Saturday, January 17, 3:30pm
Piazza Vittorio to Porta San Paolo (Piramide)
National demonstration calling for an end to the assault on Gaza. The march will start at 3:30pm from Piazza Vittorio to Porta S. Paolo (Piramide).
This illegal attack, which has already caused the death of close to 1100 Palestinians, of whom nearly half are women and children, is made possible by political cover from our government and our tax dollars.
Let's do something to stop it!
Meeting point: Look for our USC4P&J banner near the newspaper kiosk at the corner of via dello Statuto and Piazza Vittorio (see map).
See below the appeal USC4P&J endorsed for the march.
STOP THE MASSACRE - FREEDOM FOR GAZA
We believe that defending peace means defending justice and truth.
Justice, denied the Palestinians in forty years of occupation, requires that Israel respect international law, UN resolutions and humanitarian law as stipulated in the 4 th Geneva Convention.
Truth requires the rejection of the immoral and dishonest practice that places both parties of the conflict at the same level, occupier and occupied, aggressor and attacked.
The truth implies a strong condemnation of the inhuman and unbearable conditions experienced by the population in Gaza in 16 days of war, already traumatized by two years of military siege and economic blockade.
The truth is that Israel's security depends on the freedom of the Palestinian people.
The Israeli army is instead committing a massacre in Gaza, which has thus far caused the deaths of more than 900 Palestinians and injured over three thousand, in addition to the destruction of thousands of homes and major damage to educational, health and religious infrastructure, transforming the Gaza Strip from an open-air prison to a pile of rubble. No such massacre can stop the launching of rockets by Hamas on Israel, but only dialogue between the parties on the basis of serious political negotiations.
Confronted with this reality, civil society intends to respond forcefully to condemn war crimes, such as indiscriminate bombing, deliberate killing of civilians and the use of chemical and unconventional weapons, and hold those responsible accountable. We cannot remain silent in the face of the complicity of our governments and the European Union, which is currently strengthening relations with Israel by signing new trade and economic agreements rather than obliging Israel to respect the rule of law and holding responsible parties accountable for their crimes before the international courts.
We firmly believe that such choices prevent a just peace in the region, which respects democratic principles and human rights.
We therefore call on national governments and the European Union to:
Demand an immediate termination of military operations in Gaza.
Require Israel to respect international law and UN resolutions, with failure to do so resulting in suspension of all military, trade and cooperation agreements.
Commit to building a true and just peace in the Middle East, promoting and legitimizing negotiations with all parties involved.
Demand that the media give coverage that is neither reticent nor misleading with regards the facts relating to the conflict.
As civil society, we support the choice of popular nonviolent resistance to the occupation. Initiatives such as those of the Free Gaza Movement, with its ships headed for Gaza, which associates humanitarian relief with nonviolent challenge of the siege by human rights observers, politicians and journalists, should be increased.
We join the national demonstration in Rome called by the Palestinian community in Italy on January 17, 2008, starting from Piazza Vittorio Emanuele at 3:30pm.
We will march with peace flags and a banner reading "STOP THE SIEGE OF GAZA!"
Send endorsements to: nordsud at sci-italia.it
Endorsed by: Servizio Civile Internazionale
Centro Internazionale Crocevia
Un Ponte Per...
WILPF-Italia (Women International Legue for Peace and Freedom)
Comitato Varesino per la Palestina
Gruppo di sostegno alla campagna “End the siege on Gaza”
Associazione KARAWAN - Roma
U.S. Citizens for Peace & Justice - Rome
CRIC - Centro Regionale d'Intervento per la Cooperazione
Donne in Nero
Associazione Giovani Palestinesi Wael Zwaiter
Vento di Terra ONLUS
Campagna per la Riforma della Banca Mondiale
Pane e Rose-Roma Casalpalocco
ECO Ebrei Contro L'Occupazione
Associazione per la Pace
Associazione Circolo Attori
Comunità per lo Sviluppo Umano -Firenze
Rete Artisti Contro le Guerre
L’istituto di ricerca ed Iniziative socio educative della Provincia di Pescara
Statunitensi contro la guerra (Firenze)
Unione comunità araba in Italia
Unione comunità egiziana in Italia
La CittàSituazionista di Norbello
Il coordinamento contro la guerra Colleferro/Valle del Sacco
ACS Associazione di Cooperazione allo Sviluppo
Ombre nel mondo
Photo of a school in Yemen bombed by Saudi Arabian jets supplied by the U.S. and fueled in the air by the U.S. Air Force.
Tell Trump to STOP THIS CARNAGE, not fuel it! Click here.
Also participate in the CodePink email and/or phone initiative:
Click here to sign a petition, to put an end to the sanctions against Syria - their only effect is to take a terrible toll on the population, causing them to migrate! And click here to see the video by the Italian Committee to lift sanctions against Syria.
Did someone tell you that U.S. military intervention in Iraq was over? Not true: we're at it again. This time the pretext to drop bombs is "curbing ISIS" (which was created by the U.S. in the first place, to overturn al-Malaki in Iraq and then Assad in Syria, and is now out of hand.
Like what happened to "our" creature al Qaeda in Afghanistan). And the death toll continues to rise...
Write your senators and tell them: "Enough! U.S. out!! Iraq has shown it can curb ISIS by itself!"