Worcester's Greens join calls for Gaza ceasefire - The Worcester Observer

Worcester's Greens join calls for Gaza ceasefire

Worcester Editorial 3rd Nov, 2023 Updated: 3rd Nov, 2023   0

WORCESTER’S Green Party councillors have called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, echoing calls from the party nationally and from groups across the globe such as the UN and Amnesty International.

Israel has been bombing Gaza since the October 7 terrorist attacks which killed 1,400 people in Israel and saw 229 people taken hostage by terrorist group Hamas.

More than 9,000 people in Gaza have reportedly been killed since Israel’s retaliatory bombing began, according to the Hamas-run health ministry.

Israel’s military says it’s targeting Hamas infrastructure, including tunnels and rocket launchers, and minimising civilian deaths.

Last week, the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly called for an immediate humanitarian truce between Israel and Hamas, which was dismissed by Israel.

Following the statement from the Green Party of England and Wales which called for the end of the siege and blockade of Gaza, councillors from across the UK have been calling for unity across the political spectrum in demanding the government support an immediate peaceful resolution.

Their statement reads: “We completely condemn the violent and illegal siege that is currently being carried out by Israeli forces in Gaza.

“The bombing and blockading of a civilian population is sowing further division and hatred and will lead to escalation of this conflict. We empathise with the people of Gaza who are being denied their basic necessities while also being forcibly removed from their homes.

Currently, supplies of food, water, fuel and medicines for Gaza’s 2.2 million residents are dangerously low according to the UN’s World Food Program.

“We also condemn the violent actions of Hamas; the killings and kidnappings that they orchestrated on the 7th of October were horrific, but these events should not be utilised as a reason to commit collective punishment against the people of Gaza.

“Only an immediate ceasefire and the pursuit of a two-state solution will bring an end to the needless loss of civilian life that is occurring every single day in the region.

“We implore the UK government to officially call for an immediate ceasefire to halt the needless death and destruction which is engulfing Gaza city and surrounding areas.

“Furthermore, we condemn islamophobia, anti-semitism and all other forms of racism that are being propagated by those looking to divide our communities and who are seeking to dismantle any hope for a peaceful settlement.

“We support all peaceful protests across the UK and encourage those who wish to see a ceasefire to join us in calling for one.

“The Conservative government and the international community have a moral obligation to put pressure on the Israeli government to find a peaceful solution to this conflict.”

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