March 11: Conference Call on Gaza and Military Aid to Israel
Call-In Number: 712-775-7000
Access code: 061252#
Tuesday, March 11
9 PM EST
WILPF's Women Challenge US Policy: Building Peace on Justice in the Middle East Campaign joins the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and United for Peace and Justice to invite you to a debriefing conference call on the massive military assault in the besieged Gaza Strip and the consequences of the increase in military aid to Israel requested by President Bush.
The massive Israeli military assault on Gaza of recent days is the most immediately murderous part of a series of escalating regional crises that are rippling across the Middle East, involving Palestine and Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria -- and U.S. warships moving into strategic positions off the Lebanese coast.
In Gaza, Israel's attack killed between 125 and 131 Palestinians, of whom half were civilians, and at least 22 of whom were children, including several infants. The attack devastated Gaza's 1.5 million residents already suffering under what a coalition of British humanitarian agencies including Amnesty International and Oxfam called "worse than at any time since the beginning of the Israeli military occupation in 1967."
The United States should be cutting off military aid to Israel for its human rights abuses and violations of the U.S. Arms Export Control and Foreign Assistance Acts, not increasing it.
Join Phyllis Bennis on the conference call!