As the aftermath of the Israeli attack on the aid flotilla continues to unfold, campaigning organisations across the globe are building support for action to resist any cover-up of this most recent example of state violence and to ensure that the truth is brought to light. It is clear that it will take concerted action from people around the globe to end the culture of impunity for state violence. ISCI supports these efforts to resist and to restrain the violence of the state – as Honorary Fellow, Noam Chomsky put it – and encourages participation in local and global action. Below are some of the groups and consortiums that seek your support.
38 Degrees a similar organisation to Avaaz (see below), but is based exclusively in the UK. It is “an organisation which brings you together with other people to take action on the issues that matter to you and bring about real change in the UK.” Having polled its members on the day after the Israeli attack, it has decided to call for immediate action from the UK Government. Their petition is as follows:
“We call on you to demand that Israel comply with an international investigation into the flotilla assault, ensure full accountability for those responsible, and lift the Gaza blockade.”
The petition may be signed here: http://tinyurl.com/38n4828.
Amnesty International is “a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights to be respected and protected for everyone.” Amnesty has different websites for different parts of the world. In the UK, Amnesty is urging members to write to the Foreign Secretary, William Hague. Their website provides the opportunity to use a prepared Amnesty message or to write a custom email. Take part in their campaign here: http://tinyurl.com/36bnau5.
Avaaz describes itself as “a new global online advocacy community that brings people-powered politics to global decision-making.” It has an open petition to the governments of the world with the following text:
“We call for an immediate, independent investigation into the flotilla assault, full accountability for those responsible, and the lifting of the Gaza blockade.”
You can sign the petition here: http://tinyurl.com/2v9lecv.
The Free Gaza Movement is an association of human rights activists committed to raising awareness of and ending the Israeli blockade of Gaza. The Free Gaza Movement website includes biographies of the activists on board the ships while Witness Gaza documented the journey of the flotilla and includes twitter updates, maps and videos of the attack. It may be visited here: http://www.freegaza.org/.
Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch is “is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world.” It is calling for a full and impartial investigation into the assault on the flotilla. Further information on its work, as well as the opportunity to contribute to its campaign, may be found here: http://tinyurl.com/3585hc6.
Jewish Voice for Peace
Jewish Voice for Peace is a US-based NGO that describes its work as follows: “Through grassroots organizing, education, advocacy, and media, Jewish Voice for Peace works to achieve a lasting peace that recognizes the rights of both Israelis and Palestinians for security and self-determination.” Its website calls for support from those inside and outside the US: http://tinyurl.com/2b2cjes.