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Heartbroken over Gaza Conflict… err Genocide

Heartbroken over Gaza Conflict… err Genocide

Palestine, Gaza, free

To help with SEO rankings, Gaza Conflict, seems to be the phrase to use, though I don’t see it much as a conflict, but instead a cultural extermination. Free Gaza and hold those participating accountable!

On with the post…

Since the Hamas attack on Israel in October of 2023 I have been sickened and heartbroken. First, this attack (Note: Hamas isn’t Palestine… it’s a terrorist organization). Second, Israel’s ongoing attacks on Gaza and Palestinian civilians, the healthcare system, first responders, water supply, etc. Third, the United States and it’s continued support and supply of ammunition and equipment to Israel.

Plan and simple, this is the genocide of the Palestinian people. I have gotten to know several Palestinians from being on a TAP panel talking about marketing. They are some of the most driven and brightest young professionals I have ever met. And now, it’s a struggle to just survive for those left.

Marillion’s Gaza, words and imagery (pre 2023)

History & Timeline

I have assembled various pieces of information, links and facts for you to review yourself. We must continue to be vocal and to peacefully disrupt infrastructure and the economies of those participating. I will not be quiet.

Palestine & Israel Brief History

Timeline of Israel/Hamas War


Palestine, Gaza, free

I’ve compiled a list of key international organizations that are actively working to alleviate the crisis and to free Gaza and Palestine. These organizations provide a range of assistance, from food and medical aid to mental health support and advocacy.

  • International Rescue Committee (IRC): The IRC is like a first responder for international crises. In the face of the deteriorating situation in Gaza, they’re providing much-needed humanitarian assistance. Their services are akin to a lifeline for millions of desperate people. Official Website (source)
  • Oxfam International: Oxfam is on the ground in Gaza providing people with essentials like clean water, food, and hygiene items. They also strive to end poverty in Palestine by working with vulnerable communities in Gaza. Official Website (source)
  • HIAS: Based in Israel, HIAS is the world’s oldest refugee organization and they are working to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Official Website (source)
  • American Friends Service Committee (AFSC): The AFSC has been actively delivering humanitarian aid in Gaza for over a decade, in partnership with six local non-governmental organizations. Official Website (source)
  • Oxfam America: Similar to Oxfam International, they work to end poverty in Palestine by focusing their efforts on the most vulnerable communities in Gaza. Official Website (source)
  • USAID’s Conflict Management and Mitigation (CMM): As a bridge builder, USAID’s CMM grants support Israelis, Palestinians, Jewish, and Arab citizens of Israel to address common issues. Their work is aimed at fostering understanding and resolving conflicts. Official Website (source)
  • World Health Organization (WHO): WHO is like the global health sentinel. They’ve raised concerns about the disproportionate impact of the conflict on women, children, and newborns in Gaza. This organization is a torchbearer for health rights and needs during crises. Official Website (source)
  • Humanity and Inclusion: Acting as a shield for the vulnerable, this organization works in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict, and disaster. Their mission is to ensure that no one is left behind or forgotten in times of crisis. Official Website (source)
  • International Medical Corps: Like a mobile hospital, this organization has been providing primary and secondary healthcare services in Gaza since 2008, helping to patch up the wounds of war. Official Website (source)
  • International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC): The ICRC is like a beacon of hope amidst conflict, promoting compliance with international humanitarian law and helping those affected by armed conflict in Gaza. Official Website (source)
  • United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA): Established as a temporary relief effort, UNRWA has become a mainstay of support for Palestinians. They’re like a safety net, providing critical aid to those displaced by conflict. Official Website (source)

These organizations are doing critical work under challenging conditions. They rely heavily on donations and volunteers to continue their vital operations. If you’re interested in supporting their efforts, please visit their official websites.

Call for Immediate Ceasefire

Based on my research, here are some of the key government agencies and representatives that have the capacity to intervene and demand a ceasefire in Gaza:

  • United Nations Security Council (UNSC): This is the main body responsible for maintaining international peace and security. They have the ability to impose sanctions or even authorize military action. The UNSC has been involved in negotiations for a ceasefire in the past. Official Website
  • United States Department of State: As one of the largest international influencers, the US has significant sway over the situation. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has the power to negotiate and advocate for a ceasefire. Official Website
  • European Union External Action (EEAS): The European Union plays a major role in global diplomacy and can exert influence over the involved parties to encourage a ceasefire. Official Website
  • The Arab League: Comprising 22 member states, the Arab League has a vested interest in the situation in Gaza and has the influence to call for a ceasefire. Official Website
  • Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Russia, as a permanent member of the UNSC, has significant influence over international matters. Official Website
  • People’s Republic of China, Ministry of Foreign Affairs: China’s growing global influence gives it a crucial role in demanding a ceasefire in Gaza. Official Website
  • Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC): As an international organization with 57 member states, the OIC has a significant stake in the conflict and can put pressure on the involved parties to cease hostilities. Official Website

Please note that contact details for these organizations and representatives are typically available on their respective official websites. It’s important to approach them respectfully and professionally, keeping in mind the sensitivity of the situation.

International Criminal Court

Demand that the International Criminal Court hold Israel and Benjamin Nethanyahu responsible for their crimes against humanity and war crimes in Gaza. As stated on the ICC website, “The International Criminal Court (ICC) investigates and, where warranted, tries individuals charged with the gravest crimes of concern to the international community: genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and the crime of aggression.”

The ICC has the authority to hold individuals accountable for their actions, regardless of their position or nationality. By advocating for an investigation and trial at the ICC, we can send a message that these actions will not be tolerated and justice must be served.

In addition to holding those responsible accountable, it’s important to support efforts towards peacebuilding and conflict resolution in Gaza. Organizations like UNRWA, Humanity and Inclusion, and the ICRC work towards long-term solutions and support for those affected by conflict. By supporting these efforts, we can help pave the way for a more peaceful future in Gaza. Overall, it’s important to continue advocating for a ceasefire and calling for accountability at both local and international levels. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of those affected by the ongoing conflict in Gaza. So please, do your part by staying informed and supporting organizations working towards peace and aid in the region. Every voice and action matters in creating a better future for all. As Mahatma Gandhi famously said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Let us be that change and demand an end to the violence in Gaza. Let us stand together in solidarity with the people of Gaza and work towards a brighter future for all.

Attention & Action

The ongoing turmoil in Gaza is a matter that demands our attention and action; it calls for justice to be served. The International Criminal Court (ICC) is a beacon of hope, capable of holding individuals accountable for grave crimes such as genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and the crime of aggression, irrespective of their stature or nationality. Advocacy for an ICC investigation and trial sends a resounding message that we will not stand idly by whilst these atrocities occur; justice will be pursued relentlessly.

Moreover, endorsing the peacebuilding and conflict resolution efforts in Gaza is paramount. Contributions to organisations such as UNRWA, Humanity and Inclusion, and the ICRC can facilitate long-term solutions, providing support to those embroiled in conflict. It’s incumbent upon us all to continuously call for a ceasefire and demand accountability on local and international platforms. Remember, each voice and action can instigate change and make a profound difference in the lives of those affected by this ongoing conflict. As the great Mahatma Gandhi so wisely stated, “Be the change you wish to see in the world”. It’s time we embody that change and vehemently demand an end to the violence in Gaza.

Mainstream Media

From what I’ve seen the mainstream media isn’t sharing all the facts and seems slanted towards Israel. This is very concerning as it can obscure the truth and hinder efforts towards peace. It’s important to seek out diverse and reputable sources of information, especially from those on the ground in Gaza. Social media can also be a valuable tool for spreading awareness and highlighting lesser-known perspectives.

Additionally, holding mainstream media accountable by calling out biased reporting and demanding fairer coverage is crucial. The media plays a significant role in shaping public opinion, and it’s our responsibility to push for accurate and unbiased reporting.

Meta, specifically through Instagram, has been censoring and limiting the share of information while letting disinformation through. This is unacceptable and goes against the principle of freedom of information. We must continue to speak out against this censorship and demand transparency from social media platforms.

Some key Instagram accounts of journalists to follow include:

  • Hind Khoudary (@hindkhoudary) – Hind is a Palestinian journalist based in Gaza, humanizing the journalists of Gaza through her posts. Source
  • Motaz Azaiza (@motazazizagaza) – He documents life in Gaza to about 25,000 followers. Source
  • Wissam Nassar (@wissamgaza) – Wissam is an international award-winning photographer and 2015 Pulitzer Prize Finalist. His photographs have appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Time, and more. Source
  • Susan Abulhawa (@susanabulhawa) – Susan shares various posts on her Instagram. Source
  • Abby Martin (@fababs) – Abby posts about the plight of journalists in Gaza, among other topics. Source
  • Jeremy Scahill (@jeremyscahill) – Jeremy shares posts about various key figures and events from Gaza. Source
  • Laila El-Haddad (@gazamom) – Laila is a journalist, gardener, foodie, farmer, hiker & mother of four. She is also the co-author of The Gaza Kitchen. Source
  • Bisan Owda (@wizard_bisan1) – Bisan was a filmmaker before the assault on Gaza began and has 2 million followers. Source
  • Wilson Fache (@wilsonfache) – Wilson has covered several regions including Baghdad, Kabul, Kyiv, and Brussels and shares posts on his Instagram. Source

These individuals provide a mix of personal experiences, professional insights, and unique perspectives on life in Gaza.

Our Power as Individuals

Palestine, Gaza, free

It’s easy to feel helpless when faced with such a complex and ongoing conflict like the one in Gaza. However, as individuals, we hold more power than we realize. By educating ourselves on the situation and taking action through advocacy, donations, and holding the media accountable, we can make a difference.

Additionally, we must use our voices to urge our governments to take a stand against the violence in Gaza. Writing letters, signing petitions, and attending protests are all effective ways to raise awareness and put pressure on decision-makers.

But above all else, it’s important to remember that our actions and words matter. By speaking out against injustice and promoting peace, we are contributing to a better world for future generations. Let us use our power as individuals to stand in solidarity with the people of Gaza and demand an end to the violence. Together, we can make a difference. As Margaret Mead famously said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Let us be that small group and pave the way for a brighter future in Gaza.

United Nations

We must persistently prod the United Nations to take immediate and decisive action towards a ceasefire in Gaza. The UN has the authority to deploy peacekeeping forces, impose sanctions, and coordinate humanitarian aid efforts.

  • Express your concerns and demand action from your local United Nations office or representative.
  • Leverage social media platforms to amplify your voice, using relevant hashtags and tagging UN entities such as @UN and @UNHumanRights.
  • Consider supporting UN agencies working in Gaza, such as UNRWA (donation page) and UNICEF ([donation page](

Political Pressure

Encourage your local government representatives to call for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and demand the same from international counterparts.

  • Use every avenue available to you to express your concerns: write letters or emails, make phone calls, or attend town hall meetings.
  • Endorse and share petitions demanding an end to the violence in Gaza, for example, this one by the United Nations Association of the USA.
  • Inspire your friends, family, and community members to follow suit. Remember, the more voices that are heard, the stronger we are.

Humanitarian Aid

The citizens of Gaza desperately need humanitarian aid due to the ongoing conflict. Here are a few ways you can support those providing critical assistance:

  • Donate to reliable organizations working in Gaza, such as the International Medical Corps (donation page) and World Vision ([donation page](
  • If you’re not in a position to make a financial contribution, consider volunteering with local organizations that are collecting donations or coordinating relief efforts for Gaza.
  • Spreading awareness about the humanitarian crisis in Gaza is crucial. Share information and donation links on social media, organize fundraisers, or participate in community events that raise awareness for the cause.

Protests & Boycotts

The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement works to end international support for Israel’s oppression of Palestinians and pressure Israel to comply with international law.

Final Thoughts

The conflict in Gaza is ongoing and devastating for all parties involved. Yet, as individuals, we have the power to make a difference. By amplifying our voices and supporting organizations striving for peace and assistance in the region, we can help expedite an end to the violence and aspire towards a better future for all. Let’s stand in solidarity with the people of Gaza and do our part to effect positive change. As always, approach these issues with empathy and respect, mindful of the delicate nature of the situation. Together, we can make a difference. So, let’s get involved and be a part of the solution to free Gaza.

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