quinta-feira, 1 de janeiro de 2009

APELO. Appeal from Gaza - Please Help Us!

Thu, Jan 1, 2009
Featured, General, War

Dear Friends and Supporters…
At 3:30 am, I can still hear bombs exploding all over Gaza.
We are in unbearable conditions. Israeli missiles do not discriminate. The Gaza Strip is only 360 square kilometers in area and contains over 1.5 million people, over half of whom are under 18 years old.
We live in fear, panic and terror. Using the pretext of attacking the Hamas movement and ending the rocket shelling of its settlements, Israel has completely destroyed the Gaza Strip, its infrastructure and civil society.
Israel began this war at 11:25 am, the time that children leave school. They used over SIXTY F16 warplanes. This caused large numbers of injuries among school children. About 60 children have already been killed – a total of 400 dead and 1800 injured so far. Aren’t these war crimes?
Children terrorized
Our children are traumatized. When the electricity comes on, I try to prevent them from viewing scenes of the war on TV. Whenever a bomb goes off, my young brother and nephews scream, terrified from the extremely loud explosions. I tried to calm them down by saying these are the sounds of a party outside, but these lies can no longer deceive them. They hear the roaring of the helicopters and the terrible shattering of buildings from airplane strikes.
Our children suffer panic, fear and hyperactivity. They cannot hold their urine in the day and they are wetting their beds at night, clinging to the elderly, wanting to die with the elderly and fearing to be left alone.
We have very limited supplies of basic food and no electricity for most of day. Israel imposed its cruel siege against Gaza on June 15, 2007, denying us access to essential supplies. Because of the scarcity, prices have doubled. Eighty percent live in poverty and 85 percent are unemployed.
No food, no heat
At most, we have 6 hours a day of electricity. We must wait 3-4 hours to obtain bread, which is very rare in the Gaza strip as most of the bakeries have closed for lack of flour. December and January are the coldest months here, yet we have no electricity for heating or cooking.
Gazans had no choice but to dig tunnels under the Palestinian-Egyptian boarders and smuggle food, fuel and other necessities from Egypt. Israel has bombed these tunnels on the Gaza Side.
Israeli war planes have destroyed the whole community in Gaza. Neither mosques, nor universities, nor charities, nor sport clubs, nor ministries, nor civil homes have been spared from the Israeli bombardment.
My heart is bleeding about what happened to the Islamic University of Gaza, where I graduated last July. I feel honored to have two certificates from this university, a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and a General Diploma in Education. Israel warplanes shelled and demolished many of the university buildings.
Buried alive
Israel practices hideous psychological warfare. Israeli authorities telephone families, calling them to evacuate their homes within 5 minutes before they are bombed. When people do evacuate, there is nowhere for them to live! If they are a few moments late, their homes collapse on their heads.
Yesterday, the Ba’lousha Family was given just two minutes to evacuate. The parents couldn’t evacuate all seven daughters in this limited time, because the children were sleeping, and the air strike was faster. FIVE daughters were buried under the rubble of their demolished home.
Please, do what you can to help us.
Blessings, Mahmoud
Demand that your government press for an immediate stop to the Israeli bombing.
Join a protest at the Israeli or American consulate nearest you.

DIA 02/01/2009 – SEXTA FEIRA – 15 HS


DIA 02/01/2009 – SEXTA FEIRA – 14 HS
Rua Conselheiro Mafra em frente à Galeria ARS - Centro - Florianópolis

Passeata de solidariedade a Palestina em Curitiba
Representantes de diversas entidades estiveram reunidos na última terça-feira na Mesquita Muçulmana de Curitiba para organizar uma passeata de solidariedade ao povo Palestino, e pelo fim dos ataques israelenses a Gaza.
Os participantes fundaram o Comitê Árabe Brasileiro de Solidariedade, que será encarregado de organizar as seguintes atividades: 1 – exposição diária de fotografias dos ataques israelenses a Gaza na Rua XV de Novembro; 2 – passeata saindo da Praça Santos Andrade até a Boca Maldita, passando pela rua XV de Novembro, no dia 9 de janeiro, sexta-feira, a partir das 11 horas.

Here is a list of protests being organized in US cities

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