Friday, 18 July 2014

UNISON calls for an immediate ceasefire by both Israel and Hamas

UNISON calls for an immediate ceasefire by both Israel and Hamas

UNISON calls for an immediate ceasefire by both Israel and Hamas and the resumption of peace talks, based on an Israeli withdrawal to the lines of 1967 and the formation of a viable, sovereign independent Palestinian state alongside a secure Israel.
 
The United Nations has calculated that 77% of the Palestinian casualties in Gaza are civilians and that there are now over 17,000 displaced people in Gaza due to Israeli military action.
 
The military escalation in Gaza, where civilians are being killed and homes destroyed, while Hamas continues to fire rockets into Israel is a direct result of the continued illegal Israeli occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the collective punishment of the people of Gaza and a refusal by Israel to enter into meaningful talks on the creation of a Palestinian state which is a pre-condition for lasting peace in the Middle East.

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