Blog by Eva Bartlett
The Israeli army is still ongoing with its offensive against the residents of the Gaza Strip and killed on Monday at dawn five sisters, all children. Death toll since Saturday is more than 305 Palestinians, and nearly 1000 were wounded.
“Gaza is burning,” writes French activist Liliane Cordova Kaczerginski, using the very words of a famous song of a Jewish village destroyed by the Nazis. Like sixty years ago, Gaza is burning and the world is silent, waiting for the outcome of a non-existent peace process.
Statement by Jews for a Just Peace Fredericton
We were horrified to learn this morning of the latest Israeli military actions against the inhabitants of Gaza. This is collective punishment in defiance of all international laws and norms. The few people killed or wounded in Israel by Hamas rocket attacks, while tragic, pale in significance in relation to the hundreds of people killed and wounded by the Israeli airstrikes. As Jews, we reject the idea that a Jewish life is worth more than a Palestinian life.
We are also concerned that Israel will follow these air strikes with a reoccupation on the ground which can only lead to further bloodshed and decrease the chances that there will ever be peace. There can be no military solution. Canada must condemn these unjustifiable Israeli actions and demand that that the Israeli government negotiate in good faith to end the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. We call upon all real friends of Israel to express their outrage at the illegal and immoral actions of the Israeli state and to exert whatever influence they can to foster a diplomatic solution.
Jews for a Just Peace
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More than 230 killed, hundreds injured due to Israeli bombings against Gaza
British playwright Harold Pinter died Wednesday at the age of 78, and American singer and actress Eartha Kitt died Thursday, Christmas day, at 81. Both were known for the seriousness with which they pursued their respective artistic activities, and both will be remembered as well for speaking out against imperialist war—in Kitt’s case, the war in Vietnam, in Pinter’s, the US-British invasion of Iraq in particular.
Mississauga’s Hassan Almrei will spend an eighth consecutive Christmas behind bars without ever being formally charged with a crime or standing trial.
DN!: Parts of Tennessee remain buried under toxic sludge today after a major disaster at a coal plant. A forty-acre pond containing toxic coal ash has collapsed, spilling out millions of gallons of coal ash. Environmentalists say the spill is more than thirty times larger than the Exxon Valdez, but the story has received little national attention. Greenpeace is calling for a criminal investigation.
An anti-large scale mining activist was killed by unidentified men yesterday, 23 December 2008, at New Bataan, Compostela Valley Province, environmental activist group Panalipdan-Southern Mindanao Region (SMR) today reported.