[gpga-news] PrsRls: US must press Israel not to resume war on Gaza

Hugh Esco hesco at greens.org
Sat Nov 17 09:29:28 PST 2012


For Immediate Release:
Friday, November 16, 2012

Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 
	202-904-7614, mclarty at greens.org
Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 
	916-995-3805, starlene at gp.org

Green Party: The U.S. must press Israel not to launch a new
war on Gaza; Greens urge an immediate truce and resumption
of negotiations

? The U.S. is ignoring the source of the conflict and chain
of incidents leading up to the current Gaza crisis, say Greens

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WASHINGTON, DC -- Green Party leaders said today that the
U.S. must pressure Israel not to resume its war on Palestinians
living in Gaza, and that the illegal blockade and hardship
imposed by Israel on Gaza must end.

"President Obama and Congress have the clout to stop
a repeat of the 2009 Gaza War, in which more than 1300
Palestinians were killed, including 700 civilians, over
300 of them children. Thirteen Israelis were also killed,
of whom three were civilians. This is a 'David and Goliath'
fight, with nuclear-powered Israel acting in disregard for
international law against a dispossessed people living under
siege. Israel's assaults on Gaza will not make Gazans go
away or resolve the conflict," said Muhammed Malik, former
co-chair of the Miami-Dade Green Party, who recently spoke
at the Students for Justice in Palestine National Conference
at the University of Michigan. 

(2009 Gaza War casualties: 
and figures referenced at 

Green Party leaders noted that targeted assassinations are
illegal and that the airstrike authorized by Prime Minister
Netanyahu and Defense Minister Barak that killed Hamas military
commander Ahmad al-Jabari also killed his 14-year-old son.

The Israeli airstrike ended two days of calm after news that
Egypt had brokered a truce between Israel and Palestinian
officials. The truce was meant to end a surge of violence
that resulted in more than 100 missiles fired out of Gaza and
repeated Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip, where people are
already living in conditions comparable to an open-air prison

"The Obama Administration should press for an immediate
ceasefire and resumption of the negotiations. Claims by
Israeli and U.S. officials that the IDF is trying to avoid
Palestinian civilian casualties are not credible. Washington
and the U.S. media have focused on the increased Palestinian
rockets fired from Gaza but are ignoring the chain of incidents,
including killings of Palestinian civilians, that motivated
Hamas to fire rockets out of Gaza," said Jill Stein, the Green
Party's 2012 nominee for President.

"The terrorism that Israel is using to maintain the
occupation far outweighs the retaliatory terrorism
committed by Hamas. Unless these assaults can be halted,
we'll see another massacre of Gazan civilians and further
deterioration of the city," added Dr. Stein. (For a
timeline of events leading up to the recent confrontation,

"The U.S. government and most U.S. media have ignored the heart
of the conflict between Israel and Palestinians, including
Gazans -- Israel's ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from
their native land, ongoing colonization of Palestinian land in
Israel and the Occupied Territories, and Israel's refusal to
allow refugees to return home, as prescribed by international
law. ?Over two thirds of Gazans are from Israel and the West
Bank," said Justine McCabe, co-chair of the Green Party's
International Committee (http://www.gp.org/committees/intl).

While self-defense and armed resistance against military
occupation are legal under international law, no such law
tolerates attacks on civilians. Greens have urged support
for Palestinian and Israeli peace groups and for nonviolent
resistance, and have called for an end to all violence targeted
at unarmed civilians. Greens insist that regional stability
and security for all the people of Israel and Palestine are
not possible until peaceful negotiation based on international
law resolves the conflict.

The Green Party of the United States has called for boycott,
divestment, and sanctions against Israel until it complies with
international law and U.N. directives, ends the occupation of
Palestinian lands, and observes full and equal human rights
for Palestinians within Israel and the Occupied Territories,
including the right to return home.

"Washington must stop aiding Israel's violations
of human rights. Israel has a budget surplus and 6.5%
unemployment. U.S. taxpayers, facing austerity and unemployment
at home, are seeing $3 billion of their tax money sent annually
to Israel, which receives 60% of all U.S. foreign military
financing," said David Schwartzman, member of the DC Statehood
Green Party and the Green Party's International Committee.

"Israel's history of aggression towards Palestinians and
neighbors like Lebanon and Syria has made it increasingly
isolated internationally. If this situation continues,
we'll see more animosity directed against the U.S., and
chances for peace and security for Israelis and Palestinians
will dwindle. Nor will Americans indefinitely accept their
government's misguided Middle East policies and pay exorbitant
tax dollars for it," said John Rensenbrink, Maine Green and
member of the International Committee.

See also:

"U.N. experts say Israel's blockade of Gaza illegal"
Reuters, September 13, 2012

"U.S. Foreign Aid to Israel"
Congressional Research Service, March 2012

"Hamas Wins Palestinian Elections: Questions you need answered"
Jewish Voices for Peace

"Gaza Redux"
By Mazin Qumsiyeh, Popular Resistance, November 16, 2012


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