UN Secretary-General António Guterres invoked Article 99, a privilege rarely used, and compelled the Security Council to meet due to catastrophic conditions in Gaza. On December 8, the 15 members of the council gathered to vote on a resolution for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire.Once again, the United States blocked a ceasefire by voting against it. The UK abstained, and the remaining 13 members voted in favor. This took place while the Gaza Health Ministry reported 17,480 people had been massacred – nearly half of them children – with many more injured. Four days later, the UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly in favor of a ceasefire, while the U.S., Israel, and a small handful of other countries voted against it or abstained; however, the resolution was nonbinding.
So the bombing would continue and Israeli ground forces would remain on the ground in Gaza.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 1.9 million or almost 80 percent of the people in Gaza are internally displaced, having been told to evacuate, but with nowhere safe to go. Without adequate food, water, medicine, shelter, or other human needs due to the Israeli-imposed siege, the population is exhausted, traumatized, starved, and dehydrated, and disease is beginning to spread – this on top of being bombed, slaughtered, and maimed.
News media Axios reports Israeli officials saying that the military operation will go on for three or four weeks in the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis (where many of the Palestinian people sought refuge after being forced to evacuate from the north); “the U.S. isn’t ‘pulling the brakes or giving Israel a firm deadline to stop’”.*
The Biden administration makes statements about protecting civilians, but no one believes them. We know the death and destruction would not be possible without U.S. support. It is clear that Israel is being given time for more Palestinian people to be killed before the U. S. actually demands an end.
People throughout the U.S., along with millions throughout the world, want an immediate end to the genocide.
*Barak, Ravid. Israel’s operation in Gaza’s Khan Younis expected to last 3 to 4 weeks more.Axios. Dec. 8, 2023. tinyurl.com/4m3b5kks
Demanding an end to the genocide in Gaza, Minnesotans confront the levers of power in their state; congressional offices, the governor’s residence, and Master of War weapons manufacturer Lockheed Martin.
WAMM joins Veterans for Peace Chapter 27 at the door of U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar’s Minneapolis office.
Amount of check from AIPAC (the largest pro-Israel pac in America) to Amy Klobuchar.
Before marching to Eastcliffe, Gov. Walz’s temporary residence, an activist flies the Palestinian flag with others who line the Lake Street/Marshall Avenue Peace Bridge that spans the Mississippi River and connects Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Activists bring their protest to Minnesota Governor Walz’s temporary residence, Eastcliffe, demanding that the State of Minnesota divest from its Israeli holdings as Gaza is bombed. Photo: Kim DeFranco
Feeling betrayed, on October 25th Betty McCollum’s constituents post the congresswoman’s own words on a window in her office; She voted for H.R. 771 which gave the green light to Israel to attack Gaza.
The Minnesota Peace Action Coalition protest at Lockheed Martin’s new subsidiary facility opening in St. Paul. Michael Siluk—UCG/Universal Images Group/Getty Images
Editor’s Note: Protester calls out Lockheed Martin for its weapons that can kill the children of Gaza. St. Paul facility name: Forward Edge, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin. This photo appeared in TIME Magazine.