Join fellow Santa Cruz community members in an Evening of Solidarity and Vigil for Gaza.
Activists will gather at the Clock Tower at the head of Pacific Avenue in Santa Cruz. They will read off the names and ages of the children who have died in Gaza since July 8. They will lead Muslim, Jewish, Christian prayers, and poetry for all who have passed are or been injured in Israel/Palestine.
Israel’s current assault on Gaza: Operation Protective Edge
- An alarming death toll: Begun on July 8th as a bombing campaign, Israel has since launched a ground invasion in addition to the airstrike on Gaza. The assault has claimed the lives of over 1,300 Palestinians, the vast majority of whom were civilians, including over 250 children. 56 Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers & two Israeli civilians have also died.
- Siege on an open-air prison: Gaza has been called an “open-air prison” because Israel controls its land, airspace, sea, access to electricity, movement of people and goods including food, water & medicine. Israel controls Gaza’s borders with the exception of the Rafah Crossing on the border with Egypt, which has been closed by the Al-Sisi military government; even medical aid has been denied. There is nowhere for people to go, evacuation is not an option.
- U.S. Culpability In addition to the $3 billion per year in military aid, this week the US COngress is discussing Israel’s request for an additional $225 million dollars. Concerned U.S. citizens demand that the U.S. deny this request and immediately freeze all U.S. aid to Israel. They call for urgent hearings in the U.S. House and Senate regarding Israel’s violation of U.S. laws that forbid the use of U.S. supplied weapons against civilian populations. The U.S. must instead use all of it’s international influence, including sanctions, to demand that Israel to stop the bombings and ground invasion of the Gaza Strip, end the siege on Gaza, abide by international law, and end the occupation of Palestine.
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