Saturday, June 27, 2009

Viva Palestina Fundraiser on July 2 is opportunity for KC residents to send medical relief to Gaza

British MP George Galloway and Mahdi Bray headline Kansas City Viva Palestina Fundraiser


KANSAS CITY, MO – Several area peace and justice groups – Muslim American Society (MAS) Freedom, Citizens for Justice in the Middle East, Citizens for Peace and Justice in the Holy Land (Lee's Summit, MO), American Friends Service Committee-KC, Peaceworks—KC, and American Muslims for Palestine – are proud to join hands for a large fundraiser event for medical relief for Palestinans. The event will feature British Member of Parliament George Galloway (see photo), MAS Freedom executive director and civil rights activist Mahdi Bray, and local speakers.


The fundraising event will be held on Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 6:30 pm at the Overland Park Marriott hotel in Grand Ballroom E located at 10800 Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park, Kansas. There is no charge to attend the event, but organizers are hoping event participants will give generously.


Hosting a stop on the fundraiser tour of Viva Palestina is a privilege for Kansas City area residents. Other stops on the tour have included San Diego, Chicago, Anaheim, Houston, New York, Chicago, and Denver. The event will give area residents an opportunity to make a direct impact towards breaking the nearly two-year Israeli blockade on Gaza.


Over $4000 was raised at Kansas City event in January to assist the United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) to overcome the effects of the 23-day siege of Gaza, which left 1400 Palestinians dead, mostly women and children.


Despite a faltering U.S. economy that has impacted your savings and jobs, many of you generously made a financial donation at the January event. Citizens for Justice in the Middle East and Overland Park fundraiser event organizers are hoping you will come out to the July 2 event, one of the last events before the Viva Palestina convoy departs New York for Egypt on July 4. The convoy will take 500 vehicles and $10 million in humanitarian aid from Egypt to Gaza.


The July 2 event in Overland Park promises to be a lively, sober update of the current events in Gaza, along with an update on relief efforts. Your financial contribution at the event is not only an important step to relieve the suffering of people in Gaza, but also acknowledges an Israeli-Palestinian peace resolution is the cornerstone of a Middle East transformation.


Matt Quinn
Citizens for Justice in the Middle East


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For more information on the July 2 fundraising event use any of the following resources.

> WEB: Read more on Kansas City / Viva Palestina Fundraiser

> CALL 816-213-3022 or 816-729-9102

> FACEBOOK: Signup for event on Facebook

> TWITTER: Follow Viva Palestina event

> EVENT FLYER (Adobe PDF, 3.5 MB size) | PRESS RELEASE (HTML)

> MORE on Viva Palestina-US and George Galloway web site

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Gaza Background: While news and reports on the Gaza crisis have disappeared from major news media, there are several reports available that reveal the severe impact of the continuing siege on Palestinians in Gaza. Here are two recent reports.


Health Effects on Children of Gaza Crisis Worsening

The World Health Organization reported that more than 10% of children in Israeli-besieged Gaza ‘chronically malnourished’.

Rising poverty, unemployment and food insecurity in Gaza, compounded by the recent 23-day Israeli offensive, have increased the threat of child malnutrition, say UN agencies, health ministry officials and healthcare NGOs in Gaza.

UN World Health Organization (WHO) officials are concerned by the warning signs, including rising malnutrition indicators - like increased cases of stunting, wasting and underweight children - and continuing high rates of anaemia among children and pregnant women.

Over the past 18 months the agricultural sector has been struggling to cope with an Israeli blockade on imports and exports, causing lower productivity and reducing access to affordable fresh food, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).


“There was a rise in anaemia amongst children in our centres in 2008 and [this is] continuing,” said Adnan al-Wahaidi, director of Ard al-Insan Benevolent Association in Gaza, the main healthcare NGO supporting an estimated 16,000 undernourished children.


“Women with children who are underweight or wasting have been coming to the centres in greater numbers over the last few months; many of their husbands died during the recent conflict or are unemployed.”


314 children were killed and at least 860 wounded as a result of the Gaza conflict since it began on 27 December. (Al Mezan).


Still today, children and babies are dying in conditions that no human should have to endure, let alone a child. Handicap International estimates that up to 55 percent of people injured (including about 450 children) have sustained injuries that are so severe that without proper rehabilitation, they will likely result in permanent disability and/or death. (OCHA)

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Health conditions worsening in Gaza as borders remain closed

The deteriorating health situation in Gaza has been intensified by Israel’s blockade of crossings into the area, the United Nations agency tasked with assisting Palestinian refugees warned today. – UN agency – 22 May 2009.

According to the agency’s latest health report, some 4,000 medical items per day on average could cross into Gaza before the conflict, whereas only 40 items are currently allowed to be imported daily.

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