Tunnel Vision | News from the Gaza-Egypt Border | Kathy Kelly of Voices for Creative Nonviolence

January 10, 2009

Tunnel Vision

By Kathy Kelly  kathy@vcnv.org

kathy_kelly-printKathy Kelly, a co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, is writing from Arish, a town near the Rafah border between Egypt and Gaza. Bill Quigley, a human rights lawyer and law professor at Loyola New Orleans and Audrey Stewart are also in Egypt and contributed to this article.

Arish, Egypt–As I write, we can hear the dull thud of explosions in
the distance. Israeli air strikes continue to blast targets in southern Gaza. Merciless bombing of the small Gaza Strip continues into a third week. I heard some people here in Egypt wonder if the Israeli Air Force must be running out of places and people to target.  But perhaps the surveillance drones we heard and saw flying over the Rafah border crossing today hunted down more spots on which bombers could fix their cross-hairs. Perhaps they spotted underground tunnels.  The Israeli government has, reportedly, already destroyed 80% of the tunnels that connect Gaza with the outside world. (more…)

PROTEST THE AIR FORCE ASSOCIATION “ARMS BAZAAR!”

WHEN: Tuesday, September 16, 2008, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Vigil during $200+ per plate banquet. Speakers and Music. Bring a candle for candle-light vigil.

WHERE: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Rd. NW
(Off of Connecticut Ave., Take Woodley Park Metro Stop-Red Line)

From September 15-17, the Air Force Association (AFA) is holding its annual Air & Space Conference and Technology Expo–“Arms Bazaar”– at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. There will be speeches by military officials, lavish meals, parties, and a $200+ per plate banquet. Over 130 military contractors will peddle their newest weaponry and technology to Pentagon officials and agents from other nations. These weapons are used to terrorize and kill people in such places as Iraq, Afghanistan, Colombia, Palestine, and throughout Africa. These weapons fuel the over thirty wars raging around the world today. Top military officials and arms makers, who reap huge profits from weapons contracts, will discuss how the U.S. can maintain global military dominance and control space.

To ensure control of nearly half of the earth’s resources, the U.S. practices terrorism by acts of military intervention, supplying weapons, military training and aid to corrupt regimes. We call for an end to the “long-war” policy of terror. We call for and end to preemptive/ preventive war. We call for an end to all war, especially right now in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is time for the U.S., the world’s leading nuclear superpower and arms dealer, to stop dominating other nations, disarm and develop a foreign policy based on nonviolence and the universal declaration of human rights. It is time for the rich and powerful to stop misusing the earth’s resources for weapons, war and killing. It is time to denounce all racism and scapegoating, alleviate poverty and meet urgent human needs. It is time to declare peace based on justice!

Please join us as we decry this scandal and memorialize the victims of poverty and war. In the name of God who calls us not to kill and to beat all weapons into plowshares, in the name of the victims killed by weapons displayed at the Marriott, and in the name of the poor and the children, we demand an end to the AFA Arms Bazaar!
Sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.
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Click Here for the link to the official AFA Arms Bazaar site.

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