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We Will Not Go Down (Song for Gaza) – Senate and House Pass ‘AIPAC Resolutions’

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I’m posting Michael Heart‘s new video with a special dedication today, just from this mother in Kansas, for all the mothers (and others) in Gaza …

Why? Because yesterday “our” Senate unanimously affirmed, by cowardly “voice vote” (meaning there is no written record and we can’t know who represented humanity vs. who represented Israel), “Recognizing the right of Israel to defend itself against attacks from Gaza and reaffirming the United States’ strong support for Israel in its battle with Hamas, and supporting the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.”

Reuters reports, in “US Senate supports Israel’s Gaza incursion”: “The Senate resolution encourages President George W. Bush ‘to work actively to support a durable, enforceable and sustainable ceasefire in Gaza as soon as possible that prevents Hamas from retaining or rebuilding the capability to launch rockets or mortars against Israel,’ Reid said. (emphasis added) The article goes on to report the current death toll (without mentioning numbers of injured, or the overwhelming number of women and children) as 700 Palestinians : 11 Israelis (4 by friendly fire).

Therefore, this Special Dedication From Janice goes out to all you Senators (especially “AIPAC bill” S.Res.10 sponsors Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell, and you 31 cosponsors); to H.Res.34 sponsor Nancy Pelosi (and your 11 cosponsors); to Bush & Cheney who have perpetuated this for eight long years and truly re-defined “war crime”; to Obama, who believes that blowing up children cowering in a UN school warrants no response beyond vague support for this crime against humanity; and perhaps especially to Condoleeza Rice, who has the gaul to shamefully “represent” US to the world as not wanting to stop the MASSACRE until she’s convinced it will ensure a “lasting peace” — even while thousands of children and other innocent citizens of Gaza starve, bleed, and die … This one’s for you.

Intro at YouTube:
January 07, 2009–This is a song of hope for the Palestinians in Gaza, composed and performed by Michael Heart (www.michaelheart.com)


Whereas Hamas was founded with the stated goal of destroying the State
of Israel; (Engrossed as Agreed to or Passed by House)

H. Res. 34

In the House of Representatives, U. S.,

January 9, 2009.

Whereas Hamas was founded with the stated goal of destroying the State of Israel;

Whereas Hamas has been designated by the United States as a Foreign Terrorist
Organization;

Whereas Hamas has refused to comply with the Quartet’s (the United States,
the European Union, Russia, and the United Nations) requirements that Hamas
recognize Israel’s right to exist, renounce violence, and agree to accept previous
agreements between Israel and the Palestinians;

Whereas in June 2006, Hamas illegally crossed into Israel, attacked Israeli
forces, and kidnaped Corporal Gilad Shalit, whom they continue to hold today;

Whereas Hamas has launched thousands of rockets and mortars against Israeli
population centers since 2001, and has launched more than 6,000 such rockets
and mortars since Israel withdrew its civilian population and its military from
Gaza in 2005;

Whereas Hamas has increased the range and payload of its rockets, reportedly
with support from Iran and others, putting hundreds of thousands of Israelis
in danger of rocket attacks from Gaza;

Whereas Hamas locates elements of its terrorist infrastructure in civilian
population centers, thus using innocent civilians as human shields;

Whereas Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said in a statement on December
27, 2008, that `We strongly condemn the repeated rocket and mortar attacks against
Israel and hold Hamas responsible for breaking the cease-fire and for the renewal
of violence there’;

Whereas on December 27, 2008, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said, `For
approximately seven years, hundreds of thousands of Israeli citizens in the
south have been suffering from missiles being fired at them . . . In such a
situation we had no alternative but to respond. We do not rejoice in battle
but neither will we be deterred from it. . . . The operation in the Gaza Strip
is designed, first and foremost, to bring about an improvement in the security
reality for the residents of the south of the country’;

Whereas the humanitarian situation in Gaza, including shortages of food, water,
electricity, and adequate medical care, is becoming more acute;

Whereas Israel has facilitated humanitarian aid to Gaza with hundreds of trucks
carrying humanitarian assistance and numerous ambulances entering the Gaza Strip
since the current round of fighting began on December 27, 2008;

Whereas on January 6, 2009, before the United Nations Security Council, Secretary
Rice stated that: `The situation before the current events in Gaza was clearly
not sustainable. Hundreds of thousands of Israelis lived under the daily threat
of rocket attack, and frankly, no country, none of our countries, would have
been willing to tolerate such a circumstance. Moreover, the people of Gaza watched
as insecurity and lawlessness increased and as their living conditions grew
more dire because of Hamas’s actions which began with the illegal coup against
the Palestinian Authority in Gaza. . .A ceasefire that returns to those circumstances
is unacceptable and it will not last’; and

Whereas the ultimate goal of the United States is a sustainable resolution
of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that will ensure the welfare, security,
and survival of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state with secure
borders, and a viable, independent, and democratic Palestinian state living
side by side in peace and security with the State of Israel: Now, therefore,
be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives–

(1) expresses vigorous support and unwavering commitment to the welfare,
security, and survival of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic
state with secure borders, and recognizes its right to act in self-defense
to protect its citizens against Hamas’s unceasing aggression, as enshrined
in the United Nations Charter;

(2) reiterates that Hamas must end the rocket and mortar attacks against
Israel, recognize Israel’s right to exist, renounce violence, agree to accept
previous agreements between Israel and the Palestinians, and verifiably
dismantle its terrorist infrastructure;

(3) encourages the Administration to work actively to support a durable
and sustainable cease-fire in Gaza , as soon as possible, that prevents
Hamas from retaining or rebuilding its terrorist infrastructure, including
the capability to launch rockets and mortars against Israel, and thereby
allowing for the long-term improvement of daily living conditions for the
people of Gaza;

(4) believes strongly that the lives of innocent civilians must be protected
to the maximum extent possible, expresses condolences to innocent Palestinian
and Israeli victims and their families, and reiterates that humanitarian
needs in Gaza should be addressed promptly and responsibly;

(5) calls on all nations–

(A) to condemn Hamas for deliberately embedding its fighters, leaders,
and weapons in private homes, schools, mosques, hospitals, and otherwise
using Palestinian civilians as human shields, while simultaneously targeting
Israeli civilians; and

(B) to lay blame both for the breaking of the `calm’ and for subsequent
civilian casualties in Gaza precisely where blame belongs, that is, on
Hamas;

(6) supports and encourages efforts to diminish the appeal and influence
of extremists in the Palestinian territories, and strengthen moderate Palestinians
who are committed to a secure and lasting peace with Israel;

(7) calls on Egypt to intensify its efforts to halt smuggling between
Gaza and Egypt and affirms the willingness of the United States to continue
to assist Egypt in these efforts;

(8) calls for the immediate release of the kidnaped Israeli soldier Gilad
Shalit, who has been illegally held in Gaza since June 2006; and

(9) reiterates its strong support for a just and sustainable resolution
of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict achieved through negotiations between
Israel and the Palestinian Authority in order to ensure the welfare, security,
and survival of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state with
secure borders, and a viable, independent, and democratic Palestinian state
living side by side in peace and security with the State of Israel.

Attest:

Clerk.