Posted by: r.m. | January 14, 2009

small snippets of action …

You’ve seen the protests of hundreds upon hundreds of thousands of people around the world. (Actually, the number of protesters is in the millions if we just count the protests in Turkey and Morocco!)

Here are small snippets of action from across the globe that also reflect the solidarity with Palestinians and the outrage against the massacres.

On January 12: the San Francisco Labor Council delegates’ meeting adopted a resolution that calls for an immediate ceasefire in the region and “urges all parties to address the serious humanitarian and economic needs of the people of Gaza.” This entails — the resolution pointed out — opening of border crossings to ensure the continuous provision of humanitarian supplies, including supplies of food, fuel and provision of medical treatment.”

On January 12: Consumers Association of Turkey called on Turkish citizens to boycott Israeli, US and British products by saying “We will not provide ammunition for siyonist Israel`s attacks

And yesterday, “About a hundred demonstrators  converged on [Hamra] branch of the Starbucks coffee shop and closed it down in protest over the Israeli attack on Gaza. (Note: a protestor commented a correction to the article. S/he wrote: “This is entirely incorrect. We were protesting for a while, and as we were protesting, customers gradually left the premises on their own. when all the customers had left; the employees turned off the lights and chose to remain inside. The protestors did not enter Starbucks.”

And most importantly, definitely most importantly: US Cancels Munitions Shipment To Israel Via Greece
“The U.S. military has to had to cancel a planned shipment of munitions from a Greek port to a U.S. warehouse in Israel due to objections from Athens, a Pentagon spokesman said on Tuesday. …The shipment had been agreed last summer before the current Israeli offensive in Gaza, he said.

Greek foreign minister Dora Bakoyiannis told reporters [on Tuesday] that neither the private port of Astakos in the country’s west nor “any other location in Greece will be used for the supplying of the Israeli army”.

Why would the Greek foreign minister make such a statement?

Greek opposition parties maintained the government objected to the shipment only after the issue was revealed in the local media, because it feared public opinion in Greece, which is broadly opposed to ongoing Israeli military action in Gaza. Protests at the western Greek port of Astakos are [still] planned for Wednesday and Thursday.


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