PLM Picket at Israel Embassy Against Bombardment of Gaza PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 November 2012 13:13

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Stop Israel’s bombardment of Gaza-Palestine! Stop the massacre of civilians!

Cut off all diplomatic relations with Israel!

Bring the OFWs home and provide them with jobs!


Over 100 members of the Partido Lakas ng Masa-PLM held a candlelight vigil and protest outside the Israeli embassy to condemn Israel’s air and sea bombardment of Gaza which is resulting in the killing of mainly civilians, including women and children.  Israeli troops have also amassed on the border threatening a ground invasion. Latest death tolls in Gaza are reported to be 130, with around 27 children murdered, with more than 1000 injured by the recent Israeli attacks.

 

“We also think the argument that Israel is only retaliating to attacks by Hamas, false and misleading. Israel has one of the best armed and sophisticated military machines in the world and its military might is no match for the Palestinian people: it’s a David and Goliath situation, with Israeli bombardment resulting in the massacre of civilians” said Sonny Melencio, Chairperson of PLM.

 

Israel is an occupation force and an occupying power.  The Israeli state is a Zionist state – a racist state -- founded on the mass expulsion of the Palestinian peoples. We consider the Palestinian resistance a legitimate struggle for self-determination against the Israeli occupation. The bombardment of Gaza is a pre-planned and genocidal act to crush the Palestinian resistance.

 

The Zionist regime of Israel has attempted numerous times to destroy Hamas, the organisation that leads the struggle of the Palestinian people against oppression by Israel, since Hamas won the Palestinian election in January 2006. Such savage attempts include blockade of the Gaza Strip from 2007 until 2011 which turned Gaza into the largest concentration camp in the world imprisoning 1.5 million Palestinians who live in dire conditions. The massacre by Israeli armed force in December 2008 to January 2009 killed more than 1400 people and wounded over 5300 people in a period of 3 weeks.

 

Israel’s actions are pushing the region closer to a major regional war with serious international ramifications. We know that Israel has been campaigning for and pressuring its allies, especially the United States, towards a war with Iran. It’s also no co-incidence that the airstrikes on Gaza have been initiated by the Israeli government prior to the national elections in January. These events, among others, demonstrate that it is in the interest of the Israeli regime to be on a permanent war footing. Utmost international pressure must be exerted on Israel to stop the bombing of Gaza and desist from this course.

 

The US and other western imperialist powers - are equally responsible for the ongoing slaughter of the Palestinian people. The US government has supplied Israel with the world's most modern weaponry.  The current re-elected US President Barack Obama has stated that the US will continue to support Israel’s “right to defend itself”, at the cost of lives of Palestinians in Gaza who are mainly refugees being denied their right to return to their homes of origin and continuously brutalised by the Israeli army.    The US government has provided USD 3 billion annually to “aid” Israel in equipping itself with murderous weapons to commit its genocidal crime.

 

“The Philippines has recognized the State of Palestine and has had an official diplomatic office for the Palestinian state based here. This is despite pressure from Christian fundamentalist lobby groups against Palestine”, Melencio added.

 

“We call on President Noynoy and his government to be consistent with this position of recognizing Palestinian statehood and to condemn Israel’s genocidal act  on the Palestinian people living in the Gaza strip. The government should cut off all diplomatic relations with the racist- Zionist Israeli state and close down the embassy here in Manila. The OFWs in Israel should be brought home and provided with decent jobs and a living wage” Melencio said.

 

The rally was also joined in by members of Anak Mindanao (AMIN).

 

November 21, 2012.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 November 2012 08:56
 

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