Within the last twenty-four hours we received a pair of very similar emails that originated on opposite sides of the Atlantic. Two activist organizations working tirelessly on behalf of justice and peace have reached the same conclusion: it’s time to stop the indiscriminate killing of Palestinians by the IDF.
Bear in mind that a “massacre” is what occurs when one or more Palestinians are killed by Israelis. When a suicide bomber blows up dozens of Jews, or a Qassam rocket drops into a school, that’s not a massacre. It’s an act of random vandalism, or a criminal matter to be investigated by the appropriate authorities, or justifiable resistance against illegal occupation by a foreign power, or an understandable reaction to decades of apartheid oppression.
Take your pick. But, unless Palestinians are dead, it’s not a massacre.
The first email was an alert from International ANSWER (an online version may be found here):
Stop the Massacre of Palestinians!
Tuesday, December 30: National Day of Action
Emergency Demonstrations on Tuesday, December 30 and other days (listed below)
The ANSWER Coalition, Muslim American Society Freedom, Free Palestine Alliance, National Council of Arab Americans, and Al-Awda, International Palestine Right to Return Coalition are calling for Tuesday, December 30 to be a National Day of Action to show solidarity with the Palestinian people in Gaza and to demand an immediate end to the murderous attacks carried out by the Israeli military against the people of Gaza.
In Washington, D.C., there will be a demonstration at the State Department at 4:30 pm. Demonstrations will also be held in cities around the country…
Hundreds of Palestinians in Gaza have been massacred and wounded today as Israel has launched a massive bombing campaign against the people of Gaza. The bombing rampage took place as thousands of Palestinian children were in the streets on their way home from school. Palestinian parents were running frantically in the streets looking for their children as U.S.-provided F-16s and Apache helicopters rained down more than 100 bombs and missiles on Gaza.
The U.S.-backed Israeli Occupation Force destroyed every security station in Gaza. AFP reported: “There was no space left in the morgue and bodies were piled up in the emergency room and in the corridors, as many of the wounded screamed in pain.”
Because of the U.S.-backed Israeli blockade and strangulation of the people of Gaza for the past 18 months there is little or no medicine to treat the wounded, electricity for hospitals, or food or clean water for much of the population.
An Israeli military spokesperson said, “The operation is ‘only just beginning’.” The Israeli Defense Ministry said in a statement: “The action will continue and will widen as much as is demanded according to the evaluation of the situation by the high command of the army.”
– Demonstrations Across the Country
– Send a letter to the State Department and Congress…
Action Alert — Stop the Slaughter of Palestinians!
In the last month, not only have Israel and the Zionist lobby tried to take away crucial aid to the Palestinians, by trying to shut down charity Interpal, now they are unashamedly committing murder, AGAIN.
Nearly 300 Muslims have been killed with another 700 injured, in the latest attacks by Israel, which also include targeting a mosque. The air raids are reported by the BBC as some of the heaviest in decades.
Israeli “Defence” Minister Ehud Barak said “Operation Cast Lead”, will continue “as long as necessary” according to an article by AFP.
Why should it matter to you?
These Muslims who are being killed are your brothers and sisters and it is each and every Muslim’s responsibilty to defend them.
“The Believers, men and women, are protectors of one another: they enjoin what is just, and forbid what is evil” (Qur’an 9.71)
Praying alone will not do when Allah given you the ability to take action to protect your brothers and sisters. There are many steps you can take to stop the dangerous and ruthless Zionist machine taking more Muslim lives:
The Solution — Take action now!
Write to your local MP and ask them what they are doing to oppose the attacks in Gaza. Ask your local mosque to do the same. If you don’t have time to compose an email yourself, don’t worry, you can use the following template…
So these dedicated activist groups in Britain and the USA, acting totally independently from one another, just happen to be singing from the same hymnal. Amazing!
Whoops — is that offensive to Muslims, “singing from the same hymnal”? Sorry!
By the way, if you live in or near our nation’s capital and have a free afternoon next Tuesday, you may want to check out the ANSWER coalition demo at the State Department:
Tuesday, December 30
State Department: 22nd St & C St NW
Contact: 202-544-3389 x14, firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t forget your giant George W. Bush puppets — it may be the last chance you’ll ever have to use them!
Hat tips: Refugee Resettlement Watch and Scott SA.