Israel started “Operation Pillar of Cloud”, a new war on Gaza, on Wednesday. The Israel Defense Force (IDF) has declared that all options are on the table and that they are ready for a ground operation. Israel’s Brigadier-General Yoav Mordechai confirmed that today’s 20 air strikes are only part of a longer-term escalation, “We are in the midst of an attack that will continue and grow. There is no hourglass.”
Operation Pillar of Cloud – like previous attacks on Gaza – will target and kill a significant amount of civilians. On Wednesday Gaza’s health ministry said 10 civilians have been killed, including two young children – an 11-month-old and a six-year-old – while at least 45 people were wounded, 10 of them in critical condition from the first day of this attack
The U.S. State Department issued a statement which it said the U.S. “support[s] Israel’s right to defend itself.” From 2009 to 2018, the United States is scheduled to give Israel–the largest recipient of U.S. assistance–$30 billion in military aid. U.S. tax dollars are paying for this attack on Palestinian civilians.
- Protest at the weekly Palestine Vigil on Friday, November 16th from 4:15- 5:30 pm at the intersection of Snelling & Summit Avenues in St. Paul. Join with people from across the U.S. this week to protest this attack and U.S. military aid to Israel. As of Wednesday night there are already 14 actions being called for the end of this week!
- Call the State Department and demand that our government insist that Israel stop the attack on Gaza NOW! 1- 202-647-4000. This is the main line. Ask for the comment line (the public of inquiry/public affairs line) and speak out. STOP the Attack on Gaza NOW!
Initiated by the Anti-War Committee