Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) leads militant groups

in protesting US support of Israeli atrocities in Gaza

 

Video: US military aid to Israel

 

January 16, 2009

 

 

 
   
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Activists protest US support of Israeli atrocities in Gaza

Press release
January 16, 2009

As Israeli military operations in Gaza continued, activists from the multisectoral group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) trooped today to the US embassy in Manila to protest the American government’s support for Israel.

For almost three weeks now, Israel has been carrying out bombing raids followed by ground assault on Gaza. The death toll is estimated to have now passed 1,000 Palestinians while the number of wounded in the attacks is nearing 5,000. At least 400 of the casualties are civilians, including women and children.

“We condemn the US government for its continued political and military support for Israel. For decades now, US government has encouraged and supported Israel’s occupation of Palestine and its armed aggression against the Palestinian people”, Bayan chairperson Dr. Carol Pagaduan-Araullo said.

The Bayan leader noted that Israel remains the single biggest recipient of US aid getting a hefty $3 billion annually. A country of only 6 million people, it is currently receiving more US aid than all of Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean taking out Egypt and Colombia. The US has also derailed initial efforts at the United Nations (UN) Security Council to issue a resolution calling for a ceasefire.

“It is clear that Israel will not be able to carry out its current military offensives in Gaza and its past atrocities against the Palestinian people without its ‘Big Brother’ providing resources and hardware”, Araullo said.

Araullo added that the so-called War on Terror campaign launched by the Bush administration in the aftermath of 9/11 is also being used as a pretext to the massacre of innocent people in Gaza. Outgoing US President George Bush Jr. has called the Hamas, the legitimate and duly elected government of Gaza, a “terrorist group supported by Iran and Syria”.

Araullo pointed out that the conflict is certainly not about Israel and Palestine alone. “It is about oil and who controls the Middle East. It is about the US drive for world domination behind the guise of a war on terror”.

Bayan challenged US President-elect Barack Obama to go beyond expressing “deep concern” over the loss of civilian lives in Gaza and initiate an actual and substantial shift in US foreign policy in the Middle East and the rest of the world. Araullo said that Obama should back his words with actions including immediately stopping US military aid to Israel and condemning Israeli atrocities in Gaza. (END)
 

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PRESS STATEMENT
15 January 2009

For Reference:REP. LIZA LARGOZA MAZA 0920-9134540
Francis Uyanguren (Public Information Officer) 0920-3155747

STATEMENT OF GABRIELA WOMEN'S PARTY ON THE INTENSIFIED US-BACKED  ISRAEL AGGRESSION IN GAZA


Gabriela Women's Party fervently denounces the intensified US-backed Israel war of aggression in Gaza that has resulted to the genocide of the Palestinians, massive human rights violations, and destruction of livelihood and properties. These fierce attacks staged by Israel have seriously violated the International Humanitarian law as set forth in the Geneva Conventions since it has been targeting the defenseless civilian areas.

This ongoing aggression has clearly killed and injured the civilians
especially the women and children of Palestine. Israel's military
aggression on Gaza has resulted to mass murder and terroristic crimes against humanity.

The Gabriela Women's Party stands in solidarity with the rest of the international community in calling for the immediate stop of this
aggression. Right from the start, we have been condemning the inhumane attacks that have indiscriminately targeted the innocent civilians. We cannot simply allow this unjust war to continue killing the women and children of Gaza.

The bloodbath of the Palestinian people has only compounded the sixty long years of brutality and hostility of the Israel occupation. These recent attacks have only shown the monstrosity of these aggressors who have not been satisfied in imposing a two-year food blockade upon Gaza resulting to severe food shortages and medical supplies.

We condemn the shameless support of the US government to Israel in its aggression to push its vested interests and clout in the Middle East. The US government's immense role in supplying all the necessary resources to Israel to wage aggression over and over again against the Palestinian people, occupy their land and drive millions of Palestinians away from their homeland is deplorable.

Not only should this unjust war be ceased but its aggressors should also be punished and made accountable to all the crimes committed against the people of Palestine.

The recent statement of Philippine Foreign Affairs Undersecretary
Esteban Conejos Jr. restricting the entry of Palestinian nationals in
the country, including those who have Filipino families, is reflective
of the height of Philippines' puppetry to the US, that it kowtows
support for the Israeli aggression and its bigotry against the people
of Palestine. The Philippine government does not have the right to
issue this virtual death sentence against Palestinians by restricting
their freedom of movement by imposing this discriminatory restriction.

Finally, the Gabriela Women's Party vows to strengthen its call for an end to the Israeli occupation which has subjected the Palestinians to decades of brutality and sufferings. The people of Palestine have long struggled against these worse conditions and have fought for their freedom and self-determination. More than ever, we express our strongest support to their call for justice and peace.

 

     
     
     
     
           
     
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Speaking out against the US-backed Israeli aggression in Gaza
Dr. Carol Araullo of BAYAN Elmer Labog of KMU Rita Baua of BAYAN's international section
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Spokesperson from the Moro Christian Peoples Alliance (MCPA) Cristina Guevarra of the Student Christian Movement of the Philippines Alphonse Rivera of SALINLAHI
     

 

SCM Philippines statement on Israel attacks on Gaza

We in the Student Christian Movement of the Philippines vehemently condemn the recent episode of Israel's atrocities in Gaza, a part of the occupied territories. We condemn the continuous indiscriminate attacks on civilians and civilian installations like schools, houses, temples and other public domain creating massive abuses and humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

Israel has to stop its massacre of Gaza and flagrant violations of International laws committed with impunity in the name of "security" and self defense. Over 1,025 Palestinians have been reportedly killed, and half of them civilians including almost 300 children and youth.

The onslaught brought by the unabated rolling tanks, airstrikes and land artillery shelling by the Israel Defense Force indiscriminately directed against the Gaza people, is a blatant display of arrogance and might of the Zionist Israel state against the Palestinian people it has long-subjugated.

We join the international clamor for the immediate pull-out of Israeli forces out of Gaza and stop its attacks, as we join the demand that the United States stop its blanket support which has emboldened the Israel state in its oppression and military control of the Palestine. The US funnels to the Zionist Israel a hefty US$ 6 billion aid yearly, taken from its taxpayers' money in order to safeguard its control of oil and other gas resources in the Middle-East. It has bolstered Israel's defiance to the calls of the international community to end the occupation in Palestine. In effect, US is blocking just resolutions via a UN-mediated just resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

We join the international community in the growing call to press charges for the crimes against humanity committed by the Zionist state of Israel.

In whatever way the Israel Zionist state portrays itself as a meek lamb, in this instance attacked by the wolf, it can not bury the truth that the Israeli state has been forcefully built at the expense of blood and oppression of the Palestinians.

Until the oppressive clutches of Israel and its superpower supporters are maintained in Palestine, there can never be a just-peace in this part of the world.

Stop the US-backed Israel attacks on Gaza!

Free Palestine, End the Israel Occupation of Palestine!

NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE!

Solidarity to the Heroic people of Palestine!

Statement released during the Rally in front of the US Embassy in Manila on January 16, 2009

     
     
           
     
     
     
           

 

ILPS Message of Solidarity to the Beirut International Forum
for Resistance, Anti-imperialism, Solidarity Between Peoples
and Alternatives

Prof. Jose Maria Sison
Chairperson
International Coordinating Committee
International League of Peoples’ Struggle
16 January 2009


On behalf of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS), I
convey the warmest and most militant greetings of solidarity to the
organizers and participants of the Beirut International Forum for
Resistance, Anti-imperialism, Solidarity Between Peoples and
Alternatives to be held on January 16-18, 2009.

You are holding this forum at a most propitious time. The US-instigated
policies of “neoliberal globalization” and “war on terror” are unraveling. The financial and economic crisis of monopoly capitalism is
deepening and generating social and political turmoil on a global scale.

Today, the worst of economic conditions since the Great Depression have arisen. The broad masses of the people of the world, especially those living in Asia, Africa and Latin America, are suffering from this global crisis.

The US-instigated global war of terror has escalated the oppression of
the people of the world. It has generated repression and fascism by
imperialist and puppet states, acts of military intervention and massive
wars of aggression as in Iraq and Afghanistan.


In this war of terror, the US has blacklisted and subjected to various
forms of attack states invoking national independence, national
liberation movements, revolutionary communist parties and progressive
organizations and leaders. These attacks include economic sanctions,
subversion, nuclear blackmail, bombardments and wars of aggression.

However, the US aggressors, their imperialist allies and puppets find
themselves sinking in quagmires in Iraq and Afghanistan. The US-backed Zionist state of Israel which is currently carrying out a barbaric war in Gaza is facing the determined resistance of the Palestinian people and vigorous condemnation by the entire people of the world.

The grave problems faced by the imperialists and their puppets and the
growing resistance of the people are excellent conditions for
strengthening the anti-imperialist and progressive democratic movement
the world over. The people are clamoring for revolutionary change. They
are fighting for a new and better world.

The Beirut International Forum for Resistance, Anti-imperialism,
Solidarity Between Peoples and Alternatives offers an excellent
opportunity for strengthening the unity of all forces that are fighting
imperialism and all forms of reaction. ILPS salutes the organizers and
participants of this very important gathering of anti-imperialists and
progressive democrats from around the world and wishes them great success.

Down with imperialism and all reaction!
Advance the peoples’ struggles for freedom, democracy and social liberation!
Long live international solidarity!

 

     
     
     
           
     
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Key Facts on US aid to Israel

■  Total direct aid to Israel, 1948-2003  $89.9 billion (uncorrected for inflation)

■  Since 1976 Israel has been the largest annual recipient of US aid. It is the largest cumulative recipient since World War II.

■  REGULAR US GRANT AID in FY 2003
 

$2.76 billion military aid grant
$2.1 billion economic support funds
$600 million refugee resettlement grant

■  COMMERCIAL LOAN GUARANTEES IN FY 2003:  $2 billion

 

 

■  BUSH ADMINISTRATION SUPPLEMENTAL REQUEST FOR FY 2003
Military aid grant $1 billion
Commercial loan guarantees $9 billion
Arrow missile development $60 million

■  TOTAL AID FOR FY 2003 $14.82 billion
 

■  Percentage of U.S. foreign aid that goes to Israel -- 30%

SOURCES: Clyde R. Mark, ?Israel: U.S. Foreign Assistance,  Congressional Research Service, updated April 1, 2003; Clyde R. Mark,  Middle East: U.S. Foreign Assistance, FY 2001, FY 2002, FY 2003 Congressional Research Service, March 28, 2002
 

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BONUS TRACKS
           

Street sweepers at the Plaza Salamanca where the rallyists assembled before marching to the US embassy. Cleaning up the plaza can tell us something about cleaning up the mess created by the US and its allies in the Middle East and elsewhere.

Press photographers had a field day capturing into their camera's memory cards images of Palestinian colors and placards of condemnation of the US-backed Israeli aggression in Gaza

 

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