Assault on Gaza Action Kit
Once again, Israel is bombing the Gaza Strip, attacking houses of worship, homes, hospitals, municipal buildings, agricultural lands, and refugee camps, and terrifying already traumatized families.
We cannot stop Israel’s machine of violence and destruction today. But it is incumbent upon us, as residents of the country that has written Israel blank check after blank check for weapons to be used against the Palestinian people, to take a stand and demand justice.
1. Demand justice for all
No place is safe for Palestinians. Palestinians, like everyone else, simply want to live freely and safely in their homes, to be treated equally in their country, and to give their children and families a brighter future. Instead, Israel is bombarding a trapped population in one of the most densely populated places on earth, a place that has been under blockade since 2007 with devastating humanitarian consequences. The only tenable progressive vision for the world is one in which all people are free, and in which we uphold justice for all: equal rights, historical justice, and freedom—from the US to Palestine. Add your name to tell Congress that we want a new political vision that asserts that justice is indivisible!
2. Take your people power to Congress
Immediately: Join American Muslims for Palestine from April 5-8, 2019 for their Palestine Advocacy Day and Training in Washington, DC. Participants will engage in intensive training in political engagement and community mobilization, and a day of lobbying on Capitol Hill.
Ongoing: The situation is urgent and people of conscience are moving to action. Right now, the response from our policymakers is to be largely complicit in Israeli oppression and the perpetuation of the separate-and-unequal apartheid status quo. It’s on us, as people of conscience, to generate long-term momentum for campaigns whose discourse and goals push towards freedom, justice, and equality. Use our grassroots advocacy toolkit to learn how to take your people power to Congress.
3. Participate in the March 30 day of action coordinated by AFSC
The American Friends Service Committee’s Gaza Unlocked project is coordinating a national day of action on Saturday, March 30. March 30 marks the first anniversary of the start of the Great March of Return, during which Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have participated in weekly protests at the Gaza boundary, demanding their right of return and freedom.
How to Talk About What's Happening
1. Nowhere is safe for Palestinians.
Palestinians, like everyone else, simply want to live freely and safely in their homes, to be treated equally in their country, and to give their children and families a brighter future. Instead, Israel is bombarding a trapped population in one of the most densely populated places on earth, a place that has been under blockade since 2007 with devastating humanitarian consequences.
2. The Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip come within the context of the Great Return March, and escalating aggression from Israeli forces against Palestinians across the occupied Palestinian territory.
Thousands of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have been protesting at the Gaza boundary every week for the past year, demanding the right to return to their homes and their freedom. Israel has responded to their calls with death, exercising lethal and excessive force. As of March 22, 2019, OCHA reports that Israeli forces have killed 195 Palestinians and injured more than 28,939—disabling many for life and using live fire, expanding bullets, and unknown toxic gases on the demonstrators.
In the last few months, there has been an escalation of Israeli abuse of Palestinian political prisoners, an uptick in the demolitions of Palestinian homes and schools, restricted Palestinian access to Al Aqsa mosque compound, increasing attacks by settlers, and wave upon wave of nightly arrest raids. And Israeli forces continue to kill Palestinians with impunity.
3. Israel’s decades-long oppression of the Palestinian people is the root cause of the problem.
If we want a future of justice for all, Israel has to end its illegal rule over Palestinians and Palestinian land. Nothing justifies denying Palestinians—in Gaza and beyond—their freedom. Palestinians are subjected to structural and physical violence by Israel every, single day as they have been for the last 71 years. Wherever they live in the occupied Palestinian territory—the Gaza Strip or the West Bank, including East Jerusalem—or are Palestinian citizens of Israel, or are refugees living in exile, the Palestinian people are treated as an existential threat by Israel. They endure the violent theft of their land and resources; racial profiling; the targeting of civilians; mass incarceration of Palestinian men and boys; the denial of return for seven million Palestinian refugees; military occupation in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip; and for Palestinian citizens of Israel, being relegated to a second-class status in their own homeland.
4. The US must adopt a coherent progressive policy that upholds justice for all, from the US to Palestine.
The only tenable progressive vision for the world is one in which all people are free. The US government must adopt a coherent progressive foreign and domestic policy that upholds justice for all, from the US to Palestine. We want a new political vision that asserts that justice is indivisible and that the US must build respect for and protect human rights, equal rights, historical justice, and freedom for all—in the US and abroad.
5. We’re standing up against US complicity in ongoing Israeli human rights violations.
As people living in the US, it is incumbent upon us to speak up and demand the US government hold Israel accountable. Israel receives $3.8 billion in taxpayer-funded weapons each year. There are US laws being ignored that prohibit these weapons from being used to commit human rights abuses. It is past time to end Israel’s impunity for its oppression of the Palestinian people.