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PETITION - End the Siege of Gaza: Ceasefire Now

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- 1951 days ago -
The years-old blockade of Gaza is at crisis point: with the humanitarian crisis growing, the southern border has been breached and 350,000 Palestinians are pouring across. The situation is out of control -- the world must step in.

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Naoko i (264)
Saturday November 17, 2012, 10:48 pm
Avaaz says I must activate JavaScript to sign the petition. Would try later.

Aaron Holmgren (3)
Sunday November 18, 2012, 12:34 am
I get the same error when I try to submit it, "Sorry, Avaaz petitions require javascript to be enabled in your browser. Please turn on javascript and try again. "

Ray S (13)
Sunday November 18, 2012, 1:07 am
Sorry about that, did not mean to inconvenience you but Javascript is a free download and this petition is important. Maybe the time wasted in downloading Javascript will save a few lives?

Jackie D (7)
Sunday November 18, 2012, 1:29 am
I have javascript enabled but get same message.

Rose Becke (141)
Sunday November 18, 2012, 3:08 am
Signed Ray

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Sunday November 18, 2012, 6:44 am
signed,Shared on facebook and tweeted. Thanks Ray.

ParsifalAWAY S (99)
Sunday November 18, 2012, 7:13 am

Thank you Sir Abdessalam for sharing and Ray fpr providing the opportunity to care for Gazans under siege.

My questions to both:
As AVAAZ is a construct, financed by George Soros - the right hand of Rothschild:
Why would Zionist banxters care for the Palestinians and
since when ?

VAAZ' Pro War Mission

For me it's like selling my soul to Satan.
Sorry for disappointing the one or other, but we have other petitions beyond the AVAAZ deception on this issue.

ParsifalAWAY S (99)
Sunday November 18, 2012, 7:14 am

my last comment - clickable link should read

AVAAZ' Pro War Mission

ParsifalAWAY S (99)
Sunday November 18, 2012, 7:18 am

To learn more about the AVAAZ deception please visit:

AVAAZ: Empire Propaganda Mill Masquerading as Grassroots Activism

Experiment - Derail Soros Anti-Syria Consensus Generator

ParsifalAWAY S (99)
Sunday November 18, 2012, 9:41 am

2 petitions pro Gaza beyond Zionist Wall Street

Stop funding Israel's criminal war on Gaza!

Take Action Now to Stop Israel’s Attacks on Gaza

Carrie B (306)
Sunday November 18, 2012, 11:47 am
I have javascript and sign many petitions on AVAAZ , but for some reason I am getting the same message as Aaron. I have even checked all of my settings and tried to download javascript again, but then receive a message already downloaded. I will keep trying because I too feel it is important. This comment is just so you know in case others have problems signing.

Aaron Holmgren (3)
Sunday November 18, 2012, 2:16 pm
I have javascript of course. All modern browsers are Javascript capable. I've tried signing the petition in both Chrome and Firefox, javascript enabled, and get the same error message.

Sheryl G (363)
Sunday November 18, 2012, 2:49 pm
Can't sign will not let me.

Ray S (13)
Sunday November 18, 2012, 3:05 pm
Try again. The people of Gaza need your help.

Abo r (107)
Sunday November 18, 2012, 3:32 pm
noted, cannot signed tried many times.
Thank you Ray for posting and ABdessalam for forwarding.
GAZA PEOPLE children, women , patients and everybody are in need so badly to stop and end Siege as they need the basic needs for survival.... want to live thier life as others in the world , they need to be free from such big prison , they want to develop progress and rebuild GAZA after 2008 - 2009 war ...and want stopping the killing now the war which the IDF started ...
today 25 killed and many injured , houses destructed on its inhibitance, whole families are killed .

Jelica R (144)
Sunday November 18, 2012, 11:48 pm
I signed, though I must admit that I have received the same Java script messages when it was enabled. It might be caused by firewall or anti-virus program you use.

Here is my petition list:

President Obama: Stop Israel's Attacks on Gaza

Stop Funding Israel's Criminal War on Gaza! - ACTION, USA

Palästina: Die Zeit ist reif

Time for Palestine

US aid to Israel should comply with the law

Stop the Israel/Gaza violence! only for Facebook users!

Israeli gov., Hamas & Palestinian leaders, USA gov., European leaders: Stop the Israel/Gaza violence!

A note from the Veterans Today editor:

"There are no words that excuse the killing of innocents,” Mr. Obama told the General Assembly.

Mr. President, that is precisely what American missiles and drones have been doing in Libya, Yemen and Pakistan — “killing innocents” and American missiles and weapons are being used by Israel for decades to “kill innocents” in defenseless Lebanon and Palestine.

Indeed! there are no words that excuse the killing of innocents sir!"

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Monday November 19, 2012, 5:15 am
I am so sorry that I cannot sign. With my old computer, I signed many Avaaz petitions. With the new one, Avaaz tells me that I need to activate Javascript. I followed their instructions & discovered that Javascript was already activated at the place required, yet it does not function.

It's the same thing for C2 messaging - I can send e-cards, but I can no longer send any messages: 'javascript void (0)' says a little window that pops up. I CAN -occasionally!- send a fwd to which I can add nothing, no text of my own, since my cursor can't get placed onto the page... I tried to fwd a message yesterday & it didn't work.

Today, I've been able to fwd Abdessalam's message alerting me to this post, so at least I accomplished SOMETHING!

Thanx for posting, Ray; thanx for the message, Abdessalam.

Kudos, as always, to Jelica, up to her old WONDERFUL tricks - getting every petition link onto the thread all in the same place! I'll try to sign them asap.

I just couldn't believe that Israel was again carrying out massive attacks on GAza! I've seen (on TV or on sites, such as Mondoweiss) some of the wounded, in hospitals or in the streets, fleeing, bleeding, frantic ! It just kills me!

I also read a very interesting piece about how CNN's attempt at 'fair and balanced,' produced a highly unexpected effect: REALITY INTRUDED on what is normally a very CONTRIVED affair.
I have to share it here: it is just TOO FORCEFUL an unexpected demonstration of what is really going on !

From the Mondoweiss site:

"A short interview broadcast by CNN late last week featuring two participants – a Palestinian in Gaza and an Israeli within range of the rocket attacks – did not follow THE USUAL SCRIPT.

For once, a media outlet dropped its role as gatekeeper, there to mediate and therefore impair our understanding of what is taking place between Israel and the Palestinians, and inadvertently became a SIMPLE WINDOW ON REAL EVENTS.

The usual aim of such “balance” interviews relating to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is twofold: to REASSURE the audience that both sides of the story are being presented fairly; and to DISSIPATE POTENTIAL OUTRAGE at the deaths of Palestinian civilians by giving EQUAL TIME to the suffering of Israelis.

But the deeper function of such coverage in relation to Gaza, given the media’s assumption that Israeli bombs are simply a reaction to Hamas terror, is to REDIRECT the audience’s ANGER exclusively towards Hamas. In this way, Hamas is made IMPLICITLY RESPONSIBLE for the suffering of BOTH Israelis and Palestinians.

The dramatic conclusion to CNN’s interview appears, however, to have otherwise trumped normal journalistic considerations.

The pre-recorded interview via Skype opened with Mohammed Sulaiman in Gaza. From what looked like a cramped room, presumably serving as a bomb shelter, he spoke of how he was too afraid to step outside his home. Throughout the interview, we could hear the muffled SOUND OF BOMBS exploding in the near-distance. Mohammed occasionally glanced nervously to his side.

The other interviewee, Nissim Nahoom, an Israeli official in Ashkelon, also spoke of his family’s terror, arguing that it was NO DIFFERENT from that of Gazans. Except in one respect, he hastened to add: things were WORSE for Israelis because they had to live with the knowledge that Hamas rockets were intended to harm civilians, UNLIKE the precision missiles and bombs Israel dropped on Gaza.

The interview returned to Mohammed. As he started to speak, the bombing grew MUCH LOUDER. He pressed on, saying he WOULD NOT BE SILENCED by what was taking place outside. The interviewer, Isha Sesay, interrupted – seemingly unsure of what she was hearing – TO INQUIRE about the NOISE.

Then, with an irony that Mohammed could not have appreciated as he spoke, he began to say he refused to be drawn into a comparison about whose suffering was worse WHEN AN ENORMOUS EXPLOSION THREW HIM FROM HIS CHAIR and severed the internet connection. Switching back to the studio, Sesay reassured viewers that Mohammed had not been hurt.

The bombs, however, spoke more eloquently than either Mohammed or Nissim.

Video: CNN’s ‘fair-and-balanced’ coverage disrupted by Israeli bombs

If Mohammed had had more time, he might have been able to challenge Nissim’s point about Israelis’ greater fears as well as pointing to another important difference between his and his Israeli interlocutor’s respective plights.

The far greater accuracy of Israel’s weaponry in no way confers peace of mind. The fact is that a Palestinian civilian in Gaza is in far more danger of being killed or injured by one of Israel’s precision armaments than an Israeli is by one of the more primitive rockets being launched out of Gaza.

In Operation Cast Lead, Israel’s attack on Gaza in winter 2008-09, three Israelis were killed by rocket attacks, and six soldiers died in fighting. In Gaza, meanwhile, nearly 1,400 Palestinians were killed, of whom at least 1,000 were not involved in hostilities, according to the Israeli group B’Tselem. Many, if not most, of those civilians were killed by so-called precision bombs and missiles.

If Israelis like Nissim really believe they have to endure greater suffering because the Palestinians lack accurate weapons, then maybe they should start lobbying Washington to distribute its military hardware more equitably, so that the Palestinians can receive the same allocations of military aid and armaments as Israel.

Or alternatively, they could lobby their own government to allow Iran and Hizbullah to bring into Gaza more sophisticated technology than can currently be smuggled in via the tunnels.

The other difference is that, unlike Nissim and his family, most people in Gaza have nowhere else to flee. And the reason that they must live under the rain of bombs in one of the most densely populated areas on earth is because Israel – and to a lesser extent Egypt – has sealed the borders to create a prison for them.

Israel has denied Gaza a port, control of its airspace and the right of its inhabitants to move to the other Palestinian territory recognised by the Oslo accords, the West Bank. It is not, as Israel’s supporters allege, that Hamas is hiding among Palestinian civilians; rather, Israel has forced Palestinian civilians to live in a tiny strip of land that Israel turned into a war zone.

So who is chiefly to blame for the escalation that currently threatens the nearly two million inhabitants of Gaza? Though Hamas’ hands are not entirely clean, there are culprits far more responsible than the Palestinian militants.

The article continues, elaborating on each of the 4 guiltiest parties: Why Gaza Must Suffer Again: The Four Guilty Parties Behind Israel’s Attack

The last of them is 'the White House,' which gets all of Glenn Greenwald's attention in the latest of his 'security and liberty' columns, now housed on the Guardian site: "Stop pretending the US is an uninvolved, helpless party in the Israeli assault on Gaza: The Obama administration's unstinting financial, military and diplomatic support for Israel is a key enabling force in the conflict"


LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Monday November 19, 2012, 7:01 am
I have now posted the Mondoweiss post of the CNN video with the excellent insightful description of it.
If Ray or anyone else is interested, I'd greatly appreciate your noting & commenting on it.
"CNN's 'Fair-and-Balance' Coverage Disrupted By Israeli Bombs" - Video & Text

Ray S (13)
Monday November 19, 2012, 9:05 am
Have emailed Avaaz, awaiting reply. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Alexander Werner (53)
Monday November 19, 2012, 9:44 am
Sorry, guys: I do not provide material support for terrorists. Hamas has to go before anything else.

Abo r (107)
Monday November 19, 2012, 11:06 am
Petition forwarded and a friend forward it too

Sandrea A. (175) Personal Message PETITION - End the Siege of Gaza: Ceasefire Now, Pls sign for the good people on Gaza, incl our own dear member, Abo R.

bob m (32)
Monday November 19, 2012, 11:32 am

End the seige of Jeruselem..of Israel...Of the Jew.

ParsifalAWAY S (99)
Monday November 19, 2012, 12:33 pm

As to the Zionist Bob Algeron:
I'm usually not replying to NaZis - this is an excemption from the rule !

Now is clear who the real terrorists are.
They're sitting in Tel Aviv.

The dead toll is 104 as of now on Palestinian side:

Robert O (12)
Monday November 19, 2012, 12:33 pm
Sorry, Avaaz petitions require javascript to be enabled in your browser. Please turn on javascript and try again. Thanks Anyway Ray.

Bob Algeron, so basically you're implying that all of the Palestinians are terrorists and Hamas sympathizers? That's just par for your cheap course I suppose. I don't like any of this violence but let's not forget that Israel hasn't exactly been a model world citizen itself and is not perfect, far from it actually.

Abo r (107)
Monday November 19, 2012, 1:15 pm
Thank you Pasifal R , I sea you are concerned of what is going on GAZA from the staement saying the dead are 104 from the Palestinian side.
KILLED ARE one hundred and eleven ( !!! ) , ( 28 ) are children and 12 women , while the wounded are 860 some are critical the majority are children and women.
It is worthmentioning to everyone that AlHegazi family killed 2 children and thier father and mother by missilis fired on thier house while they are sleeping.
Yesterday as I stated according to news both AL dalou ( 11 killed , 5 of them are children ), and AlSalah family also killed .

Abo r (107)
Monday November 19, 2012, 1:20 pm
I donot talk with zionests and Nazi ones .
According to urgent NEWS : ( Russa facing problems from US in delaying submitting a paper to the SC for urgent ceassation of fire in GAZA .
SHAM to the PEACE PRIZ Given to OBAMA.

Abo r (107)
Monday November 19, 2012, 1:22 pm
Jelica R , successfully I could sign your list of petitions you mentioned.

Alexander Werner (53)
Monday November 19, 2012, 1:28 pm
Parsifal, Nazis are sitting in Gaza City, under one of the hospitals, as usual.

By which grounds you could call Tel-Aviv people, the most leftist in Israel, names?

When Hamas bombs sleeping Israeli people, do they expect that Israel will do nothing? They know full well, and don't care. These guys wanted to attack Israel and to make their way to 72 virgins, so now the comeback is happening and the virgins will have to do some overtime.

Still, Gazans are doing much better off than Syrians.

Gazans voted for a Fuhrer. And all Fuhrers bring to their people not the glory and happiness which they promise, but they bring only death and misery.

Vicky P (476)
Monday November 19, 2012, 1:49 pm
Tried again, same message, I have contacted them now to solve it, thanks Ray, and be quiet Bob, you are so brainwashed, you and the other right wing haters that seem to have an issue with anything to do with Islam, these are babies and innocent people being killed, Israel is the terrorist, when you learn that, it will be better for everyone.

Vicky P (476)
Monday November 19, 2012, 2:05 pm
oh and use this link, that's what support said

Past Member (0)
Monday November 19, 2012, 2:25 pm
It really is time for a ceasefire.

Christine Linley (12)
Monday November 19, 2012, 3:03 pm
BBC Breaking News ‏@BBCBreaking

Number of Palestinians killed in six days of Israeli military offensive against Gaza rises above 100

Jelica R (144)
Monday November 19, 2012, 3:45 pm
Thanks, Vicky. Your line did the magic!

Please, sign here: Avaaz - Stop the Gaza killings

Jelica R (144)
Monday November 19, 2012, 4:37 pm
According to Crypt0nymous, there were 107 killed and 850 injured persons in Gaza Strip -- last update posted 5:30 hours ago.


Alexander Werner (53)
Monday November 19, 2012, 8:44 pm
Vicky, do not make racist comments lumping Islam - supposedly religion of peace - and Hamas - the Islamist supremacist militant and terrorist group known for its crimes against humanity.

Now, when Israel started to responding to Hamas bandits on the only language they understand, you sign the petition about the ceasefire. Where you guys were when Hamas bombed Israeli cities and villages?

P A (117)
Monday November 19, 2012, 10:21 pm
Thanks for the link Vicky - green star - I had tried again this morning to get the same nonsense about Javascript ... but I hope now I may have signed - but my name didn't appear as it usually does when signing AVAAZ petitions. Peace to all.

Stan B (123)
Tuesday November 20, 2012, 12:57 am
Which siege are we talking about? The one that allowed Hamas terrorists to smuggle over 17000 rockets and missiles into Gaza?
How many emaciated Palestinians have you seen? Many of them are morbidly obese.
You'd have to be pretty dumb to be taken in by this garbage.
Bob A. Yours is the only comment that makes any sense.

Ray S (13)
Tuesday November 20, 2012, 3:15 am
No stan. We are talking about the Israeli slaughter of innocent Gazan people. Does that make any sense to you?

Past Member (0)
Tuesday November 20, 2012, 4:02 am
Certainly makes sense to me, they obviously haven't been able to obtain weapons.

Alexander Werner (53)
Tuesday November 20, 2012, 5:25 am
Ray, Gazans democratically elected a modern Nazi party, Hamas, to war with Israel and capture Israeli lands. As often happen, picking up a Fuhrer preaching supremacy and glory leads to blood and death, and this is what Gazans are reaping for the second time when Hamas is in power.

Hopefully, one day they learn their lesson. And Israel has to teach them the one, because Gazans believe all the Hamas hate and lies too easily.

Gazans are not completely innocent. They are no less innocent that Germans who voted in Hitler a program similar to Hamas in ideology.

Alexander Werner (53)
Tuesday November 20, 2012, 5:27 am
Jelica, where did you get the nice chains on your picture? I assume in one of the Arab countries still practicing slavery, where Asian maids are tortured to death for being "lazy"?

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Tuesday November 20, 2012, 12:50 pm
The Gazans only elected Hamas, only ended up choosing the most extremist of existing parties, because Israel purposely let the peace process grow stale, has refused a permanent peace solution with justice for Palestinians, has refused to address the core issues of return & Jerusalem, has let the situation slowly rot like a festering wound, while building ever more settlements on land meant to be earmarked for an independent Palestinian state & turning a blind eye to settler violence against Palestinians.

The Israelis refused Arafat as an acceptable partner for negotiation, took calculated actions which led to the rise of Hamas, and finally refuse to negotiate with Hamas, because they, too, are an unacceptable negotiating partner. The Israelis are to blame for Hamas' success and the weakening of Fatah -- this was all shrewd calculation! All to avoid having to deal with the 2-state solution that was the only hope of a lasting peace agreement with justice.

Jelica R (144)
Tuesday November 20, 2012, 5:12 pm
A missile is not a pocket gun. These are big rockets with even bigger launching devices. It is impossible that any relevant missile system could be smuggled into Gaza without being spotted by permanent drone presence over the territory.

Ray S (13)
Wednesday November 21, 2012, 11:07 am
A cease-fire was announced at 1900 GMT. Thanks to all who signed or tried to sign. Maybe peace is possible after all?

Abo r (107)
Wednesday November 21, 2012, 4:58 pm
The fire ceased hope will continue and be a step forard for justice and freedom.and peace.
THe IDF violence left :
163 killed
1245 wounded
36 wonded in critical condition refered to egypt hospitals
12 wonded in critical condition will be refered to egypt hospitals in the morning
45 wonded in critical condition are in GAZA hospitals
41 % are children
22% are women
10% are aged
Total 73 % children , women and aged.
we pray recovery to the wounded
We so greatful and thanking for the EGYPTIANS for thier help care and treatment .

Frans Badenhorst (582)
Friday November 23, 2012, 2:24 am
noted, impossible to sign...... so sad...

Sandra M Z (114)
Friday November 23, 2012, 8:59 am
Tried to sign, javascript problem, also. sorry..........

A cease fire would feel much better than the violence.....

Noted, Thank you Ray, and Jill for sending.

Abo r (107)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 4:10 pm
For every one to know the IDF broke the veasefire and killed one and wounded 13 while they were in thier farm land near the boarders , a complaint sent to the Egyptians for this incident.

Jelica R (144)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 5:26 pm
I've heard about it on the radio, Abo. I hope that ceasefire won't be broken despite this provocation.

I'm happy to hear from you, Abo. It is crucial to have a witness from Gaza on C2NN discussions.
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