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Feb 01, 2008 at 12:00 AM

February 1, 2008

The Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians (ACJC)  is a pan-Canadian umbrella of Jewish anti-Occupation groups. We wish to join Palestinian Canadian and Québécois groups, and other concerned Canadians and Québécois/es, in expressing our outrage at the siege of the Gaza Strip. Gaza City was plunged into darkness this past month after Israel blocked the shipment of fuel that powers its only electrical plant. 1.5 million Palestinians civilians who live in Gaza are besieged and are suffering from severe food, medicine and life essentials, shortages imposed on them by the inhumane Israel aggression. Israel, which occupies the Palestinian territories, is starving and killing Palestinians in hopes of forcing them into submission and into accepting its illegal occupation and to forgo the right of return. 

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We the Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians (ACJC) join the Palestinian Canadian and Québécois community and other Canadians and Québécois/es of conscience in demanding that the Canadian government,  politicians, and MPs:

  1. Condemn the latest Israel aggression against the Palestinians in Gaza, 
    Demand an immediate halt to all Israeli brutal use of military force against the Palestinians which is taking a serious humanitarian toll on civilians, 
  2. Lift the blockade on the Palestinian people and allow all living essentials, food, medicine and energy to enter the territories without any delay. 
  3. Allow an independent international tribunal to enter the Palestinian territories to investigate Israel’s war crimes in the Gaza Strip, 
  4. Call upon the international community and Canada in particular to act immediately to stop these crimes; 
  5. And call upon the international community and Canada in particular to renew the call to the High Contracting Parties of the Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfill their responsibility under Article 1 of the Convention, to ensure that it is respected under all circumstances, and their responsibility under Article 146 to pursue persons suspected of perpetrating serious violations of the convention. We affirm that Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) violations are considered war crimes under Article 147 of the Convention and under its first protocol.

We ask MPs and other elected representatives to join the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and international human rights groups who have warned that the blockade will cause a health catastrophe, will drastically affect hospitals, sewage treatment and water facilities and to condemn the Israel government actions and force it to lift these inhumane measures which defy basic humanitarian standards.

For further information / Pour les informations de plus

Contact for comments:

Montréal; Communiqué en français disponible de la part de
Abraham Weizfeld: 514.284.66.42       cell/cellulaire 514.833.2974       saalaha@fokus.name

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Canadiens/nes  juifs/juives  concerné/es  demande  que  le Siège  sur Gaza  être  Cassé

Le 1 février 2008

L'Alliance de Canadiens/nes juifs/juives concernés/es (ACJC) est une coalition pancanadien de groupes d'anti occupation juifs. Nous voulons rejoindre des groupes canadiens palestiniens et d'autres Canadiens et Québécois inquiets, dans l'exprimant de notre indignation au siège de la Bande de Gaza. La Ville de Gaza a été plongée dans l'obscurité ce passé le mois après que l'Israël a bloqué le chargement de combustible que les pouvoirs sa seule usine électrique. 1.5 millions de civils de Palestiniens qui vivent à Gaza sont assiégés et souffrent des aliments sévères, la médecine et les insuffisances d'essentiel de vie imposées sur eux par l'agression inhumaine d'Israël. L'Israël, qui occupe les territoires palestiniens, prive et tue des Palestiniens/nes dans les espoirs de forçage d'eux dans la soumission et dans le fait d'accepter son occupation illégale et se passer du droit de retour.

Nous l'Alliance de Canadiens/nes juifs/ves concernés/es (ACJC) rejoignons la communauté canadienne et québécois palestinienne et d'autres Canadiens et Québécois de conscience dans la demande que le gouvernement canadien et du Québec, les politiciens et les députés :

  1. Condamner la dernière agression d'Israël contre les Palestiniens/nes à Gaza,
  2. Demander un arrêt immédiat à toute l'utilisation brutale israélienne de force militaire contre les Palestiniens qui prend un péage humanitaire sérieux sur les civils,
  3. Soulever le blocus sur les gens palestiniens/nes et permettre tout l'essentiel de vie, les aliments, la médecine et l'énergie d'entrer dans les territoires sans n'importe quel retard.
  4. Permettre à un tribunal international indépendant d'entrer dans les territoires palestiniens pour enquêter sur les crimes de guerre l'Israël dans la Bande de Gaza,
  5. Demander à la communauté internationale et au Canada en particulier à agir tout de suite pour arrêter ces crimes;
  6. Et demandez à la communauté internationale et au Canada en particulier à renouveler l'appel aux Hautes Parties contractantes de la Quatrième Convention de Genève de réaliser leur responsabilité sous l'Article 1 de la Convention, garantir qu'il est respecté dans toutes les circonstances et leur responsabilité sous l'Article 146 pour poursuivre des personnes soupçonnées de commettre des violations sérieuses de la convention. Nous affirmons que les violations (IOF) de Forces d'Occupation israélienne sont considérées les crimes de guerre sous l'Article 147 de la Convention et conformément à son premier protocole.

Nous demandons aux députés et d'autres représentants élus, rejoignent  l'Agence de le relief et travaux (UNRWA) et les groupes de droits de l'homme internationaux qui ont averti que le blocus provoquera une catastrophe de santé, affecteront radicalement des hôpitaux, un traitement d'eaux d'égouts et un équipement d'eau et condamner les actions de gouvernement d'Israël et le forcer pour soulever ces mesures inhumaines qui défient des normes humanitaires fondamentales.

For further information / Pour les informations de plus

Contact for comments:

Montréal; Communiqué en français disponible de la part de
Abraham Weizfeld: 514.284.66.42       cell/cellulaire 514.833.2974       saalaha@fokus.name

Alliance  of  Concerned  Jewish  Canadians
Alliance  de  Canadiens/nes  juifs/ves  concerné/es
ACJC

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Facts and Figures about the Current Darkness in the Gaza Strip

January 23rd 2008

Report from the Palestinian Hydrology Group
  1. Gaza Strip today is facing a very harsh siege which is expected to have severely negative humanitarian impact.
  2. The distribution of drinking water and the collection and treatment of wastewater completely rely on electricity and fuel in Gaza Strip.
  3. For several months now Israel has imposed a cruel siege on the Strip preventing people and goods from free movement. This has immobilized the importing of spare parts, pumps, pipes and other necessary accessories for the water and sanitation providing facilities.
  4. According to different sources the water and sanitation services are expected to be completely paralyzed within a matter of hours due to the lack of fuel reserves.
  5. About 133 water wells are being used for domestic purposes in addition to 33 sewage pump stations and three treatment plants; 10 of these groundwater wells function using fuel while the rest rely on electricity. Diesel powered generators are normally used as backup for the whole system but only for a limited time.
    The Coastal Municipalities Water Utility needs at least 100,000 liters of diesel per month to operate the water system. An additional 100,000 liters of diesel per month are needed for the sewage system to prevent wastewater from flooding the streets and residential areas.
  6. Reducing electricity and fuel supplies are potential causes to trigger an environmental crisis especially in the wastewater pump stations and treatment plants. If wastewater is not treated it will have to be pumped directly to the sea. This will for sure have a direct and negative impact on the groundwater aquifer and marine life.
    During winter time sewage pumps need to operate about 24 hours per day due to rainfall. Therefore, interruptions in fuel and electricity supply would be particularly significant.
  7. The sewage treatment plant in Beit Lahiya is also vulnerable to interruptions in electricity supplies. The treatment lagoons must be pumped regularly, or else the 10,000 people living in the area are in danger.  Six months ago, one of the lagoons over flooded and caused the death of five persons. Proper maintenance could have prevented the disaster.
  8. The water supply in Gaza City, with a total of 600,000 residents, in addition to a major part of the central portion of the Strip is expected to be completely cut-off as a result of ceasing the pumping from the municipal groundwater wells. The City also faces the threat of overflowing wastewater since the pumps (especially Al Samer and Aqoola stations) are expected to stop operating within the next 24 hours.
  9. If the current situation should persist the solid wastes generated in the Strip will accumulate in piles on the streets endangering the health of the locals.

The WaSH Monitoring Program calls on the International Community to push Israel to immediately cease all military operations, reopen the borders to allow the movement of people and goods and provide fuel supply and humanitarian aid to the residents of Gaza.

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