Since December 27, Israel’s brutal attacks on the
occupied Gaza Strip have killed more than an estimated 640 people and injured
more than 3,000. Today Israeli artillery
shells landed on a UN school in the Jebaliya refugee camp, killing at least 34
people and injuring at least 55.
attacks come on top of a brutal siege of the Gaza
Strip, which has created a humanitarian catastrophe of dire
proportions for Gaza's 1.5 million Palestinian residents by
restricting the provision of food, fuel, medicine, electricity, and
other necessities of life.
Make no mistake about it-Israel's war and siege on the Gaza Strip would not be
possible without the jets, helicopters, ships, missiles, and fuel provided by
the United States.
From 2001-2006, the United States transferred to Israel more than $200 million
worth of spare parts to fly its fleet of F16's and more than $100 million worth
of helicopter spare parts for its fleet of Apaches. In July 2008, the United States gave Israel 186 million gallons of JP-8
aviation jet fuel and signed a contract to transfer an addition $1.9 billion
worth of littoral combat ships to the Israeli navy. Last year, the United States signed a $1.3 billion contract
with Raytheon to transfer to Israel
thousands of TOW, Hellfire, and "bunker buster" missiles.
troubling details continue to emerge about the misuse of U.S. weapons by Israel:
is dropping GBU-39 small diameter bombs on the Gaza Strip. According to weapons experts, these bombs
contain uranium oxide and have left behind radioactive contamination in places
such as Kosovo, Iraq,
In September 2008, Boeing received a $77 million contract to transfer 1,000 of
these bombs to Israel.
* On December 30, the Israeli navy intentionally rammed a boat in international
waters which was carrying medical supplies to the Gaza Strip, nearly causing it
to sink. The passengers of The Dignity
included doctors and recent Green Party Presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney. In July 2008, the United
States signed a contract to transfer $1.9 billion of naval
combat ships to Israel.
Download a fact sheet, "Israel is Killing Palestinians in Gaza w/ U.S. Weapons" to learn more.
TAKE ACTION NOW
1. Take to the streets
and make your opposition public. Thousands
of people have already taken to the streets in New York,
Washington, San Francisco,
Los Angeles, Dearborn,
MI and dozens of other cities to protest Israel’s
attacks on the Gaza Strip. We’re
maintaining a comprehensive listing of all protests—nearly 200 in more than 35 states and 100 cities so far—on our
website and updating it continuously. Join a protest near
you or organize one and send us the details.
If you know of an event that is not included, please send the details to
us by clicking here (please select "Emergency Gaza Protest/Vigil/March")
We must keep up the protests until there
is a cease-fire and a lifting of the siege of Gaza. We’re calling on everyone to continue to organize protests in your
2. Educate and organize people in your
community. Download a flyer by clicking here
and a petition by clicking
here and make copies.
Download and distribute our fact sheet "Israel is Killing Palestinians in Gaza w/ U.S. Weapons."
Also, sign up as a volunteer organizer to challenge military aid to Israel by clicking here
and we’ll send you an organizing packet with fact sheets, petitions, and the
3. Contact your elected representatives and set
up emergency meetings with your Members of Congress before January 6. Demand from the President, your
Representative, and Senators an unconditional, immediate cease-fire; full
humanitarian access to Gaza and a lifting of Israel’s siege; and accountability
for Israel’s misuse of U.S. weapons to kill Palestinian civilians. Send your letter today by clicking here.
Congress is scheduled to go back into session on Jan. 6. Until then, many Members of Congress are in
their home districts. Assemble a delegation of concerned
constituents and request an immediate meeting with them. For contact information, click here. For tips on how to arrange a meeting, click here.
In these meetings, ask your Members of Congress to send a public letter to
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and make a public statement with the
political demands above. To download a
sample letter to give to your Members of Congress, click here.
Also give them a copy of our open-letter to President Elect-Obama signed by
more than 250 organizations entitled “We Need a Change in
Israel/Palestine Policy” to show them that there is growing and
widespread opposition to our country’s policy of support for Israel’s human
rights abuses of Palestinians. Download
a PDF copy of the letter by clicking here.
If you can take the lead in arranging an emergency meeting with your Members of
Congress, please fill out this brief form by clicking here.
4. Get the message out to the media. Call in to talk radio programs and write
letters to the editors. To download
talking points for the media, click here. To find contact information for your local media, click here.
5. Step Up the Pressure on the New
Administration and Congress. Sign
our open letter to President Elect-Obama by clicking here. This open letter will be published as a
full-page ad on Inauguration Day. Add your individual and organizational
endorsements to it today by clicking here.
Then spread the word by copying and pasting the flash graphic below into your
email signature, blog, social networking site, or webpage and join our Facebook
group and forward it to all your friends.
Also be sure to go to Change.gov to let the Obama transition team know
that you demand:
1) Pressure on Israel for an immediate and
2) Unimpeded access of humanitarian
aid to the Gaza Strip and a lifting of Israel’s siege
3) An investigation into Israel’s misuse of U.S.
weapons as a first step toward ending arms transfers to Israel
For suggested language, check out our letter to Members of
Congress by clicking
Once you log into change.gov, you can ask President-Elect
Obama a question about U.S.
policy toward Israel/Palestine. Click
here for instructions on logging into change.gov
You can vote on other people’s questions, indicating your
stance on issues like the bombing of Gaza,
aid, and Israeli apartheid policies.
Join us in Washington, DC
on January 20 for Inauguration Day to say “Yes
We Can…End U.S. Military Aid
to Israel!” Sign up to help us pass out information and
collect signatures by clicking here.
And join us again in Washington,
DC for a Grassroots Advocacy Training and Lobby Day on February 1-2 with
Interfaith Peace-Builders. Gain the
skills you need to change U.S.
policy toward Palestine/Israel to support human rights, international law, and
equality, and express your concerns directly to your Members of Congress. Space
is filling up fast. For more information
and to register, click
6. Donate more money to us and give less of
your taxes to Israel’s
war machine. Make a tax-deductible
contribution today to the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation by clicking
here. Owe less in taxes for 2008 by
making your contribution before midnight (we’ll gladly accept your donation in
the New Year too) to make sure that less of your money goes to fund Israel’s war
crimes against Palestinians. Make the
most generous contribution you can right now by clicking