Local Protest Against Israeli Massacre in Palestine Tuesday
Today is the third day of an intense Israeli military assault on the Gaza Strip. In addition to destroying bulidings of the Palestinian Authority, the Israeli army has bombed schools, mosques, universities and other targets, with the death toll being overwhelmingly civilian. By midday Monday (Twin Cities time), the Palestine News Network was reporting a death toll of 345 with at least 1,450 injured, many still in overflowing Gaza hospitals that are lacking supplies due to the Israeli blockade. The prolonged attack has prompted protests and renewed calls for an Israeli boycott worldwide; the U.S. and U.K. stand alone in the world in their support for Israel.
Locally, the progressive Jewish community is mobilizing in opposition to the siege. A joint demonstration has been called for Tuesday outside Amy Klobuchar's office on Washington Avenue near downtown Minneapolis. In a press release (copied below), organizers say they expect hundreds to attend, adding, "As Jews in the Twin Cities, we stand with the world majority in the call to immediately end Israel's current and devastating aggression in Gaza, for Israel to be held accountable for it's actions, and for our fellow Minnesotans and specifically Jews to join us."
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Members of the Twin Cities Jewish Community Voice Outrage Over Latest Israeli Military Action at Upcoming Demonstration
Minneapolis, MN December 30th 2008 – Hundreds will converge outside Minnesota US Senator Amy Klobuchar's Minneapolis office, 1200 Washington Avenue South, Suite 250, tomorrow from 10am to 5pm to protest Israeli military's latest brutal strike against Palestinian civilians in Gaza.
At 1pm a press conference will be held, at which time members of the local Jewish community and the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN) will read the following statement:
"As of this writing, Israel's massacre of Palestinians in occupied Gaza has killed nearly 300, and injured hundreds more - mostly civilians - since Saturday, December 26th. Over a thousand tons of bombs have been dropped on one of the most densely populated places in the world. "Operation Cast Lead", coming after an 18-month siege on the Gaza Strip that created electricity and water shortages and cut means for producing basics such as daily bread, has exacerbated the humanitarian catastrophe faced by Gaza's 1.5 million residents.
"Israel carried out these recent attacks with F16 fighter jets and missiles provided by U.S. tax dollars. The state of Minnesota is especially invested in Israel, holding Israeli bonds, while Governor Pawlenty is meeting with Israeli trade representatives to further the Minnesota-Israeli economic partnership. In light of this economic alliance and the moral responsibility that comes along, we demand Governor Pawlenty cut our trade and investment ties with Israel instead of financing this humanitarian crisis.
"As Jews in the Twin Cities, we stand with the world majority in the call to immediately end Israel's current and devastating aggression in Gaza, for Israel to be held accountable for it's actions, and for our fellow Minnesotans and specifically Jews to join us. As Jews of conscience it is our responsibility to decry these atrocities done in our name."