Massacres in Gaza, Demonstrations in the West Bank

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Please pick up the phone and call media outlets immediately to condemn the atrocities being committed in Gaza (using US taxpayer money and with international and Arab government acquiescence).  Demonstrations are ongoing throughout the West Bank.  Here is the press release for the one in Bethlehem (عربي / arabic at bottom).

A Demonstration to Condemn the Massacres Being Committed in Gaza

Palestinian civil society organizations, people of various political affiliations, Christians, and Muslims, and all people of conscience in the Bethlehem area are gathering at 5 PM in front of the Church of Nativity and Omar’s mosque in Bethlehem.

Nearly 200 people were reported massacred so far by Israeli warplanes bombing the besieged Gaza strip.  Hundreds were reported injured so far.  The victims include men, women, and children and the number of victims is expected to rise rapidly.  Join us today as we call for ending the massacres, ending the siege on Gaza, for reconciliation between all Palestinians, and for freedom.

For more information:

Khalid AlAzza 0545439263
Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh 0598939532
Dr. Abdelfattah Abusrour 0599255573

A personal note: I was reading an open letter from a family from Gaza on my computer that talked of the hardships and the lack of food and electricity when my mother ran in to tell me that they are bombing Gaza.  I watch a little on the TV and get sick to my stomach.  I rushed to the Palestinian Center for Rapprochement and it is buzzing with activities.  Thousands will come out today on short notice I am sure just in the Bethlehem area.  Please spread the word.

“Israel Launches Missile Attacks on Gaza,” Al Jazeera, 27.12.08

اعتصام احتجاجي ضد المذبحة الإسرائيلية في قطاع غزة
بيت لحم – ساحة كنيسة المهد – الساعة 5:00 مساءً

منظمات المجتمع المدني والفعاليات والناشطين أصحاب الضمائر الحية في محافظة بيت لحم يستنكرون العدوان الإسرائيلي الآثم على قطاع غزة.

وندعو للمشاركة في الفعالية الاحتجاجية اليوم السبت الساعة الخامسة مساءً أمام كنيسة المهد في بيت لحم.

لقد أودت هذه الغارة الإجرامية على قطاع غزة بحياة حوالي 200 من أبناء الشعب الفلسطيني وجرحت مئات آخرين من الشباب والشيوخ والأطفال والرقم ما زال مرشح للارتفاع اذ أن جيش الاحتلال الإسرائيلي قد أعلن أن الهجوم هو فقط البداية.

ندعوكم للانضمام إلينا اليوم للدعوة إلى وقف المجزرة وإنهاء الحصار على شعبنا في غزة وإنهاء الاحتلال الإسرائيلي. كما ندعو بشكل خاص إلى المصالحة الفلسطينية – الفلسطينية وإنهاء حالة الانقسام.

لمزيد من المعلومات

خالد العزة 0545439263 (عربي)
د. عبدالفتاح أبو سرور 0599255573 (عربي)
د. مازن قمصية 0598939532 (انجليزي)

“Palestinians Demonstrate against Israeli Attack on Gaza,”
Press TV, 27.12.08

Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD is Chairman of the Board of the Palestinian Center for Rapprochement between — and is a professor at Bethlehem University in the occupied West Bank.  Contact him through his website: