Let’s talk about violence.
Because it seems to me, that to a lot of people, unless someone is pointing a gun to your head, it doesn’t count. Violence is not necessarily physical.
Every time drinking water is cut off from Palestinians, while settlers fill their swimming pools, that’s violence.
Every time the right of return for the millions of Palestinian refugees is denied, that’s violence.
Every time a Palestinian needs to apply for a permit to access holy sites 15 minutes away, that’s violence.
Every time our lands are annexed and confiscated, that’s violence.
Every time our existence is denied, that’s violence.
Every time our humanity is questioned, every time our borders are closed, every time our children see the sea, but are barred from it.
When our story never gets told.
That’s also violence.
We Palestinians trapped inside the bloodied and besieged Gaza Strip call on conscientious people all over the world to act, protest and intensify the boycotts, divestments and sanctions against Israel until it ends this murderous attack on our people and is held to account.
We call for a final end to the crimes and oppression against us. We call for:
- Arms embargos on Israel, sanctions that would cut off the supply of weapons and military aid from Europe and the United States on which Israel depends to commit such war crimes;
- Suspension of all free trade and bilateral agreements with Israel such as the EU-Israel Association agreement;
- Boycott, divestment and sanctions, as called for by the overwhelming majority of Palestinian civil society in 2005
Also, a statement from just the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees, “To the people of the free world and to the Arab people we ask you all to show greater even greater solidarity through events, and apply more pressure on your Governments to provide real support to the struggle of our people and for the accountability of the Zionist war criminals.”