Monthly Archives: July 2006

Antiwar Bulletin: Today & Sat. – Antiwar Protests

From: Michael Letwin
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Subject: Antiwar Bulletin: Today & Sat. – Antiwar Protests

Demonstration on Friday July 28, 2006 at the Israeli Consulate March Across the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday July 29, 2006


NYC, July 28, 2006
What: Stop the War, Stop the Killing Demonstration
When: FRIDAY –  JULY 28th  3:30 to 6:30 P.M.
Where: 2nd Ave. – Bet. 42nd St. & 43rd St (In front of The Israeli

Sponsored By: Arab Muslim American Federation, National Council Of Arab Americans, International Action Center, Troops Out Now Coalition , Alawda New York, Al-Khuli Islamic Center, ICNA N.Y, MAS New York. [Also endorsed by New York City Labor Against the War (NYCLAW)]



NYC, July 29, 2006
Links to Downloadable Fliers Below

What: Stop Us Sponsored Israeli Terror – March Across The Brooklyn Bridge

When: Saturday July 29, 2006 – 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Where: Cadman Plaza Park, Brooklyn (near the Brooklyn Bridge) March across the Bridge followed by rally at Thomas Paine Park at Worth, Pearl and Centre Streets in lower Manhattan at 3:30 PM.

Why: Israeli attacks on Palestine and Lebanon have reached new heights with the displacement of almost 1 million people in Lebanon, the killing of hundreds of civilians in Lebanon, and Palestine, the destruction of civilian infrastructure; all of which are crimes against humanity, as the world watches in either silent complicity or outright support.  The United States wants to give Israel enough time to ‘finish the job’ and has accelerated shipment of even more destructive bombs to add to the Israeli arsenal which includes illegal phosphorous and cluster bombs being used against the civilian population in Lebanon and Palestine.

We call on all people of conscience to come out and demand an end to the US Sponsored Israeli War Crimes being perpetrated against the people of Palestine and Lebanon.

Stop the Invasion of Lebanon
End the Occupation of Palestine
Stop US AID to Israel
Free Arab Political Prisoners In Israel

To download flier go to:

Sponsored by: Ad – Hoc Coalition for Justice in the Middle East

Endorsed by: National Council of Arab-Americans – NYC, ANSWER Coalition, International Action Center, Network of Arab-American Professionals of NY-PC, the International Solidarity Movement – NYC, the New York Campaign for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions, the International Socialist Organization, ADC New York Chapter, Action Wednesdays Against War, Jews Against the Occupation – NYC, WESPAC Foundation, NYC Labor Against the War.

To endorse and for further information contact – Ad-Hoc Coalition for Justice in the Middle East –

Transportation by subway:

*A, C (8th Ave Line) High Street station located at Cranberry Street and Cadman Plaza.  Exit at the rear of the train, if coming from Manhattan.
Walk one block south and cross the Cadman Plaza.

*M, R (BMT) Court Street station is located at the corner of Montague Street.  Exit at the front of the train, if coming from Manhattan.  Walk north on Court Street (which becomes Cadman Plaza) about five or six blocks.

*A, C, F (8th Ave Line, Culver Line) Jay Street–Borough Hall station, located at Jay Street and Myrtle Avenue.  Exit at the rear of the train, if coming from Manhattan.  Walk north to Tillary Street, then west to Cadman Plaza

Transportation by car:

*From Manhattan, take first exit off Brooklyn Bridge

*From Brooklyn, Queens, or Staten Island take the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway to the Cadman Plaza exit.


Al-Awda 7-28-2006

Approximately 3,000 men, women, and children rallied and marched outside the Israeli consulate with fists raised to demand that the US government stop all financial support of the Israeli State; that the Israelis cease fire and withdraw from all Lebanese and Palestinian Lands; that the Israelis release all Arab and Palestinian Political Prisoners, over 10,000 are held of whom approximately one thousand are women and children; that all Lebanese and Palestinian Refugees be immediately allowed to return to their homes to live in safety.

Through blazing heat and torrential rain, the protesters stood unmoved, knowing the price they paid to stand in solidarity and outrage was insignificant compared with the losses suffered by the People of Palestine and Lebanon.

Brenda Stokely from the Million Workers March said, ‘It is no surprise that the U.S. imperialists are actively advocating the Zionist Israeli government massacre and exploitation of the Arabs’. Samia Halaby of Defend Palestine & Al Jisser applauded the courage of the Lebanese Popular Resistance headed by Hezbollah and said that we must learn from their example of solidarity. Lamis Deek of Al-Awda-NY said that the People of the Arab World have always known this day would be revisited upon them, adding that they are prepared by the knowledge that until the Palestinian Refugees return to their rightful homes, this will not be the last assault the Arab World will suffer at the hands of the Genocidal Apartheid Israeli State.

Fueled by anger and the desire to inform the American public about the plight of the Palestinians and the Lebanese who live below the clouds of US-made Israeli F-16 fighters and Apache helicopters, the protesters took over the streets, marching without police escort or knowledge, stopping traffic all along, and settling onto the Army Recruiting Station in Times Square.

As they marched the street shook with echoes of English and Arabic Chants. All that could be heard on the buzzing 42nd Street were cries of “Gaza, Lebanon Don’t You Cry Palestine, Will Never Die,” “Stop Bombing Palestine, Stop Bombing Lebanon,” “Occupation is a Crime, from Iraq to Palestine,” and the name of Hezbollah. Hecklers were outnumbered by the people who cheered the marchers on from the streets and sidewalks, all of whom were received by roaring victory salutes from the marchers. And all along the route pedestrians stopped the organizers asking for flyers, information and ways they can help.

Once at the Army recruiting station, the crowd remained strong, and full of energy. They denounced the Pentagon’s bloody war against the people of Iraq, linking it to the U.S.-financed war against Palestine and Lebanon as one war against the Arab people.

As the demonstrators finally dispersed after nearly six hours of rallying and marching, it began to drizzle, and once again they flocked for cover under the shelter of the Palestinian Flag.

It is clear that the city will not rest until the People of Palestine, Lebanon and Iraq may do so as well.

[NYCLAW] Breaking War News: The Antiwar Movement, Palestine & Lebanon

From: NYCLAW <>
Date: Mon, Jul 24, 2006 at 10:37 PM
Subject: [NYCLAW] Breaking War News: The Antiwar Movement, Palestine & Lebanon
To: LaborAgainstWar <>

1. August 12 Marches in DC, SF, LA, Seattle
2. Open Letter to United for Peace and Justice

August 12 Marches in DC, SF, LA, Seattle

Permits have been obtained for Lafayette Park directly in front of the White House for the opening rally of the mass demonstration in Washington DC on August 12. There has been an amazing response to this call for a national emergency action to protest the U.S.-Israeli war against the Palestinian and Lebanese people. The streets around the White House will fill up with a sea of protestors on August 12. Read the call to action for August 12:

There will be sister demonstrations on August 12 for those on the West Coast who are unable to travel to Washington D.C. The West Coast demonstrations will take place in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle.

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Open Letter to United for Peace and Justice
Gabriele Zamparini
July 22, 2006

In your e-mail you remind your supporters of the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan’s call for an immediate ceasefire. Immediately after you have the impudence to write: “Yesterday, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki condemned the Israeli aggression and called on the world to take action.”

Among all the heads of States and Governments you could mention [the entire world but the Axis Washington – London – Tel Aviv] why did you choose the PUPPET Prime Minister of Occupied Iraq?. . . .

Your letter to “Dear Ambassador Bolton” continues: “We are gravely concerned about the loss of life on all sides. We condemn all attacks on civilians, and call for the release of political prisoners and POWs held on all sides in this conflict.” A masterpiece of hypocrisy. . . .

Your letter continues: “Hezbollah’s crossing of the Israeli border to capture two soldiers may have violated the 1949 Armistice between Israel and Lebanon.” Spreading Israeli propaganda must be the main goal of United for Peace and Justice. The two Israeli soldiers were captured in Lebanon and the “cross-border operation” is just another myth coming directly from Tel Aviv. . . .

But as tradition wants, you left the best for the end: “Help us continue to do this critical work: Make a donation to UFPJ today.”

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Breaking War News: Rice sees bombs as birth pangs (NYCLAW)

From: NYCLAW <>
Date: Sun, Jul 23, 2006 at 1:02 PM
Subject: [NYCLAW] Breaking War News: Rice sees bombs as birth pangs
To: LaborAgainstWar <>

1.  Rice sees bombs as birth pangs
2.  Death is normal to us
3.  8.12: National Emergency March on Washington


Rice sees bombs as birth pangs
Aljazeera, July 22, 2006

Condoleezza Rice has described the plight of Lebanon as a part of the
“birth pangs of a new Middle East” and said that Israel should ignore
calls for a ceasefire. . . . More than 300 Lebanese civilians have been killed in 11 days of Israeli air and artillery strikes against
Hezbollah, the armed Lebanese Shia group.

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Death is normal to us
Guardian, July 23, 2006

‘If America and Israel want to do this to us, there is nothing we can do about it,’ she says. ‘We don’t care about staying here as long as the boys who are fighting and Sayeed Nasrallah and the leaders are ok. We can withstand anything as long as we don’t have to bow to the Americans and Israelis.

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8.12: National Emergency March on Washington

[The following is attached in .pdf format, and can be also downloaded
at: ]

Defend the People of Palestine & Lebanon
Stop the U.S.-Israeli War

Sat. Aug. 12

White House
Washington, D.C.

*Occupation is a Crime From Iraq to Lebanon to Palestine

*Stop U.S. Aid to Israel

*Support the Palestinian People’s Right of Return

*Money for Jobs & Education Not for War & Occupation

Initiated by: A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition, National Council of Arab Americans (NCA), Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation

Buses available! Call to endorse, to volunteer, or for more information!


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Breaking War News: U.S. Speeds Up Bomb Delivery for the Israelis (NYCLAW)

From: NYCLAW <>
Date: Sat, Jul 22, 2006 at 1:56 PM
Subject: [NYCLAW] Breaking War News: U.S. Speeds Up Bomb Delivery for the Israelis
To: LaborAgainstWar <>

1.  U.S. Speeds Up Bomb Delivery for the Israelis
2. They put the 86 corpses into plain wood caskets. Many were just big enough to fit a small child
3. Israeli Tanks and Troops Raid Lebanese Town
4. Thousands March Against Israeli Attacks
5. UFPJ: The Absence of Moral Character

NYT, July 22, 2006

U.S. Speeds Up Bomb Delivery for the Israelis

WASHINGTON, July 21 — The Bush administration is rushing a delivery of precision-guided bombs to Israel, which requested the expedited shipment last week after beginning its air campaign against Hezbollah targets in Lebanon, American officials said Friday.

The decision to quickly ship the weapons to Israel was made with relatively little debate within the Bush administration, the officials said. Its disclosure threatens to anger Arab governments and others because of the appearance that the United States is actively aiding the Israeli bombing campaign in a way that could be compared to Iran’s efforts to arm and resupply Hezbollah.

The munitions that the United States is sending to Israel are part of a multimillion-dollar arms sale package approved last year that Israel is able to draw on as needed, the officials said. But Israel’s request for expedited delivery of the satellite and laser-guided bombs was described as unusual by some military officers, and as an indication that Israel still had a long list of targets in Lebanon to strike.

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Guardian, July 22, 2006

They put the 86 corpses into plain wood caskets. Many were just big enough to fit a small child

Dozens of dead buried in temporary mass grave until fighting ends

In the driveway of Tyre’s Government hospital yesterday the sour smell of rotting flesh mingled with spray paint as the chief coroner wrote the names of the dead on their coffins.

Empty wood caskets, which had been neatly stacked by a large white freezer truck – one of two being used to store the bodies of many of those killed during Israel’s bombardment of south Lebanon – were now being filled; 86 of the 150 corpses in the truck were to be buried in the afternoon.

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NYT, July 22, 2006, 12:35 p.m. ET

Israeli Tanks and Troops Raid Lebanese Town

ON THE ISRAEL-LEBANON BORDER (AP) — Israeli tanks and hundreds of troops moved in and out of Lebanon on Saturday, taking over a village and battling Hezbollah militants by land, sea and air as part of a limited ground campaign.

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NYT, July 22, 2006

Thousands March Against Israeli Attacks

LONDON (Reuters) – Thousands of demonstrators marched through London and hundreds more gathered in Amsterdam on Saturday to protest against Israeli attacks in Lebanon and the refusal of the U.S. and British governments to condemn them.

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UFPJ: The Absence of Moral Character

Free Palestine Alliance – July 20, 2006

UFPJ’s statements join the US-proxy regimes of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Egypt, in holding the popular resistance movement responsible for the savagery of Zionist colonial conquest – a textbook example of blaming the victim.

Given that the vast majority of the Arab masses support popular Arab resistance movements, condemning this movement from the vantage point of a privileged people is very troubling.  However, when such a practice becomes habitual, with reckless disregard to the concerns of the victims, the practice amounts to bigotry.

This outlook from UFPJ is no surprise.  UFPJ has consistently and vehemently opposed the inclusion of Palestine in the anti-war movement (and continues to do so every time it has a chance), and demanded the removal of Palestinian flags from the New York stage on March 20, 2004, because, according to UFPJ leadership, these flags invoked images of “terror”.  UFPJ’s current leadership rejected opposition to the invasion of Lebanon in June 1982 during a major anti-nuke mobilization in New York’s Central Park while the invasion was taking place.  The UFPJ leadership also raised the slogan “sanctions not war” during the first Gulf War, later back-peddling from what is now best known as a policy of infanticide against Iraqi children.  And, of course, UFPJ continues to reject the Palestinian right of return to their original homes and property  all while always claiming to know what is best for the Arab people, and always charging that the Palestinians just have to wait their turn.

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Media Statement–Media Conference convened by Palestine Solidarity Committee (South Africa), Cosatu House, 10th July 2006: 14H30

Palestine Solidarity Committee (South Africa) | July 10, 2006

Media Statement–Media Conference convened by Palestine Solidarity Committee (South Africa), Cosatu House, 10th July 2006: 14H30

The conference was packed to capacity. Speakers at the conference included : Willie Madisha (president of COSATU), Eddie Makue (general secretary of the South African Council of Churches), Ali Halimeh (Palestinian Ambassador to South Africa), Virginia Tilley (academic and author), Na’eem Jeenah (chair), Salim Vally (Palestine Solidarity Committee and Patrick Craven (spokesperson for COSATU).We, delegates of organisations and movements that represent and have the support of the majority of South Africans, oppose and condemn the Israeli atrocities in Palestine and we make the following call:

· We call on the South African government to immediately recall the South African ambassador from Tel Aviv and to begin the process of ending diplomatic relations with Israel;

· We call on all South Africans to establish a strong, forceful and determined boycott and sanctions campaign against the Israeli apartheid state until the end of the occupation.

· We call on South Africans to identify a national day of action in solidarity with the Palestinian people and to observe it with rolling mass action around the country.

· We call on the South African government to ensure that no South African serves – in any capacity – in the Israeli Occupation Forces and that any South African citizen doing so will be prosecuted under the Regulation of Foreign Military Assistance Act;

· We demand that Israel immediately withdraws all Israeli Occupation Forces from Gaza and ends the occupation of Palestinian lands;

· We demand that Israel abides by the provisions of international humanitarian law and human rights law, and refrains from imposing collective punishment on Palestinian civilians (as per the UN Human Rights Council declaration issued on 6 July 2006);

· Call on Israel to release all detained Palestinian ministers and legislators and to release all political prisoners – including hundreds of women and children;

· We call on the EU to stop the severe sanctions imposed by Europe on the Palestinian Authority as a penalty for exercising their democratic right and electing a government of their choice. This by itself is a brutal intervention on behalf of the occupation

· We call on the United Nations to implement the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice on Israel’s Apartheid wall;

· We call on the United Nations to ensure that Israel fulfils its obligations in terms of international law.

The latest round of bloodletting in Palestine started on the 9th June when Israel shelled a beach in Gaza, gruesomely killing eight civilians and injuring 32. Four days later, Israeli aircraft fired missiles at a van in an extrajudicial assassination of two Palestinians in Gaza City. A second barrage of missiles fired shortly afterward killed nine Palestinian bystanders. Last Tuesday, Israeli warplanes fired air-to-ground missiles at a university in Gaza City, causing extensive damage. This was the second time in less than a week that Israeli warplanes targeted the largest institute of higher education in the occupied territories, with more than 15,000 students. A few days earlier, an Israeli F-16 fighter dropped a large bomb on the campus. The bombing of Gaza’s main university was part of a campaign of war crimes against the Palestinian people – especially in Gaza – including the bombing of the office of the democratically-elected Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, the destruction of Fatah offices, the destruction of Gaza’s only power plant, the bombing of boarding schools, orphanages, charity committees, clinics, the capture and detention of more than 120 lawmakers, officials and government ministers…

Many of the detained politicians were kept in solitary confinement and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert tacitly admitted that the democratically-elected officials were hostages to be used as bargaining chips for the release of an Israeli soldier taken prisoner by Palestinian liberation fighters near Gaza. Israel also, in a letter to Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, warned that it would consider assassinating Prime Minister Haniyeh.

The destruction of the power station in Gaza plunged the world’s most densely populated region into total darkness, forcing 1.3 million Gazans to be without cooking, lighting or cooling facilities. Hospitals, including prenatal wards, suffered because of the power outage.

These attacks followed a Palestinian resistance operation and the capture of an Israeli soldier. Let us be clear: the Palestinian operation was not a “terrorist attack”; its target was not civilians; it was deliberately planned against a military target. And the soldier is not an Israeli child kidnapped off an Israeli street; he is a soldier with the fourth largest army in the world, engaged in a war against a civilian population and captured while he was in active duty in that war. In terms of international law, he is a legitimate target; in terms of the Geneva Conventions, the Palestinians – as an occupied people – have a right to resist the occupation with any and all means necessary. Let us also be clear that until this resistance action, most Palestinian groups had maintained a unilateral 18-month ceasefire, not attacking any Israeli targets even when provoked by the murder of Palestinian civilians, including a large number of children. And, let us note that the Palestinian resistance groups have made it clear they are willing to release the soldier if Israel would release hundreds of Palestinian women and children who are languishing in Israeli dungeons.

Israel has been emboldened by the meek international response against its atrocities in Gaza and has threatened to step up the obliteration of Palestinian civil infrastructure and the Palestinian people. Statements by Israeli political and military officials indicate that the next phase could likely be the deliberate bombing of schools, water installations, media outlets, public transportation systems and hospitals. One Israeli army general was quoted as saying, “This time, there will be no red lines, and all aspects of Palestinian life will be under attack.” The number of Palestinian martyrs in the past 72 hours, mostly civilians, is almost 60. Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, also made the astounding statement that “the lives and well-being of Sderot’s [Jewish] residents are more important than the deaths of dozens of Palestinian innocents.” The Associated Press quoted Olmert as saying, “I want no one to sleep at night in Gaza. I want them to know what it feels like.” For Israel, the life of a Palestinian is barely worth consideration in comparison to the life of a Jew. Their value belongs to a different order of magnitude. A number of Israeli rabbis question the very humanity of Palestinians. While attempting to apologize for the recent deaths of 14 Palestinian civilians by Israeli shelling, Mr. Olmert reportedly asserted that “threatened” Israeli lives are “even more important”.

Israel’s refusal to negotiate the release of its soldier, coupled with threats to assassinate Palestinian officials, has prompted even the soldier’s father to accuse the Israeli government of seeking to “achieve deterrence at the expense of my son”.

Journalist Graham Usher says one of Israel’s aims in this invasion “is to force the Palestinian government from office via a rising curve of pre-emptive strikes.” “The ouster,” he says “has little to do with the government’s refusal to recognise the legitimacy of the Jewish state — a rejection that suits Israel since it frees it from having to deal with an elected Palestinian Authority. It has more to do with Hamas’s success not only in surviving the siege but in enshrining resistance as a central policy in its and any future National Unity Palestinian government, courtesy of the recently agreed Prisoners’ Document.”

Another aim, Usher adds, “is to repair the battered status of Israel’s ‘deterrence’. It is now clear to most Israelis that the relative quiet they enjoyed for the last year or so was not due to their army’s military prowess. It was due to the Palestinian ceasefire, observed above all by Hamas’s military arm, Izzeddin El-Qassam. Since it was renounced, 200 mortars have been fired into Israel, four soldier abductions have been attempted or carried out and two soldiers and one settler have been killed.”

Particularly concerning is Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s statement that, “It is going to be a long war.” Clearly, Israel will stop short of nothing less than the complete destruction of Gaza and the enslavement of its 1 million inhabitants.

The day after Olmert’s statement, Zeev Boim, a close aide to Olmert and former deputy-defence minister, urged hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in northern Gaza to start packing or else! “As far as I am concerned,” he said, “the inhabitants of Beit Lahya and Beit Hanun should start packing right away.” Avigdor Lieberman, another Israeli parliamentarian, called on the Israeli air force to carry out a carpet-bombing of Palestinian residential areas. Can one imagine the response if such threats of genocide or ethnic cleansing were made against Jews or any other community? But, it seems, when directed against Palestinians, the international community accepts threats of genocide as normal.

Israeli columnist, Gideon Levy, said in the Ha’aretz newspaper last week: “It is not legitimate to cut off 750,000 people from electricity. It is not legitimate to call on 20,000 people to run from their homes and turn their towns into ghost towns. It is not legitimate to kidnap half a government and a quarter of a parliament. A state that takes such steps is no longer distinguishable from a terror organisation.”

Israel is fighting the legitimate resistance of the Palestinian people; it is fighting the Palestinian Authority; it is fighting the Palestinian people as a whole. Its actions and atrocities are all a part of its collective punishment of the Palestinians. Such collective punishment is illegal under international law, as per Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention (“No protected person may be punished for an offence he or she has not personally committed”) and Article 75 of Protocol I to the Geneva Conventions. Israel forgets that you cannot bomb a people into submission, and that moral right is ultimately stronger than the executioner’s menace. As South Africans we know this only too well.

Media present included SABC TV, ETV, Al Jazeera, , SABC Radio, Kaya FM, Citizen, Indymedia, ITV, SA Press Association, Jacaranda FM, Business Day, The Star, Sunday Times, Sunday Independent, Sowetan, Independent Newspapers.

Posted on 10-07-2006