- As the death toll continues to rise on both sides, we at CODEPINK
continue to call for a cease fire. We are appalled not only by the violence
itself but the lack of international leadership to try to stop it. While
the world is crying out for global intervention to stop the madness,
the United States is blocking the international community from calling
for a ceasefire -- confusing Israel's right to defend itself with the
choice to kill innocent civilians and blow up Lebanon's bridges, airports
and power stations.
- There is no military solution to the current conflict. The Iraq war
hasn't brought peace or security to the people of Iraq or the U.S. Bombing
civilian populations has not and will not bring greater peace or security
to the people of Lebanon, Palestine, and Israel.
- Jimmy Carter recently said, “It is inarguable that Israel has
a right to defend itself against attacks on its citizens, but it is
inhumane and counterproductive to punish civilian populations in the
illogical hope that somehow they will blame Hamas and Hezbollah for
provoking the devastating response.” The result instead has been
that broad Arab and worldwide support has been rallied for these groups,
while condemnation of both Israel and the United States has intensified.
- As far as the US position on this issue goes, Condoleezza Rice has
referred to the situation as democratic ‘birth pains'. Zillah
Eisenstein, professor of politics at the State University of New York
in Ithaca, writes, “Condoleezza Rice refers to the unrelenting
bombing in Lebanon as ‘the birth pangs' of a new democratic
middle east. But these bombs create lasting damage and devastation,
and are not fleeting pangs of any sort. And they birth nothing but rather
kill, maim and destroy everything in their path. The only thing birthed
here are new hatreds and horror. The war in Lebanon is a miscarriage
of justice, a still-birth. Do not use the language of female bodies
to camouflage this atrocious war.”
- We call on the United States government and all the conflicting parties
to talk officially or unofficially to each other instead of trying to
kill and injure each other. Talk to Syria, talk to Hezbollah, talk to
Hamas, talk to Israel, and talk to Iran. Talk don't kill. All parties
have legitimate grievances and concerns. Deal with them.
- We are undertaking a fast, Troops Home Fast, knowing well that Middle
East conflicts will not be resolved by this action alone. Our fast aims
to galvanize public support against the ongoing occupation of Iraq,
and also to raise awareness about the conflict in Lebanon and Israel.
Join us in this fast to share in the suffering of hundreds of innocent
civilians killed, the wounded, the displaced, those whose livelihoods
were destroyed, and those countless children who will grow up with deep
traumas. For more information, visit www.troopshomefast.org.
- On Sunday, July 30th, Israel bombed a residential apartment building
in the Lebanese village of Qana, killing 57 civilians, including 37
children. It is likely that U.S. weapons provided to Israel with U.S.-taxpayer
dollars killed the villagers of Qana. According to The Washington Post,
a bomb fragment found at the Qana bombing site read "For use on
MK-84, Guided Bomb BSU-37/B." MK-84s are free-fall unguided bombs;
Boeing-produced Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAMs) are attached to
MK-84s to convert them into GPS-guided "smart" bombs. Between
2002-2004, the Pentagon notified Congress of impending sales of 6,000
JDAMs and 2,590 MK-84s to Israel through its Foreign Military Sales
(FMS) program -- valued at $346 million.
- Leaders on both sides ignore strong majorities that crave peace, allowing
extremist-led violence to preempt all opportunities for building a political
- The only way out of the carnage is an immediate and unconditional
cease-fire, followed by multiparty negotiations to resolve the underlying
political disputes based on human rights and international law. Most
of the world agrees, but the governments of the U.S., Britain, and Israel
have so far rejected calls for an immediate cease-fire.
What can I do to STOP this horrific
- Contact Ambassador John Bolton at the U.S. Mission to the UN by calling
(212) 415-4050 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and ask him to call for a ceasefire.
- Contact UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and implore the UN must show
leadership and demand a ceasefire. Email: email@example.com and/or Fax: (212)
- Call your Congressperson and the White House every day this week and
demand an immediate cease-fire and a Presidential report to Congress
on Israel's misuse of U.S.-supplied weapons to kill civilians and destroy
civilian infrastructure in violation of the U.S. Arms Export Control
- Call 202-456-1111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org today to reach
the White House! Call Congress at 202-224-3121 for the Capitol switchboard.
- Attend local demonstrations and vigils. You can find out more information
about local actions by connecting with peace groups working on this
issue in your area. Check
out what other groups are doing!
- Join the fast.We are entering the second month of our fast, in which
over 4,000 people have already participated.