On 30 July 2014 the organisation Aswat: Palestinian Gay Women called on queer activists to support the following statement:
In light of the ongoing brutal Israeli military aggression on Palestinians in Gaza, and the cruelty of Israeli Police Forces in oppressing acts of solidarity and resistance, we LGBTQ activists and organizations call allies around the world to take stand in solidarity with Palestinians and pressure Israel to Stop its aggression on Gazan civilians, End its Occupation of Palestinian Land and End its Apartheid regime.
Israel’s current assault on Gaza – “Protective Edge” – which has up till now (July 30, 2014) taken the lives of 1374 Palestinians is the third in the past 5 years! In late 2008 the Israeli assault dubbed “Cast Lead” murdered more than 1,400 People. During the 2012 assault ‘Pillar of defence’ more than 150 people were murdered!
As of 2 pm today, Wednesday 30 July 2014, Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights was able to verify that at least 1,349 Palestinians have been verified as killed by the IOF (Israeli Occupation Forces); including 341 children and 176 women. According to Al Mezan’s initial investigations 1,088 (i.e. 80.7%) of the victims are civilians. Many others were people known to be affiliated by Palestinian factions, but not taking part in any hostilities. At least 713 (52.9%; 232 children and 148 women) were killed inside their houses; and two other disabled women were killed in an attack on a rehabilitation NGO’s office. Another 157 people were killed in the vicinity of their houses; including in situations where they were trying to flee from their homes as a result of IOF attacks.
Today Israel mobilised 16,000 additional reservists to bolster forces fighting in Gaza as Washington gave its ally the go-ahead to raid stocks of emergency US weapons stored on Israeli soil.
The torture and the brutal murder of young Mohammed Abu Khdeir in Jerusalem a few weeks ago, the “Price tag” actions against Palestinian homes and holy places, the house demolitions and the ongoing assault and murder in the Gaza strip are all different forms of the Zionist occupation and should all come to an end!
In particular, we urge activists to:
- Join demonstrations against the Occupation and the current aggression on Gaza;
- Use your social media to increase awareness of the situation in Palestine;
- Join your local Palestine solidarity movement;
- Donate to help purchase and deliver urgently needed medical supplies for Gaza.
Queer activists must mobilize their communities around the world to take action to hold Israel accountable for its continued collective punishment and war crimes against Palestinian civilians.
You can sign the statement on Aswat’s website.
Statement Helps Secure UN Inquiry
Along with other NGOs, Aswat has also signed a statement to the UN Human Rights Council on 22 July. The statement, entitled ‘Gross Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Violations and Suspicions of War Crimes in Gaza’, called for an immediate end to the war and the targeting of civilian populations by all parties. On the following day, July 23rd, The United Nations Human Rights Council launched a commission of inquiry into alleged Israeli war crimes in its current Gaza offensive, backing Palestinian efforts to have Israel held up to international scrutiny.