The World March of Women condemns the extreme violence used by Israel in the Gaza Strip and demands the immediate cessation of all hostility in this and other Palestinian territories.
For more than sixty years, with increasingly deteriorated conditions of life, the Palestinian population suffers daily in a state of apartheid: illegal expropriation, brutal detention, discrimination, harassment, considerable limitations to access of basic rights… The systematic violence thousands of Palestinian men and women withstand every day must be halted immediately, and the international community cannot continue to remain silent.
Israeli authorities, relying on their army, have recently intensified the escalating violence and brutal attacks on the rights of Palestinian civilians. A week ago, ignoring all international appeals, Israel launched a military offensive in Gaza called – Operation Protective Edge – which has already claimed the lives of many, including children, and caused serious material damage to the (already precarious) civilian Palestinian infrastructure.
The World March of Women expresses its solidarity with our Palestinian brothers and sisters, and resolutely demands the immediate cessation of all attacks. Consequently, it also requests the International Community to react conclusively in fulfilling their moral obligations of protecting the Palestinian civilian population, and work in a coordinated manner to ensure the accountability and prosecution of those responsible for this massacre.
Women of the World, we are on the march until we are all free!
A statement issued by the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees (UPWC):
Live for Palestine and freedom for our people
The Zionists Occupation army, led by the Government of settlers continues to commit war crimes against our people. They commit crime after crime, massacre after massacre. targeting women and children, the elderly and families, attacking our land trees building so they are violating our peoples right to live safely. They use the most powerful means of killing, aircraft, tanks and advanced missiles.
The number of martyrs draws near to 200, half of them women and children and more than a thousand have been injured. And still the Occupation Army continue to kill, attacking the besieged Gaza Strip and destroying the homes of families making them homeless as well as mourning their dead. They destroy their homes over their heads and destroy institutions providing care for those with disabilities.
In the West Bank, and in the heart of Jerusalem, they are continuing their campaign of oppression, murder and torture against our people. Invading their homes, institutions and arresting. Now they have taken their Zionist crimes to a new level by kidnapping the child, Mohammed Abu Khudair, burning him alive. And still the number of martyrs, wounded, prisoners and displaced persons is on the rise.
All this is happening with the support of the Governments of Western imperialism. These Governments see freedom, independence and liberation of our people and our land as a threat to their interests in the region. The crimes of the Occupation are allowed to continue, all with the suspicious silence of the Arab regimes.
We in the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees (UPWC) are engaged in a battle of steadfastness and confrontation. We continue to denounce the crimes committed against our people and our land, and condemn Western support and political cover that is provided for the crimes of the occupation, whether that support is clear and direct or veiled. We affirm the right of our people’s resistance to colonialism settlement in Palestine and insist on the right of return for Palestinian refugees to the homes from which they were displaced. In addition, the right of self-determination and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with full sovereignty with Jerusalem as its capital.
from the reality of pain and suffering, and the manifestation of steadfastness and determination. As our inevitable victory approaches we call the international community to assume its responsibilities towards our people, through the mechanisms of a clear vindication of our rights to our land. We also demand a provisional International protection force for our people and the accountability of the Zionist war criminals.
It is time for the International community to cease to claim the existence of a peace process that has only benefited the Occupation, allowing it to strengthened the control over our land and institute racist policies through a system of apartheid, which is the ugliest in the history of mankind.
We applaud the resistance of our people in all its forms and spectra, and we salute the young men and women rebelling in the fields in all parts of Palestine. We also salute the Arab peoples and all people around the world that have shown solidarity with us.
We also call:
* The Palestinian leadership to tackle the task of unity of our people, protecting our cause. A leadership that is working to develop a national strategy for the struggle, and thus stop the negotiations and security coordination with the Occupation, which form a dagger in the side of our people and their struggle.
* We call on the masses of our people for increased participation in the struggle and direct confrontation with the Occupation. We call upon it to achieve victory for our people and our cause and to fulfill the wishes of our martyrs, our wounded, our prisoners, our bereaved, our orphans and the homeless of our people.
* We call upon Palestinian women to provide more initiative and direction for national events and to increase their militancy, providing positive role models for women and people around the world.
* To the people of the free world and to the Arab people we ask you all to show greater even greater solidarity through events, and apply more pressure on your Governments to provide real support to the struggle of our people and for the accountability of the Zionist war criminals.
* We call for the expansion of the campaign to boycott the state of the Zionist entity “Israel” and the imposition of sanctions and divestment at the global, Arab and national levels. We call for a mass campaign to boycott “Israel.”
Live for our people, in spite of all the crimes committed against them;
Glory, eternity and loyalty to our martyrs;
Healing of our wounded and freedom for our prisoners.
Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees
Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees:
Urgent call for action
The union of Palestinian Women’s Committees as one of the active women organizations in Palestine is calling for urgent actions around the world to stop the massacres and the massive military violence against our people. This ongoing phase of massive oppression started in the middle of June when the Israeli forces invaded the whole West Bank and began a campaign of arresting people, house demolitions and massive killings. In Al-Quds (Jerusalem) a group of settlers kidnapped the child Mohammed Abu Khdeir and burned him to death. For the eighth day Gaza strip is under unbelievable massive military attacks by the strongest weapons in the world, massacres don’t stop in Gaza; the number of the martyrs is raising every minute thousands of our people are displaced or injured, all of these crimes are happening with support from the Imperial states led by USA. More than half of the martyrs ore women and children, even the care house of disable girls was attacked and destroyed by rockets so their bodies were cut to pieces.
It’s time to stop counting victims in Palestine and to support our people’s struggle and resistance until freedom and independence, it’s time for actions for more pressure on the government and the international community, to be responsible towards our people and to stop immediately the aggressive wore against us. That begins with international temporary protection from the Zionist colonial power.
While we are writing this call we send our thanks for all women and men, groups, organizations, unions, parties, and movements who started their actions in many places, we depend on you support
Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees – Palestine