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Veterans for Peace Statement on Israel's Attack of Aid Flotilla

We demand Congress cut off U.S. military aid to Israel which has totaled over 32 billion dollars since 1997.

Veterans for Peace

(WASHINGTON D.C.) - The world is reacting in righteous outrage at this moment to Israel's high seas attack on an international aid flotilla, reportedly killing up to 20 people escorting tons of humanitarian aid to Gaza in an effort to break Israel's three-year blockade.

"Made in the U.S.A." is stamped on the weapons commandos used to kill and wound the international peace activists. We are saddened and we are angry. At least one of our own members, retired Army Col., Ann Wright, is among the 700 people aboard the boats attacked in the middle of the night.

But we cannot say we are very surprised. Palestinians die quietly and unnoticed every day in Gaza, the world's largest open air prison, as a result of Israel's blockade and violent repression. Many of our 7,000 members in over 100 chapters are already organizing or will soon join the protests being organized across the U.S.

We urge our members to use every nonviolent tactic available in the streets and in local Congressional offices to protest this attack.

At the same time we demand Congress cut off U.S. military aid to Israel which has totaled over 32 billion dollars since 1997.




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