WILPF condemns Israel's use of Collective Punishment and Illegal Detention

29 June 2006

The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, US Section calls upon the US government to unequivocally condemn Israeli use of collective punishment and illegal detention. We urge our members to:

1. Call, email, fax the White House:
White House comment line: 202-456-1111
Email: comments@whitehouse.gov
FAX: 202-456-2461

2. Call or email the State Department:
Phone: 202-647-5291
Website: http://contact-us.state.gov

3. Write Letters to the Editor

4. Join sister activists in protests in front of federal buildings, Israeli consulates, and Israeli embassies.

Talking Points

-- We support the call for both sides to "step back from the brink".

-- WILPF has always condemned all violence, including State violence. We join former Israeli Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben-Ami and the Israeli peace movement, along with voices from around the world, in condemning Israel's latest incursion into Gaza.

-- As a member of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom and a resident of the United States, I insist that my government work towards a peaceful end of the Israel / Palestinian conflict by recognizing that Israel's bombing of Palestinian infrastructure and civilian areas, its imprisonment of democratically-chosen PA cabinet members, and threats to murder Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal in Syria are "actions of violence and terror."

-- The US government needs to recognize that Israel caused the current escalation of violence and the US government must work to end Israel's illegal use of force and insist that Israel release the politicians it arrested, immediately stop its military incursion in the Gaza Strip, and use the international legal system to bring alleged terrorists to justice, rather than assuming the right to assassinate people.

Background Information—For the latest information, check these websites:

“Israel's return to Gaza: multiple motives,” article Christian Science Monitor
http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0629/p01s04-wome.html

International Middle East Media Center: http://imemc.org/

Gush Shalom-Israel: http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en

The Electronic Intifada: http://electronicintifada.net/new.shtml

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