Brooklyn Vigil To End Israel's War Against Gaza.
Jul 23, 2014 Witnesses For Peace they called themselves as they stood in a vigil called by Fort Greene Peace and Brooklyn For Peace. The Brooklyn Vigil was called to protest the horrific war that Israel has unleashed on the civilian population of Gaza. The groups deplored attacks on civilians on both sides but the violence unleashed by the Israel Defense Force, which is the world's fourth-largest military, has resulted in over 700 deaths in Gaza (compared to two deaths to civilians in Israel, the result of rocket attacks by Hamas). Over a hundred of those dead in Gaza are children and estimates are that 85 percent of the deaths are just innocent civilians. Brooklyn For Peace and Fort Greene Peace say that this kind of assault against an essentially defenseless population is collective punishment and is in violation of international law. The groups are demanding, via a petition circulated at the Vigil, that the President and the Congress end the $3.1 Billion in military aid that the U.S. gives to Israel annually. They say that aid enables Israel to carry out these attacks on Gaza. The vigil will continue over several days from 4 to 9 pm at Fowler Square in Fort Greene at the intersection of Lafayette Avenue and Fulton Street. Click here for a map of the location.Read More