Help end Israel's attacks on Gaza
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We condemn Israel’s bombardment of the people of Gaza and urge you and the Irish Government to take action to stop Israel’s war crimes.
Gaza is under massive air and sea attack, with hundreds of civilians injured, thousands displaced and the death toll rising hourly. By Friday 11 July, Gaza's Ministry of Health reported that Israel has killed 98 Palestinians and wounded 670. A briefing by UN body OCHA says that ‘the targeting and destruction of residential buildings in Gaza continues to be the main cause of civilian casualties.’ In the first three days of Israel's attack, more than 70% of Palestinian fatalities were civilians.
No residents of Israel have been killed and, to the best of our knowledge, none have been seriously injured either.
Half of the population of Gaza’s 1.8 million people are children – and they are terrified.
The tiny enclave of Gaza has been under a draconian siege since 2005 when Israel transferred its settlers from Gaza to the West Bank. Israel continues its air, sea and land blockade of the people of Gaza, crushing the economy and creating a humanitarian catastrophe.
Since January 2006, Israel has killed over 3,000 Palestinian men, women and children in Gaza by military action – this number now tragically rises in the latest attacks.
The collective punishment of a civilian population and the indiscriminate and disproportionate use of force against the people of Gaza by the Government of Israel is a profound breach of International Humanitarian Law (the Fourth Geneva Convention 1949).
Minister, we urge you to take action and take the following important steps:
1. Summons Israel’s Ambassador to Ireland and demand an immediate cessation of Israeli bombing and shelling of Gaza.
2. Support Palestinian calls for immediate United Nations intervention to provide protection for civilians across the West Bank and Gaza from Israeli army and settler attacks.
3. Press the EU to help broker and implement a full ceasefire agreement, which includes an end to the blockade of Gaza and the free movement of people and goods.
4. Fulfil our obligations as one of the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 under Article 1; i.e., to respect and to ensure respect for the Convention in all circumstances, and our obligation under Article 146 to prosecute persons alleged to commit grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention.
In solidarity with the people of Palestine.
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