GAZA ALIVE IS LIFE FOR PALESTINE

PRESS RELEASE
We4Gaza

Over 350 individuals and 60 associations and networks from several continents have signed a call for an international campaign in just a few days.

GAZA ALIVE IS LIFE FOR PALESTINE” was launched by three associations active for years in different fields (health, research and culture) and committed to work in solidarity with the people of Gaza and recognize their right to live: Appeal for children of Gaza, Genoa, Italy; NWRG -onlus (New weapons research groups), Italy; and Culture is Freedom, a Campaign for Palestine, Italy.

Among the first signatures were Noam Chomsky, US pacifist essayist, AnnWright, former US Army colonel and peace activist, Professor Francis Boyle, lawyer; From Palestine Prof Mazin Qumsiyeh, Palestine Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability and dirctor of Palestine Museum of Natral History, Samir Zaqut, director of Al Mezzan cernter for human rights; From Israel, Nurit Peled-El Hanan, Sakharov Prize, Michel Warshawski, journalist and essayist; From India Niloufer Bhagwat, vice president of the Bar Association; From Great Britain, journalist and writer John Pilger, Swee ANg founder of Medical AId for Palesitne, Derek Summerfiels, leading head of the campaign against torture by Doctors, Haifa Zangane and Victoria Britten, writers; From France Christiane Hessel-Chabry, Honorary Chairman of the EJE Association (Les enfants, jeu et l’éducation); From Greece Haris Golemis, economist director of Nicos Poulantzas Institute; From Lebanon writer Bayan Nuwayhed Al Hout and political science professor and journalist Nahla Chahal; The Nobel Peace Prize Mairead Corrigan Maguire, Irish; The General Coordinator of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine Pierre Galand from Brussels; Richard Falk, former United Nations rapporteur on the situation of the occupied Palestinian Territories. From Palestine Mazin Qumsiyeh scientist and director of the Palestine Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability and Samir Zaqut of the Al Mezza center for Human Rights; From Italy Egidia Beretta, President of the Utopia Vik Foundation, Luisa Morgantini, former President of the European Parliament, Gianni Tognoni, Secretary General of the Permanent Tribunal of Peoples.

Other signatories are writers and journalists, lawyers and doctors, professors and researchers, Italian and European parliamentarians, social and cultural activists, who are in solidarity with the people of Gaza are asking for efficacious intervention by the institutions, starting with the European ones, for Gaza the stay alive and grow.

The European Co-ordination of Palestine Associations and Committees (ECCP) from Brussels has already appealed to the European Union’s High Representative Federica Mogherini, in view of the European Council of Foreign Ministers to be held on 17 July. Letters were sent to the President of Parliament, Mr Taviani, and to the head of the Parliamentary groups and those coordinating the affair of Palestine and Israel, and to the member of the Palestine Commission of the European Parliament . We will follow up.

The appeal highlights Israel’s responsibilities on the current disastrous economic and social situation in Gaza, and points to its strategy to cause crisis after crisis that may lead to the slow extermination of a population already affected by several military attacks with thousands of civilian victims which destroyed essential infrastructure.

We state that the reiterated crisis have not been and can not be solved by buffer measures. Emergencies, such as the recent electricity crisis and the almost permanent scarcity of drinking water, can only be solved – emphasizes the appeal – joining short and long-term development plans without which menace of deaths will continue to strangulate the population. Every day, children and adults are dying because they can not receive the necessary care due to the lack of adequate medication and equipment (dialysis, diabetes, cancer patients, children with cystic fibrosis, premature infants, patients requiring surgery).

The appeal, finally point to the fact that the agony of Gaza endangers the very possibility of Palestine’s life, which, as essential conditions, needs the involvement of all the people in the path of self-determination, the participation in a widespread democratic process, the end of Israeli siege and occupation: Gaza has to live in order for Palestine to live.

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Correspondence, and signatories available for interviews by contacting wexgaza@gmail.com