Wednesday, July 19, 2006

UNITED FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE

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Emergency Action to End the War on Lebanon Deliver a Letter to the US Mission of the United Nations Join UFPJ and peace and justice activists: Friday, July 21, 4 -5:30 PM140 East 45th Street (between Third and Lexington Avenues)

We call for the Bush administration to:
* Support a Security Council resolution calling for an immediate andunconditional cease-fire;
* Urge negotiations now to resolve all disputes including the release ofprisoners on all sides;
* Put an end to US blocking of UN action.We will stage a picket outside the mission and deliver a letter signed by UFPJ andother peace and justice organizations.
(See text of letter below.)

While the world is crying out for global intervention to stop the bloodshed, we have been tremendously disappointed by the response from the Bush administration. And instead of rallying the international community to call for an immediatecease-fire to stop further bloodshed, it has blocked the UN efforts to do just that.We condemn all attacks on civilians, and call for the release of prisoners held onall sides in this conflict, including the Israeli soldiers captured by Hezbollah.But while Hezbollah violated international law by attacking Israel and then firingmissiles at Israeli cities, Israel's clearly disproportionate response is an act ofcollective punishment against the Lebanese population -- a serious violation ofinternational law.On Friday, we will go to the US mission to hold our government accountable for theirnegligent response to this conflict. Please join us.


Dear Ambassador Bolton,On behalf of United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ), the largest antiwar coalition inthe United States, we want to express our concern over the escalating crisis betweenIsrael and Lebanon and urge you to support a Security Council resolution calling foran immediate and unconditional cease-fire.We are gravely concerned about the loss of lives on both sides. We condemn allattacks on civilians, and call for the release of prisoners held on all sides inthis conflict, including the Israeli soldiers captured by Hezbollah. But whileHezbollah violated international law by attacking Israel and then firing missiles atIsraeli cities, Israel's clearly disproportionate response is an act of collectivepunishment against the Lebanese population -- a serious violation of internationallaw.While the world is crying out for global intervention to stop the bloodshed, we havebeen tremendously disappointed by the response from the Bush administration. Insteadof using its influence on Israel to stop the devastating attacks on the Lebanesepopulation, it has supported such attacks. And instead of rallying the internationalcommunity to call for an immediate cease-fire to stop further bloodshed, it hasblocked UN efforts to call for an immediate cease-fire.We urgently call on the Bush administration to work with international partners tobroker an immediate and unconditional cease-fire and commence negotiations topeacefully resolve the crisis.We look forward to hearing your response.

8 Comments:

Blogger blogagog said...

Do you think Hezbollah will honor a UN mandated cease-fire? Wouldn't it be better if Israel weakened or killed most of them so the Lebanese army can destroy Hezbollah once and for all and take back Lebanon?

It is heartwrenching, but with Hezbollah still around, Lebanon and Israel will just be having a repeat of this battle in 5 or 10 years.

8:26 PM  
Blogger Mirvat said...

thanks fouad

8:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

magine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today...

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace...

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world...

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one

8:38 PM  
Blogger Ty said...

Where do we send our letters?

9:12 PM  
Anonymous aisling said...

Fouad are you going?

9:20 PM  
Anonymous Katia said...

Je me souviens
C'était hier
Sous le ciel des Pyrennées
Vous expliquiez les bombes
Le bruit quand elles tombent
Et je restais
À vous écouter
Sans voix
Sans rien à dire
N'ayant connu que la paix
Les vitres qui tremblent
Et les changements d'école
C'est votre humanité
Notre humanité
Qui m'avait marqué
Les étoiles brillaient
Inoubliables Pyrennées

Alors ce soir
Je t'offre ma prière
Mon ami
Mon ami
Car je me sens si impuissante
J'aimerais tellement croire encore
En l'humanité
La tienne, je la sais
La mienne, je la ressens
Mais, la leur ?

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2 militaires tués et voilà une population, une infrastructure, un environnement en ruine, en désarroi, en otage. Or, les militaires ont accepté les risques. C'est là leur travail, leur devoir, le serment qu'ils ont prêté. La réponse politique à cette crise me fait honte et m'enrage.

10:23 PM  
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10:25 PM  
Blogger Fouad said...

Katia... merci ma tres chere amie.

And thanks to all for your support. We need every last ounce of it.

10:53 AM  

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