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Green Party LogoThe Green Party of the U.S. calls for an immediate bilateral ceasefire in the latest Gaza assault

GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES
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For Immediate Release:
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Green Party of the United States is calling for an immediate ceasefire in the current exchange of missiles between Israeli and Palestinian forces, negotiation for a just and peaceful resolution to the conflict, an end to Israel's occupation of Palestinian Territories and human rights violations, repeal of apartheid policies in Israel, and establishment of one democratic state for all in Israel-Palestine.

The Green Party opposes and condemns all violence against unarmed civilians and deplores the murder of young people on both sides that ignited the current face-off. Greens said that Israel must be held accountable for mounting Palestinian casualties in the assault on Gaza, with over 200 deaths, mostly civilians, caused by airstrikes in densely populated areas (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/israelgaza-conflict-80-per-cent-of-palestinians-killed-by-israeli-strikes-are-civilians-un-report-says-9606397.html). Hamas must be held accountable for indiscriminate rocket attacks, which have killed one Israeli during the escalating crisis.

"We are appalled that the Obama Administration endorsed Operation Protective Edge. The White House must lead the rest of the world in bringing international pressure for a ceasefire, aid for civilian populations in the line of fire, observance of international law, and a just peace in the region with an end to Israel's illegal occupation and apartheid policies within the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Israel," said Dr. Justine McCabe, Connecticut Green and member of the Green Party's International Committee (http://www.gp.org/committees/intl).

Greens are urging support for U.S., Israeli, and Palestinian peace groups that are protesting the air assault and possible ground invasion and demanding a return to the November 2012 ceasefire agreement and an end to the occupation and seven-year blockade of Gaza.

"Assertions about Israel's right to defend itself must be placed in the context of Israel's high-tech military arsenal; the occupation of Palestinian Territories; mass displacement of Palestinians, including home demolitions and settlements; detentions and brutality by the IDF, often directed at children; denial of access to resources; and continuing denial of basic human rights and equality. There is no 'right' to occupy, violate human rights, or inflict collective punishment on civilians. Safety is only possible for Israelis and Palestinians when Israel ends these injustices and when both sides lay down arms and sit down to negotiate a solution," said Muhammed Malik, former Co-Chair of the Miami-Dade Green Party and member of the International Committee.

Mr. Malik recently helped organize a Palestine solidarity rally and a national Muslim-American boycott of the White House's annual Ramadan Iftar (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/14/white-house-muslims_n_5585851.html) to protest U.S. complicity in Israeli violations and other human rights offenses. The latter effort gained the support of more than 100 prominent Muslim-American activists, leaders, and professors and prompted the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee, the nation's largest Arab-American civil rights group, to heed the call and join the boycott. (See http://fallingwallsinitiative.wordpress.com/2014/07/14/solidarity-with-guantanamo-bay-palestine-an-open-letter-calling-on-the-boycott-of-the-white-house-iftar)

In an effort to bring about real peace, justice, and security for all Israelis and Palestinians, the Green Party of the United States has endorsed the Palestinian Civil Society call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions against Israel as nonviolent measures to be maintained until Israel ends the occupation and colonization of Arab lands and dismantles the separation wall, recognizes the fundamental rights of Arab Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality, and promotes the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in U.N. Resolution 194 (http://unispal.un.org/UNISPAL.NSF/0/C758572B78D1CD0085256BCF0077E51A).

Greens noted that Israel is a powerful nation whose military is funded generously with U.S. tax dollars. While Greens called the targeting of civilian populations by either side abhorrent, Palestinians have suffered far greater loss of life, as well as daily violence and humiliation under a brutal occupation. The Palestinian death toll in the 2008-2009 siege of Gaza was about 1,400, mostly civilians, while the Israeli death toll was under 20, mostly soldiers.

The Green Party supports suspension of U.S. military and foreign aid to Israel and a U.S. foreign policy that promotes the creation of one secular democratic state for Palestinians and Israelis on the land between the Mediterranean Sea and River Jordan as the national home of both peoples with Jerusalem as its capital. The party encourages a new U.S. diplomatic initiative to begin the process of negotiation, laying the groundwork for such a single-state constitution.

Greens pointed to recent comments by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as an indication that Israel now rejects the "two-state solution" and establishment of a separate, independent Palestinian state: "There cannot be a situation, under any agreement, in which we relinquish security control of the territory west of the River Jordan." (http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.605514)

In 2009, former U.S. Representative and 2008 Green presidential nominee Cynthia McKinney was detained in Israel for participating in the Free Gaza Movement's delivery of humanitarian aid in the wake of Israel's military assault on the Gaza Strip.

See also:

Hawkins Call for Ceasefire in Middle East
Howie Hawkins, Green candidate for Governor of New York, July 15, 2014
http://www.howiehawkins.org/hawkins_call_for_ceasefire_in_middle_east

Urgent call from Gaza civil society: Act now!
The Electronic Intifada, July 12, 2014
http://electronicintifada.net/content/urgent-call-gaza-civil-society-act-now/13558

Interview with Shir Hever of the Alternative Information Center, a Palestinian-Israeli organization active in Jerusalem and Beit-Sahour
The Real News, July 13, 2014
http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12105

Desmond Tutu: U.S. Christians must recognize Israel as apartheid state
Haaretz, July 17, 2014
http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.599422

Free Gaza Movement
http://www.freegaza.org

US Campaign to End the Occupation
http://endtheoccupation.org

Green Party: The U.S. must press Israel not to launch a new war on Gaza; Greens urge an immediate truce and resumption of negotiations
Press release, Green Party of the United States, November 16, 2012
http://www.gp.org/press/pr-national.php?ID=571

Green Party of the U.S. defends American Studies Association's endorsement of boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) to press Israel on human rights
Press release, Green Party of the United States, January 14, 2014
http://www.gp.org/newsroom/press-releases/details/4/667


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