we all have a chance against this wretched capitalist system!  Viva Palestine!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Seattle Says Put an End to Israel's Putting #GazaUnderAttack

In Seattle, 500 hundred people voiced their anger over the complicity of the U.S. government in the funding of Israel's massacre of the people in Gaza, 80% of whom are civilians and many of whom are children.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Demonstration for #GazaUnderAttack and #FreePalestine -- Seattle, 4th & Pine, Saturday, July 12, 12-2pm

Please join us this Saturday to demand an END to the ISRAELI GENOCIDE in Gaza.  The Israeli Terrorist Government and its Army have killed at least 53 Palestinians, including many children and women, and wounded more than 450 innocent civilians.              

We can’t be silent while the people of Palestine are being massacred by ISRAEL with the blessing and support of President Obama and our Congress. Our politicians who are owned by the Israeli lobby (AIPAC) should be held accountable for supporting ISRAELI WAR CRIMES!   

Come join us to demand an END to the ISRAELI AGGRESSION ON GAZA!

When:  Saturday July 12, noon till 2:00pm
Where: Downtown Seattle- Westlake park on 4th & Pine 

Thank you for your support!

Amin Odeh
Voices for Palestine 

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Palestine Lives

protester waves his national flag during clashes with Israeli forces following a weekly protest against the expropriation of Palestinian land in the West Bank village of Kufr Qaddum, near Nablus, 13 June.
 Nedal Eshtayah / APA images)

for more pictures from The Month in Pictures from Electronic Intifada: http://electronicintifada.net/content/month-pictures-june-2014/13519 

Protest this Saturday to demand an end to Israeli War Crimes in the West Bank and Gaza -- 4th & Pine, Seattle

Join us this Saturday to demand an end to Israeli War Crimes in the West Bank and Gaza. 

Where: Westlake, 4th & Pine
When: Saturday July 5, noon-2pm

Our people in Palestine urgently need your support as they are facing the killing machines of the Israeli Occupation.

Thanks for your support and hope to see you all at Westlake this Saturday!


"Gaza is Burning: Here's What the Corporate Media isn't Telling You" -- Max Blumenthal on Breaking the Set [EXCELLENT!] #freepalestine