The bloodshed in Gaza is escalating while diplomats talk — the death toll now stands at over 600 people and rising, almost half of them civilians and over 100 children dead. As Israeli tanks, airplanes and artillery bombard thickly populated urban areas, hitting UN schools yesterday, thousands more have been injured and 1.5 million terrified civilians have no escape from this prison-like enclave — the borders have been sealed. Hamas continues to fight and fire rockets deep into Israel: 11 Israelis have died, including from friendly fire.
600 dead & United States obstructing a ceasefire at UN, Sign to send 500,000 voices for peaceOur worldwide call for an internationally-guaranteed ceasefire to protect civilians on all sides has begun to ring out loud and clear, winning the support of leaders in Europe, the Middle East and beyond, with hopeful outlines of a deal emerging from Turkey, Egypt and others. Amidst the confusion, Israel is rejecting a truce for now and escalating its offensive, while US President Bush is blocking a negotiated UN ceasefire, trying instead to impose a skewed alternative that could legitimize Israel’s suffocating isolation of Gaza.
Enough is enough: these civilian deaths can’t go on, and we can’t let Bush and co block a fair, negotiated ceasefire. 250,000 of us have signed the ceasefire petition, let’s make it half a million — we’ll publish it in a hard-hitting ad in the Washington Post and deliver it in meetings with UN Security Council members — follow the link below to see the ad, sign the petition, and forward this message to all your friends and family:
Sign the petition calling for robust international action to achieve an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and take further crucial steps toward a fair and lasting peace in the Middle East — The Avaaz team is going to publish a full page ad like the one attached below in the Washington Post and delivered to UN Security Council this week
We urge you to act immediately to ensure a comprehensive ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, to protect civilians on all sides, and to address the growing humanitarian crisis. Only through robust international action and oversight can the bloodshed be stopped, the Gaza crossings safely re-opened and real progress made toward a wider peace in 2009.