"We the undersigned watch with horror yet another ruthless and criminal Israeli assault on the defenceless people of the Gaza Strip."
"The assassination of the Hamas' military commander, Ahmad al-Jabari, by Israel was intended to disrupt any chance for a permanent cease fire between the two sides and caused the current cycle of violence."- Advertisement -
"For the last five years, al-Jabari had been responsible for limiting rocket attacks on Israel."
Western inaction shows complicity with Israeli crimes. Washington, EU states, and other NATO partners share responsibility.
"No other people in the world has been subjected, for more than sixty years, to such relentless acts of collective punishment and military brutality as have the Palestinian people."
End Gaza's blockade. Let people and goods move freely. Ease a humanitarian crisis. The world no longer can wait. Palestine is being "battered to death." Stopping it must be enforced.
Signatories included Ilan Pappe, Nur Masalha, Tariq Ali, Steven and Hilary Rose, Ali Abunimah, Terri Ginsburg, Nurith Peled-Elhanan, and Sid Shniad.
They and millions of others care. Slaying the beast requires heavy pressure. Keeping it unrelenting is vital.
On November 23, the Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council ( PHROC ) "strongly condemn(ed) the violations of international law committed during the recent Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip."
Violations this grave must be ended, investigated, and punished according to "standards set by international law."
Israel willfully attacked civilians disproportionately. Around 170 were killed. Others will perish. Bodies under rubble will be found. Over 1,000 were injured. Nearly half were children and women.
"At least 963 houses were damaged or destroyed." Most were willfully attacked.
They included "10 health centers, 35 schools, 2 universities, 15 NGO offices, 30 mosques, 14 media offices, 92 industrial and commercial facilities, 1 UNWRA food distribution center, 8 government buildings, 14 police/security stations, 5 banks, 34 vehicles, 3 youth clubs, 3 cemeteries, and 2 bridges."
Support for and/or statements on behalf of Israel made by Washington, EU nations, and UN officials raise deep concerns. They call Israeli aggression self-defense.
They ignore besieged Gazans and occupation harshness. They endorse Israeli collective punishment and belligerence. They're silent on grave international law beaches.