Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Let's hear it for the peaceniks

This photo was taken by Abby Whisenant, a friend of Dave's who attended the demonstration in D.C. last weekend to protest Israel's brutality in Gaza. The cabdriver held up the newspaper to show his support for the protesters as they marched along in the rain. You can see videos of the march here. About 10,000 people traveled across the country to take part. I think those of us who are sickened by the war--actually, by all the wars--owe them our thanks.

As much as I admire Americans who speak out, their commitment pales in comparison to that of Israelis who take a stand for peace. Go to the archive of yesterday's Democracy Now! show, which featured Israeli university professor Neve Gordon debating Lanny Davis. Gordon's eloquent plea for peace, even as he and his family endure Hamas rockets, exposes the idiocy of U.S./Israel pro-war rhetoric.

It's not easy for people in Israel to defy the government's vicious policy toward the Palestinians. Check out the video below about Israelis who have refused to support the occupation. (Thanks again to Abby for posting it at Facebook.)

All these people give me hope.


Mary said...

Maybe Hillary can straighten it out.

BitterGrace said...

It's going to be really interesting to see how the Obama admin. deals with this. Yesterday Clinton just said the same old stuff about Hamas, but I'm trying to find hope in the relative silence of the Obama team so far. Maybe they actually have plans they're not sharing. Maybe...