Tuesday, July 29, 2014

How to help Gaza

gaza - motherless children

1/ Give money to a charity working in Gaza.

e.g. Medical Aid for Palestinians, Oxfam and Save the Children are three charities already working in Gaza.

2/ Protest by signing a petition.

e.g. Save the Children petition; or David Ward MP’s petition to the UK Government, which already has 65,000 signatures and needs to have 100,000 to have  chance of a debate in Parliament.

3/ Email your government to make a stand.

If you don’t know what to say, you could do it via Amnesty International

Did you know that the UK sells arms to Israel? – ask the government to embargo these sales

Did you know that the USA gives $3 billion in aid to Israel for defence?

4/ Demonstrate wherever you can.

Whichever country you live in, there will be a demonstration about the war on Gaza. Follow this link to find the nearest demo to you.

5/ Boycott Israeli goods 

– there is a growing movement. Find out more.

6/ Make yourself aware of the causes of this conflict.

This short animation made by Jewish Voice for Peace is moderate, straightforward and clear.

Don’t rely on the BBC to give you a balanced view. Channel 4 News does not bow to Israeli pressure.

6/ Explain to other people what is going on and why

7/ Be aware that Israeli violence towards Palestinians goes on ALL THE TIME

According to B’Tselem, the Israeli human rights centre, 90 West Bank Palestinians were killed, 16 of them children, by the IDF or by settlers between January 2009 and May 2014. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, there have been 2,100 settler attacks since 2006, involving beatings, shootings, vandalising schools, homes, mosques, churches and destroying olive groves. According to Amnesty International, between January 2011 and December 2013, Israeli violence resulted in injuries to 1,500 Palestinian children.

8/ Don’t forget about the Palestinians when this current crisis is over. They will still be there, oppressed and suffering and their need will be even greater.



marmee said...

hello sue...I am discovering that almost no one has any idea of the history behind this issue...no idea of the fact that palestinians were dispossessed , that they are not able to leave except at the behest of Israel...

Sue Hepworth said...

Well, I am so pleased that you are able to tell them the truth, Marmee. xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue
We haver our 16 year old grandson from Washington State staying with us at the moment, we have been talking about Gaza and to help him understand the situation ( he had not heard it mentioned in the US.......) I wanted to show him the animation from the Jewish Voice for Peace you have posted, sadly the link does not work as the site is off line. I did wonder if you had any other links I would be able to show him to raise his understanding? Jean

Sue Hepworth said...

Hi Jean, I have just found the same thing myself. I will find a new link to YOUTUBE. I have posted that new one on this morning's blog post.