Creating people's geographies
A short and succinct letter to the editor in today’s Sydney Morning Herald from Zaid Khan puts things into perspective:
Nearly 70 years ago, in a small eastern European city, an oppressed and occupied people were under siege, living under atrocious and brutal conditions, lacking food, medicine, electricity, water, and slowly being strangled in the hope they would just disappear.
Warsaw Ghetto 1941 – Gaza 2008. Israel, you are a disgrace.
What is to be done? Chances are that if you reading this, you already have a good grasp of what is happening. Also avail yourself to first hand accounts from residents in Gaza, such as Tabula Gaza, Raising Yousef–A Mother From Gaza and Dr Mona El Farra’s blog. Spread the word and discuss it with people who may not even know all this is happening or who may uncritically accept the Israeli neocon worldview propagated in some of the major media outlets. Israel is committing slow genocide and ethnic cleansing. A simple yet powerful letter like the one above can ricochet around the world.
Here are some other ways you can help:
Call for and participate in a boycott of Israel as many church and union groups have done. Talk to people you know about it and register it on the radar as an issue you care about with your local political representative. The smallest action can help in adding to diplomatic pressure and in raising awareness; make some noise in whatever media you can participate in: forums are often targeted by hasbara cyberhacks so weighing in and challenging their claims and the univocality of the Israeli narrative matters. Support Israeli-Palestinian peace groups such as Gush-Shalom and the Gaza Relief Convoy — put your money where your mouse is, with even just a few dollars. Display links from your blog. To paraphrase Ted Roosevelt, do whatever you can, with what you have, where you are. Everyone’s actions matter.
If you’re in one of the many participating cities around the world and you’d like to take the opportunity to become involved in the January 26 Day of Action by the International Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza, here are some details, with more available here:
Demonstration and Candlelight Vigil: End the Siege on Gaza
Saturday, 26 January 2008, 16:00—18:00
Opposite 10 Downing Street, London (tube Westminster)
The Cape Town Anti-War Coalition will hold a protest at 10am in Adderley Street, Cape Town