Hands Up, Don't Shoot Rally

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Phillip Burton Federal Building & Courthouse

5:00 PM - Tuesday, August 26
450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco

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English: Map of Palestinian territories under Israeli military control by 1949 (approximation only). The territories have never been annexed to Israel. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When supporters of the war on Gaza argue for Israel's right to defend itself, we must ask ourselves what exactly are they defending? 

Western imperialism? Occupation of Palestinian territory? Vilification of Islamic culture? Genocide?

A central tenet of Israeli military policy is "deterrence." This is embodied in the so-called "Dahiya Doctrine," which dictates the use of overwhelming and disproportionate force - a war crime - and the targeting of government and civilian infrastructure during military operations. It received its name from the Dahiya neighborhood of Beirut, a stronghold of Hezbollah, which Israel destroyed almost completely during its assault on Lebanon in the summer of 2006...

see Israel's Use of Disproportionate Force

Determination of legitimacy of territorial borders within the former state of Palestine is beyond the scope of World Can't Wait's purview.  

But U.S. support for the escalating humanitarian crisis is something that we are compelled to confront.

Next actions:

August 25 - 26
Occupy Beale AFB Stands With GAZA


Wednesday, August 27
Weekly PEACE Vigil sponsored by CodePink 
5:30 - 6:30 pm 
Montgomery & Market Streets 
San Francisco


Saturday, October 18
2nd Annual Gaza Solidarity 5K Walk/Run
9:00 am
Lake Merced Park
San Francisco

U.S. Expanding War in Iraq

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Under cover of ISIS atrocities, Obama proposes deployment of an additional 300 troops to the 850+  in place and undisclosed thousands of security contractors who never left. 

"The United States, for its part, is not a charity organization, nor is it a neutral bystander. Washington is an active participant in the conflict. In addition to authorizing direct strikes, the Obama administration continues to arm the Iraqi government forces and ethnic Iraqi militias and paramilitary groups." -- Raed Jarrar, policy impact coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee 

Ferguson Is America

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The Dred Scott decision meant that to be black in America in the late 1850s was to live in a land that said you did not have a future... It doesn't sound all that far off from the situation facing black citizens today.
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     photo by David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch 


Update: Missouri Governor Jay Nixon's deployment of the National Guard to occupy Ferguson is as illegal as it is provocative.


From Oscar Grant to Michael Brown - the murder of our youth must STOP.

Bring your signs, sounds, banners, outrage and your love for the heroic people who have refused to subside in silence.


                                                          

TWO LOCATIONS:  Monday August 18,  4:00 PM onward

Downtown OAKLAND

Oscar Grant Plaza (formerly known as Frank Ogawa Plaza)

14th and Broadway

SAN FRANCISCO

Powell and Market  


 

Today in Ferguson right after 18-year-old Michael Brown's memorial service, the people marched ­­again. Ever since the day Michael was murdered by a Ferguson cop, the people have refused to stop protesting and resisting. They have turned the eyes of the world to this police murder and their demand for justice. And with the whole world watching, the protesters have been violently assaulted by a military-style police force that makes Ferguson look like a war zone, time after time -- but the people in Ferguson keep holding their heads high, and they keep resisting.

"The only way out of the quagmire the Jewish people of Israel have gotten themselves into is by granting all living under the control of the State of Israel the same political rights and social and economic rights and opportunities." -- Henk Zanoli, talking about his return of Righteous Among the Nations medal
14762549009_700fc13bb5_z.jpgOn Saturday August 16, several thousand protesters marched into the Port of Oakland toward the berth where a weekly Israeli cargo ship docks to offload its goods. The weekly docking of a Zim Lines cargo ship at the Oakland port was the focus (Zim Integrated Shipping Services is the Israeli international maritime shipping line). A community picket line at its berth was called for 5 AM Saturday, to meet the longshoremen arriving for the day shift to offload its cargo. 

There's a history of dramatic mass demonstrations and occupations at this port, including when they've stopped cargo from Israeli and South African ships, and during Occupy.  This time, the focus was on the present U.S.-backed Israeli massacre going down in Gaza. With Israel blockading, besieging and slaughtering Palestinians in Gaza, why should anyone tolerate Israeli commercial "business as usual" here? The diverse protest crowd was called into action out of the past weeks of outpourings of mass protest to stand with Gaza and the Palestinian people. 

A few hours before the target time, word went out that the ship was now offshore, hanging out and  delaying its itinerary, probably to avoid the protest - so the mobilization time got reset - and at 3 PM, between 4 and 5,000 people met at the BART station and headed for the ship's berth. We chanted along the mile or so march, including "From Ferguson to Palestine, Occupation is a crime!"

The police blocked the actual entry to the berth so the march stopped. There was a rally, and then because it was announced the ship would not approach the port this day, a victory march took everybody back. The Israeli ship had been delayed for a whole day - a day of success for the people fighting to stand with and support the people of Palestine in Gaza!

Sunday late afternoon, word went out: the Zim ship would dock at 6:30, and the longshore union (ILWU) would recognize a community picket line. A few hundred people got themselves into the port and set up the picket line. No one crossed the picket line and so the cargo was not offloaded for another day. Organizers say that means TWO days of successfully preventing Israeli cargo from being delivered, and they are considering what can be done next to build on this success.
Why is Obama adding to that number?

Because absent massive opposition, he can. We've been here before. Excuse #2 for the 2003 invasion of Iraq, "to free the Iraq people from Saddam Hussein's tyranny" was trotted out when weapons of mass destruction failed to materialize. 

It Takes More Than a Cease-Fire...

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It will take peace. And peace cannot happen without an end to the occupation.

Billions of dollars in U.S. aid to Israel have failed to quash the sovereignty of the Palestinian state.

"U.S. complicity with Israel's action extends beyond the provision of military assistance. The U.S. has refused to take any action to halt Israel's war crimes and has blocked efforts in the UN to condemn them. The U.S. was also the sole country in the UN Human Rights Council to vote against an international investigation into Israel's actions as it is well aware that the investigation will reveal that war crimes are being perpetrated by Israel in Gaza." -- Diana Buttu, human rights attorney, Ramallah-based analyst, and former advisor to Mahmoud Abbas

Palestinians look at destroyed houses after returning to the Shejaia neighbourhood, which witnesses said was heavily hit by Israeli shelling and air strikes during the Israeli offensive, in the east of Gaza City August 5, 2014. REUTERS-Mohammed Salem

Palestinians look at destroyed houses after returning to the Shejaia neighbourhood, which witnesses said was heavily hit by Israeli shelling and air strikes during the Israeli offensive, in the east of Gaza City August 5, 2014. Photo by Mohammed Salem, Reuters.
 

survivors face an epic battle for water, shelter and power

Gaza Crisis Update August 4, 2014

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c/o Institute for Middle East Understanding:

Since July 7, Israel has killed at least 1822 Palestinians in Gaza, including at least 377 children. Approximately 9400 others have been injured.

On Sunday (August 3), an Israeli missile strike outside of a United Nations school in Rafah in southern Gaza killed at least 10 civilians, including at least one child, and wounded dozens of others. Condemning the attack, UN officials said that they had informed the Israeli military of the exact GPS coordinates of the school, where approximately 3000 Palestinians were taking shelter, 33 times in an attempt to prevent it from being bombed, the final time just an hour before the attack. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the Israeli attack a "moral outrage and a criminal act," while a US State Department spokesperson declared "the United States is appalled by today's disgraceful shelling," adding, "The suspicion that militants are operating nearby does not justify strikes that put at risk the lives of so many innocent civilians." The incident was the third time an Israeli attack killed civilians taking refuge in a UN school in 10 days. Approximately 30 people were killed in the two previous incidents. It was the seventh time a UN shelter has been hit by Israeli fire during the current assault.

Also on Sunday, 10 members of the al-Ghoul family, including three children and two women, were killed, and 20 others injured by an Israeli missile attack on their home in Rafah. The dead included a baby who was less then three weeks old.

Also on Sunday, eight members of the Najim family were killed, and 30 others wounded, by an airstrike on a home in the Jabalia refugee camp in northern Gaza. The victims had returned to Jabalia after the Israeli army announced on Saturday that residents of northern Gaza could go back to their homes. The dead included Bilal Abd al-Karim Najim, Abd al-Karim Najim, Ahmad Abd al-Karim Najim, Raghad Najim, and Suha Najim.

According to the August 3 UN daily Gaza emergency report: "Gaza's medical services and facilities are nearing collapse, with hospitals and clinics overwhelmed. Critical supplies of medicines and disposables are almost depleted and the destruction of power supplies has left hospitals dependent on unreliable back-up generators. The status of hospitals and medical facilities as protected objects under international law continues to be violated with more attacks reported since the last situation update." According to medical officials in Gaza, cases of viral meningitis have increased from five to 53 per day, while Israeli attacks are preventing the collection of decomposing bodies, posing a significant health risk.

Read & sign this Statement to Stop Forced Motherhoodand donate to see it published for many more to see!
 
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The Abortion Rights Freedom Ride 2014 is about to launch with the first People's Hearing, this Wednesday,
July 30, 5:00 pm. 

Then, it's into the streets on Thursday to protest at the Republican Party Headquarters in Houston. 

No Place to Hide

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Trapped inside the world's largest open-air prison, with Israeli forces bombing even UN sponsored refugee shelters, the people of Palestine cannot escape collective punishment funded and approved by the United States. 

Bombardment of a trapped population constitutes a war crime, for which American citizens share responsibility

Dennis Bernstein talks to Palestine activists who are Fighting Back

Bs6oSM4IQAAK9Hw.jpg-large.jpegFollowing a similar resolution passed last week by the U.S. House, the U.S. Senate voted Thursday night to support Israel's ongoing invasion of the Gaza Strip. No dissenting vote was cast, and no mention was made of the hundreds of Palestinian civilians killed.

It is up to us to stand for principle and morality when our institutions and public officials refuse to do so. The fates of those maimed or killed by our government's complicity in war crimes are inextricably intertwined with our own: we must listen and respond to their cry for justice.


Thursday July 24
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Oakland Federal Building
1301 Clay Street

Help us prepare for the ANSWER-sponsored action to End Israel's War on the Palestinian People,

Saturday July 26
1:00 pm
Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco.

Call 415-864-5153 to volunteer.


Photo of Dublin rally c/o Ciaran Quinn 

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Sunday July 20: Thousands of Bay Area residents turned out to protest Israel's Operation Protective Edge offensive against Gaza, a campaign that has claimed hundreds of innocent civilian lives.


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Call it what you will (photo, left) U.S.-sponsored atrocities in Gaza represent a crime against humanity. As Israeli "made in the U.S.A." bombs rain down on Gaza, people in the U.S. from all political perspectives, religious faiths, and walks of life need to be IN THE STREETS. 

Thursday July 17 World Can't Wait sponsored an emergency rally and protest against the massive, murderous campaign against the Palestinian people.

Tonight, July 18, Code Pink will honor the victims of the war crimes sanctioned by Congress. Montgomery/Market BART plaza, 5:30 pm.


Check back here for more action in the coming days, and plan to join us in the previously scheduled March for Palestine,

Sunday July 20
3:00 pm
San Francisco Ferry Building
foot of Market Street at the Embarcadero
CrediIf your heart is sickened by what Palestinians are living and dying through right now, let us confront - and act to help many people confront -- the fact that all this violence and murder is only happening because Israel acts upon the full backing of the United States.

 
People of conscience must stand against and resist the crimes of our own government, and that includes U.S. political and military support for the crimes of its  allies, when those powers commit crimes against humanity. During the 1980's when wars rocked Central America, and also when South African apartheid was being challenged -- it made a real difference when people inside the U.S. woke up to the facts of what their own government was doing, and questioned which side America was on, right or wrong -- and if it was the WRONG side (oppressive, corrupt, immoral, etc.) a dividing line became clear - and many, many people inside the empire publicly stood up and said NO to the U.S. Empire. That is what is needed today, once again!

Year after year, Israel receives billions in funding from the United States. In 2007 the U.S. government agreed to provide Israel with $30 billion in military aid over the next decade. The transfer of this aid to Israel actually violates U.S. law.  But don't expect U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to seek any arrest warrants against Barack Obama or any other U.S. officials.

The U.S. government must be brought to account for arming Israel. We must demand that illegal support of Israel stop immediately -- and also, we must demand  that threats and other actions against Iraq by the U.S. and Israel also cease.

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As Iraq's disintegration into darkness progresses, it sickens me to think of all the Iraqis I met and became friends with, who have since been killed, disappeared or have become refugees. What is left of Iraq, this mess that is no longer a country, should be considered the legacy of decades of US policy there, dating back to the moment when Saddam Hussein was in power and enjoyed Washington's support. With Maliki, it has simply been a different dictator, enjoying even more such support (until these last weeks), and using similarly barbaric tactics against Iraqis. 

-- Dahr Jamail, A Nation on the Brink

"Nowhere to Run"

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Washington Report On Middle East Affairs 

Article and photos by Mohammed Omer in Gaza 
July 10, 2014


Palestinian boy inspecting damage following overnight Israeli airstrike that Gaza City

July 9, 2014: I am writing this as ambulance and rescue crews continue to search for bodies. Among the ones they have uncovered so far are those of 4-year-old Mohammed Nawasra, whose body was found underneath the ruins of his home in the Maghazi refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, his 5-year-old brother, Nidal, and their 29-year-old mother, Sumoud Nawasra. Miriam Nawasra, 83, and Khalaf Nawasra, 29, were found alive, but critically injured. The Nawasra house in Maghazi refugee camp was targeted by an Israeli F-16 missile. No one knows why. Their home was bombed at 5:30 a.m., as the family slept.

Most of the stretchers rescue workers carried into Gaza's hospitals were filled with arms, legs and scattered pieces of human torso and flesh, torn into pieces by Israeli missiles.

Gaza is currently enduring one of Israel's heaviest bombings. In the last hour, during and after Iftar, the meal breaking the daily Ramadan fast, 80 air strikes were launched on Gaza, according to Israeli sources. These strikes targeted homes, streets, schools, mosques, governmental buildings, greenhouses and agricultural fields.

The number of people killed grows relentlessly. According to Palestinian Interior Ministry spokesman Iyad Al Bizm, as of today 192 of the injured are children and women, and, in addition to the Nawasra family home, 63 others have been bombed. The list of casualties changes by the minute. [The BBC reported July 10 that as of 10:35 a.m EDT, 80 Gazans have been killed and 540 injured.] The Interior Ministry stated that Israel has launched 780 Israeli air strikes on Gaza. Every few minutes throughout the Gaza Strip one hears the resulting explosions.

As I write this, the Israeli Military has suggested a ground operation may be imminent. Indeed, troops and weapons have been assembling on the border. Israel's navy has joined the battle as well, and is shelling Gaza from the sea. At this very moment I can hear missiles fired from Israeli warships hitting the homes and fishing boats of Palestinian fishermen.

Palestinian man is sitting on the ruins of what remains from his farm in Gaza City after Israeli airstrike overnight

In Gaza we all suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)--it comes with the territory, our territory, that Israel attacks so violently. I don't want my son to have PTSD. He doesn't deserve that; he is a child, our gift.

Now, however, F-16s pound Gaza as drones buzz overhead and Israel's "Operation Protective Edge" continues. There is no moment of relief or rest for anyone trapped in Gaza, as Israeli bombs target yet another neighborhood--God help its terrified residents.

As I write this, news arrives of a group of teenagers killed while watching the World Cup match between the Netherlands and Argentina: 6 boys dead and more than 10 injured by a missile which struck the café on the beach in Khan Younis where, like soccer fans around the world, they were watching the game.

Now a haze of smoke arises from nearby buildings struck by Israeli missiles. One thing I do know for sure is that American-made F-16s are sucking the air--and life--out of the lungs of my family and neighbors in Gaza. No sirens, no shelters, no bunkers, no womb to hide in. Only the dead are safe and at rest.

I don't know what else to say. I think we are going to die. It makes me sad that I cannot protect the child I made, I can't protect him from these missiles. I just can't. I don't have the superpower to end this madness.

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There are many things to fear in Gaza: Attacks from Israel's Apache helicopters and F-16 fighter jets, the coastal enclave's growing isolation, the regular blackouts from power shortages, increasingly polluted drinking water and rivers of sewage flooding the streets.

Meanwhile, for most Palestinians in Gaza the anxiety-inducing soundtrack to their lives is the constant buzz of the remotely piloted aircraft - better known as "drones" - that hover in the skies above.

Drones are increasingly being used for surveillance and extra-judicial execution in parts of the Middle East, especially by the US, but in nowhere more than Gaza has the drone become a permanent fixture of life."

see Life and death under Israel's drones