Top 5 Lies About Israel’s Assault on Gaza

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Lie #1) Israel is only targeting legitimate military sites and is seeking to protect innocent lives. Israel never targets civilians.

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The Gaza Strip is one of the most densely populated pieces of property in the world. The presence of militants within a civilian population does not, under international law, deprive that population of their protected status, and hence any assault upon that population under the guise of targeting militants is, in fact, a war crime.

Moreover, the people Israel claims are legitimate targets are members of Hamas, which Israel says is a terrorist organization. Hamas has been responsible for firing rockets into Israel. These rockets are extremely inaccurate and thus, even if Hamas intended to hit military targets within Israel, are indiscriminate by nature. When rockets from Gaza kill Israeli civilians, it is a war crime.

Hamas has a military wing. However, it is not entirely a military organization, but a political one. Members of Hamas are the democratically elected representatives of the Palestinian people. Dozens of these elected leaders have been kidnapped and held in Israeli prisons without charge. Others have been targeted for assassination, such as Nizar Rayan, a top Hamas official. To kill Rayan, Israel targeted a residential apartment building. The strike not only killed Rayan but two of his wives and four of his children, along with six others. There is no justification for such an attack under international law. This was a war crime.

Other of Israel?s bombardment with protected status under international law have included a mosque, a prison, police stations, and a university, in addition to residential buildings.

Moreover, Israel has long held Gaza under siege, allowing only the most minimal amounts of humanitarian supplies to enter. Israel is bombing and killing Palestinian civilians. Countless more have been wounded, and cannot receive medical attention. Hospitals running on generators have little or no fuel. Doctors have no proper equipment or medical supplies to treat the injured. These people, too, are the victims of Israeli policies targeted not at Hamas or legitimate military targets, but directly designed to punish the civilian population.

Lie #2) Hamas violated the cease-fire. The Israeli bombardment is a response to Palestinian rocket fire and is designed to end such rocket attacks.

Israel never observed the cease-fire to begin with. From the beginning, it announced a ?special security zone? within the Gaza Strip and announced that Palestinians who enter this zone will be fired upon. In other words, Israel announced its intention that Israeli soldiers would shoot at farmers and other individuals attempting to reach their own land in direct violation of not only the cease-fire but international law.

Despite shooting incidents, including ones resulting in Palestinians getting injured, Hamas still held to the cease-fire from the time it went into effect on June 19 until Israel effectively ended the truce on November 4 by launching an airstrike into Gaza that killed five and injured several others.

Israel?s violation of the cease-fire predictably resulted in retaliation from militants in Gaza who fired rockets into Israel in response. The increased barrage of rocket fire at the end of December is being used as justification for the continued Israeli bombardment, but is a direct response by militants to the Israeli attacks.

Israel?s actions, including its violation of the cease-fire, predictably resulted in an escalation of rocket attacks against its own population.

Lie #3) Hamas is using human shields, a war crime.

There has been no evidence that Hamas has used human shields. The fact is, as previously noted, Gaza is a small piece of property that is densely populated. Israel engages in indiscriminate warfare such as the assassination of Nizar Rayan, in which members of his family were also murdered. It is victims like his dead children that Israel defines as ?human shields? in its propaganda. There is no legitimacy for this interpretation under international law. In circumstances such as these, Hamas is not using human shields, Israel is committing war crimes in violation of the Geneva Conventions and other applicable international law.

Lie #4) Arab nations have not condemned Israel?s actions because they understand Israel?s justification for its assault.

The populations of those Arab countries are outraged at Israel?s actions and at their own governments for not condemning Israel?s assault and acting to end the violence. Simply stated, the Arab governments do not represent their respective Arab populations. The populations of the Arab nations have staged mass protests in opposition to not only Israel?s actions but also the inaction of their own governments and what they view as either complacency or complicity in Israel?s crimes.

Moreover, the refusal of Arab nations to take action to come to the aid of the Palestinians is not because they agree with Israel?s actions, but because they are submissive to the will of the US, which fully supports Israel. Egypt, for instance, which refused to open the border to allow Palestinians wounded in the attacks to get medical treatment in Egyptian hospitals, is heavily dependent upon US aid, and is being widely criticized within the population of the Arab countries for what is viewed as an absolute betrayal of the Gaza Palestinians.

Even Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has been regarded as a traitor to his own people for blaming Hamas for the suffering of the people of Gaza. Palestinians are also well aware of Abbas? past perceived betrayals in conniving with Israel and the US to sideline the democratically elected Hamas government, culminating in a counter-coup by Hamas in which it expelled Fatah (the military wing of Abbas? Palestine Authority) from the Gaza Strip. While his apparent goal was to weaken Hamas and strengthen his own position, the Palestinians and other Arabs in the Middle East are so outraged at Abbas that it is unlikely he will be able to govern effectively.

Lie #5) Israel is not responsible for civilian deaths because it warned the Palestinians of Gaza to flee areas that might be targeted.

Israel claims it sent radio and telephone text messages to residents of Gaza warning them to flee from the coming bombardment. But the people of Gaza have nowhere to flee to. They are trapped within the Gaza Strip. It is by Israeli design that they cannot escape across the border. It is by Israeli design that they have no food, water, or fuel by which to survive. It is by Israeli design that hospitals in Gaza have no electricity and few medical supplies with which to treat the injured and save lives. And Israel has bombed vast areas of Gaza, targeting civilian infrastructure and other sites with protected status under international law. No place is safe within the Gaza Strip.

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Gaza Demonstration and Rally dates across the UK

The Last Prophet (sa) of Allah (swt) stated: ‘He who amongst you sees something abominable should modify it with the help of his hand; and if he has not strength enough to do that, then he should do it with his tongue; and if he has not strength enough to do even that, then he should (at least abhor it) from his heart; and that is the least of faith’ [Sahih Muslim]

Action For Gaza

  • American supplied Israeli F-16s, bombing the 1.5m residents of Gaza
  • After five continuous days of bombardment death toll at nearly 500
    – many women and children
  • Thousands injured and tens of thousands homeless, refugees fleeing
    for their lives
  • Israeli jets bomb university and mosques
  • Israel recalling its reservists and mobilising troops for a ground
    invasion.
  • Gaza effectively a prison-like enclosure totally controlled and
    sealed off by Israel
  • 1.5 million inhabitants of Gaza denied access to basic foods and
    medicines by economic blockade.
  • Western governments and the UN have insidiously tried to equate
    the deaths of 17 Israelis since 2005 with the massacre of nearly
    500 in five days.
  • Extensive speculation that the Massacre is linked to the forthcoming
    Israeli elections.
  • Secret meeting between Israeli and Arab governments prior to Massacre
  • Egypt exacerbates suffering by closing it border with Gaza
  • Iran make empty rhetoric while doing nothing to defend the people
  • Syria calls for useless Arab Summit to justify inaction
  • Regional Muslim governments silent knowing that they face public
    backlash
  • Egyptian, Syrian and Iranian Government can defend people of Gaza

SPEAK NOW – CALL ON THE MUSLIM ARMIES TO DEFEND GAZA â?? DO NOT
ACCEPT THE SILENCE AND INACTION OF THE GOVERNMENTS OF THE MUSLIM LAN

Gaza Demonstration and Rally dates across the UK

Following is a list of dates, places with timings where demonstrations
against the Israeli raid on Gaza are scheduled.

Friday 2nd January 2009

  • BRISTOL
    5pm to 6pm. Centre, opposite
    the Hippodrome
  • LONDON
    2pm to 4pm. Outside the Egyptian
    Embassy, 26 South Street, London, W1K 1DW. Call for Egypt to
    open the border immediately.
  • MANCHESTER
    5pm to 7pm. Piccadilly Gardens. Demo
    and leafleting.

Saturday 3rd January 2009

  • BRADFORD
    1pm. Infirmary Fields, Bradford
    – March and City Centre rally
  • BRISTOL
    3pm to 4pm. Centre, opposite
    the Hippodrome.
  • DURHAM
    Assemble 10.45am for 11am start.
    Gaza protest march from Millennium Square (Gala Theatre) through Durham to Cathedral.
  • EDINBURGH
    12 Noon. Foot of the Mound, Princes Street.
  • EXETER
    12 Noon at Bedford Square, Exeter High Street Bring flowers and wear black if you can One minute vigils every half hour. Well have petitions, leaflets, banners etc. Join in with friends, relatives, EVERYONE!!
  • GLASGOW
    12 Noon. Outside Lloyds TSB St Vincent Street, then assemble for demo at Blytheswood Square at 2pm
  • HASTINGS
    3pm Vigil in Harold Place.
  • HULL
    11am. Queen Victoria Square.
  • LIVERPOOL
    12 Noon to 2pm St. Lukes Church – top of Bold Street.
  • LONDON (Major Rally) 12.30pm onwards. Demonstration
    and rally: Assemble at Parliament Square/Embankment, SW1. Nearest tube Westminster.
  • MANCHESTER
    Assemble: 12 noon on Cavendish St, All Saints Park on Oxford Rd. Manchester (further down from the BBC) March through city centre to Albert Square.
  • NEWCASTLE
    12 Noon to 2pm Greys Monument in Newcastle.
  • NORWICH12 Noon to 1pm, Outside St. Peter
    Mancroft Church in the Millennium Library Square
  • PORTSMOUTH11am. Guildhall Square. Organised
    by Portsmouth Network for a Just Settlement of the Arab-Israeli
    Conflict, and Portsmouth Stop the War Coalition.
  • SHEFFIELDAssemble at 12 Noon. Outside
    Sheffield Town Hall.
  • TUNBRIDGE WELLS12 Noon. Tunbridge Wells shopping
    precinct
  • YORK1pm. St. Sampsons Square in York.
*** Action alert ***

Write to your MP urging them to insist that Prime Minister Gordon Brown
acts to ensure:

â?¢Â An immediate end to Israel’s military assault on Gaza

� An immediate end to the blockade and siege
on Gaza

â?¢Â An end to Israel’s violations of international
law

� An end to Israeli occupation

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Please use the sample letter below:

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January 2009

Dear

As you know the people of Gaza are being bombarded by a devastating
onslaught from Israeli F16s, tanks and warships.

Nearly 400 people have been killed in three days and while we
deplore the firing of  rockets from Gaza into Israel this can in no
way justify the systematic slaughter being conducted by Israel  on
a captive unarmed civilian population.

This slaughter follows almost two years of blockade which has
prevented essential supplies of food, fuel and medicines from reaching
the Palestinian people in Gaza and causing untold suffering.

I believe that the people of Britain are horrified by the current
situation and would like to ask that you request  the Foreign Secretary,
David Miliband, to say exactly what measures the government is taking
to ensure an immediate end to the military attacks on Gaza and an immediate
end to the siege as the first step in ensuring that international law
is upheld in relation to the rights of the Palestinian people.

I would also like you to press the Foreign Secretary to take
steps to ensure that the favourable status of Israel in the EU, including
the EU trade agreement is removed immediately since it is a country
which is violating international law and I do not wish my taxes to
contribute to the economy of such a state.

Yours sincerely,

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