Many people are obviously aware of the violence that is happening in Gaza, Israel and Palestine right now, but many people that want to do something to help encourage Peace don’t know what to do and along with that many people also aren’t aware of much of the situation and how it has developed over the years.
The full picture is not given in mainstream media and the situation is rarely given in context.
Therefor I am posting this with several links and will add to it when I can. Everyone is free to add what they have as a comment here and I will post it after I moderate it (I do not censor, but I do not allow spam or anything in any way that supports violence or hate, that stuff does not belong here and serves no good whatsoever)
I have this and more on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/notes/steve-peace-howard/some-of-what-you-can-do-to-help-create-peace-in-gaza-israel-palestine/1478964335682100 and that may be kept up to date more often, but if you look at all of what is here and follow included links and/or links at the sites I have listed you will find tons of info and things to do and you can and should be willing to speak up even if there is not any scheduled demonstration or whatever. Your voice counts, do what you can to Peacefully support Peace.
And one last thing to note, we will never have Peace unless we all keep an open mind and heart. These are lives we are talking about…human lives. Humans are all equal and where we are born, what religion we believe in and what others say has no bearing on a person’s right to live in Peace. We all have an image of what things are — stay open to different views and let’s all work together to be able to live together in Peace.
Ok, here is my list of info and things you can do. I will add to it as I can and you can also check out that facebook page listed above. Some of the posts are from organizations or groups that will be linked to at the end of whatever text there is. I did not write much of it and am just sharing.
“As a new round of violence kicks off in Israel-Palestine and more children are killed, it’s not enough just to call for another ceasefire. It’s time to take definitive non-violent action to end this decades long nightmare.
Our governments have failed — while they have talked peace and passed UN resolutions, they and our companies have continued to aid, trade and invest in the violence. The only way to stop this hellish cycle of Israel confiscating Palestinian lands, daily collective punishment of innocent Palestinian families, Hamas firing rockets, and Israel bombing Gaza is to make the economic cost of this conflict too high to bear.
We know it works — when EU countries issued guidelines not to fund the illegal Israeli settlements it caused an earthquake in the cabinet, and when citizens successfully persuaded a Dutch pension fund, PGGM, to withdraw, it created a political storm.
This may not feel like a direct way to stop the current killing, but history tells us that raising the financial cost of oppression can pave a path to peace. Sign the petition on the right and call on 6 key banks, pension funds and businesses to pull out — If we all take smart action now and turn up the heat, they could withdraw, the Israeli economy will take a hit, and we can turn the calculation of the extremists politically profiting from this hell upside down.
In the last five weeks three Israeli teenagers were murdered in the West Bank, a Palestinian boy was burnt alive, an American kid was brutally beaten up by Israeli police, and now over 40 Gazan kids have died in Israeli air strikes. This is not the “Middle East conflict”, it’s becoming a war on children. And we are becoming numb to this global shame.
The media makes out like this is an intractable conflict between two equal warring parties, but it is not. Palestinian extremists’ attacks on innocent civilians must be condemned and ended but the root of the conflict lies elsewhere — in the dispossession of the Palestinian people. Israel currently occupies, colonises, bombs, raids, and controls the water, trade and the borders of a legally free nation that has been recognised by the United Nations. In Gaza, Israel has created the largest open-air prison in the world, and then blockaded it. Now as bombs fall, the families, literally have no way to get out.
These are war crimes and we wouldn’t accept that anywhere else, why accept it in Palestine? Half a century ago Israel and its Arab neighbours went to war and Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza. Occupying territory after war happens all the time. But no military occupation should turn into a decades long tyranny which only fuels and benefits extremists who use terror to target the innocent. And who suffers? The majority of loving families on both sides that just want freedom and peace.
To many, particularly in Europe and North America, calling for companies to withdraw investments from financing or taking part in Israel’s occupation of Palestine sounds completely biased. But it’s not — this is the most potent non-violent strategy to end the ritual violence, ensure Israelis’ security and achieve Palestinian freedom. Israel’s power and wealth dwarfs Palestine, and if it refuses to end its illegal occupation, the world must act to make the cost unbearable.
Dutch pension fund, ABP, invests in Israeli banks that help fund the colonisation of Palestine. Massive banks like Barclays invest in suppliers of Israeli arms and other occupation businesses. British G4S provides extensive security equipment used by the Israeli Defence Force in the occupation. France’s Veolia operates transport for Israeli settlers illegally living on Palestinian lands. Computer giant Hewlett-Packard supplies sophisticated surveillance to control the movement of Palestinians. And Caterpillar provides bulldozers that are used to demolish Palestinian homes and farms.
If we can create the biggest global call ever to get these companies to pull out, we will show clearly that the world will no longer be complicit in this bloodshed. The Palestinian people are calling on the world to support this path and progressive Israelis support it too. Let’s join them.
Our community has worked to bring peace, hope, and change to some of the world’s toughest conflicts, and often that means taking difficult positions to address the root cause. For years our community has looked for a political solution to this nightmare, but with this new round of horror unfolding in Gaza, the time has come to turn to sanctions and disinvestment to finally help end the horror for Israelis and Palestinians.
Petition to sign:
Ways to contact and speak up:
Gates Foundation Facebook:
Copy this link to IM, Skype or post it:
The Green Party of the United States is calling for an immediate ceasefire in the current exchange of missiles between Israeli and Palestinian forces, negotiation for a just and peaceful resolution to the conflict, an end to Israel’s occupation of Palestinian Territories and human rights violations, repeal of apartheid policies in Israel, and establishment of one democratic state for all in Israel-Palestine.
“We are appalled that the Obama Administration endorsed Operation Protective Edge. The White House must lead the rest of the world in bringing international pressure for a ceasefire, aid for civilian populations in the line of fire, observance of international law, and a just peace in the region with an end to Israel’s illegal occupation and apartheid policies within the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Israel,” said Dr. Justine McCabe, Connecticut Green and member of the Green Party’s International Committee.Read Press Release: http://www.gp.org/newsroom/press-releases/details/4/721
What the U.S. State Department would do…if it believed in peace and justice for Israelis and Palestinians.
July 18, 2014 at 12:38pm
What the U.S. State Department would do…
(This from http://greenshadowcabinet.us/
…if it believed in peace and justice for Israelis and Palestinians.
The U.S. Government policy to aid and abet the terrible violence in Gaza not only kills and dehumanizes Palestinians, but it also runs counter to U.S. law, wrecks our diplomatic reputation, and further endangers Israelis. We do not accept the excuses or blame shifting by any group for civilian deaths.
The diplomatic disaster has perhaps one silver lining: a change in U.S. policy can rapidly end the bulk of the violence. This should start with an announcement:
Calling on Israel to end military operations in the West Bank and Gaza with the threat of cutting off diplomatic ties if operations do not cease.
Calling on all groups in Palestine to respect and match the cessation of Israeli military operations.
That the U.S. will cease using its United Nations veto to provide immunity for Israeli breaches of international war crimes.
Support for Palestinian membership of international institutions, including the International Criminal Court (The U.S. also must recognize and join the ICC).
An end to all U.S. military aid to Israel in compliance with the 1961 Foreign Assistance Act prohibiting aid to nations which have acquired or transferred nuclear materials outside of the non-proliferation treaty.
Demand Egypt to open the Gaza border to humanitarian supplies and trade.
Request the Office of Foreign Assets Control to identify effective economic sanctions to be leveled if Israel does not end its military occupation.
These are first steps, and will not achieve an end to the occupation, nor will it end all violence. However, it is vital first step for the U.S. end its policy of backing the occupation, and obstructing peace efforts, and immediately stop the Israeli attack on Gaza.
Witness to an International Crime: Israeli State Terrorism in Gaza
July 16, 2014
Ajamu Baraka, Public Intervenor for Human Rights
“Protective Edge,” the cartoonish name given to the latest Israeli military offensive against the occupied people of Palestine, is representative of the inverted reality whereby the 1.7 million captive and largely defenseless Palestinians in Gaza are the vicious aggressors against the peace-loving settlers of Israel. Similar to the inverted reality in the U.S., where the myth of the innocent settler was created to justify the systematic slaughter of Indigenous peoples, the genocidal policies of Israel are camouflaged by the transformation of its position from an armed colonial invader to one of victim.
This repositioning is aided and abetted in the U.S. by a corporate media whose worldview and angle of reporting is framed by the innocent settler narrative. This narrative simultaneously liquidates and normalizes the colonial relationship between the colonizer and the colonized so that the occupied territories are not occupied but transformed into “disputed” territories and all forms of resistance on the part of Palestinians becomes terroristic.
Informed by this imperial vision, the corporate media not only parrot Israel’s victim narrative but go even further with the creation of the two-equal-sides fiction. Mainstream coverage laments how both sides are locked in battle or a spiral of violence, giving the absurd impression that the violence in the occupied territories is a conflict between two forces with similar power and equal moral standing.
“The corporate media parrot Israel’s victim narrative.”
It should be clear that attempting to conceptually equate the force of the state of Israel, one of the most powerful militaries in the world, with a resistance movement of a captive people trapped by land and sea in an open-air concentration camp on one of the most densely populated strips of land on the planet is a position that is fundamentally immoral. Yet for most editors and reporters in the U.S., pro-Zionist liberals and their counterparts in the Christian Zionist movement as well as some elements of the European press and public, the conceptual blinders of white supremacist colonial consciousness makes it impossible to see the immorality inherent in this construction of the so-called conflict.
Read more here: http://greenshadowcabinet.us/statements/witness-international-crime-israeli-state-terrorism-gaza
And this following part shows how pitiful, shameful and disgusting politicians and media are when it comes to saying whatever they can to make people believe what they want them to believe….
CNN: Palestinians Want to Die
July 11, 2014
David Swanson, Secretary of Peace
In this latest assault on Gaza, Israel had by Thursday already killed 69 Palestinians including 22 children and 13 women, plus 469 wounded including 166 children and 85 women, and 70 houses destroyed. These numbers have since increased significantly.
In this video from Thursday on CNN, Jake Tapper interviews Diana Buttu, a former advisor to the PLO. After failing to persuade her of Israel’s complete innocence, he tells her that Hamas is instructing women and children to remain in their homes to die as Israel bombs them. She responds by expressing doubt that people want to die. Oh no, says Tapper, Palestinians live in a culture of martyrdom; they want to die.
William Westmoreland once remarked on Vietnam, where the United States killed 4 million men, women, children, and infants: “The Oriental doesn’t put the same high price on life as does a Westerner. Life is plentiful. Life is cheap in the Orient.”
Banastre Tarleton stood up in Parliament and defended the slave trade on the grounds that Africans did not object to being slaves.
President William McKinley said little brown Filipinos appreciated being conquered and dominated.
The view that the people you are abusing don’t mind it has a long history of being employed to distract from the evil being done.
Just as powerful, if not more so, is the view that no evil is being done at all.
ABC News’ Diane Sawyer told her viewers that scenes of destruction in Gaza were actually in Israel, and was later forced to apologize, but did not note that scenes like those she’d shown do not exist in Israel, rather leaving the impression that a simple mistake had swapped out similar scenes from one country for the other.
Polls have found that people in the United States believe Iraq benefitted from the war that destroyed it and that Iraqis are grateful, while the United States itself suffered.
If people cannot be depicted as evil, because we see images of them, and they are 3 years old and have their limbs ripped off, and if our cruelty cannot be depicted as for their own good, then the cruelty must itself be denied. We must completely avert our eyes or invert the facts. Or we must blame someone else for it. Blame Israel for getting a bit carried away after so many years of innocent suffering.
But it is with billions of dollars of weaponry provided free of cost courtesy of U.S. taxpayers that the Israeli military is bombing civilian neighborhoods in occupied Gaza. The ongoing occupation is at the root of the crisis, but this new turn to large-scale violence was produced by fraud. The Israeli government learned that three Israelis had been killed, falsely blamed Hamas, and falsely claimed to believe the young men might still be alive. This fraud was used to justify a search-and-rescue operation that left numerous dead and hundreds under arrest.
Small-scale violence by Palestinians is not justified by Israel’s ongoing brutality. It is deeply immoral as well as absurdly counterproductive. But if individual murders justified the mass killing of war, the United States would have to launch a full-scale war on itself every day of the year. And it is the United States’ weaponry, provided under the euphemism of “aid,” that is pounding the homes of the people of Gaza.
Read more here… http://greenshadowcabinet.us/statements/cnn-palestinians-want-die
And I (Steve) have to add..
Folks, this world can be so much safer, sustainable and loving by some simple acts…you don’t have to be an “activist”, you just need to be aware, speak the truth, stand for what you believe and support what will get us to being a planet full of people doing things we are proud of, not ashamed of as anyone with a mind and conscience should be. We should all be aware of the good, the beauty and the love, but seriously look at all the bad stuff that is ALLOWED to continue and ENCOURAGED to continue by our silence. Look at the media, look at politicians and CEOs and clueless friends, neighbors, coworkers etc.
Be informed, speak up and support what we need…stuff like the Green Party along with a million other things.
Sitting and ignoring the world or just shaking our heads and moving on does not fix things. To the contrary it allows and encourages the bad to continue. When the media or anyone lies or states something selfish, something that is a lie or something dangerous SAY SOMETHING.
Thanks and Peace,
This from “Jewish Voice for Peace”
On Friday, the US Senate voted 100-0 to support Israel’s invasion of Gaza. So far, over 500 Palestinians have been killed. Your elected officials need to hear from you: stop funding this massacre.
Unconditional US support makes Israel’s attack on Gaza possible.
Tell Obama and Congress: no US aid for human rights violations
Here are videos of people speaking up. There have been huge demonstrations, but these couple I have here show that one or a small amount can and should speak up. Let there be more every day.
This 1st is a young American Jewish man speaking up…
This 2nd one is 9 Jewish activists arrested after occupying Friends of the Israel Defense Forces office
I thought I’d share this map as it’s an important thing to be aware of. It is rare people even take this into account when it’s a media story or some politician or commentator talking. And by the way, NO, I am not condoning violence, NO, I am not saying any violence is acceptable and NO, I am not saying it solves anything. I am posting this here so we can possibly understand the main force that has caused what is going on in Gaza, Israel and Palestine right now (and for years). Ignore this map and you can’t get any perspective.
And for the record, this and anything else I post has ZERO to do with Judaism, Jews, Arabic people or anything else other than that this is about humans. This is about people’s actions. All life is sacred and in the search for Truth and Peace I don’t enter into the equation where someone is from, what they look like, what the speak like, who or what they do or don’t worship and so forth.
Peace to One and All,
Timeline map of the expansion of Israel and shrinking of Palestine.
Take Part in National Day of Action for Gaza July 24 (AND other days)
Sign the petition
Urge the U.S. Government to stop arming Israel
Take action: Protests around the world respond to assault on Palestine
Petitioning UN Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-Moon and UN Special Coordinator Middle East Mr. Robert H. Serry
We urge you to form an independent commission to investigate Israeli crimes against Palestinians.
50 Israeli Reservists Refuse To Serve in Gaza War
Washington Post Cites Growing Opposition To Ground Fight
Gaza: 680 dead, 3700 injured, entire families wiped out; any deal must include an end to the occupation
Here is an organization in Cincinnati that works for Peace…
I will add more, but hopefully that collection helps give a bit of a better accounting of what is not shown by mainstream media or talked about by politicians and commentators. Research on your own. As mentioned those links have many links at those site, much you can do and also you can write media, contact politicians, contact companies profiting from conflict, etc, etc, etc.
Peace to One and All,