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May 31, 2010 at 12:50 PM
PRESS RELEASE
GAZA, PALESTINE
31.MAY.2010
 
We Gaza based Palestinian Civil Society Organizations and International
activists call on the international community and civil society to pressure
their governments and Israel to cease the abductions and killings in Israel’s
attacks against the Gaza Freedom Flotilla sailing for Gaza, and begin a global
response to hold Israel accountable for the murder of foreign civilians at sea
and illegal piracy of civilian vessels carrying humanitarian aid for Gaza.  
 
We salute the courage of all those who have organized this aid intervention and
demand a safe passage through to Gaza for the 750 people of conscience from 40
different countries including 35 international politicians intent on breaking
the Israeli-Egyptian blockade. We offer our sincerest condolences to family and
friends who  have lost loved ones in the attack.
 
By sailing directly to Gaza , outside of Israeli waters, with cargo banned
illegally by Israel , such as the 10,000 tonnes of badly needed concrete, toys,
workbooks, chocolate, pasta and substantial medical supplies, the flotilla is
exercising international law and upholding article 33 of the Geneva Convention
which clearly  states that collective punishment is a crime against humanity.
The hardships of Israel 's closure of Gaza have been well documented by all
human rights groups operating, most recently by Amnesty International in their
Annual Human Rights Report concluding that the siege has "deepened the ongoing
humanitarian crisis. Mass unemployment, extreme poverty, food insecurity and
food price rises caused by shortages left four out of five Gazans dependent on
humanitarian aid. The scope of the blockade and statements made by Israeli
officials about its purpose showed that it was being imposed as a form of
collective punishment of Gazans, a flagrant violation of international law."
 The United Nations continuously states that only a fraction of the required
aid is entering the Strip due to what it calls ‘the medieval siege’, with
John Ging the Director of UNRWA in Gaza specifically expressing the need for
the Flotilla to enter Gaza . The European Union’s new foreign affairs
minister Catherine Ashton has just reiterated its call for, “an immediate,
sustained and unconditional opening of crossings for the flow of humanitarian
aid, commercial goods and persons to and from Gaza .”
 
The people of Gaza are not dependent people, but self sufficient people doing
what they can to retain some dignity in life in the wake of this colossal
man-made devastation that deprives so many of a basic start in life or minimal
aspirations for the future.
 
We, from Gaza , call on you to demonstrate and support the courageous men and
women on the Flotilla and join the, many now murdered on a humanitarian aid
mission. We insist on severance of diplomatic ties with Israel , trials for war
crimes and the International protection of the civilians of Gaza . We call on
you to join the growing international boycott, divestment and sanction campaign
of a country proving again to be so violent and yet so unchallenged. Join the
growing critical mass around the world with a commitment to the day when
Palestinians are entitled to the same rights as any other people, when the
siege is lifted, the occupation is over and the 6 million Palestinian refugees
are finally granted justice.
 
Press Contacts:
Dr Haidar Eid: One Democratic Sate Group and University Teachers' Association
Dr Mona El Farra: Middle East Children's Alliance , Gaza 00.972(0)598.868.222
Adie Mormech: International Solidarity Movement 00.972(0)597.717.696
Max Ajl: Gaza Freedom March 00.972(0)597.750.798
 
Signatory Organisations:
The One Democratic State Group
University Teachers Association
Arab Cultural Forum
Palestinian Students’ Campaign for the Academic Boycott of Israel
Association of Al-Quds Bank for Culture and Info
Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlements
International Solidarity Movement
Palestinian Network of Non-Governmental Organisations
Palestinian Women Committees
Progressive Students Union
Medical Relief Society
The General Society for Rehabilitation
Gaza Community Mental Health Program
General Union of Palestinian Women
Afaq Jadeeda Cultural Centre for Women and Children
Deir Al-Balah Cultural Centre for Women and Children
Maghazi Cultural Centre for Children
Al-Sahel Centre for Women and Youth
Ghassan Kanfani Kindergartens
Rachel Corrie Centre, Rafah
Rafah Olympia City Sisters
Al Awda Centre, Rafah
Al Awda Hospital, Jabaliya Camp
Ajyal Association, Gaza
General Union of Palestinian Syndicates
Al Karmel Centre, Nuseirat
Local Inititiative, Beit Hanoun
Union of Health Work Committees
Red Crescent Society Gaza Strip
Beit Lahiya Cultural Centre
Al Awda Centre, Rafah
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Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians slams Canadian Jewish Congress exclusion

PRESS  RELEASE          For immediate Release            2007-07-03
 
The Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians responded today, to the decision by the Canadian Jewish Congress to deny membership to the progressive Jewish group. The CJC issued a letter which gave no reason for its decision.

“The decision by the Canadian Jewish Congress to exclude the Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians illustrates the sectarian orientation of the forces controlling that organization,” declared ACJC Administrative Secretary Abraham Weizfeld. “The rejection of our application to become a member of the Canadian Jewish Congress and the refusal seat our delegates at the CJC Plenary on June 17th amounts to a refusal to acknowledge growing Jewish opposition to the Israeli occupation and siege of the Palestinian territories.”

“CJC’s refusal to include all tendencies in the Jewish community should be seen as a futile attempt to marginalize growing Jewish opposition to Israel’s behaviour and to the exclusive character of the Israel State,” Weizfeld continued.

 He contended that this refusal also motivated the decision by the June 17 plenary of the Canadian Jewish Congress to annul the process of conducting elections to the Board of Directors. As a result of this decision, the Board will now have 25% of its seats reserved for the Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy which controls the CJC funding agency, the United Jewish Appeal. Weizfeld explained that these organizations provide unquestioning support to Israel, regardless of what it does.

The resulting vote on a resolution to amend the CJC constitution with regard to election of officers may not have passed if the Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians’ delegates had been included.

“We do not share in the uncritical support for Israel,” Weizfeld stated. “It is our position that the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, which began in 1967, must end immediately. This is the view that the ACJC wanted to bring to the Canadian Jewish Congress and that the CJC leadership was determined to ignore.” The refusal to hear our independent voice is proof that the CJC is not a body representative of diverse currents in Canada's Jewish population.

“It is essential that Israel and the Palestinians – including the duly elected Prime Minister Haniyeh – begin negotiations to conclude a lasting peace without prior conditions from either side. Only this approach can put an end to this ongoing tragedy for both the Palestinian and Israeli communities,” he concluded.

Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians
Alliance de Canadien/nes juif/ves concerné/es
68, av. Duluth est
Montréal QC H2W 1G8 Canada
(514) 284-6642

ACJC2006@yahoo.ca
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ACJC2006

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