The Crescent Report

July 6, 2010

Demonstrators Message to Netanyahu and Obama: “Half An Embargo of Gaza is Not an Option”

Filed under: From the Desk of Imam Mahdi Bray — Imam Mahdi Bray @ 3:35 pm

The Obama Netanyahu meeting held at the White House today appears to be a lot of fluff and no real stuff.  Check out the piece below.

Quote of the Day:  “We do not want to ease the embargo of Gaza but rather we want to end the embargo.  Let Gaza Live.”

Demonstrators Message to Netanyahu and Obama: “Half An Embargo of Gaza is Not an Option”

When Israeli commandos attacked a flotilla of humanitarian aid ships headed for Gaza on May 31st, the world reacted in horror and virtually unanimous condemnation of Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was scheduled to meet with President Obama two days after the attack, instead returned to Tel Aviv to begin the process of “damage control” that confronted his government.

Netanyahu has now come to Washington to meet with the American president, apparently to begin some process of mending the tattered diplomatic relationship between the two nations.  Israel and Egypt, under intense pressure, have temporarily relaxed some of the Gaza embargo and allowed additional food supplies into the territory.  But the Israeli Prime Minister was greeted with another round of international protests in front of the White House on July 6th, with demonstrators again demanding that the Gaza blockade be ended-period.  Click here for video.

Members of MAS Freedom, A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition, Code Pink, and other groups staged a spirited response to the “summit” meeting, again demanding that the United States, and U.S. taxpayers, stop funding Israeli occupation and the blockade of Gaza. In fact, the international press reported that the “relaxation” of the Gaza blockade would have little, if any, positive effect on the population of the territory, since essential building and infrastructure supplies vital to the reconstruction of Gaza were still being banned, and the blockade by air and sea of Gaza had not been lifted.

Speakers from MAS Freedom, A.N.S.W.E.R., Code Pink, the D.C. Green Party, and the Neturei Karta Orthodox Jewish community joined in demanding that the United States government voice unequivocal condemnation of the blockade, and stop the transfer of money and weapons to Israel that enable Tel Aviv to continue what amounts to a policy of colonialism and the denial of the rights of the Palestinian people.

Imam Mahdi Bray, representing MAS Freedom, spoke about the deplorable living conditions facing people in Gaza, while mentioning MAS Freedom’s “End the Embargo, Let Gaza Live” postcard campaign, which is distributing over half a million post cards to members of religious and activist communities, with a clear message to President Obama that he, and the U.S. government, must pressure both Israel and Egypt to end the blockade.

The struggle to free Gaza has not ended, and it will not be diverted by cosmetic attempts by Israel to disguise the real nature of the embargo and the fact that this act of economic warfare continues.  We appeal to our supporters to continue to financially support the “End the Embargo-Let Gaza Live” campaign, and to help distribute these post cards to congregations, organizations, and communities around the country.

For more information about this important project, please contact MAS Freedom at 1-888-627-8471 or by email at: info@masfreedom.org.  For progress reports on the campaign, go to our website: http://www.gazalive.org

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