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What you can DO for Gaza, right now? Check references and mailing addresses

Posted on: August 3, 2014

What you can DO for Gaza, right now?

Joanna Choukeir Hojeily posted this August 2, 2014
 

15 things you can DO for Gaza right now (with minor additional guidelines).
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1. Read about the conflict. Not just in the news, not just on one side. Be critical and distinguish between facts and propaganda. The information is out there if you look. Do not take things for granted. Scratch the surface just a bit. Keep an open mind. Google Scholar is great as it will only pull reliable, peer-reviewed articles, reports and evidence-based research: www.scholar.google.co.uk It will not be as current as the media but it can help you evidence whether some media claims are true.
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2. Write to Obama, and particularly the US Congress Tell Obama how you feel about the conflict. I don’t believe in pre-drafted letters. People have different opinions and motives regarding this conflict. Take a stand, and write a concise and honest letter explaining your reasoning and why you think the violence and occupation should stop. Most importantly, make your letter open and share it on social media and blogs. These are the White House contact details:
www.whitehouse.gov/contact/write-or-call
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3. Write to your MPs: If you’re in the UK, visit this link:www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/ If you’re in Lebanon, visit this link: www.lpmonitor.org/Menu/MPs/MPs.html
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4. Write to the UN: The Honorable Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary General, 760 United Nations Plaza, United Nations, New York, NY 10017
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5. Campaign: The UK has sold £12 billion worth of arms to Israel to date. Join Amnesty’s campaign calling on the UK government to halt the supply of arms to Israel. This is how: www.amnesty.org.uk/actions/gaza-israel-stop-arms
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6. Petition: there are many petitions to end the Israel/Gaza violence, and lift the siege on Gaza. You can find them on www.change.orgwww.avaaz.org www.causes.com and www.ipetitions.com
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7. Donate and fundraise: to those who are putting their all into helping the victims in Gaza www.unrwa.org/donate www.msf.org.ukwww.humanappeal.org.uk/appeals/gaza_crisiswww.savethechildren.org.uk/about-us/emergencies/israel-gaza-conflict
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8. Divest and boycott: Boycott Israeli and Israeli Settlement products to create nonviolent international pressure on Israel to stop violating the human rights of Palestinians, and to implement the peace process. Boycotting helped end the apartheid in South Africa. Download the barcode scanner app Buycott and use it when shopping. It will tell you which products you should avoid and why.
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9. Tweet: search ‪#‎GazaUnderAttack and find and follow Gazan citizens, and humanitarian workers and journalists tweeting live from Gaza about what they’re going through on a day to day basis. Retweet and share their stories. This will humanise the conflict, build empathy and motivate more people to take action.
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10. Use your Design skills: if you’re a designer, join a growing community of designers on www.visualizingpalestine.org. Use your skills to better communicate the data and story of this conflict through infographics, illustration, typography or moving image. Share your work on the Visualising Palestine website.
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11. If you’re a journalist, write opinion pieces, submit them to your press contacts, and publish them on blogs.
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12. Protest and speak out about how you feel. Find out from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign when the next demonstration is happening in your area: www.palestinecampaign.org/events

13. Verify sources and be critical before sharing images, articles and videos.

14. Click on the Share button to disseminate the horrors in Gaza. Share with others and encourage them to DO something for Gaza too.
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15. Refrain from spreading propaganda pieces:  Pieces and videos produced and disseminated from either side of the conflict. This will only exacerbate the situation.
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1 Response to "What you can DO for Gaza, right now? Check references and mailing addresses"

Thank you for the information. Must keep the information, photos and truth alive. Visions of terror and death causes more reaction than voices screaming out for help.

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