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IJV Statement on the Israeli Attacks on Gaza (Cast Lead)

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January 14, 2009 by happyhenry

IJV stands for the application of the principles of human rights and international law to the resolution of the Middle East conflict. These principles are being violated on a daily basis. Israeli citizens have the right to live free from the threat of rocket attacks, but these cannot justify Israel’s actions.

The massive attack on Gaza has destroyed the lives of hundreds of Palestinians, and is creating an immense humanitarian crisis for a people under siege, a form of collective punishment illegal under international law. Such violent and inhumane conduct will do nothing to reduce the risk to Israelis.

There can be no military solution. In furtherance of our declaration, we support the international calls for an immediate ceasefire, as a preliminary to concerted efforts by all parties to reach a negotiated settlement.

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