Jewish Voice for Peace denounces Israeli killings in Gaza
The death toll in Gaza is rising literally as I write – 38 people have been killed already today. By the time you’re reading this, I don’t even want to guess.
Meanwhile the US Embassy officially opened in Jerusalem: a cynical, dangerous celebration of annexation.
This is the Nakba (“catastrophe”) happening before our very eyes. All of it – the Embassy move; the very fact that 2 million people in Gaza, mostly refugees, live in essentially unlivable conditions; the sniper attacks on unarmed demonstrators and journalists.
It’s not just a 70th year anniversary: Palestinian human rights are being trampled at this very moment. Palestinians are being killed for defending those rights, as we speak.
Can you take 3 minutes to call your congresspeople and tell them what you think:
Take your pick of emotional reactions: rage, sadness, shame, despair – they all make sense.
Our representatives need to hear our hurt and outrage now, and they need to commit to stop Israeli attacks on unarmed demonstrators.
For my part, I want to respond with hope and resolve. It might be small, but I know I have a degree of power in this situation. And I am going to flex it.
We all have power. And we all need to be using it.
I commit to you that everyone else at JVP is working as fast and well as we can to mount a principled and effective response – changing US policy, pressuring Jewish institutions, and organizing thousands of people who will (finally) leap off the sidelines today.
No matter where you live, we are going to create ways for you to make a difference. Today, of course, tomorrow as the actual 70th year of the Nakba arrives, and as long as it takes.
But the most important thing is that we start acting now. We need to keep it simple, impact-oriented, and principled. So please, join me and call your representatives and tell them to do something to stop Israeli violence and respect basic Palestinian human rights.
We’ll have a lot more to share in the coming hours and days – ways to be out in the streets, more focused legislative work, and support for reaching the people in your families and communities.
PS: Ready for the next step? Visit jvp.org/nakba-at-70 for a map of JVP actions nationwide and many many more resources.
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Ray Hanania is an award winning political and humor columnist who analyzes American and Middle East politics, and life in general. He is an author of several books.
"I write about three topics, the Middle East, politics and life in general. I often take my life experiences and offer them in an entertaining way to readers, and I take on the toughest topics like the Israel-Palestine conflict and don't pull any punches about what I feel is fair. But, my priority is always about writing the good story."
Hanania covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).
Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at www.ArabNews.com, and at www.TheArabDailyNews.com, www.TheDailyHookah.com and at SuburbanChicagoland.com. He has also published weekly columns in the Jerusalem Post newspaper, YNetNews.com, Newsday Newspaper in New York, the Orlando Sentinel Newspapers, and the Arlington Heights Daily Herald.
Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media. In 2009, Hanania received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. He was honored for his writing skills with two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild. In 1990, Hanania was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times editors for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
His writings have also been honored by two national Awards from ADC for his writing, and from the National Arab American Journalists Association.
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