Letter from the Raprochement Centre in Palestine

Posted on May 31, 2010


Dear All,
Many of you have heard the terrible news of the Israeli attack against the Freedom Flotilla, which, so far, claimed the lives of 15 – 20 activists, who sailed to break the siege on Gaza, carrying medical and food supplies in addition to construction materials, to be delivered to the besieged 1.5 million people.

Following this severe attack, in which Israel confirms its disrespect to the world, international humanitarian law, and even to the basic human rights, we call upon all of you to act to bring Israeli officials, including, the Israeli Prime Minister, Minister of Defence, and chiefs of the Israeli military, to justice.

There are two factors that would make Israel act in this way against those activists:
1- If the Flotilla arrives into Gaza and deliver the material, the siege is broken. (something that Israel does not want to see happening)
2- Israel thinks it is above the law, and will get away with it.

Here comes your role, what do you want to do??

List of possible actions:

(1) First get the facts and then disseminate them.
(2) Contact local media. Write letters to editors (usually 100-150 words) and longer op-eds (usually 600-800 words) for local newspapers. But also write to news departments in both print, audio, and visual media about their coverage.
(3) Contact elected and other political leaders in your country to urge them to apply pressure to end the attacks. In the US, Contact the State Department at 202.647.5291, the White House 202-456-1111 and the Obama Transition Team 202-540-3000 (then press 2 to speak with a staff member).

(4) Organize and join demonstrations in front of Israeli and Egyptian embassies or when not doable in front of your parliament, office of elected officials, and any other visible place (and do media work for it).

(5) Hold a teach-in, seminar, public dialogue, documentary film viewing etc. this is straightforward: you need to decide venue, nature, if any speakers, and do some publicity (the internet helps).

(6) Pass out fliers with facts and figures about Palestine and Gaza in your community (make sure also to mention its relevance to the audience: e.g, US taxpayers paying for the carnage, increase in world instability and economic uncertainty).

(7) Put a Palestinian flag at your window.

(8) Wear a Palestinian head scarf (Koufiya)

(9) Wear Black arm bands (this helps start conversations with people).

(10) Send direct aid to Gaza through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). http://www.un.org/unrwa/

(11) Initiate boycotts, divestments and sanctions at all levels and including asking leaders to expel the Israeli ambassadors (an ambassador of an apartheid and rogue state). See Palestinian call http://tinyurl.com/94aafw

(12) Work towards bringing Israeli leaders before war crime courts (actions along those lines in courts have stopped Israeli leaders from traveling abroad to some countries like Britain where they may face charges).

(13) Calling upon all Israelis to demonstrate in front of their war ministry and to more directly challenge their government

(14) Do outreach: to neighbours and friends directly. Via Internet to a lot of others (you can join and post information to various listservs/groups).

(15) Start your own activist group or join other local groups (simple search in your city with the word Palestine could identify candidate groups that have previously worked on issues of Palestine). Many have also been successful in at bringing coalitions from different constituencies in their local areas to work together (human rights group, social and civil activists, religious activists, etc).

(16) Develop a campaign of sit-ins at government offices or other places where decision makers aggregate.

(17) Do a group fast for peace one day and hold it in a public place.

(18) Visit Palestine (e.g. with http://www.sirajcenter.org)

(19) Support human rights and other groups working on the ground in Palestine.

(20) Make large signs and display them at street corners and where ever people congregate.

(21) Contact local churches, mosques, synagogues, and other houses of worship and ask them to take a moral stand and act. Call on your mosque to dedicate this Friday for Gaza actions.

(22) Dedicate a certain time for activism for peace every day (1 hour) and think of more actions than what are listed above.

More actions can be done,, this is not all..

We have published these actions during the war on Gaza,, it seems that these actions should be ongoing.

George N. Rishmawi
The Palestinian Center for Rapprochement between People (PCR)
Phone: +972(0)2-277-2018 Fax: +972(0)2-277-4602

+970-599-833-888 (Cell)
+1-989-607-9480 (US)

www.pcr.ps , www.imemc.org

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