Saturday, January 10, 2009

Petition for Peace in Gaza

Dear friends,

As we watch the Gaza bloodshed with horror, appalled at how the crisis is spiralling further out of control, one thing is clear this violence will only lead to further civilian suffering and an escalation of the conflict.

There must be another way. Over 370 are dead and hundreds more injured. Rockets are striking Ashdod, deep inside Israel for the very first time, and the sides are mobilizing for invasion. A global response has begun, but it'll take more than words the immediate violence won't end, nor will wider peace be secured, without firm action from the international community.

Today, we're launching an emergency campaign which will be delivered to the UN Security Council and key world powers, urging them to act to ensure an immediate cease fire, address the growing humanitarian crisis, and take steps to build real and lasting peace. Follow this link now to sign the emergency petition, and send it to everyone you know:

After eight or more years of ineffective US and global diplomacy and now Gaza's bloodiest day in recent memory we must issue a global outcry demanding that world leaders do more than make statements if they're to bring peace to this region. The UN, the European Union, the Arab League and the USA should now act together to ensure a cease fire - which includes an end to rocket attacks into Israel, and opening the Gaza checkpoints for fuel, food, medicine and other humanitarian aid deliveries.

With a new US President taking office in less than a month, a real opportunity exists to breathe new life into peace efforts. These latest hostilities require not only an immediate cease fire, but a commitment from Obama and other world leaders that resolution of the Israeli Palestinian conflict is at the very top of their agendas. As the whole world is impacted by this ongoing conflict, we should demand nothing less.

In 2006, we mobilized for a cease fire in Lebanon. For years we've worked to encourage a just and lasting peace, taking out billboards and ads across Israel and Palestine. Now, as we head into 2009, we need to come together again to demand a peaceful and lasting resolution, instead of a further escalation of violence. Follow this link to put your name forward for peace:

All sides to the conflict will continue to act as they have in the past if they believe that the world will stand by and allow them to do so. 2009 is a year that things can be different. As we face this crisis, and the possibilities of a new year, it's time for us to demand a cease fire and work together to finally put an end to this cycle of violence.

With hope and determination,

Brett, Ricken, Alice, Ben, Pascal, Paul, Graziela, Paula, Luis, Iain and the whole Avaaz team

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