Call on Obama to push for end to settlements and Gaza siege
What: Rally at White House
When: Tuesday, July 6, 10am
Israeli PM Netanyahu will be meeting with President Obama to repair
frayed U.S. relations and discuss peace talks. Peace activists will be
outside the White House to protest Israeli policies that violate the
rights of Palestinians. They are calling on President Obama to stand up
to Netanyahu by calling for a freeze on settlements and lifting of the
siege of Gaza.
The meeting between Obama and Netanyahu was originally scheduled for
June 1, the day after the deadly Israeli attack on the Gaza Freedom
Flotilla. That brutal assault triggered a wave of international outrage,
forcing the Israel government to ease the restrictions on consumer
goods going into Gaza. But the restrictions on travel remain, as do the
restrictions on building materials needed to rebuild thousands of
Gaza's homes and businesses destroyed during the 2009 Israel invasion.
The activists call for a complete lifting of the siege on Gaza.
"International outrage has forced Israel to start changing its policies
in Gaza, and now is the time to keep up the pressure. The best thing
that President Obama could to for peace in the Middle East is to stand
firmly against Israeli settlements and against the siege of Gaza. This
would put the U.S. squarely on the side of international law, human
rights and world opinion," says CODEPINK cofounder Medea Benjamin, who
has taken four groups to Gaza.
The protest is organized by several groups, including CODEPINK, Global
Exchange, ANSWER and Peace of the Action.