While the recent attacks on Gaza should come as no surprise to people who have followed just the last year's events of Israel denying food and medicine into the region, they are still horrifying and should deepen our commitment to fighting alongside Arab and Palestinian led organizations against Israeli colonialism.
The protests of the last week around the world are inspiring and show that people on the ground have not forgotten Palestine, while their governments may have.
In the United States we have the added responsibility of fighting a government that continues to fund the Israeli government and supply them with the deadly machinery they are using to massacre people who have the legitimate right to defend themselves against ethnic cleansing and genocide.
Protests, civil disobedience, and making demands on elected officials is clearly a short term tactic we need to employ just to get some kind of cease-fire in the area that Israel will actually follow (read this report on Electronic Intifada from the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights on how Israel broke the truce in Gaza, not Hamas).
A long term strategy to end Israeli colonialism will revolve around Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions. Some RR folks will be working on a resource page on this issue on our Reference Shelf. For now, check out the website of the The Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions Campaign National Committee (BNC) for an introduction to taking the issue of divesting from Israel seriously.