IWC CALL FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION
As Israeli, Palestinian and International women leaders and activists, members of the IWC, dedicated to the goal of ending the occupation and achieving a just and sustainable Palestinian-Israeli peace based on a two-state solution, committed to the respect of international law, human rights and equality, we are alarmed at the escalating use of force and violence that threatens to destroy all options for creating a humane future for ourselves and our children.
WE CALL on the government of Israel to immediately cease its war on the civilian population of Gaza and withdraw its armed forces. We demand the cessation of the irresponsible and totally unacceptable policy of deprivation and collective punishment. The destruction of power stations and infrastructure has denied access to water and electricity to over two-thirds of the population, which has aggravated an already deteriorating situation due to the long-standing siege imposed. Today the humanitarian crisis is reaching unprecedented proportions.
WE CALL on the international community to exercise its responsibility for the protection of human security, human rights, and the fundamental rights of all to live in an environment of peace and security, free from occupation, oppression and the arbitrary use of force as stipulated in international law and human rights conventions. We call for an exchange of prisoners and an end to the targeting of innocent civilians, Palestinian and Israeli. History has proven that such conflicts have no military solutions and we call for the immediate return to the path of negotiations
Israeli members include:
Anat Saragusti, TV journalist, Itach- Women Lawyers for Social Justice and The Association of civil Rights in Israel board member
Galia Golan, Professor of Government, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (emerita) and IDC Herzlyia, Bat Shalom and Peace Now board member
Naava Eisin, Director, the Archives of Jewish Education, Tel-Aviv University, Bat Shalom and Machsom Watch board member
Naomi Chazan, Professor of Political Science, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (emerita); Former Member of Knesset (Meretz Party) and Deputy Speaker of the Knesset
Sarai Aharoni, PhD Candidate, Bar-Ilan University and Isha l’Isha Feminist Center