Bismillah, Walhamdulillah, Was Salaatu Was Salaam ala’ Rasool Allah.
If you havent already heard, Israel has proceeded with shutting down the only power plant in Ghaza. This has left the area practically uninhabitable as the locals are no longer able to fulfill their basic daily operations in the absence of electricity and power. MAS Freedom along with a host of other organizations are building a coalition to protest this massive injustice this Friday in Washington DC. Please spread the word and make dua that Allah Assist all the Muslims who are facing difficulties and trials in the world today and that He give all the families patience during this difficult time. Ameen.
MAS Freedom Calls for Day of Action This Friday (www.masnet.org)
WASHINGTON, D.C. (MASNET) Jan. 21, 2008 – MAS Freedom (MASF), as the civic and human rights advocacy entity of the Muslim American Society (MAS), in response to the continued human rights atrocities in Gaza, launches its ‘End the Embargo in Gaza‘ campaign.
A humanitarian crisis is underway as news agencies report that Gaza Strip’s only power plant began to shut down on Sunday, because it can no longer receive fuel deliveries since Israel closed its border crossings. This marks the third full day the region has been without shipments of vital food and fuel supplies due to Israel’s punitive sanctions.
It is believed that Gaza‘s 1.5 million inhabitants face serious hardship resulting in all out famine, disease and malnutrition as the current humanitarian disaster is deepened by the blockade on fuel and food supplies. The cut-off of fuel supplies not only affects the electrical system, but the water supply, and the entire infrastructure in Gaza – everything.
This kind of action, in addition to the continued exchange of rocket-fire against the people in Gaza, cannot be justified.
Israel was aware of the foreseeable loss of life and injury to many civilians when it targeted the Ministry of Interior building in Gaza City last week. This, plus the border closures, raises very serious questions about Israel’s respect for international law and its Commitment to the peace process, in addition to violating the strict prohibition on collective punishment contained in the Fourth Geneva Convention, and one of the basic principles of international humanitarian law: that military action must distinguish between military targets and civilian targets.
“The embargo in Gaza is a gross human rights violation forcing collective punishment on the entire population, which is a clear violation of international law. Didn’t we learn anything from the Iraqi sanctions, which produced the death of over a half-million Iraqi children?
“The international community has condemned this unconscionable act, yet, as usual, our government is silent and has done nothing. We will not be silent in the fact of this condemnable behavior and we call upon all Americans of good will and conscience to join us in calling for a cease fire on both sides and an end to the Gaza embargo,” stated MAS Freedom Executive Director, Mahdi Bray.
MAS Freedom will hold a rally in front of the Israeli Embassy on Friday, January 25, 2008, and encourages the nation to hold rallies in solidarity on Friday in front of Israeli consulars nationwide.
‘End the Embargo in Gaza‘ Rally
Friday, January 25, 2008 at 3:30 PM
3514 International Drive, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
(between Connecticut Ave. and Reno Road)
Action Items – How YOU Can Help:
· Help build a coalition with religious and civic organizations in your area
· Organize a coalition to protest and/or hold press conferences in front of Israeli consulates (find the consulate nearest you here)
· Call to Imams to dedicate Friday Jummah services to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza
· Call embassies of Muslim countries to tactfully protest their silence of the embargo and blockade
· Contact your congressmen and senators, and demand action to end/lift the embargo on Gaza (find your representative’s contact information here)
Contact MASF toll-free at 1-888-627-8471 or by sending an email to MAS4Freedom@aol.com.