[Marxism] U.S. Anti-War Coalition Voices Alarm at Escalating Crisis in Middle East

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Sat Jul 22 02:43:49 MDT 2006

(While some argue about this or that statement and its specific
written wording, criticizing those who issue such statements the
following article represents a constructive way to look at both
the Israeli invasion of Lebanon and the actions needed today to
mobilize broad public opposition to it within the United States.)

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U.S. Anti-War Coalition Voices Alarm at Escalating Crisis in Middle East

New York, July 21 (RHC)-- As the crisis in the Middle East escalates,
an anti-war coalition in the United States is joining the call for an
immediate halt to Israel's aggressions against Lebanon and Gaza.
United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ) calls on the White House and
Congress to pressure Israel to stop its criminal assaults on both
Lebanon and the Gaza Strip; work with international partners to
broker an immediate and unconditional ceasefire in Lebanon, Palestine
and Israel; and commence negotiations to peacefully resolve the

Rania Masri, a former member of UFPJ's Steering Committee currently
teaching at University of Balamand in northern Lebanon, said: "Every
Lebanese airport has been attacked and rendered unfit for travel.
Every seaport has been attacked. Several major gas stations and
electrical stations have been destroyed. The major bridges in the
country have been destroyed. The main arteries of the country have
been destroyed -- from the south to the north -- making travel
between main cities throughout Lebanon, and escaping from Israel's
bombs, physically impossible."

Phyllis Bennis, a Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, said:
"Hezbollah's attack was a border skirmish -- something common on
borders all over the world all the time and hardly new on the
Israel-Lebanon border. A border skirmish is not the beginning of a
war unless one side wants it to be. The Israeli government wanted it
to be."

Mitchell Plitnick, Director of Education and Policy for Jewish Voice
for Peace said: "George Bush is giving a green light to Israel's use
of force, which is being conducted in part with U.S.-supplied
weapons. The Bush administration's trampling of international law and
national sovereignty in its war on Iraq has also emboldened Israel to
disregard international condemnation of its behavior as well as the
well being of its own citizens. Just as in Iraq and Gaza, there is no
military solution to the current crisis. The only real and lasting
solution is to resolve the source of conflict by negotiating a
resolution based on freedom from occupation and equal rights for all
as enshrined in international law."

Protest demonstrations are being held throughout the United States in
response to the Israeli aggressions against Lebanon and Gaza. Over
the weekend, protests will be taking place across the country and on
August 12th, a national rally is being called for Washington, DC, San
Francisco and Los Angeles. Organizers say there has been an amazing
response to the call for a national emergency action to protest the
U.S.-Israeli war against the Palestinian and Lebanese people.
Hundreds of organizations from around the U.S. have endorsed and
pledged to mobilize for the August 12th demonstration which was
initiated by the ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War & End Racism),
the National Council of Arab Americans (NCA) and the Muslim American
Society Freedom Foundation.     

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