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SPC Statement on US Military Aid to Israel
As the Israel-Palestine conflict escalates again this week and the world’s airwaves are flooded with images of grieving families holding their dead, we in the United States must once again ask ourselves: Are we a nation of peace or a nation of war?
No Military Intervention in Syria
Those of us inspired by the cry for democracy and human rights that has reverberated from Tunisia to Egypt to Syria are saddened and horrified to see that same movement being attacked wholesale by the Syrian state. At the Syracuse Peace Council, we are also disturbed by the international community’s response to the conflict, including the response of our own government.
SPC Statement on Israel-Palestine
The Syracuse Peace Council calls for an immediate halt to the violence in the occupied Palestinian territories and Israel, including a full Israeli withdrawal from the recently invaded Palestinian towns and cities. This is the first step toward a just peace settlement—one whose goal is the creation of an independent Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, living side-by-side with an internationally-recognized and secure Israel.
Youth Violence, Not Just a Kid Problem
Our city is again in the midst of a spate of youth violence. Shootings, stabbings and assaults are reported almost daily in the news. The Syracuse Peace Council wants to add its voice to those condemning these futile and destructive acts in our community.
Others have pointed to some of the solutions to this terrible problem:
· More opportunities for engaging and productive activities for young people in safe, supervised environments
Remembering Hiroshima—Ending the Nuclear Threat
August 6, 1945 is a date seared into the memory of the people of Japan and people of conscience throughout the world.
This year marks the 57th anniversary of this first use of nuclear weapons on a civilian population. It is an important occasion to reflect on how we can create a safer world for ourselves and for all people. Each year since 1945, the Syracuse Peace Council has commemorated this important event with public calls for nuclear disarmament and other steps to create a peaceful and just world.
Syracuse Peace Council Response to the Arrest of Saddam Hussein
The Syracuse Peace Council is pleased to hear that Saddam Hussein has been detained. We hope his capture will help relieve the fear of his return to power, a fear which has hindered the Iraqi people from reconstructing their nation. For many Iraqis the ongoing US occupation is also a major obstacle to self-governance.
ANOTHER VIET NAM? Syracuse Peace Council Statement on Iraq
We have witnessed a horrifying escalation of violence in Iraq this past week. The violence raging in Iraq was not only predictable, but also unnecessary. As an organization committed to peace and social justice, we mourn for all those killed or injured and those who care about them. We also condemn US tactics that provoke increased violence, such as firing on nonviolent demonstrators and journalists, or as in Fallujah, targeting entire cities and towns, including large civilian populations.
The Myth of Iraqi Sovereignty
George W. Bush continues to proclaim that Iraq will be a sovereign nation as of June 30, 2004. He hopes that continuous repetition of this false mantra will fool our nation into believing that democracy is emerging in Iraq.
Violence Begets Violence: a Peace Council Statement on the Mid East
The Syracuse Peace Council (SPC) opposes all military attacks on civilians - including Israel's air and ground war against Lebanon and Hezbollah's rocket attacks on Israel.
We condemn the invasions of Lebanon, Palestine and Iraq. We likewise condemn the occupations -- vigorously resisted -- of those bloodied lands.
Bombing People Creates More Terrorism - a Peace Council Statement on the Mid East
The Syracuse Peace Council (SPC) is relieved that the international community has developed a ceasefire agreement for the war between Israel and Hezbollah. Unfortunately, the ceasefire was deliberately delayed by our government. In the process over 1200 Lebanese were killed along over a hundred Israelis.
We hope that this fragile agreement holds and that the international community seizes this opportunity to renew concerted efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (at the root of the recent violence).