JAI: Statement on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
As we mark the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people on November 29th, we at the Joint Advocacy Initiative of the YWCA of Palestine and the East Jerusalem YMCA declare our continued commitment to keep advocating against the injustices and the oppression of our people so as to exercise our right to self-determination and live in peace with justice.
The Palestinian people has been facing different types of violations of their rights that get worsened by time. These violations include expulsion, house demolishing, detentions, seizing of land, outlawing human rights organizations and Human rights defenders in clear breach on international humanitarian law and human rights law. Settlers and army attacks against the civilians, and land are daily practices that need to be denounced and stopped. The right of the Palestinian people to self-determination is being neglected and the UN resolution on this right is disgraced by Israel. Many members of the world community are silent and/or complicit in these violations.
In these times, it is more than urgent to act in solidarity with the Palestinian people and reject the Israeli practices. We at the Joint Advocacy Initiative CALL on our sister YMCA and YWCA movements, partners, the ecumenical bodies, and solidarity groups and activists worldwide, to lobby their MPS with clear request for debating the Question of Palestine in their parliaments, and tackle the following points:
- Questioning their governments on their policy on Palestine/Israel.
- Declaring a clear stance on the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination in accordance with the international law.
- Condemning the Israeli violations of the international Law and a request that Israeli respect the universal declarations.
We appreciate the efforts of all those who stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people, and who act in support of our steadfastness and struggle for self-determination, freedom and just justice.
No more silence is allowed when people’s lives, rights and dignity is being violated.
KEEP HOPE ALIVE