10,000 March in NY Against Israeli Bombing of Gaza
As Tens of Thousands March Worldwide for Palestine, Demand End to Blockade and U.S. Funds for Israel
As tens of thousands today marched for Gaza worldwide from Dublin to Caracas to Washington, over 10,000 protesters in New York City, the world center of finance capital, marched to protest Israel’s attack on Gaza.
August 9 was an outpouring of humanity for Gaza, with 150,000 thronging the streets of London, and Cape Town witnessing what participants called its largest post-apartheid demonstration.
The New York protesters, who started the rally at Columbus Circle and then marched to the UN, also called for an end to U.S. funds for Israel and an end to the siege of Gaza. Showing the opposition to the latest bombing of Iraq, many speakers at the rally led with chants of “Occupation is a crime, from Iraq to Palestine.”
The march to the UN included solidarity groups and contingents from Philippine, Korean, South Asian and many Latin American countries, as well as African American community activists and immigrant rights groups, who joined hands with Arab, Muslim and Jewish opponents of the Zionist bombing of Gaza.
Pro-Palestinian speakers led the crowd in chants of, “In the thousands, in the millions, we are all Palestinians,” and were joined onstage by such well known names as Cornel West, Chris Hedges and Ramsey Clark, the former U.S. attorney general.
Ribbons were handed out, each one bearing the name of one of the more than 1,900 people killed in Gaza during the Israeli bombing.
Leaders of the Palestine solidarity and antiwar movement also spoke, including Lamis Deek of the Al Awda Palestine Right To Return Coalition; Joe Lombardo of the United National Antiwar Coalition; Brandon Davis from Jewish Voice for Peace; Raja Abdulhaq of American Muslims for Palestine; Michael Letwin of Labor for Palestine; Teresa Gutierrez of the May 1 Coalition; Susie Abdel from Students 4 Justice in Palestine; Larry Holmes of the Peoples Power Assembly and Bill Dores and Sara Flounders of the International Action Center.
“Israel has failed to break the resistance in Gaza,” said Flounders from the stage. “Gaza means resistance.”
She countered Israel’s justifications for its month-long bombing campaign that has killed 1,900, mostly civlilans, and wounded 10,000. “This bombing campaign is not a response to rockets. It’s a response to Palestinian unity — the real crime in Gaza in the eyes of the Israeli government and its backers in Washington,” Flounders said.
Addressing the claim by the Obama Administration that it is bombing Iraq to stop “genocide” there, Flounders called out the White House’s hypocrisy: “Washington would never drop bombs on Tel Aviv to stop the genocide in Gaza.”
Many marchers also included the recent choking death of Eric Garner at the hands of the NYPD as a focus of outrage, drawing comparisons between the occupation of Palestine and the police occupation of African American and Latin neighborhoods. One typical sign read “Fight Racist Terror from Staten Island to Gaza! Justice for Eric Garner & Palestine!”
Santiago, Chile: Thousands march in solidarity with Gaza, demanding a total boycott of apartheid Israel, August 10, 2014.
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Palestinians mourn another child murdered by Israeli forces, August 10, 2014.
According to eyewitness reports: "Khalil was playing in front of the house, then we heard gunfire. The kid was screaming and fell down.
"He was shot in the back and the bullet exited through his stomach."
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The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine praises the direct actions taken by various groups around the world to shut down the operations of the war machine assaulting the Palestinian people, and calls for increasing and escalating these actions everywhere the occupier and its supporters are present.
The Front commended the multiple direct actions around the world targeting Israeli embassies, consulates, institutions and corporations, including the 2-day occupation of an Elbit arms factory outside Birmingham, UK; the blockade of the Israeli embassy in The Hague; the shutdown of El Al’s ticket counter in Athens; popular de-shelving and removal of Israeli products in Ireland; and actions in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Albuquerque in the United States at Israeli missions and consulates, Bank Leumi, Israel Discount Bank, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin, as well as a upcoming blockade of an Israeli ZIM Ship in Oakland, California. These actions come amid a flurry of die-ins and sit-ins in parliamentary and government offices across Europe, North America and around the world, and demonstrations in Paris and elsewhere taking the streets, defying police and government repression to stand with Palestine.
Comrade Khaled Barakat said, in a message to the solidarity movements with Palestine around the world, that “These actions are part of the Palestinian, Arab and international resistance to the Israeli massacres against our people. They illustrate that the people of the world are fed up with the images they have seen for the past month – of children torn apart and innocent Palestinians besieged and bombarded. This has been the Palestinian reality for over 66 years – and the people of the world are saying, ‘Enough!’ We want to see more of these direct actions, such as occupying Israeli and U.S. embassies and consulates, shutting down war profiteers and occupation corporations, and civil disobedience actions in cities around the world. These actions make clear that Palestinians are not alone, and that the people of the world are putting their own bodies on the line because they will no longer tolerate the illegitimate occupation state’s actions.”
“The impact of these direct actions is felt in every Palestinian heart in Gaza. They are heard and felt by every Palestinian fighter in Gaza who emerges from the tunnels of resistance, that the people of conscience of the world stand with our just struggle for liberation,” said Barakat.
Barakat noted that “while the colonial and settler colonial governments of the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and the European Union are engaged in an imperialist campaign to liquidate the Palestinian people and their cause, hundreds of thousands of people in these countries have taken to the streets to stand with Palestine and denounce the bloody complicity of these powers, the sponsors of the racist settler colonial project in Palestine. What drives individuals and groups to occupy an Israeli embassy or shut down an Israeli weapons factory is their deep sense of justice, and their outrage at the injustices inflicted upon the Palestinian people.”
A statement from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in the Gaza Strip
We will not raise the white flag – and the blood of the martyrs of Rafah and Gaza illuminates the road to liberation
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine saluted proudly the heroic military resistance of the Palestinian people east of Rafah, leading to the deaths of many soldiers and reports of the capture of an officer, confirming that the continued Zionist crimes against the people of Gaza, the latest being the massacre of dozens of people in Rafah, will not pass in vain, and that the blood of the martyrs of our people will remain a beacon that illuminates our path to liberation.
The criminal and brutal Zionist enemy intended in advance to target the city of Rafah through massive assaults on the city since yesterday, committing open atrocities against our people without seeing any need to justify its continuous aggression since its occupation began on the land of Palestine. The barbaric war machine’s crimes during the continued assault on Gaza for over 26 days confirms its defeat by the resistance strikes as it has resorted instead to bloody massacres against civilians, innocent women, men, children and elders in indiscriminate and massive bombing and shelling. The Front also reiterated the resistance’s confirmation that the clash with invading occupation soldiers took place before the beginning of the humanitarian ceasefire.
The Front is confident in the Palestinian resistance, its military wings, and its achievements, and the occupation’s criminal assaults and invasions of Rafah are desperate attempts to justify its utter failure in front of the great and brave resistance and its heroism, noting at the same time that the resistance is prepared to confront all of the occupation’s threats and plans to invase Rafah. The resistance will not give up, our people’s resolve will not be broken. We will not raise the white flag. We are determined to win this battle and the resistance will continue to shatter the image of the invincible Zionist soldier.
The Front renewed its emphasis on the need for our people in the West Bank to escalate their ongoing clashes with the Zionist occupation in all areas, and also emphasized the need for the Palestinian people in exile and diaspora, the Arab masses and the free people of the world to escalate their actions to support Gaza and take the streets and besiege the embassies of the Zionist enemy and expel their ambassadors.
The Front also demanded that the official Palestinian leadership immediately sign without any delay the Rome Statute and go to the International Criminal Court to prosecute the leaders of the occupation for their heinous crimes in the Gaza Strip. There is no excuse for continued postponement on this and the lack of response is understood clearly as collusion and participation in the aggression.
The PFLP saluted the steadfastness of our people in Rafah, Beit Hanoun and throughout the Strip who are subjected to systematic genocide, saying that victory is coming to reward their immense steadfastness and patience in the face of unspeakable crimes.
In South Africa, white and Black guerrillas fought apartheid together.
Israel is awash in weapons and most people have military training. Where are the Jewish anti-imperialists fighting to destroy it from within?
Use the “birthright” bullshit to fight Zionism the way they use it to murder Palestinians!
Updated 4:35 pm: Israeli bombings on Wednesday killed more than 77 Palestinians in Gaza, including at least 20 at a UN school, medics said, on day 23 of Israel’s assault against the besieged strip.
The deaths brought the Palestinian toll to more than 1,306, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said. Qudra added that 180 Palestinians were injured on Wednesday, raising the total number of wounded to 7,200.
Shelling shortly after 5:30 am killed 20 people at the UN school being used as a shelter for those displaced by the war.
An AFP correspondent said the occupation forces had been pounding the area with tank fire for an hour before striking the school.
Blood was splattered across floors and mattresses inside classrooms as survivors picked through shattered glass and debris for flesh and body parts to bury.
At the edge of the schoolyard, some 20 donkeys lay dead, still tied to a railing.
Displaced Palestinians who had already had to leave their homes quickly gathered belongings and fled the building.
Khalil al-Halabi, director of UNRWA’s northern Gaza operations, said some 3,000 Palestinians were taking refuge in the school, in Jabalia refugee camp, when it came under fire around dawn.
"There were five shells — Israeli tank shells — which struck the people and killed many of them as they slept. Those people came to the school because it is a designated UN shelter," he said.
By Sara Flounders
July 28 — The crimes are staggering, the destruction massive. Israel is creating a 3-kilometer strip of scorched earth around Gaza City that eats up about 44 percent of the Gaza Strip, already the most densely populated place on earth. (U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs)
After more than three weeks of ground attacks, Israel has killed more than 1,000 Palestinians in Gaza using aerial bombardment, tank rounds and prohibited weapons. By United Nations estimates, 80 percent of the dead are civilians. UNICEF says 226 children have been killed and 1,516 injured.
Whole neighborhoods have been reduced to rubble. Some 3,175 homes have been destroyed, along with five hospitals and six clinics. Sixty-four mosques and two churches were bombed. The al-Wafa Geriatric Hospital was completely leveled.
Doctors charge that Israel may be using weapons such as white phosphorous, flechettes (small pointed metal darts in tank shells) and Dense Inert Metal Explosives (DIME). “The injuries we receive are unfamiliar to us,” said Muhammad Duaidar, a doctor in the intensive care unit at al-Aqsa hospital. “We have noticed bodies that look melted. We are calling for investigations into such injuries, which we have not [seen] in previous Israeli attacks.” (electronicintifada.net, July 28)