Organizers estimated 50,000 protesters marched on Washington to demand an end to US support of Israel's operation in Gaza on August 2, 2014.
On Saturday, tens of thousands of demonstrators from across the country descended on Washington, DC, to call for an end to US support for Israel's latest military operation in Gaza. The demonstration included a march to the Washington Post and Caterpillar headquarters, where protesters delivered mock coffins to symbolize the over 1,600 Palestinians, mostly civilians, killed in Israel's onslaught. The march began and ended at the White House, where speakers such as Cornel West addressed the massive crowd.
At one point in the march, organizers had to reroute the procession because the front of the march was about to collide with the rear. In one section of the route, motorists were at a standstill as a dense stream of protesters passed. Organizers said that the march spanned twelve blocks—road and sidewalks included—leading to an estimate of 50,000 attendees.
The large turnout and presence of a diverse group of solidarity activists made a particular impact on some Palestinian-American demonstrators. "It gives me hope," a Palestinian-American woman from Connecticut said.
Thousands have been demonstrating in cities around the world since Israel's operation began on July 8. Palestinian solidarity protests throughout the United States have drawn record crowds demanding that the US stop its support of Israel's killing of Palestinians in Gaza. The US gives over $3 billion in taxpayer money to the Israeli government each year, and Congress recently approved $255 million in additional funding for Israel's Iron Dome.
Just Foreign Policy, along with our partners at Gaza's Ark and the International Freedom Flotilla Coalition, have called for a daily 15 minute twitter storm at 12 noon eastern time until the Cairo talks end with an agreement to lift the siege of Gaza.
Here's how to participate:
- Be on Twitter at noon Eastern US time (11 AM Central, 9 AM Pacific) every day until the Cairo talks conclude. If you can't make it every day, don't worry. Show up when you can. Check here if you need to look up the time in your area.
- Use hashtag #EndGazaBlockadeInCairo in all tweets.
- Tweet as much as you can for 15 minutes. Sample tweets can be found below or you can watch the hashtag and copy & paste tweets you like.
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Americans for Peace Now Backs Kerry on Gaza Ceasefire
Robert Naiman, Daily Kos, Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Secretary of State John Kerry is coming under fire in Israel for trying to broker a ceasefire in Gaza that addresses the humanitarian and economic situation created by Israel and Egypt's seven year-old blockade. Let Kerry know that you have his back against the Israeli onslaught by tweeting your support. We have set up some sample tweets for you below, but feel free to make your own!
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We support @JohnKerry’s push for lasting #Gaza ceasefire, addressing blockade http://bit.ly/end-war-blockade #GazaUnderAttack pic.twitter.com/nc0f7uwEoi
We support @JohnKerry’s push to address humanitarian & economic situation in #Gaza http://bit.ly/end-war-blockade #GazaUnderAttack
Sometime after noon today, the House will take an important vote that is likely to determine whether the U.S. launches airstrikes in Iraq.
If the House passes the McGovern-Jones-Lee H. Con. Res. 105, which it well might, direct U.S. military intervention in Iraq will be much less likely. The bill requires the President to seek explicit Congressional approval for involving U.S. troops in combat.
Call your Representative now and urge them to vote YES on H. Con. Res. 105. You can call the Congressional switchboard at 202-225-3121. Ask to be connected to your Representative’s office. When you reach a staffer, say:
My name is ____ and I’m calling from ____ to urge Representative ____ to vote YES on H. Con. Res. 105 to require the President to seek Congressional authorization before using military force in Iraq.
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Thursday, July 24 is a National Day of Action for Gaza in the US. Just Foreign Policy is calling on members to deliver this petition to local congressional offices in conjunction with protests, vigils, and other events being organized throughout the country.
Below is a list of petition delivery events currently scheduled. Email the event contact to RSVP. If there is no event in your area and you would like to start one, please fill out our form.
Rep. Jerry McNerny
Antioch Community Center
4703 Lone Tree Way
Antioch, CA 94531
Event Contact: Jeff Campbell, email@example.com
Sen. Barbara Boxer
312 N. Spring St. Suite 1748
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Event Contact: Dario Monsalve, Monsalves@yahoo.com
Sen. Barbara Boxer
70 Washington Street, Suite 203
Oakland, CA 94607
Event Contact: Priscilla Rich, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Barbara Lee
3:30 pm with march to follow
1301 Clay Street Suite 1000-N
Oakland, CA 94612
Event Contact: Sandra, email@example.com
Rep. Susan Davis
2700 Adams Avenue Suite 102
San Diego CA 92116
Event Contact: Michael Brackney, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Scott Peters
4350 Executive Drive, Suite 105
San Diego, CA 92121
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Rep. Lois Capps
1411 Marsh Street, Suite 205
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Event Contact: Silvi Surez, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Mike Honda
2001 Gateway Place
San Jose, CA 95110
Event Contact: Shahid Siddiqui, email@example.com
Rep. Sam Farr
701 Ocean Street, Room 318C
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/558359054268708/?context=create&source=49
Contact: Kathleen Eschen-Pipes, firstname.lastname@example.org
The following is a message from Abir Elzowidi to Just Foreign Policy supporters.
My name is Abir Elzowidi. I work in Los Angeles for a small NGO called “Oasis of Peace” promoting peaceful co-existence between Israelis and Palestinians, Christians, Muslims and Jews.
A few days ago, five members of my family—including two small children—were killed in my village of Beit Hanoun in Gaza. A few days before, several other family members were told to leave their homes and made to stand by and watch as members of the Israeli Defense Force bombed their homes. They are now homeless, including my 93 year-old grandmother. Now I am afraid for the safety of my mother, my sister, my brother and their children in Gaza City as they are bombing randomly all around them. They, like others in Gaza, have nowhere safe to go.
I am grieving but I need your support. Together, we are not powerless. We can use our voices in this country to say enough is enough: stop the bombing, stop killing innocent children!
Thursday, July 24, will be a national day of action on Gaza. Here are two things you can do to help stop the violence:
- Sign my petition calling on the Obama Administration and Congress to use all the tools at their disposal to end the violence and lift the blockade of Gaza.
- Sign up to deliver petition signatures to your Representative or Senator’s local office. We’ll help you every step of the way. Just fill out our quick form to let us know you’re interested.
International solidarity activists, including American journalist Joe Catron, are acting as “human shields” to prevent the Israeli military from bombing Wafa Hospital in Gaza.
Urge President Obama and your representatives in Congress to demand that Israel refrain from bombing Wafa Hospital and other medical facilities in Gaza protected by international humanitarian law by signing our petition at MoveOn:
As of Wednesday morning, 213 Palestinians had been killed by Israeli airstrikes in Gaza, including at least 34 children.   About 80% of the casualties have been civilians, according to the UN. 
Wafa Hospital in Gaza’s Shujaiyya district has already been hit twice by Israeli airstrikes. The Israeli military has told the hospital to evacuate, but the hospital’s staff say that 16 elderly and terminally ill patients are too frail to move. 
When an Israeli military officer called the hospital late on Tuesday warning that it must be evacuated by 8AM Wednesday morning, Dr. Basman Alashi, the hospital’s executive director, called the World Health Organization, saying that such a move would risk the lives of patients.
On Wednesday, while many inhabitants of the surrounding area were fleeing in response to Israeli bombardment warnings, Dr. Alashi, 16 medical staff members and the same number of patients stayed behind.
They have been joined by eight international solidarity activists, including American journalist Joe Catron, who have volunteered to act as human shields at the hospital. 
Press President Obama and Members of Congress to demand that Israel not bomb Wafa Hospital or other medical facilities in Gaza protected by international humanitarian law by signing and sharing our petition:
The deadline on the latest round of Iran talks is just around the corner and, as expected, the Iran hawks in Congress are getting ready to swoop in for the kill.
Senators Robert Menendez and Lindsey Graham are circulating a letter that sets unreasonable demands on an agreement which have no productive use other than creating ill-will. 
AIPAC and friends are out on the Hill lobbying aggressively to get your Senators to sign this letter. That’s why they need to hear from you!
Tell your Senators not to sign the Menendez-Graham letter by sending an email today.
Negotiators are hard at work trying to reach a final deal with Iran, which will require compromise on both sides. But the conditions set in the Menendez-Graham letter throw compromise out the window by insisting on such non-starters as the dismantlement of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure.
Iran has held to its side of the interim deal. It has shown good faith so far. We need to give the negotiators the chance to do their work without interference from those who don’t seem to want to see a deal—no matter the form. Since war is the only alternative to diplomacy, we need to fight against any attempt to sabotage talks.
The deadline for Senators to sign is Wednesday. Tell your Senators not to sign the Menendez-Graham letter now.
Thanks for all you do to help avoid war,
Megan Iorio and Robert Naiman
Just Foreign Policy
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Protesters at “New York Stands With Israel” Press Conference Insist City Council Members "Do Not Speak for Us!"
Protesters confront Rep. Eliot Engel and others as they depart the "New York Stands With Israel" press conference at New York City Hall on Monday, July 14, 2014.
Around a hundred protesters surrounded New York City Hall during a “New York Stands With Israel” press conference Monday morning. The event, which was organized by the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York and the United Jewish Appeal Federation of New York, was intended to give New York City legislators the opportunity to justify Israel’s week-long bombing campaign of Gaza. But chants of “shame on you, City Council”, “New York stands with Palestine”, and “from Brooklyn to Palestine, genocide is a crime” penetrated the press conference—and media reports of it.
“Our elected officials are using their positions as representatives of the people of New York to lend support to Israel’s abuses and violations of international law,” Adalah-NY member Mindy Gershon stated. “These officials don’t speak for us!”
“We want to let the City Council know that most of New York does not support racist genocide and apartheid by [Israel],” said Bill Dores, a member of Al-Awada Right to Return Coalition.