ACTIONS

Holding Our Ground: Resisting Colonialism and Environmental Destruction

Join us Sunday April 3 at noon ET to hear about indigenous peoples in British Columbia and Palestine and how history, culture and needs of the iColonization and Environmental destructionndigenous people take a back seat to the land’s resources for colonizers.  More information at: https://mideastcrisis2.blogspot.com/2022/03/zoom-panel-on-holding-our-ground.html.

Register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUucOqgpz4rHN2qPEXaBBHd6xzC38A8N3ug

Event co-sponsored by: Jewish Voice for Peace – Hudson Valley, Middle East Crisis Respons, NYC Veterans for Peace, US Boats to Gaza, Women in Black – New Paltz.

Join us at All The Walls Must Fall March 25-28, 2022

All the Walls Must Fall

 Please join us in “All The Walls Must Fall Conference”    https://www.allthewallsmustfall.com/

on March 25-28, 2022, to explore the realities, the struggles, and the vision we must mobilize around, so that walls indeed fall, connecting our lives and similarities despite the thousands of miles of distance.

From the US/Mexico border to the borders around Palestine – walls and militarization, dispossession of lands and cultural genocide, brutality and murder, mass detentions and lack of rights, forced migration and criminalization, environmental damage – these and other shared abuses, have all defined these experiences.

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Members of US Boats to Gaza at the “All the Walls Must Fall” action.

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US Boats to Gaza Ambulance in Service in Gaza

US Boats to Gaza ambulance We are excited to see the ambulance US Boats to Gaza purchased with other Freedom Flotilla Coalition members and coordinated by member Kia Ora Gaza from New Zealand!  Thank you to Miles of Smiles whose people were responsible for making this extremely complex process of getting vans converted into ambulances and transported to and allowed into Gaza.  And thank you to all who donated to US Boats to Gaza to make this dream become a reality! More information in The Palestine Chronicle.  

Ambulances Arrive in Gaza!

Congratulations to Miles of Smiles and MEDICs Worldwide on such a monumental task of outfitting 37 ambulances and getting them across the Sinai, through the Rafah border crossing...and finally into Gaza!!! We are so glad our US Boats to Gaza and other FFC national campaigns were a part of this!! Thank you to all who contributed to this important effort!   Following are some pictures of the ambulances as they arrived.
Unloading the 27 ambulances on the Egyptian side of the Rafah border crossing.
The ambulances enter Gaza.
The 1st ambulance passes through the Gaza border control.
The 'Peace Train' of ambulances head to their respective health care providers to serve the pressing needs of the people in the Gaza Strip.
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We Are Not Numbers accepting the certificate of thanks for the Freedom Flotilla Coalition.
Certificate of thanks
Certificate of thanks to the Freedom Flotilla Coalition
Gaza Freedom Flotilla ambulance US Boats to Gaza ambulance

A Little Perspective

With the recent uproar over the US Border Patrol treatment of Haitian refugees on the US-Mexico border, US Boats to Gaza deemed it appropriate to highlight how much worse the treatment is on the separation fence between Israel and Gaza.  As Americans who support the Israeli military with over $3.8 billion per year, we are unfortunately complicit in not only the abuse but also the murder of innocent civilians.  We decided to create a short video clip with a lot of help from our Canadian Freedom Flotilla Coalition partner to help Americans understand what we are supporting and protecting.  Here is the video clip:  

Contact Congress to Reject Criminalization of Civil Society Orgs

Israeli Defense Ministry's military order issued October 19th designates six Palestinian civil society organizations as "terrorist" groups," effectively outlawing their work.  The organizations are...
These are groups that have been working for decades to protect and advance Palestinian rights for children, women, prisoners, farmers and more. They are groups that many of us and our friends have worked with through the years. Al Haq, for example, has an internship program named for Rachel Corrie, and our friends Cindy and Craig Corrie have visited their office in Ramallah when they launched this.
Twenty-three Israeli human and legal rights organizations have called the Israeli government action a "Draconian measure against human rights." Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have called this an "appalling and unjust decision" and "an attack by the Israeli government on the international human rights movement." They further say that how we, as part of the international community, respond will be a true test of our resolve to protect human rights defenders.
It's critical that we act now! Representative Betty McCollum (MN) introduced a House Resolution condemning the Israeli government action, and calling for a response from the State Department.  The original House cosponsors are Rep. Rashida Tlaib (MI-13), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), Rep. Raúl Grijalva (AZ-03), Rep. Andre Carson (IN-03), Rep. Ilhan Omar (MN-05), Rep. Marie Newman (IL-03), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), Rep. Cori Bush (MO-01), and Rep. Chuy Garcia (IL-04).
It's critical that many of us contact our representatives in the U.S. House and ask (demand) that they sign on to this resolution.  We recommend that you call your House member's DC or district office and/or email to them through their websites.  Alternatively, you may respond in a message through JVP-Action.
The information you may want and need about Rep. McCollum's resolution and about the organizations targeted by Israel can be found in this press release from Rep. McCollum's office and in the newly introduced resolution itself.  Also, read Rep. McCollum's statement  issued when the resolution was introduced today.
  • Tell your Representative to cosponsor the House Resolution introduced by Rep. McCollum "Condemning the repressive designation by the Government of Israel of six prominent Palestinian human rights and civil society groups as terrorist organizations."
  • Tell your Representative how you feel about the Israeli government's action against these Palestinian organizations.
  • Tell your representative to reject Israel's criminalization of Palestinian civil society organizations as "terrorists" and to pressure Israel to revoke the designation.
  • Leave your contact info and ask for a response from your representative.
While there's no similar measure in the U.S. Senate, there's still a need for our Washington Senators to hear from us on this matter.  So please find the time to call and/or email their offices, too, telling them that they must reject Israel's criminalization of Palestinian civil society organizations as "terrorists" and must pressure Israel to revoke the designation.
 
Please let WAPR know if you have questions: Email: WAPalestinianRights@gmail.com
It's also heartening and helpful if you shoot them an email to let them know you've taken action and about any response you receive.
Thank you!