We are planning to attend the Walk to Stop Violence, Injustice, War Crimes in New York on Sunday, 25 January 2009.
On Sunday, January 25, 2009 we are walking to STOP the use of violence as a method of political bargaining. We walk, as people of all races, all nationalities and all religions, to raise awareness and funds for humanitarian aid, for the victims of war, and in particular, for those whose lives, health, families, and homes have been destroyed in the recent bombardments in Gaza. We are walking because we have the freedom to walk and move out of harms way, while the civilians in Gaza do not. Our walk is a silent yet symbolic protest with no political signs or slogans. We walk because we can and because we care.
In the 27 days since the bombardment of Gaza began, more than 1300 Palestinians have been killed and 4095 have been injured. Of those killed, more than 30% of them have been children and more than 10% of them were women. More than 4,000 buildings destroyed in Gaza, more than 20,000 severely damaged. Tens of thousands of Gazans are homeless. Three Israeli civilians and 10 Israeli soldiers have also been killed.
We believe that the world will be dealing with the dire consequences of this destruction for decades to come.