Update: The cease-fire seems to be holding, but collective punishment of the people of Gaza in the form of illegal closure is still the norm. Learn more at our Israel/Palestine 101 page. JVP continues to call for an end of the siege.

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JVP statement on Operation Pillar of Defense
Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) calls for an immediate cessation of the air strikes and naval bombardment into Gaza and an end to the ongoing siege of Gaza. 

JVP urges Israel not to exploit its asymmetric power to exacerbate the instability in the region. We urge President Obama to  take a stand against these attacks and to use the power of the United States to insist that Israel pursue all diplomatic measures possible for the sake of life, safety and security on all sides.  

JVP also urges the end of  rocket attacks from Gaza into civilian communities in Israel, which we believe is never justifiable, and which only serve to derail efforts for a just resolution to the conflict.

Download JVP Fact Sheets and Banner here:
•    7 things you need to know about Gaza
•    Top sources for learning more about Gaza
•    Protest banner: Peace for all starts with freedom for Gaza. 

Find out about protest events in your area (mostly North America) or post additional protests and global actions here.
Read this fact sheet on the timeline of events from the Institute for Middle East Understanding.
Click here for Gaza protest toolkit  (including sample press advisory, talking points, chant sheets, and protest posters you can use.)

Sign this petition by the people of the border areas in Gaza and Israel calling for an immediate ceasefire and diplomacy.
Say no to a blank check for attack on Gaza! Sign the open letter to Obama.

Want to understand more about the crisis in Gaza and Israel?
Wondering where to find good news sources and analysis? Here are some of our favorite sources.
- Jewish Voice for Peace

 Social Media:
•    Follow Gaza tweets on Twitter: https://twitter.com/theIMEU/watching-gaza
•    Gaza Youth Break Out: https://www.facebook.com/GazaYBO

Powerful short videos:

•    Rafeef Ziadeh: We Teach Life, Sir: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKucPh9xHtM
•    Gaza Reel on Israel’s control over Gaza borders
•    Teenage Israeli conscientious objectors: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNjggLhQo6w

News Outlets:
•    Ha’aretz: http://www.haaretz.com/news
•    Ma’an News Agency: http://www.maannews.net/eng/Default.aspx
•    972Magazine: http://972mag.com/
•    Al Jazeera: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/spotlight/gazacrisis/
•    Democracy Now: http://www.democracynow.org/

Middle East focused websites/analysis 

The Institute for Middle East Understanding: www.IMEU.net

Stories from those on the ground in Gaza: http://imeu.net/news/article0023240.shtml
Timeline of the latest escalation in Gaza: http://imeu.net/news/article0023227.shtml
Mondoweiss: www.mondoweiss.net
Electronic Intifada: www.ElectronicIntifada.net
MJRosenberg: http://mjayrosenberg.com/
Magnes Zionist: http://www.jeremiahhaber.com/
Glenn Greenwald: http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/glenn-greenwald

  Valuable articles to circulate:
• Ten Things you Need to Know About Gaza: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/mehdi-hasan/gaza-10-things-you-need-to-know_b_2139356.html


•  Israel’s mission is not about security-so what is it about? Nadia Hijab, CNN.

•  Outrage in Gaza Redux by JVP rabbinical council co-chair Rabbi Brant Rosen: http://rabbibrant.com/2012/11/16/outrage-in-gaza-redux/

•   Open Letter to President Obama by JVP Board Member Abby Okrent: http://righteoustrayf.wordpress.com/2012/11/15/an-open-letter-to-the-president/

Excellent discussion of context:
• Chris Hayes on MSNBC. What sparked escalation of violence?  Interview with attorney Noura Erekat, 972Magazine’s Noam Shezaif, Yousef Munayyer of Palestine Center and David Frum.  http://tinyurl.com/d7buhr4

Human rights organizations and data:

B’Tselem: http://www.btselem.org/
Gisha: Legal Center for Freedom of Movement: http://www.gisha.org/
Gisha short videos: http://www.gisha.org/cat-gallery.asp?lang_id=en&p_id=65
Palestinian Center for Human Rights: http://www.pchrgaza.org/portal/en/