The New York Times reports tonight
Israeli tanks and troops swept across the border into Gaza on
Saturday night, opening a ground war against the militant group Hamas
after a week of intense airstrikes.
The article continues
Officials have stated repeatedly that the aim is not to fully reoccupy Gaza. But it was clear that the military was leaving the door open for a long-term operation; a spokesman said Saturday that the ground push “will continue on the basis of ongoing situational assessments.” And it remained an open question whether Israel would try to eliminate the Hamas government.
The Israeli aggression against the 1.5 million Palestinian people living in the Gaza region is a crime against humanity. First the entire population had to endure a brutal blockade that lead to starvation and the break down of essential services. This was followed by about a week of aerial bombardment which killed hundreds of people, aproximately 25% of whom were civilians.
The Palestinian people have a right to struggle for self-determination and to live in safety, in peace, and with dignity and respect.
Now the Israelis have invaded.
We urge our members, friends and all peace-loving people to consider the following action proposals to end the bloodshed:
1. Contact the White House to protest U.S. policy and demand emergency negotiations for an immediate cease-fire. Call 202-456-1111 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Contact your Representative and Senators at 202-224-3121
3. Ask President-elect Obama to pursue a new policy toward Israel/Palestine, and send a message at www.change.gov.
4. Organize or join public protests.
Demand an end to the Israeli aggression today.