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sobrique
sobrique
Gaza, Israel and stuff
OK, so I take it everyone's up to date on Israel vs. Palestine, in the latest episode?

There's a bit more on the subject: http://eumelia.livejournal.com/377630.html

Basically, the situation there is getting rather ugly - Both sides are quite firmly intent on killing each other, and the collateral damage (civilian casualties) are mounting.
This is getting worse, as essential supplies are running out by the hour - food, water, that kind of thing.

You may not care. But if you do, it's worth a little bit of your time to shout at someone about it: http://www.amnesty.org.uk/actions_details.asp?ActionID=551
It's a link to a template letter, to our Foreign Secretary.

I won't plug Amnesty overly, beyond saying I signed up a while back, and haven't since regretted the decision. But if you're inclined to do so as well, they're quite keen to have a donation: http://www.amnesty.org.uk/content.asp?CategoryID=11484
or get you to sign up:
http://www.amnesty.org.uk/content.asp?CategoryID=73

It doesn't take a lot of money - £2/month, is enough and goes to helping making Human Rights, actual Rights, not 'Optional Extras'.
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sobrique From: sobrique Date: January 9th, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
ok
ash1977law From: ash1977law Date: January 9th, 2009 07:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. Good follow-up post BTW
ehrine From: ehrine Date: January 9th, 2009 06:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was watching BBC News 24 last night with the whole UN debate/vote on a resolution. David Miliband did do a certain ammount of the normal weasel trick of not actually answering the question of "Will this resolution actually make any difference", but at least the UK was pushing the UN into doing _something_.

The US abstaining did pretty much remove any strength it had though, as they effectively said "no" (without actually saying so as that would have veto'd it and made them look really bad). Without US support, Isreal were hardly likely to care that much.

In many ways, the ball is in the the UN court. They said this needs to stop now and have been ignored. If they don't do something they're showing themselves to be pretty much a joke (although the whole Iraq mess to and extent has already done that). Question is, what can be done? Shame there's no oil in Gaza otherwise I'm sure we'd quickly have a multi-national force go in to enforce "peace". Or is that just me being cynical?
cbr_paul From: cbr_paul Date: January 9th, 2009 07:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Maybe I just got a bad experience, but a few years ago I emailed Amnesty with a view to joining and asked them what they were doing in regards to pressuring South Africa and other nations about the situation in Zimbabwe (well before that last election).
Sadly, I got no answer so was rather underwhelmed with them. I hope it was just an isolated incident as I really do admire their ethos.
cbr_paul From: cbr_paul Date: January 9th, 2009 07:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
And of course there was today's atrocity: the Israeli shelling of a house used by their troops to house displaced Palestinians.
But it's OK as they've said that they'll launch an "investigation" into the matter...
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