2006-08-07 Ceasefire Petition

I wonder how useful these online petitions are. Anyway, there’s a Ceasefire Petition to the UN Council out there. It says that your name and message will be publicized in newspapers in the US, UK, and Israel. At least they’re not planning to hand them to public leaders or the UN. I have so totally lost faith in their ability to do the right thing.

Oh, and while we’re at it. How about ending the occupation of the West Bank and stopping the pounding of the Gaza strip? ElectronicIntifada has a piece quoting from a UN report: “The United Nations humanitarian agencies working in the occupied Palestinian territory are deeply alarmed by the impact continuing violence is having on civilians and civilian infrastructure in Gaza, which has resulted in a sharp decline in the humanitarian situation facing 1.4 million people, more than half of them children.” [1]

Most of these days I just read the emails from GushShalom, with reports from anti-war demonstrations and all that. This is also where UriAvnery writes. On Junkies of War, for example. Here’s a quote both funny and terrifying: “Some comfort themselves with the thought that ’the Arabs have seen that we are crazy’.” I also laughed when I read this one: “We are conquering South Lebanon as flies conquer fly-paper.”

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