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Take Part in National Day of Action for Gaza July 24!

July 22nd, 2014

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On Sunday, 25 members of the Abu Jame' family were killed when Israel bombed their four-story building just as they were gathering for iftar, the meal that breaks Ramadan fasting for the day. Israel has killed more than 600 Palestinians since July 8.

While the U.S. continues to defend and fund Israel's assault, we must amp up our organizing to end all U.S. support for Israeli occupation, apartheid, and ethnic cleansing. 

Congress and the State Department are getting many more calls from those supportive of Israel's assault than those opposed. CNN is reporting support in the U.S. for Israel's operation is at 57% with 34% opposed. 

More than 35 local, regional, and national groups are calling for a National Day of Action for Gaza this Thursday, July 24. There have been so many demonstrations in support of Palestinians worldwide already, and the hope is that getting people to all do something on one day will highlight the breadth of the movement for Palestinians rights and send a clear message that there needs to be an end to Israel's impunity.

Whether you can get out a crowd or just a few people, please do something! 

Some ideas: 

  • Protest at your local Congressional office and press them about why they are supporting Israel's attacks. Check out this example from CT. 

  • Hold a rally or vigil in a visible public space and invite local news media. Commemorate the dead by reading their names. 

  • Organize a letter writing campaign to media about their Gaza coverage. 

  • Do direct action to reflect the urgency of the situation and attract media attention. Examples here, here, and here.

  • Strengthen your local BDS campaigns (boycott, divestment, and sanctions) and join 100 international figures calling for a military embargo on Israel. 

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to see what other actions you can take, and find resources at 

-US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation 

PSTwo new academic associations- Critical Ethnic Studies Association and African Literature Association- have passed resolutions endorsing the boycott of Israeli academic institutions. If you are an academic worker, the US Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI) is encouraging you to join this substantive list of endorsers from U.S. universities and colleges- especially as Israeli academic institutions create the weapons and technologies being used on Palestinians in Gaza right now. Endorse here.  

Palestinian artists have also issued a call in solidarity with Gaza and several famous artists have come out in support of Palestine. If you are a cultural worker, add your voice in support of Palestinian cultural workers by signing this statement.

PPS-- Although this letter is far from perfect, please thank the Members of Congress who signed and encourage them to go farther in the future. Urge them to address the role of U.S. weapons and general lack of accountability for Israel's human rights violations.