YWCA Action Alert #7: Cease fire and YWCA UN 1325 Conference are OnWritten by the YWCA of Palestine
August 28, 2014
The ceasefire is on and so is our international women’s conference. Come to Palestine and see for yourself what is happening here in the occupied State of Palestine. Be a witness to the ongoing colonization and dispossession process that is ongoing in the West Bank, and East Jerusalem. Be a participant in our groundbreaking international conference where we will be exploring women’s participation in peace, protections and prevention from all forms of violence, including gender-based violence. Help us develop a National Action Plan.
There is no better time than now to talk about the relationship between violence and accountability. In only 51 days more than two thousand people were killed and ten thousand injured. Most were women and children. Political accountability at this time includes supporting a UN Human Rights Council to investigate violations of humanitarian and human rights. It also includes supporting Palestinians in going to the international criminal court for justice.
The international community of women have a unique role to play in this historic time in finally ending the occupation, and seeking equality and freedom for all. As we have mentioned in our last Action Alert this is a time of reckoning for all. For the international community, it is a time to assess what needs to be done to secure a lasting peace with justice not just for Gaza but all of Palestine.
Towards understanding the larger context of what this latest bombardment against the Gazan people means and the work that is needed for a real solution, we invite you to read all or some of the suggested articles we have gathered. We will continue to provide other useful resources on our website about Gaza and UNSCR 1325. Richard Falk, former UN Special Rapporteur on Palestinian rights will be joining us via video. In the interview linked below he answers questions about some of the legal issues raised by a summer of unprecedented Israeli aggression.
We trust you have been watching mainline news channels in your countries so we thought we add these links to articles written by Israelis and Palestinians that you may not have seen.
- Israel lost the war in Gaza but the struggle for justice goes on, Submitted by Ali Abunimah
- Professor Ilan Pappé: Israel Has Chosen to be a "Racist Apartheid State" with U.S. Support
- Collective Punishment in Gaza By Rashid Khalidi
- Lessons from a futile war: Over the past 50 days, Gaza has told Netanyahu that Israel can no longer live eternally by the sword by Gideon Levy
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