MARK YOUR CALENDARS: MRSCP WILL HOLD AN EMERGENCY FUND-RAISING EVENT AND MEETING ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 24 AT 4 PM. DETAILS TO FOLLOW.
Here is video of the March of the Dead protest in Madison on January 6, 2009:
March of the Dead protest in Madison
The catastrophic collective punishment of 1.5 million people continues unabated in Gaza, as Israel threatens to further escalate its assault in spite of world condemnation. In an incident reminiscent of the two Qana Massacres in Lebanon, Israel has hit three UN schools where the people it warned to “get out or else” were sheltering and killed over 40 people, mostly children. Some had earlier speculated that just such an incident would inflame world opinion (which it certainly has) and thus help bring a halt to Israel’s attacks, but such has not been the case.
Today we heard that 80 (multi-family) houses in Rafah were destroyed on Wednesday; no word yet on casualties.
RULE #1 Israel is always right.
RULE #2 When Israel is wrong, see Rule No. 1.
Two things to pass on: A very excellent bulletin from Jewish Voice for Peace that asks you to call your Representatives and Senators NOW (keep calling!) with links and information to do just that; and an appeal from the Middle East Children’s Alliance for emergency relief funds.
Be sure to follow the link to this Huffington Post article to see evidence that “Yes We Can” stop this bloodshed; a few in Congress are beginning, however timidly, to speak out against it. TAMMY BALDWIN IS NOT YET ONE OF THEM. (Neither is Russ Feingold, who recently demanded a ceasefire….in the Congo.) In fact, according to Steve Burns of the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice, not a single member of Wisconsin’s Congressional Delegation has issued a statement.
Here is an interview with the Norwegian doctor at Shifa Hospital who has been getting a limited amount of western press … Fox News is smearing him as a “Hamas Supporter”.
Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert report from Gaza
And here are two links to the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) website. This one gives links and suggestions for how to talk to Congressional offices, and this one has info on getting your views to the media. This site also has a link to watch Al Jazeera English news live.
Thanks for your support as always, but especially in these terrible times for the people of Rafah and Palestine.