NZ Greens condemn Israeli violence against Palestinian communities

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A Palestinian man walks past the remains of a tower which was destroyed by Israeli air strikes in Gaza City this week. Image: Suhaib Salem/Reuters

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New Zealand’s Green Party has condemned the violent and forced displacement of the Palestinian Sheikh Jarrah community of East Jerusalem by Israeli forces and settlers.

“We further condemn the recent indiscriminate bombing of the Gaza Strip causing the deaths of [113 Palestinian civilians, including 31 children], we call on both the IDF and Hamas to abide by international human rights and humanitarian law”, said Green Party spokesperson on human rights and foreign affairs Golriz Ghahraman.

“We note that the forcible displacement of Palestinians is an atrocity crime in international law, and in these circumstances can amount to ethnic cleansing.

“Israel’s ongoing and continued occupation of Palestinian territories, and siege on Gaza since 2009, constitute serious breaches of international law and have caused an unsustainable humanitarian crisis, exasperated by the current covid-19 crisis.

“The people of Gaza are trapped with little access to humanitarian aid, adequate healthcare or education.

“The Green Party promotes and supports the principle of self-determination of peoples everywhere, including Palestine.

“We support a two state solution that would ensure an independent state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel.”

The Green Party has called on the UN Security Council – due to meet this weekend on the Israel-Palestine crisis – to:

  • Strongly condemns the violence committed by Israeli forces in East Jerusalem and its indiscriminate bombing of civilian community in Gaza; and
  • Calls on both Hamas and [the Israeli military] IDF to abide by international humanitarian law, with clear primary responsibility as the occupying power, on Israel.
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