July 23, 2014
MEDIA ALERT, DEMONSTRATION AGAINST GAZA WAR—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, July 25, 2014, 11:30 AM – 2 PM
The demonstration takes place Friday morning in front of the Israeli consulate, all welcome. Demonstrators are asked to dress in dark clothing. Please do not bring flags.
Demands Ceasefire Now and End Blockade of Gaza
Palestinian rockets must stop — they are aimed at civilian targets and are a war crime.
Israeli bombardment of civilian targets must stop because they, too, are war crimes. LA Jews for Peace concurs with B’Tselem, the Israeli human rights NGO, that Israel must “immediately cease the bombardment of inhabited homes, neighborhoods and areas in the Gaza Strip” (http://www.btselem.org/20140721_btselem_calls_on_government_to_cease_bombardment ). Bombing houses and hospitals with people in them is a war crime, and issuing a warning does not make an attack on civilians acceptable in either international or Jewish law.
President Obama wrote to the Haaretz Israel Conference on Peace earlier this month that “Peace is the only path to true security for Israel and the Palestinians” (http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/israel-peace-conference/1.603324). Ending the blockade of Gaza is a critical step to peace, and in the short run give hope to the people of Gaza so they will not attack Israel in frustration.