- but the will and actions of millions of people around the world sure can! In days like these feelings of despair and hopelessness are never far away. But remember that there are so many things that can be done in order to halt the aggression and massacre against the people of Gaza. Don’t think you’re the only one watching the evening news in anguish, don’t think you’re the only one having sleepless nights, don’t think you’re the only one constantly bearing the latent urge to scream of anger and indignation.
Alone, we cannot achieve anything. But through collective efforts results can be accomplished, probably beyond our own imaginations. The fact that a resolution, be it that it is inadequate in many ways, calling on Israel to halt the aggression has been passed in the U.N. Security Council would never have happened without the massive mobilizations for Gaza solidarity taking place around the world.
Let there be no illusions. The Israeli state has since long proved to be completely insensitive to international condemnations (amongst other things, Israel hold the world record in breaching U.N. General Assembly resolutions). Only if protests will have concrete economic & diplomatic impact, there will be shifts in the behaviour of the Israeli political elite. Some examples;
- Call for the European Union to freeze its trade agreement with Israel. The European Union is Israel's most important trading partner, and the free trade agreement is extremely favourable to the Israelis. In essence, European taxpayers are subsidising the Israeli economy. The trade agreement is introduced by a human rights clause, stipulating that Israel has to abide by certain human rights standards and the European Union should monitor the conduct of Israel in this regard. It would be extremely easy for the European Union to freeze the trade agreement on human rights grounds, as was done with the trade agreement with Uzbekistan in 2005.
- Call on the U.S. to suspend its military aid to Israel. Why should American taxpayers should bail out the Israeli war machine as it is dropping white phosphor bombs on one of the most densely populated areas in the world?
- Call on Arab governments to suspend their complicity with the occupation of Palestine. If states like Egypt or Qatar would cancel their oil exports to Israel, it wouldn’t take long before the Israeli state would be put to its knees. Many have pointed out the absurdity of the Egyptian government allowing oil exports to Israel, whilst enforcing the blockade on Gaza.
- Pressure corporations involved in economic activities in Occupied Palestinian Terrorities to pull out. One succesfull example is the Swedish company ASSA Abloy, which decided to pull out from an illegal West Bank settlement factory due to public pressure. An example on an ongoing campaign are the calls for boycott of Veolia, currently involved in building an Apartheid railway line on occupied Palestinian land.
The purpose of this blog is to give commentary, news and other info on events, current and past.
This blog came about spontaneously (titled 'Gaza Peace n' Freedom') in the midst of the January 2009 Gaza Massacre, seeking to present links, photos and videos of a fraction of the multitude of protests occuring around the world with the objective of letting the people of Gaza know that they are not alone, letting the Israeli warmongers know that their crimes will not be forgotten.