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by Stephen Lendman
Avaaz is a phony human rights group. Michel Chossudovsky calls it “part of a corporate public relations campaign” – systematically misreporting on Washington’s imperial wars. 
Its petition calls on world leaders to pressure Israel to lift blockade restrictions – backed by Oxfam, World Vision International, Medical Aid for Palestinians and other groups. It states:
“For a whole year the Israeli government has restricted basic and essential construction materials from entering Gaza. Not one of the 19,000 homes that were bombed and destroyed has been fully rebuilt. 
One year on, around 100,000 Palestinians in Gaza are still homeless, hospitals and schools still lie in ruins, and whole neighbourhoods have no access to running water. 
But on the anniversary of the ceasefire – we can help ensure homes and hope are rebuilt. 
Our governments have already pledged to rebuild Gaza, and called on the government of Israel to lift the blockade. If we now show them that people everywhere want urgent action to stop this injustice, they are more likely to insist the Israeli government stop hindering reconstruction, and families will be able to build homes and children will finally get their schools back. 
Sign the petition and tell everyone – let’s get 1.8 million voices for urgent action, one for each person living in Gaza.”
On the one hand, the petition drive is meaningless, a thinly veiled PR stunt – with no chance for ending Gaza’s siege.
On the other, it gathered an impressive half a million signatures within 24 hours of launch – well along toward reaching 1.8 million or more.
The only solution for Gaza and other oppressed peoples is sustained, committed, nonviolent revolution – millions putting their bodies on the line for justice powerful interests oppose, including in sham Western democratic countries, supporting Israel’s worst crimes.
Petition drives won’t end them – just grassroots activism for change, accepting nothing less than unconditional equity and justice for all – especially for long oppressed people.
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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.