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BFP Statement:
Israel’s Rampage of Violence Against the Palestinians

Monday, July 7th, 2014

The wrenching events unfolding in Israel and Palestine aren’t random or isolated. They’re part of the system of occupation itself.

16 year-old Mohammed Abu Khudair was found dead in East Jerusalem, the victim of what appears to be a “price tag” attack following the killing of three Israeli teenagers on the West Bank. He was the 10th Palestinian killed by the army of right-wing extremists in the last two weeks.

Brooklyn for Peace mourns his death as we do all lost lives. And we also know we must speak the truth, so that we may change the conditions that make such unthinkable violence possible in the first place.

The ongoing Israeli occupation is at the heart of this crisis.
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Tell Congress: Stand Up Against War!!
4 Brooklyn reps sign Lee-Rigell letter

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Lee-Rigell Letter Tells Obama:
Congress must debate any use of military force in current Iraq crisis.

Bipartisan letter circulated by Congressional Reps Barbara Lee and Scott Ridell was released on July 2 with signatures of 80 Congressioal Representatives, insisting that Obama get Congressional authorization before using any military force in the current Iraq crisis. Brooklyn reps Clarke, Jeffries, Nadler, and Velazquez have signed the letter. Your call to thank them is important!
Capital Switchboard: 202-224-3121

At a time when the Obama Administration is being pressured towards military re-engagement in Iraq, Congressional voices on behalf of peace and diplomacy are of vital importance. For this reason, we also appreciate thatt 5 of our 6 Brooklyn representatives (Clarke, Jeffries, Maloney, Nadler, and Velazquez) voted recently in favor of Amendments introduced by Barbara Lee, which would have prevented military action in Iraq and ended the Afghanistan War by December 2014. If you live in any of these districts, your call as a constituent to thank them for their YES vote on these amendments is important.

4 of those 6 (Clarke, Jeffries, Nadler, and Velazquez) also voted AGAINST the $571 billion 2015 Defense Appropriations bill, a measure which is both wasteful and dangerous (and which unfortunately passed in the House.) Again, your call expressing thanks if your rep voted NO is important.

In the days ahead, we will be calling on our elected representatives to continue to speak out against the folly of US military intervention in Iraq, and to speak loud and clear in support of diplomatic solutions for the range of problems that have emerged in the Middle East. We include in this the promising negotiations with Iran about its nuclear program, which we regard as a first step in the stabilization of the region.

Please call NOW while this post is in front of you!

Click here if you don’t know who represents you.
Capital Switchboard: 202-224-3121
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Don’t Go Back to Iraq!
Five Steps the U.S. Can Take
Resources to Inform Yourself

Friday, June 20th, 2014

By , June 20, 2014.
http://fpif.org/wars-begin-can-stopped/

This is how wars begin:

Barack Obama says we’re not going back to Iraq. “American forces will not be returning to combat in Iraq,” he said on June 19th, “but we will help Iraqis as they take the fight to terrorists who threaten the Iraqi people, the region, and American interests as well.”

The White House says it’s “only” sending 275 soldiers to protect the embassy, it’s only sending 300 Special Forces, they’re only “advisers” There’s only one aircraft carrier in the region, they say, and a few other warships. They’re considering missile strikes but they[re not going to send ground troops.

Iraq isn’t a start-up war for the United States–we’ve been there before. And these actions increase the danger we could be heading there again. We thought we had a president who learned the lesson, at least about Iraq–he even repeats it every chance he gets: “There is no military solution.”

This is a very dangerous move. President Obama’s words are right: there is no military solution.But his actions are wrong. When there is no military solution, airstrikes, Special Forces, arms deals, and aircraft carriers will only make it worse.

We need to stop it now. Before the first Special Forces guy gets captured and suddenly there are boots on the ground to find him. Before the first surveillance plane gets shot down and suddenly there are helicopter crews and more boots on the ground to rescue the pilot. Before the first missile hits a wedding party that some faulty intel guy thought looked like a truckload of terrorists–we seem to be good at that. And before we know it, we’re fully back at war.

Iraq is on the verge of full-scale civil war along the fault lines set in place when U.S. troops invaded and occupied the country more than a decade ago.

We need to demand that our government do five things right away:

First, do no harm. There is no military solution in Iraq–so end the threats of airstrikes, bring home the evac troops and Special Forces, and turn the aircraft carrier around.

Second, call for and support an immediate arms embargo on all sides. That means pressuring U.S. regional allies to stop providing weapons and money to various militias.

Third, engage immediately with Iran to bring pressure to bear on the Iraqi government to end its sectarian discrimination, its violence against civilians, and its violations of human rights.

Fourth, engage with Russia and other powers to get the United Nations to take the lead in organizing international negotiations for a political solution to the crisis now enveloping Iraq as well as Syria. Those talks must include all sides, including non-violent Syrian and Iraqi activists, civil society organizations, women, and representatives of refugees and displaced people forced from their homes. All relevant outside parties, including Iran, must be included. Building on the success of the ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran, Washington should continue to broaden its engagement with Tehran with the goal of helping to bring the Syrian and Iraqi wars to an immediate end.

Fifth, get help to the people who need it. The Iraq war is creating an enormous new refugee and humanitarian crisis, escalating the crisis of the Syrian war, and spreading across the entire region. The United States has pledged one of the largest grants of humanitarian aid for refugees from Syria, but it is still too small, and much of it has not been paid out. Simultaneously with the announcement of an immediate arms embargo, Washington should announce a major increase in humanitarian assistance for all refugees in the region to be made immediately available to UN agencies, and call on other countries to do the same.

This is how wars can be stopped.

Phyllis Bennis directs the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies.

Additional resources:

Phyllis Bennis on Democracy Now, June 24, 2014
Should Obama Go to Tehran?
How a U.S.-Iran “Grand Bargain” Could Help the Crisis in Iraq

The Fall of Mosul and the False Promises of Modern History
by Juan Cole: June 11, 2014

The Root of Our Foreign Policy Blunders by John Tilman
Published on Friday, June 13, 2014 by Huffington Post

Statement by Iraq Veterans Against the War.

Letter from War Resisters League and others

Action Alert: Tell President Obama:
Don’t Add Fuel to the Fire in Iraq!

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Action Alert: Tell President Obama:
Don’t Add Fuel to the Fire in Iraq!

Some in Congress and the media are calling for U.S. military intervention in the Iraq crisis.
U.S. air or drone strikes, increased arms transfers and deployment of U.S. troops as “trainers” will only make matters worse.
Have they learned nothing?

Please take action to let the president know that more war is not the answer.
Use this template for a letter to the President which you can personalize to give your letter a stronger impact.

Stay informed!
Check out this post by Juan Cole and also this article by David Cortwright.

 

Supporting Diplomacy With Iran —
Which Way … War or Peace??

Friday, June 13th, 2014
What’s going on in the negotiations with Iran?
See Highlights Part One and Part Two (Q & A) from our recent Forum with Professors Ervand Abrahamian and Carolyn Eisenberg on YouTube (28 min)
Also see Gareth Porter speaking on “Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare”
See quotes from U.S. and Israeli officials in support of the negotiations.

Join Brooklyn For Peace in signing the Open Letter to our elected officials.
Click here for complete text, and to add your signature.
Help reach our goal of 1000 signatures!
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Medea Benjamin – Pathmaker To Peace

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

May 2, 2014

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BFP Vice-Chair Carolyn Rusti Eisenberg presents
the
Pathmakers To Peace award to courageous peace and human rights activist Medea Benjamin.

Did you miss it?
See it on YouTube
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