A Louisville peace group is protesting Israel’s sustained bombing in the Gaza Strip later this afternoon. From a press release:
A group of concerned individuals is calling for an immediate response to the bombing of Gaza, recognizing that we as US citizens are responsible because it is our tax dollars paying for the planes (F-16′s) and bombs that the Israeli military is using. The death toll is officially past 250 men,women and children with hundreds of wounded. Because of the long term Israeli blockade of Gaza they are in short supply of medicines, clean water and food. It was already a humanitarian crisis before this latest attack, and is becoming increasingly desperate. We call for an immediate cease fire and a lifting of the Blockade.
The protest is between 4 and 6 p.m. at the corner of Broadway and Baxter Ave., across from Cave Hill Cemetery. In addition, protesters are encouraged to meet at corner of Sixth and Broadway Tuesday at noon to pay a visit to the Congressional offices of U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth to ask for the members’ support for a cease fire. And Friday, Jan. 2 (noon) begins a weekly vigil at that corner.
The group is arguing that Israel’s blockade of Gaza has led to some 1.5 million deaths, and that the Hamas rocket fire that sparked the latest conflict — though a natural result of this “strangulation” — is also deplorable.