Saturday, December 27, 2008


Reuters - Israeli warplanes and helicopters pounded the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Saturday, killing at least 205 people in the bloodiest one-day death toll in 60 years of conflict with the Palestinians. Militants in the Gaza Strip, who have launched dozens of rocket attacks against Israel since a truce expired just over a week ago, fired more salvoes that killed one Israeli man and wounded several others.

Both sides said they were ready to stage wider assaults, threatening to plunge the region into a crisis that could leave stalled talks over Palestinian statehood in tatters.

Black smoke billowed over Gaza City, where the dead and wounded lay scattered on the ground after Israel bombed more than 40 security compounds, including two where Hamas was hosting graduation ceremonies for new recruits.

At the main Gaza City graduation ceremony, uniformed bodies lay in a pile and the wounded writhed in pain. Some rescue workers beat their heads and shouted "God is greatest." One badly wounded man quietly recited verses from the Koran.

More than 700 Palestinians were wounded in all, medics said. . .


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At December 28, 2008 9:22 AM, Anonymous Justice said...

Statement from the International Action Center -- Dec 27, 2008:

Solidarity with heroic Gaza

The International Action Center condemns the criminal U.S.-backed Israeli bombing massacre on Gaza, and the mass murder of 200 and serious wounding of another 300 Palestinians. We call upon the progressive, anti-war and workers’ movement in the United States to join the angry, growing worldwide protests of these latest Israeli war crimes with U.S. complicity. We refuse impunity to the Israeli state and its backers.

The rightist Zionist regime had the arrogance to announce in advance its intention to strike Gaza’s embattled civilians. Like every serious Israeli move, this latest assault was done with a U.S. green light using U.S. weapons and spy services.

Compounding this arrogance, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has already said, "The operation will go on and be intensified as long as necessary," (AFP, Dec. 27) exposing his genocidal intent. The Israeli attacks, targeting civilian population centers and coinciding with the end of the school day, reveal a malicious intent to inflict as many casualties as possible, including on children.

Under Israeli siege for over a year, the people of Gaza had been struggling to survive with insufficient food, power and a damaged and depleted medical-care system. The world has condemned this siege as an Israeli crime against humanity. The Israelis have carried out this murderous siege without protest from their powerful allies in Western Europe and the United States. And the Palestinian people in Gaza have faced down the siege over 18 months, providing once again an example for the world’s people that the criminal U.S.-Israeli alliance has grown desperate to tear down.

Like the bombing, the siege itself is a U.S.-Israeli war crime, with the billions in yearly U.S. aid used to bomb the 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza, cut off their electricity, and kick them out of their homes. Meanwhile, back home, the same U.S. government lets banks foreclose on workers’ homes and bosses lay off millions of workers and let tens of millions live in fear of an illness that will wipe out their savings—if the crisis hasn’t already.

We have no interest in allowing the U.S.-Israeli genocidal attacks on the Palestinian people of Gaza. We stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people against U.S. imperialism and Israel, Washington’s outpost in the Middle East.

We demand that U.S. aid to Israel be cut to zero, and that this money be used instead for reparations for the Palestinian people, to ensure their right to return, and for homes, jobs, health care and education for working people in the U.S.

Protest demonstrations have taken place already in Amman, Damascus, Cairo, in the cities of the West Bank and in mostly Arab towns within Israel’s 1967 boundaries. Organizations in Brussels, Madrid and other European centers have also called for protests. In the United States, the first action has been called for New York’s Rockefeller Center, at 50th Street and Fifth Avenues, for 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 28.

There demonstrators will say:

Defend Palestine!

Solidarity with heroic Gaza!

Stand in solidarity with Palestine!




7:00 pm
55 W. 17th St. 5th Fl.
in Manhattan btw. 5th & 6th Aves.

The Massacre and Siege in Gaza and U.S. Zionist Crimes
Speakers: Sara Flounders, IAC co-director and delegate to the International Palestine Right to Return Congress in Damascus;
and a special guest speaker from Al-Awda NY: Palestine Right to Return Coalition

Today's massacre in Gaza is an international crime against an entire population. As many as 200 people were killed and 750 injured, including women and children. The Israeli government has announced plans to continue, expand, and intensify attacks against the people of Gaza in the coming days.
This criminal attack comes during a strangulation siege of Gaza which has choked off fuel for electricity, cooking and transportation. Basic food, medicines and essential civilian supplies are refused entry. Shutting all exports from Gaza has created massive unemployment.
The massive swelling of support for the Palestinian people who continue resistance in the face of extreme deprivation was reflected in the huge turn out at the Damascus International Congress for the Palestinian Right To Return. This continues as a central cause of the Palestinian people and an impassioned issue through out the Arab and Muslim world. Defend Palestine!

January 17 FIGHTBACK Conference demanding 'Bail Out the PEOPLE, Not Wall Street' on the 80th Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Speaker: Stephen Millies, of recent MTA protest fame, will give an update on the mobilization


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