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*Please
circulate widely*
Israeli
occupation forces launch brutal assault on Palestinians in Gaza
Food, water,
electricity cut off to more than a million people
Israel threatens regional war, sending war planes over Syria
Anti-war
coalition calls for emergency actions:
Stop the attacks! Cut off U.S. aid to Israel! 






A bridge destroyed by Israeli army warplanes
on a main road in northern Gaza (photo: AP)
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here to demand the U.S. stop
funding Israel's war against Palestine
 




Using the capture of one of its
soldiers as the pretext, the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF)
launched a brutal assault on the entire population of Gaza in
the early morning hours of June 28. U.S.-supplied F-16
fighter-bombers destroyed the main power station in Gaza and
destroyed bridges on the only major roads linking the northern and
southern sections of the region. The people of Gaza are
now without water and electricity -- and many will die. The
use of U.S. planes and other military goods against illegally
occupied territories is a violation of both international and U.S.
law.
Israel is also threatening to widen
the war, sending war planes over Syria to “buzz” the home of
Syrian President Bashir al-Assad, whose government the U.S. has
been actively working to bring down for more than two years. 
The Palestinian population of Gaza,
one of the poorest and most densely populated areas of the world,
was already suffering severe shortages of food, medicine and other
necessities due to Israel’s blockade of Gaza and the cut-off of
international aid to the West Bank and Gaza, in effect since
January 2006. The new Israeli assault has resulted in the cut-off
of power, water and food supplies to most of the people in Gaza.
The situation constitutes a deliberately created humanitarian
disaster.
Deliberately attacking the
civilian population, with the intent of causing maximum suffering,
is clearly a crime against humanity. What we are
witnessing today in Gaza is collective punishment against
the population as a whole. It is just one part of Israel’s
colonial policy toward the Palestinians. In historic Palestine,
whether the West Bank, Gaza or inside the 1948 borders of Israel,
an apartheid system is in place, where many rights reserved for
Jewish Israelis are denied to Palestinians. More than six million
dispossessed Palestinians are denied the right to return to their
homeland.
 





A field of Israeli tanks on the border of Gaza at
the Rafa Crossing.
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funding Israel's war against Palestine




Israeli apartheid and the latest
assault on Gaza is supported by the Bush regime, Congress and the
corporate media, because of Israel’s vital role in
Washington’s project of Middle East domination. That is why
Israel receives more military and economic aid from the U.S. --
over $3 billion annually -- than any other country. 
While a great hue and cry
is heard in the mass media about one captured Israeli soldier, the
same media pays no attention whatsoever to the 9,800 Palestinian
political prisoners
being held illegally (it is illegal for an occupying power to
transfer prisoners from occupied territory) under terrible
conditions in Israeli prisons. At least 335 of these
prisoners are children. Palestinian prisoners are
systematically tortured after arrest. Just two days ago, the
Israeli parliament gave the Shin Bet (the secret police) the right
to double the time for secret “interrogation” of Palestinian
prisoners -- a green light for even greater torture. 
The A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition ( http://www.answercoalition.org/ ),
which has organized the largest anti-war protests in
Washington, DC and in other U.S. cities over the past five
years, including the historic demonstration of over 100,000 people
supporting Palestinian rights in Washington on April 20, 2002, is
calling for and supporting protests at Israeli embassies,
consulates and U.S. federal buildings, to demand:

The immediate end to the
U.S.-supplied Israeli assault on Gaza
The release of all Palestinian
political prisoners from Israeli jails
An end to all U.S. aid to Israel
An end to colonial occupation,
support for self-determination for the Palestinian people
including the right of return.
No new U.S.-Israeli war against
Syria.

A.N.S.W.E.R is also calling on
justice-minded individuals and organizations to contact Congress
and the White House demanding an immediate end to U.S. aid to
Israel. Click
here to send your message. 
For more information go to  http://www.answercoalition.org/









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