‘To Shoot an Elephant’ plus Eyewitness Speakers, BDS and Direct Action
December 9th 2009
December 27th-January 18th 2009-2010 marks the one-year anniversary of
Israel’s brutal ‘Operation Cast Lead’ against the people of besieged
Free Gaza is asking groups around the world to show Spanish Film-Maker Alberto
Arce and Mohammad Rujailah’s ‘To Shoot an Elephant’ (2009) – an award-winning documentary filmed during Operation Cast Lead, detailing war crimes and the impact on ordinary people, journalists and paramedics. This massacre intensified and escalated an existent policy of ethnic cleansing and deliberate destruction as well as re-inflicted a new Nakba on the Palestinian people.
The 22-day attack left more than 1,400 dead, the vast majority of them civilians, including nearly 400 children. It left over 5000 injured, displaced 50,000 and made 20,000 homeless (until today). 
More than 3,600 homes were completely destroyed and 11,000 partially destroyed. Over 258 people died because Israeli forces prevented rescue services from reaching them.  Most people were bombed to death in or close to their homes, with over a third (519) cut down by Israeli Drones and another 473 by jet planes. 
Israel used white phosphorous, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, F16s, Apache and Cobra
Helicopter gun ships, Naval Vessels, Tanks, APCs, Caterpillar Military Bulldozers and soldiers armed with M16s to systematically kill people and destroy Gaza’s infrastructure, businesses and agricultural land and property.
• Therefore, we also re-iterate the call from Palestinian Civil Society, issued in 2005, for a comprehensive Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment campaign (BDS) against Israel as the primary means to promote human rights and an enforcement of international law.
• We also ask activists to take direct action in solidarity with Palestinians throughout the Middle East, in refugee camps outside of Palestine, struggling against apartheid inside ’48, as well as those resisting the ethnic cleansing of Jerusalem and steady bantustanisation of the West Bank.
Arms companies such as Rafael, Elbit Systems, Lockheed Martin, EDO-ITT, Caterpillar, and companies cementing occupation such as Ireland’s CRT (Cement Roadstone Holdings) (Apartheid Wall) Veolia and Alstom (Jerusalem Light Railway), Carmel-Agrexco (Illegal colonies and agriculture) and Edelman PR as well as Israeli Embassies and the institutions that collude with the occupation such as the European Union.
The deadly closure of Gaza continues, the colonisation of East Jerusalem and the West Bank continues, and the inalienable right of refugees to return to their homes still remains out of reach for millions. Grassroots resistance to Israel’s ongoing attacks has never been as urgent as it is today.
REMEMBER GAZA – STAND UP FOR PALESTINE -- TAKE ACTION!
SHOW: The award-winning Gaza Attack 2009 Film - ‘To Shoot an Elephant’ by Alberto Arce and Mohammad Rujailah www.toshootanelephant.com
INVITE AN EYEWITNESS SPEAKER: Witnesses who were present on the ground and
accompanying ambulances during the attacks are available to speak including: Fida Qeshta, Gaza ISM Co-Ordinator and film maker (Palestine), Caoimhe Butterly (Ireland), Ewa Jasiewicz (Poland/UK) – also featured in ‘To Shoot an Elephant’, Jenny Linnell (UK), Fida Qshta (Gaza Palestine), Natalie Abu Shakra (Lebanon/UK) and Sharyn Lock (Australia/UK) – Sharyn has also just completed a book ‘Gaza Beneath the Bombs’ which is due out on January 1st (http://www.plutobooks.com/display.asp?K=9780745330242&),
PLUS many speakers with experience of Gaza from Free Gaza – check out Free Gaza’s Speaker’s Bureau www.freegaza.org/join-in/speaker-bureau
TAKE DIRECT ACTION: Find your local occupation and apartheid profiteer http://whoprofits.org/Involvements.php?id=grp_inv_exploit
http://whoprofits.org/Involvements.php?id=grp_inv_exploit: Find out more and get involved www.bdsmovement.net
DONATE: to Free Gaza for our next siege-breaking mission in early 2010 http://www.freegaza.org/en/donate
CHECK OUT AND JOIN:
THE GAZA FREEDOM MARCH http://www.gazafreedommarch.org
VIVA PALESTINA http://www.vivapalestina.org
IRISH PALESTINE SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN http://www.ipsc.ie
RUSSELL TRIBUNAL http://www.russelltribunalonpalestine.net/
THE INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY MOVEMENT www.palsolidarity.org
 UNHCR and UNDP June 2009
 Al Mezan, Cast Lead Offensive in Numbers, June 2009,
 Al Haq Palestinian Human Rights Organisation, Operation Cast Lead – A
Statistical Analysis, August 2009