We, the Asia Pacific Greens Federation, are alarmed and horrified by the escalating violence and the mounting civilian death toll in Israel, Gaza and the rest of the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The shocking killings and abductions, especially on children, women and the most vulnerable show an absolute disregard for life; further, absolute aberrations against the human rights and international laws that are in place to protect Mother Earth and Her Peoples. The UN Security Council, of which Asia and the Pacific are permanent members, must act to prevent the spread of the conflict to neighbouring states such as Lebanon and Iran. They must agree to new political discussions and actions to address these extreme breaches against all of us.
under any circumstances. The relentless air strikes are killing entire families and communities; there is no safe place and the peoples do not have any security. We are very concerned that Gaza will be cut off from all basic amenities of water, food, electricity and fuel. This will cause unimaginable suffering and civilians will continue to pay the price of these war crimes with their lives. The Fourth Geneva Convention guarantees all Palestinian civilians are granted rights as “protected persons’ and this must be enforced so they have their guaranteed Freedoms; and we further endorse that is the only way that Palestinian Peace and Justice will occur in the region. We call for an immediate end to this senseless and costly violence and war.
We urge you, our Representative at the global and international fora to do all you can to ensure that this war crime is addressed with the utmost urgency. This cycle of violence meted on innocent civilians must stop. This hate war crime has to end. We add our voices to the international hue and cry that you must all do everything possible to end these atrocities against the Civilian People in these territories, and against humanity. We write this urgent communication remembering our APGF Member, the Green Party Palestine and their families. We remember them in our prayers and our thoughts go out to them.
In Solidarity for the Peoples
Authorized by: Tika Bhandari, APGF Co-Convenor