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Baltimore Peace Action Members join a sit-in to end the genocide in Gaza outside of Congressman Mfume's office in Baltimore.

Members stage a protest in front of Rep. Ruppersberger's to stop the genocide in Gaza.

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Baltimore Peace Action Members hold signs and banners over I-83 JFX, eliciting honks from cars.

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Baltimore Peace Action Members join a protest march in Washington, D.C. to urge Congress
and President Biden to support a ceasefire in Gaza now. 

Member Lou Curren with Ambassador from
Sierra Leone on Jan. 24, 2024, when she received a certificate of appreciation for signing the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, now ratified by 70 nations and signed by many more. 

Typical certificate presented to 70 Ambassadors in DC by Maryland Peace Action members.

Baltimore Peace Action members presented a letter to the CEO of Northrop-Grumman on Jan. 22, 2024, asking for economic conversion to peaceful products.

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Sanity VS Doomsday, a song by Peace Action Baltimore member Richard Ochs.

We envision a world without war and without nuclear weapons, with resources devoted to human needs and a sustainable environment, rather than militarism.

If we don’t work for peace, who will?  An obscene and ever-increasing military budget, some 800 U.S. foreign military bases, “kinetic” wars in several countries, a dramatic increase in the threat of nuclear war, the decimation of diplomacy as a tool—before it is too late, let’s build the political will to change U.S. foreign policy.

Who We Are

Baltimore Peace Action is a chapter of Maryland Peace Action, the Maryland affiliate of Peace Action, the nation’s largest peace organization. Baltimore Peace Action is also a member of the Peace in Ukraine Coalition: https://www.peaceinukraine.org/

and Merchants of Death War Crimes Tribunal:

https://merchantsofdeath.org/

 

Current issues

Nuclear Disarmament,

Negotiations for an End to the Ukraine War

Palestinian Freedom.

 

Join Us

Baltimore Peace Action meets virtually twice a month on the first and third Tuesdays at 11 AM.  We send the zoom link and access numbers to members. Non-members may request at: info@peaceactionmd.org

Recent News

Israel’s ‘Two-State’ Smokescreen for Ethnic Cleansing

December 7, 2023

 

The genocide in Gaza must not be viewed in isolation, writes Hamza Ali Shah. It is inextricably linked to what is happening in the West Bank. By Hamza Ali Shah Declassified UK

“The two-state solution is no longer possible”. Those were the uncharacteristically honest words of the Israeli ambassador to the United Kingdom, Tzipi Hotovely, last week.

From the person who callously denied a humanitarian catastrophe existed in Gaza and had the audacity to dismiss the idea that innocent Palestinians were being murdered by Israeli bombardment, it was a rare moment.

However, her admission that a two-state solution was out of the equation and an “independent state of Palestine was politically impossible” was framed as a seemingly unfortunate and unwelcome policy development. 

The indirect implication is that as a result of 7 October, when Hamas attacked Israel, changed political circumstances render a Palestinian state problematic.

The reality is far simpler than that: a two-state solution, or any tangible framework that upholds Palestinian statehood, is unachievable because decades of Israeli state policy is working as intended.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made unambiguously clear in July that Israel must “crush” Palestinian statehood ambitions. 

Nor is it a new standpoint. In his 2015 election campaign, he made clear there would beno Palestinian state under his watch.

That same Netanyahu, at a United Nations General Assembly speech earlier this year,presented a map showing the “new Middle East,” wherein the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip were part of Israel.

Perpetual Anguish

The state of perpetual anguish is the only type of Palestinian state that Israel is willing to accommodate.

Yet the Labour Party and the Conservative Party, the only two parties that can realistically govern Britain, appear to live in an illusory world where the two-state solution is alive and Israel allows the establishment of a sovereign Palestine. 

Both leaders of the parties have reiterated those policy positions in recent weeks.

By persisting with the robotic recitations about a two-state solution, Britain’s political class are providing the perfect smokescreen for Israel as it deliberately nullifies the possibility of Palestinian statehood and consolidates the one-apartheid-state reality.

Indeed, Netanyahu’s map that erased Palestine chillingly captured the undeniable trajectory on the ground.

This year has seen the Israeli government take ruthless steps to annex the West Bank. Within the first six months of the year, Israel’s government approved the construction of a record number of settler housing units. 

According to the U.N., around 700,000 Israeli settlers now live in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, a number which has grown by 180,000 since 2012. 

Israel’s strategy coincides with an intensification of housing demolitions. During the first quarter of the year, Israeli authorities also demolished, forced people to demolish or seized 290 Palestinian-owned structures across the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, forcing many of them to leave their communities. 

This marked a 46 percent increase compared to the same period in 2022.

Record Killings in West Bank 

Where Palestinians were not being displaced, their lives were at the mercy of Israel’s unsparing occupation forces. Between 1 January and 6 October, Israeli forces killed more Palestinians in the West Bank than in any other year since 2005.

It also marked the deadliest year on record for children murdered in the West Bank.

The systematic ethnic cleansing of Palestinians that was being perpetrated was as undeniable as it was unforgiving.

And that was before the international green light for Palestinian mass slaughter and displacement was awarded to Israel after 7 October. Since then, human rights organisations describe Israeli policy in the West Bank as the most aggressive land grab since 1967.

Settlers in particular have been emboldened and are imposing a reign of terror. The U.N. has recorded at least 281 settler attacks against Palestinians in the West Bank since 7 October.

At least 15 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli settlers in the last six weeks. Meanwhile, Israeli forces have murdered at least 201 Palestinians including 52 children in the same period.

More than 1,000 Palestinians have been displaced from their homes, often citing settler violence and intimidation as a primary reason. Many have been kept at gunpoint, abused and humiliated.

End Game

“All Arabs should die. All who don’t die should go to Jordan,” one Palestinian recalls an illegal settler shouting whilst beating him.

It’s imperative that such fascistic tendencies are not treated as fringe views. Rather, they characterise the Israeli establishment’s strategic objective, and the settlers are facilitating it. 

In fact, the idea of Palestinians being killed or emigrating is precisely what Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich considers the only logical option available for Palestinians. He calls this the West Bank’s end game: complete Israeli seizure of the territory in order to make the Jewish state an accomplished fact.

The West Bank was always deemed an intrinsic part of any future, independent Palestinian state. But the options Palestinians face are all on the spectrum of cruelty: remain under permanent occupation or be subjected to ethnic cleansing and land usurpation. 

One option that is being viciously ruled out is self-determination.

Importantly, this crystallises why the genocide in Gaza must not be viewed in isolation and is inextricably linked to what is happening in the West Bank. 

When Israeli ministers openly boast about “rolling out the Nakba” whilst other former ministers go on television to underscore that “we all need 2 million to leave” in reference to the optimal scenario for Gaza’s future, signs of a sweeping land grab become painfully noticeable.

When both Netanyahu and Smotrich hint that Israel will retain operational and security control of Gaza — effectively synonyms for occupation — the outlook for residents in Gaza already grappling with so much destruction is compounded. Worse still, in deplorable circumstances, like in the West Bank, draconian Israeli occupation seemingly represents the least bad option.

A think tank with close ties to Netanyahu issued a report shortly after 7 October advocating the “relocation and final settlement of the entire Gaza population.” It cited Israel’s war on Gaza as a “unique and rare opportunity” to carry it out. The methods may differ in the scale and speed of enforcement. But the fundamental intention is multi-pronged and in full swing: systematically obliterate any prospect of a Palestinian state by leaving no Palestinians, nor land for them to inhabit.

For politicians to sincerely place Palestinian rights at the heart of any campaign would be to acknowledge the deep-seated settler colonial ethos that has long instructed Israel’s operations and the apartheid structures that sustain it.

Jewish Supremacy

The bare minimum should be a demand for a reversal of the one-state reality defined by Jewish supremacy that has long been structurally embedded in Israeli law, politics and society.

But a Labour and Conservative political class that firmly voted against a ceasefire, overwhelmingly opposes and criminalises non-violent avenues that seek to isolate Israel, like imposing sanctions, and have no qualms about arming Israel’s war machine

These figures also fundamentally reject the description of apartheid, showing they are only interested in maintaining the British foreign policy tradition of propping up a colonial regime.

Two definitive points become unavoidable: That whilst the two-state paradigm is defunct, the struggle for Palestinian freedom will not disappear no matter the circumstances.

And secondly, that the British political establishment are certainly not allies in that struggle. As Israeli officials demand Gaza becomes “a place where no human can exist” whilst the military sings from the same hymn sheet, it would be erroneous to suggest that is merely an unconventional hardline attitude to Palestinian existence and freedom that 7 October gave birth to.

Hamza Ali Shah is a British-Palestinian writer and journalist whose work focuses on Palestine. He has reported on daily life under occupation for Palestinians including home demolitions and forced expulsion and the conditions for Palestinians in Israeli prisons. He has also extensively covered the British political establishment’s legislation and policies towards Palestine. He has contributed to Tribune Magazine, Jacobin, +972 Magazine and New Internationalist. This article is from Declassified UK.

Auschwitz Museum calls out Israeli council head for "terrorist" response for Gaza

@AuschwitzMuseum

Memory of victims of Auschwitz has, at times, been violated and instrumentalized in various extreme statements. David Azoulai appears to wish to use the symbol of the largest cemetery in the world as some sort of a sick, hateful, pseudo-artistic, symbolic expression. Calling for acts that seem to transgress any civil, wartime, moral, and human laws, that may sound as a call for murder of the scale akin to Auschwitz, puts the whole honest world face-to-face with a madness that must be confronted and firmly rejected. We do hope that Israeli authorities will react to such shameful abuse, as terrorism can never be a response to terrorism.

Constituents Write Letter to Congressman Ruppersberger to End U.S. Militarism

 

Dear Congressman Ruppersberger,

 

It is with deep concern that we write again to vehemently oppose the bombing of Gaza and the unremitting state-sanctioned settler violence against Palestinians in the West Bank.  It is painful to read that our country is rushing its most lethal weapons to Israel, putting the lives of Palestinians at even greater risk every day.

 

We, your constituents, and other Maryland residents, want you to support a permanent ceasefire, genuine negotiations, an immediate aid program to rebuild Gaza and repatriation of Gazans to the land they were driven from after October 7, 2023.  We want our government to take real action against Israel when it breaks international law, not just issue rhetorical warnings that have no meaningful impact.
 

We know well that there is no military solution to this conflict and that the United States has the means and the power to save Palestinian lives and land. To us, it is a moral imperative that Israelis and Palestinians be treated equally by our government.  

Ceasefire to stop genocide on Gaza and West Bank

Cut US money and weapons.

Cut fossil fuels

More jobs are created per federal dollar spent on environment than on weapons. Tell Congress to prevent more floods, fires, droughts, and storms with solar and wind. Climate chaos kills!

 

Rejoin Obama’s Iran Deal

Tell members of Congress and President Biden to rejoin the Iran deal which was working.  Sanctions on Iran need to be lifted to comply with the agreement.

Abolish nuclear weapons

The U.S. and the others that possess nuclear weapons are in violation of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NNPT). Nuclear powers must start disarmament.  The US should take the lead before anyone blunders over Ukraine.

Stop U.S. forever wars

Congress is wasting trillions of dollars in wars. The Iraq and Syrian governments want U.S. troops out. Tell Congress to stop these illegal invasions.

Cut war budget and refund people

Profiteering weapons manufacturers bribe Congress to promote wars while Americans and others suffer.

Tell Congress to cut the war budget in half!

 

Talk peace with China & Russia

China & Russia need not be our enemies. We need to cooperate to prevent climate collapse & pandemics & promote trade. Tell Congress to stop provoking Russia & China with bases & weapons.

Stop sanctions which kill millions

The US. has illegal embargoes on Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen blocking food and medicine, spreading disease, and killing millions.

You can tell Congress to stop U.S. militarism by calling 202-225-3121.

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