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News :: Human Rights : International : Media : Politics
Jewish Voice for Peace Joins 90 Other Cities to Demand Human Rights for Palestine
04 Dec 2006
Modified: 05 Dec 2006
Israel has been controlling the entrances and exits to Gaza for the past months, preventing the population from receiving the humanitarian aid they so desperately need and creating a disastrous human crisis.

On Saturday, December 2nd, the International Day of Action to Stop the Siege of Gaza, Jewish Voice for Peace/Boston held a demonstration in Harvard Square, one of many JVP-initiated demonstrations in the U.S. in which members and supporters stood in solidarity with peace and justice groups in Israel, Palestine, and in more than 90 cities around the world who want to see this terrible disaster end and to ask for what should be a given: the respect of every human’s rights.
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Once Again, Boston’s Jewish Voice for Peace demands that Israel respects Palestinian’s human rights.
On November 8th-the day after they announced they had halted military operations- the Israel Defense Forces killed 18 civilians while they were sleeping - they claim accidentally, however, when launching bombs against a civilian area, casualities are not an accident, they are inevitable- (Data from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, November 8-14, 2006.) Unfortunately, in this world, bombs cannot tell the difference between a threat and an innocent civilian. The ceasefire between Israel and the Northern Gaza strip was supposed to be the first step towards peace negotiations between both parties and a more human approach to the way Palestinians were being treated. It has been anything but.

Over 70% of the population of Gaza lives below the poverty line, imports and exports are limited, and the Palestinians have no way out. All this is represented as a country’s right to defend itself: Israel claims this siege is the only way to restrict Hamas’ resources, disarm the area and thus resume peace negotiations.Their “control” and their “defense” has only lead to more deaths.

The demonstration took place in front of a graveyard and along a fence, symbolizing the fence around Gaza and in memory of the victims of Israeli attacks against the civilian population of Beit Hanoun on November 8th. Over 60 demonstrators made a powerful statement holding foam tombstones with the names and ages of the 17 members of the Al-Athamna family who were the victims of the Israeli raid. The flyers they handed out informed passer-bys that by writing to their legislators, they can demand we stop providing Israel with weapons they use for purposes other than defense.

The goal of this weekend’s demonstration was simply: Let the Palestinians know they have the support of the world; show the world we will not look the other way when faced with clear Human rights violation; tell Israel that what they call defense, we call a graveyard. Isn’t it a given that bombs go against what a ceasefire should be?

For more information please visit www.JewishVoiceforPeace.org

Written with the help of Hilda Silverman.
Pictures provided by Howard Lenow.
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Once Again, Boston’s Jewish Voice for Peace demands that Israel respects Palestinian’s human rights.
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Once Again, Boston’s Jewish Voice for Peace demands that Israel respects Palestinian’s human rights.

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Telling Lies about Israel
05 Dec 2006
Any time the arabs that live in Gaza and West Bank want to leave their territory they can. Just like any other country Israel has a right to decide who enter's country and who does not. The arabs in West Bank and Gaza have a boarder with their fellow arabs; Egypt and Jordan.

It just so happens that their fellow arabs of Jordan and Egypt don't want them. What you need to be asking is why the arabs don't want their brothers and sisters that call themselves palastinians.
Get your facts right
06 Dec 2006
KellyP,

The boarder between the West Bank and Jordan is entirely controlled by Israel, as well as the air space above the West Bank and the water in the West bank. All three are claimed by Israel. Get your facts right before posting here, you sound like a fool.

Here is a great like documentary about the geography of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict called "Imperial Geography". Maybe if more people looked into the maps it would cut down on ignorant comments like KellyP's above.

http://www.freespeech.org/videodb/index.php?action=view&video_id=10219&m