Wednesday, December 30, 2009

3 (More) Things You Can Do For Justice and Accountability for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip

Yesterday, we issued an action alert with five things you can do to support the Gaza Freedom March, including contacting the State Department, joining a solidarity action, and using our resources to take action in the media and with Congress. But as the Gaza Freedom March steering committee says, "the march itself is not supposed to be only a symbolic gesture, but rather a part of a series of events which will lead to the end of the siege, once and for all." Here are some more ideas for action you can take to hold the U.S., Israel, and corporate actors accountable for the destruction they have wrought in the Gaza Strip: 1) Boycott Motorola. Shrapnel with Motorola serial numbers were discovered by Human Rights Watch investigators at the site of the first Israeli air strike during "Operation Cast Lead," which targeted a police academy graduation and killed at least 40 police cadets. In addition, Motorola has the exclusive contract to provide the Israeli military with encrypted mobile phone technology. This means that every Israeli boarder guard manning a checkpoint inside of Palestinian territory or enforcing the Gaza blockade and every Israeli soldier who committed war crimes in the assault on the Gaza Strip takes their orders through a Motorola device. Finally, Motorola has close ties with Aeronautics Defense Systems (ADS), which makes drone aircraft that the Israeli military used during Operation Cast Lead. Watch the video below to see what sort of damage these remote-controlled killing machines can do, and then click here to sign the Motorola pledge and here to order a free organizing packet for promoting the Motorola boycott in your community. video 2) Stop Caterkiller. US Campaign Steering Committee member Peter Miller of member group Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights put together this document which compiles mentions of armored bulldozers in the Goldstone Report on war crimes committed in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli military used remote controlled and weaponized Caterpillar bulldozers to destroy homes, roads, and agricultural land during the invasion of the Gaza Strip. Click here to read more, and then act to hold CAT accountable by sending an email to CAT management and organizing in your community. 3) Act to end U.S. military aid to Israel. U.S.-made F-16 fighter planes and Apache helicopters. U.S.-made white phosphorous shells. U.S.-made MK-80 bombs. These are just a few of the weapons provided via U.S. military aid that Israel abused to wreak destruction in the Gaza Strip. After Operation Cast Lead, Amnesty International issued a report entitled "Fueling Conflict" which outlined the role that foreign arms played in the 22-day assault on the Gaza Strip. The United States was by far the largest provider of arms to the conflict. Act to end U.S. military aid to war criminals by meeting with your Member of Congress and by signing up to attend our March 7-8 Grassroots Advocacy Training and Lobby Day. These national campaigns for justice and accountability are not possible without your participation and your support. Help sustain the important work of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation by making a tax-deductible donation today.