Israel has killed more than 1,900, with civilians representing the majority of those whose status and identity has been verified, and likely many more during the on-going bombardment.
Nearly two million, essentially defenseless people, are locked down in an outdoor prison, traumatized, subject to death from the air at any moment, without access to drinkable tap water or electricity. As they dig out from the rubble in scenes that evoke some of the great crimes in history, as they bury their dead, that the people of Gaza continue to be subjected to collective punishment constitutes an ongoing war crime and crime against humanity.
There have been important statements and courageous protests worldwide. Yet the horrors continue. Resistance to these crimes must become much more broad, diverse, and determined. And those of us living in the United States — the country that enables Israel’s crimes against the people of Gaza, with political, financial, military, and moral support — have a particular responsibility to resist and make clear these crimes are not being done in our name.
On Thursday, we will come together, physically, in one place. We will bring diverse views and perspectives — including on the nature and role of — Israel but a shared commitment that Israel’s ongoing war crimes in Gaza must stop immediately. In doing so, we will strengthen the foundation from which to call forth new and expanding waves of protest until these crimes being perpetrated against the people of Gaza by Israel stop.
August 14 at 7pm EDT
Great Hall of The Cooper Union
7 East 7th St., New York City
Doors open at 6:30
Webcast at worldcantwait.net
Huwaida Arraf, Medea Benjamin, Johanna Bon, Dwayne Booth (Mr. Fish), Noam Chomsky, Marjorie Cohn, Richard Congress, M. Phyllis Cunningham, Lamis Deek, Paul DeRienzo, Carol Dudek, Joe Friendly, Alan Goodman, Rich Greve, Jenny Heinz, Abdeen Jabara, David Kirshbaum, Barbara Lubin, Jen Marlowe, Frederick Nagel, Donna Nevel, Pam Olson, Sharon Pavlovich, Miko Peled, Stephanie Rugoff, Helen Schiff, Adam Shapiro, Ann & Ahmed Shirazi, Debra Sweet, Cornel West, Code Pink, Jews for Palestine Right of Return, Labor for Palestine, New York City Labor Against the War, New York City War Resisters League, Non Violence International, Peace Action – Staten Island, Revolution Books, Veterans for Peace Chapter 34, United National Antiwar Coalition, U.S. Campaign to End the Occupation, and World Can’t Wait… invite you to this important event.
Susie Abdelghafar & Monica Murillo, Students for Justice in Palestine, John Jay College
Refaat Alareer, editor of Gaza Writes Back
Hala Alyan, Palestinian-American poet, clinical psychologist
Laila El-Haddad, author of Gaza Mom blogger & journalist
Richard Falk, UN Special Raporteur on Human Rights (by link)
Alan Goodman, writer, Revolution/revcom.us
Joel Kovel, author Overcoming Zionism: Creating a Single Democratic State in Israel/Palestine
Jonathan Kuttab, human rights lawyer
Jen Marlowe, filmmaker, One Family in Gaza
Ilan Pappe, historian/activist/author The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine
Miko Peled, author of The General’s Son
Fida Qishta, Film maker, Where Should the Birds Fly?
Josh Ruebner, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, author Shattered Hopes: Obama’s Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace