Rights Organizations Urge Israel to Stop Killing Palestinian Civilians

Hundreds marched in the funeral of eight-month-old Leila al-Ghandour, whose body was wrapped in a Palestinian flag

Around 17 human rights and civil society organizations operating in Israel and the Palestinian territories have sent a joint letter to the Israeli government demanding it to stop killing civilians and embarking on a fair and real peace process.

In their statement, the organizations said that there could absolutely be no military solution to the conflict, noting that despite the high number of injuries, there was no Jew among the wounded in border protests.

Since March 30, Israel has been responding with lethal force to protests taking place on the Palestinian side of the fence separating the Gaza Strip from Israel. The confrontations have left more than 100 people dead and 10,000 injured, including children and women. Therefore, the organizations urged Israel to immediately refrain from the use of lethal force against unarmed civilians.

“The Israeli government has described the events as an assault on Israel’s sovereignty, while failing to address the reality that has led to the mass protest – 50 years of occupation and over 10 years of blockade. Daily life for Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip is unbearable: Basic infrastructure is in ruins, the economy is stunted, unemployment has reached an all-time high, and health services are in danger of collapse. For years, residents of Gaza have lived on the verge of a humanitarian crisis,” the letter said.

“Children in Gaza, who make up the majority of the population, are still struggling with the trauma of previous rounds of violence and war, terrified of another attack and more death and destruction. Time and again reality demonstrates that there is no military solution to the conflict between Israel and Gaza. Instead, Israel must stop the shooting and killing and immediately lift the closure, thereby safeguarding the lives and human rights of the people of Gaza and the region as a whole,” it added.

The letter was signed by Amnesty International, Gisha, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, Adalah, Physicians for Human Rights, the Coalition of Women for Peace and others.

(Source / 17.05.2018)

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