It has been a numb day.
The pictures of Gaza, the torn bodies of the innocents, the Orwellian Speak of the Israelis and their collaborators, the pathetic (truly ‘arousing pity’) response of the Arab League — it all reminds me of the 2006 Israeli war on Lebanon. (And, yes, just as the 2006 Israeli war was a war on Lebanon and not on Hezbollah, this Israeli war on Gaza is a war on Gaza and not on Hamas.)
It has been a numb day.
Being in the US, I called my two congressmen and left messages on their machines. I know, though, that my words will fall on deaf hearts. I contacted the peace organizations I used to work with – and was pleased to know that they are working on a response, and had been working on a strategy to lift the siege on Gaza. (pleased to know it is on their agenda).
And I followed the news.Like millions of other Arabs, I’m sure. The deathtoll continued to rise. The number of martyrs continued to rise. The talk of further attacks by the inhumane Israelis continued to rise.
As Mohammed wrote: “In just over 12 hours, Israel murdered over 220 (two hundred and twenty) Palestinians, and wounded over 700, 12o of whom are in critical condition without the neccessary medical care they need. It is estimated that tens of bodies remain under the rubble.”
We need to remember that simple fact.
Sameh Habeeb writes from Gaza. … “A family of 9 members, 15 young children, and some women were killed but not recognized…”
We need to remember that Israel has promised more – more massacres, more killing, more destruction, more violations of the laws of decency. More.
And those killings will continue so long as we are numb. So long as we are silenced.
Many of us are not silenced, though. Protests in Egypt, Sudan, Lebanon, Jordan, and occupied Palestine. Protests in Turkey.
Protests planned in Lebanon. An open sit-in all day long with open tents at ESCWA, downtown. And Sunday at 2:00pm protest at the Egyptian embassy in Beirut
Protests planned in London, Paris. Protests planned in Toronto tomorrow. Protests planned in California and Texas and NYC tomorrow, and a national day of protests planned in the US on Tuesday (The ANSWER Coalition, Muslim American Society Freedom, Free Palestine Alliance, National Council of Arab Americans, and Al-Awda, International Palestine Right to Return Coalition are calling for Tuesday, December 30 to be a National Day of Action to show solidarity with the Palestinian people in Gaza and to demand an immediate end to the murderous attacks carried out by the Israeli military against the people of Gaza. In Washington, D.C., there will be a demonstration at the State Department at 4:30 pm. Demonstrations will also be held in cities around the country. See below for an initial list. If there is a demonstration in your city, email the details to email@example.com so it can be posted on the ANSWER Coalition website and listed in any future emails.)
*Send a letter to the State Department and Congress: *Join with people around the country and around the world who are demanding an end to U.S. aid to Israel. This is an urgent situation and we must all act now. You can send a letter with our easy click and send system demanding an end to U.S. aid to Israel. Without U.S. aid, the Israeli military attacks, siege and blockade of Gaza could not be continued. *Click this link now to send a letter to the State Department and elected officials in Congress.*
Hopefully, hopefully, these protests will grow and last and last. Erupting as the recent protest in Greece erupted. Erupting as the anti-IMF protests in Argentina erupted. Erupting to shake off the corrupt governments that are cowing to Israel.
I remember Langston Hughes.
What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore–
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over–
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?