Thursday, July 24, 2014 time: 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Kalamazoo Federal Building, corner Michigan and Park downtown Kalamazoo
The violence against civilians in Gaza has reached truly horrific proportions. Please join us again this Thursday. Thursday is a a national day of action on Gaza. Make your own signs or we will have some available.
Also, please consider emailing or calling Representative Upton, Senators Stabenow and Levin, and President Obama and urge a cut off of military aid to Israel. Please consider writing a letter to the editor expressing your own viewpoint on the issue.
Below is a letter to the editor sent to the Kalamazoo Gazette from KNOW:
As we watch the mounting casualty figures stemming from the bloodshed in Gaza, we realize each life is precious and represents another loved one taken away. We must take action.
The attacks on Gaza by Israel’s armed forces, by one of the most advanced military machines in the world, is causing indiscriminate slaughter. The population of Gaza has no army, no navy, no air force, no missile defense systems, or air raid shelters. We condemn the rockets fired at Israel by Hamas. However, compare these to 1,000 pound fragmentation bombs dropped in large numbers on crowded Palestinian neighborhoods, missiles falling on hospitals, children killed while playing soccer by shells from ships off the shore of Gaza, neighborhoods blasted with tanks and artillery, and with more than 425 reported dead as of this writing. The UN estimated that 80% of the people killed in Gaza have been civilians, including many children.
We call for an immediate ceasefire and arms embargo on all sides. At the same time we realize that true peace will mean a long-term agreement, which will provide justice for the Palestinian people, an end to the blockade and siege of Gaza, an end to the Israeli occupation and illegal settlements, freedom of movement and guaranteed security for all in the region.
In the U.S., those who want peace must work for imposition of an arms embargo on Israel; this is especially important for Americans because weapons systems and attack aircraft provided by the U.S. are being used to carry out the assault. We call upon President Obama, Representative Upton, and Senators Stabenow and Levin to work to immediately cutoff of the $3.1 billion in overt military aid that the U.S. gives to Israel each year, and ask all constituents to contact them to urge them to do the same.
Daniel Smith, Communications Chairperson
Kalamazoo Nonviolent Opponents of War (KNOW) www.kzoo4peace.org