US Congressman Brian Baird wants to end the blockade in Gaza + Gaza Black Ribbon Campaign + UN envoy: Gaza is an open-air prison

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Note: Congressman Baird is not seeking re-election.

March 02, 2010

Amid an escalating humanitarian situation Gaza, U.S. Rep. Brian Baird (D-WA) is calling on the United States to break Israel’s blockade to deliver aid relief to the Palestinians living in the strip. Baird says the US needs to show Israel it is serious about resolving the Palestinian crisis – even if it means threatening to withhold money or military aid from its biggest ally. The Democratic congressman’s efforts to lift the Israeli blockade on Gaza are being met with stiff resistance in America. Baird discusses the taboo against questioning US support for Israel in US politics, as well as the need to begin negotiating with Hamas to help resolve the conflict.

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Rep. Howard Berman Confronted Over Goldstone Report + US House rejects Goldstone report

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February 01, 2010

On Nov. 3, 2009, on Capitol Hill, activists from the “Coalition for Free Gaza March,” personally confronted Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA,) just outside his office over the Goldstone Report. The Congressman then quickly rushed towards his private elevator. Afterwards, six activists strolled into Room 2221, Rep. Bermans office, in the Rayburn Building, around 10 AM. There, they began reading the 575-paged UN Report of Judge Richard Goldstone. The Goldstone-authored document is highly critical of Israel’s recent military conduct in Gaza, labeling some of its action as “War Crimes.” Rep. Berman, who is Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, has introduced HR 867 in the House. Its purpose is to reject the report of the distinguished jurist, without giving Judge Goldstone a chance to personally testify before the Congress on his findings. HR 867 is due for a vote in the House later today. See,… and… and… and… and… and…

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