28 December, 2008

Voices for Gaza

Desmond Tutu:

"My message to the international community is that our silence and complicity, especially on the situation in Gaza, shames us all...."

"What is happening in Gaza is unacceptable,"........."We have already seen and heard enough to move us to tears...."

"In the context of total aerial supremacy, in which one side in a conflict deploys lethal aircraft against opponents with no means of defending themselves, the bombardment bears all the hallmarks of war crimes."

"It is a blight not only on the Middle East, but on the entire world - and particularly world leaders who have consistently failed the people of Palestine and Israel over the past 60 years."

Jimmy Carter:

"The world is witnessing a terrible human rights crime in Gaza , where a million and a half human beings are being imprisoned with almost no access to the outside world. An entire population is being brutally punished...."

"The world “must not stand idle while innocent people are treated cruelly....”

It is time for strong voices in Europe, the US , Israel and elsewhere to speak out and condemn the human rights tragedy that has befallen the Palestinian people....”

Hanan Ashrawi:

"Those of us who came under Israeli occupation in 1967 have languished in the West Bank, Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip under a unique combination of military occupation, settler colonization and systematic oppression.........Rarely has the human mind devised such varied, diverse and comprehensive means of wholesale brutalization and persecution. Since 1967, Palestinian land has been expropriated at an increasing pace, while whole Jewish populations have been brought in, in a calculated scheme of settler colonization. Throughout the land, an artificial and colonial grid of infrastructure was superimposed on our authentic reality to create a spurious settler superstructure as a means of Israeli demographic, geographic, and extraterritorial incursions into Palestine." Hanan Ashrawi's address at the World Conference Against Racism, Durban, South Africa

"The thing is Israel continued its state of siege, continued its encouragements, gave itself a free hand in Gaza, practically starved the people with a very ruthless blockade and that gave Hamas no choice,"............"So even though we do not condone violence by any side, it is the strongest side, the occupying power that bears the responsibility of not targeting a captive, defenseless population......."......From ABC News

"This is certainly a very cruel escalation, a relentless bombardment of a captive civilian population that has already been under siege for months, that has been deprived of basic requirements like food and medicines and fuel and power....."... From CNN

"The cycle of violence is generated by the occupation and by the ongoing state of siege that is attempting to collectively punish a whole people."....."This will enhance the standing of Hamas. People are sympathising with Hamas as the people who are being ruthlessly targeted by Israel. They are seen as victims of ongoing Israeli aggression."....From The Guardian