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Gaza Calling: All out on Saturday August 9 Day of Rage

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Join the Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions Movement today. Demand Sanctions on Israel Now.

As we face the full might of Israel’s military arsenal, funded and supplied by the United States and European Union, we call on civil society and people of conscience throughout the world to pressure governments to sanction Israel and implement a comprehensive arms embargo immediately.

Take to the streets on Saturday 9 August with a united demand for sanctions on Israel.

From Gaza under invasion, bombardment, and continuing siege, the horror is beyond words.  Medical supplies are exhausted. The death toll has reached 1813 killed (398 children, 207 women, 74 elderly) and 9370 injured (2744 children, 1750 women, 343 elderly). Our hospitals, ambulances, and medical staff are all under attack while on duty. Doctors and paramedics are being killed while evacuating the dead. Our dead are not numbers and statistics to be recounted; they are loved ones, family and friends.

While we have to survive this onslaught, you certainly have the power to help end it the same way you helped overcome Apartheid and other crimes against humanity. Israel is only able to carry out this attack with the unwavering support of governments – this support must end.

This is our third massacre in six years. When not being slaughtered, we remain under siege, an illegal collective punishment of the entire population. Fishermen are shot and killed if they stray beyond a 3 km limit imposed unilaterally by Israel. Farmers are shot harvesting their crops within a border area imposed unilaterally by Israel.  Gaza has become the largest open-air prison, a concentration camp since 2006. This time, we want an end to this unprecedented crime against humanity committed with the complicity and support of your own governments!

We are not asking for charity. We are demanding solidarity, because we know that until Israel is isolated and sanctioned, these horrors will be repeated.

Take action this Saturday

  1. Make boycotts, divestments and sanctions the main message at every protest around the world. Take banners and placards calling for sanction on Israel to every protest. Tweet them using the hashtag #GazaDayofRage. Email us your pictures and action details to [email protected].
  2. While news of all the mass protests outside Israel’s embassies around the world have given us hope, after weeks of protests, we urge you to intensify your actions. Occupy Israeli embassies, challenge Israeli officials (and others) supporting the current aggression against Gaza whenever they appear in public and stage sit-in in government buildings.
  3. Boycott all Israeli products and take action against corporations profiting from Israel’s system of colonialism, occupation and apartheid. March to boycott targets in your city and educate the public about companies complicit in Israel’s ongoing military assault and illegal siege of Gaza.
  4.  Palestinian trade unions are calling on our brothers and sisters in the trade union movement internationally to stop handling goods imported from or exported to Israel. The trade union movement has a proud history of direct action against Apartheid in South Africa, the Congress of South African Trade Unions has joined us in the call for direct action to end Israel’s impunity.

From occupied and besieged Gaza

Signed by

Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions

General Union of Palestinian Women

University Teachers’ Association in Palestine

Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations Network (Umbrella for 133 orgs)

Medical Democratic Assembly

General Union of Palestine Workers

General Union for Health Services Workers

General Union for Public Services Workers

General Union for Petrochemical and Gas Workers

General Union for Agricultural Workers

Union of Women’s Work Committees

Pal-Cinema (Palestine Cinema Forum)

Youth Herak Movement

Union of Women’s Struggle Committees

Union of Synergies—Women Unit

Union of Palestinian Women Committees

Women’s Studies Society

Working Woman’s Society

Palestinian Students’ Campaign for the Academic Boycott of Israel

Gaza BDS Working Group

One Democratic State Group

Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions National Committee (BNC)

BNC includes: Council of National and Islamic Forces in Palestine, Palestinian NGO Network (PNGO), Palestinian National Institute for NGOs, Global Palestine Right of Return Coalition, Palestinian Trade Union Coalition for BDS (PTUC-BDS), Federation of Independent Trade Unions, General Union of Palestinian Workers, Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions, General Union of Palestinian Women, Union of Palestinian Farmers, General Union of Palestinian Teachers, General Union of Palestinian Writers, Palestinian Federation of Unions of University Professors and Employees (PFUUPE), Union of Professional Associations, General Union of Palestinian Peasants, Union of Public Employees in Palestine-Civil Sector, Grassroots Palestinian Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign (STW), National Committee for Grassroots Resistance, Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), National Committee to Commemorate the Nakba, Civic Coalition for the Defense of Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem, Coalition for Jerusalem, Union of Palestinian Charitable Organizations, Palestinian Economic Monitor, Union of Youth Activity Centers-Palestine Refugee Camps, Occupied Palestine and Syrian Golan Heights Initiative

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  1. Bob_Salad on August 6, 2014, 2:27 pm

    1pm Rally at Columbus Circle, 58th St. and 8th Ave
    3pm March to the UN
    BDS Contingent will meet at 2:30pm on the North East corner of 56th St. & 8th Ave.

    No excuses!

  2. Rusty Pipes on August 6, 2014, 3:35 pm

    On the 69th Anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki, it is appropriate to say, “overkill is a war crime.” Israel must be held accountable for its genocide in Gaza.

    • ezra greenberg on August 8, 2014, 10:01 am

      Why doesn’t the Human Rightsy crowd concentrate on REAL genocides that are happening with ISIS, instead of self inflicted casualties? This selective outrage certainly raises eyebrows among those with discerning eyes. As has to be repeated over and over again for slow learners: no rockets, no retaliation to stop the rockets, no bloodshed. Not hard to comprehend. You don’t see Israel pummeling the West Bank, Egypt, Jordan, or any other areas. Why is that? Oh, no rockets are coming from those areas. Is it really that difficult to grasp!!!
      And before I can hear the rejoinder of “Open Air Prison” and “Siege” let me opine the following: yes, Israel is concerned about the prospects of an openly genocidal Hamastan importing bigger and better rockets to kill Israelis. This is 100% understandable and justified. Before Hamas took over there was no siege, just like before the suicide bombings of the Second Intifada there was no Wall of Life. I realize these facts make the human rightsy crowd uncomfortable, and do not comport with the victim narrative the Palestinians like to portray, but it is the truth.

  3. just on August 6, 2014, 3:47 pm

    Today is the day we bombed Hiroshima.

    August 9th is the day we bombed Nagasaki.

    It’s accountability time for US and Israel!

    • Rusty Pipes on August 6, 2014, 4:37 pm

      Which will give Saturday’s protest about the massacre in Gaza additional historical context. While there has been debate about the choices that led up to the bombing of Hiroshima, bombing Nagasaki three days later (when the scale of devastation from Hiroshima was known) has no rational justification.

  4. just on August 6, 2014, 5:58 pm

    Just dreaming about the upcoming presser from the State Department…..

    ~Mr. Obama tells Netanyahu that we are NOT ALLIES.

    Allies don’t let allies drive drunk with our keys, our lethal weapons, and a pat on the back~

    (Back to reality:ebola, ebola, ebola too! Red Alert! Now, we have an ebola “war room” acc to wolfie)

    (divert all the attention away from the Israeli genocide of the Palestinians– QUICK!)

    • lysias on August 6, 2014, 6:50 pm

      Not just a war room. Obama just issued an executive order making Ebola a quarantinable disease.

      • just on August 6, 2014, 6:56 pm

        That’s a pretty broad order, lysias….

        It’s my guess that scabies infected Palestinians will not be given safe haven here. And when the cholera hits, fuggedaboutit.

        Wait, do we allow Palestinians refuge in the US?

    • just on August 6, 2014, 6:55 pm

      Glad I did not hold my breath– SOS, DD!

      • just on August 6, 2014, 7:11 pm

        Aw he11, we’ve got Gergen, Begala, and Billy Kristol with Erin.

        I am, using Mr. Obama’s shiny new word, DISTRESSED.

        (wow, democracy is something you like when the person in power is someone you like (very paraphrased comment by Erin after everyone on the stage trashed Hamas))

      • Kay24 on August 6, 2014, 7:18 pm

        Kristol makes my blood pressure go up. He made sure he used the words sharia law, and Jews being harmed by those tunnels. He is such a snake.

        No mention about the news of Israel hiding the fact that the 3 kids killed and that they knowingly went ahead and attacked Gaza. No mention about the nearly 2000 killed mostly civilians. These shills for Israel is making sure the American people keep the Israeli narrative going.
        I have never heard of an aggressor or occupier trying to claim victim so much, and can blame the deaths of so many civilians on every one else but themselves. It is damn unfair how they have manipulated our journalists, media, and how they get away blaming the victims for their murders.

      • on August 6, 2014, 7:28 pm

        Always the victim, always the aggrieved party. No apology is ever enough. No matter how much the US elite do for Israel, it is never enough. A sick culture.

      • just on August 6, 2014, 7:36 pm

        “He is such a snake.”

        Reminiscent of Kaa…

      • oldgeezer on August 6, 2014, 8:30 pm

        I am with you on Kristol. At least with Regev I can laugh at the k’s but Kristol is disingenuous in a very dangerous way.

        What we are seeing is day two of hasbara in over/hyper drive. Anderson Cooper apparently couldn’t grasp the significance or method of the Dahiya Doctrine, despite having it explained to it, and kept going back to – you’re not suggesting Israel is targeting civilians are you, they could kill so many more.

        AC is not a stupid person. The doctrine is well known. This is planned and coordinated propaganda.

    • Kay24 on August 6, 2014, 7:55 pm

      Pathetic that we can only dream about it. Even the Brits have some hope.

      Obama must have got the talking points from Telaviv.

      • just on August 6, 2014, 8:07 pm

        Why is everyone in the US so afraid of itsy- bitsy Israel?

        Why? What? How? Who? Where? When?

        Are they going to nuke us with our own weapons that they refuse to declare?

        Who else will side with them if we break up and give back our friendship rings? What’s the worst that can happen?

        (They’ll have to live in the real world…)

      • Bumblebye on August 6, 2014, 8:16 pm

        Israel probably knows all the little and not so little secrets that would bring ’em down if revealed. Maybe even sets them up on their free trips. I notice that one of the 4 republicans who voted against the other days ‘thing’ was Mark Sanford. His scandal got revealed iirc, he still got re-elected, and now doesn’t seem to be owned.

        As a side note, Disasters Emergency Committee will be broadcasting an emergency appeal for Gaza on Friday (in UK), and this time, it will be carried by the bbc (as well as the other channels) – despite there being no Tony Benn any more to tear them a new one if they didn’t!

        Edit – oh, I used to bump into (Animals) Hilton Valentine in the 90’s. Nice bloke.

  5. Paldi5 on August 6, 2014, 6:25 pm

    Where are the rallies being held? Is there one planned for Philadelphia, USA?

  6. just on August 6, 2014, 8:29 pm

    “oh, I used to bump into (Animals) Hilton Valentine in the 90′s. Nice bloke.”

    blimey! You lucky person! I am taking advantage of the “ceasefire” to associate my feelings with song and art and youtube. Please tell me to stop if I am being too effusive in my joy that Palestinians are not being genocided this nite.


    (fingers and toes crossed, eyes too.)

    • Bumblebye on August 6, 2014, 9:04 pm

      Better tighten them crossings. One of the running headlines on Ma’an was that rocket sirens had gone off (no article yet). There’s no ‘give’ in Israel’s piece conditions.

  7. michelle on August 6, 2014, 10:03 pm

    ” A lie keeps growing and growing until
    it’s as plain as the nose on your face. ”
    The Blue Fairy

    how much bite does this boycott have
    the only forthright way to change the
    government is by changing public opinion
    the quickest way to change public opinion
    is by way of the main stream media (msm)
    (that is what Israel has done/is doing)
    many already know that the msm is lying to
    their readers/viewers about many issues including
    Palestine Khamas and the ever maroon Israel
    and by doing so the bulk of the people are being
    /have been kept in the dark about this issue
    so my question is are there protesters in front
    of these businesses and/or are the sponsors of
    these businesses also on the boycott list
    “Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.”
    ― Isaac Asimov, Foundation
    G-d Bless

  8. just on August 7, 2014, 7:09 am

    A discussion about war crimes, the ICC, and Occupation well worth listening to or reading. Here’s a tidbit from Democracy Now! “Can Israel Claim Self-Defense Against the Territory It Occupies? Int’l Jurist John Dugard Says No”:

    “JOHN DUGARD: Yes, I agree with Ken completely. I think it’s important to realize that under the Rome Statute, a state which assists, aids or abets a state in the commission of an international crime is also guilty. And I suspect that one of the reasons why the United States is opposed to Palestine joining the International Criminal Court is that inevitably its own complicity in these crimes will become an issue.”

    For more on the Palestinians’ case @ the ICC

    “As Palestinians Go to ICC, Human Rights Watch Alleges Israeli War Crimes for Shooting Fleeing Gazans”

    KENNETH ROTH: Well, you know, despite the Israeli ambassador’s claim that Israel deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for its extraordinary restraint and its extraordinary care to spare civilian lives, Human Rights Watch has seen from the ground, based on our investigations in Gaza, that that’s anything but the case. And no matter how many times the Israeli military spokesmen scream, “Human shields! Human shields!” most of the people being killed in Gaza are being killed because Israel is paying insufficient care to saving civilian lives. There’s been case after case in which Israel has used the wrong weaponry or has shot at people with many civilians around. And these, in our view, are war crimes.

    • just on August 7, 2014, 7:27 am

      “NERMEEN SHAIKH: Kenneth Roth, is this the first time that Human Rights Watch has accused Israel of war crimes since 2002?

      KENNETH ROTH: And I wish that were the case, but unfortunately, no. They seem not to learn. I mean, we’ve gone through this in the prior Gaza efforts. We went through it with the Hezbollah war. I actually, you know, after the Hezbollah war, went and briefed the senior Israeli lawyer for the military, describing many of these same problems, the fact that you can’t just issue a warning and assume that everybody left, in that case, is Hezbollah. So, you know, they are completely on notice. We’ve accused them of this in the past. They just keep repeating it. And it seems to be almost by design to try to make the people of Gaza pay a price because Hamas is ruling over them. But, of course, you know, that’s the same logic that they criticize Hamas for, where Hamas will say, “Oh, well, you know, Israel elected Netanyahu, therefore any Israeli civilian is fair game,” or, “All Israeli males might go into the military, so therefore we can fire indiscriminate rockets.” I mean, that’s a war crime logic, and Israel is oftentimes acting according to the same logic in Gaza.

      AMY GOODMAN: We’re going to break and then come back to this discussion. Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. It’s published a new report, “Gaza: Israeli Soldiers Shoot and Kill Fleeing Civilians.” We’ll be back with him in a moment.”

  9. just on August 7, 2014, 7:44 am

    There are Laws about Occupation.

    It all boils down to the filthy OCCUPATION of Palestine and the denial of basic HUMAN RIGHTS of the indigenous humans who lived, farmed, fished, and loved there– the wonderful people who deserve our support and prayers.

    Stand Up for Palestinians and Palestine!

  10. Citizen on August 7, 2014, 9:17 am

    Fox Business channel just ran an add petition to StopHamasNow. Blames Hamas for the slaughter. No context at all.

  11. Vera Gottlieb on August 7, 2014, 2:14 pm

    Demand that diplomatic relations be terminated.

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