May 15, 2018 by IJV
STOP THE GAZA KILLINGS
LIFT THE SIEGE ON GAZA
END THE OCCUPATION
Since our last statement on 6 April, each week has seen more protests by Gazans at the border with Israel and more killings of largely unarmed protestors by Israeli snipers using live ammunition. As of the morning of 15 May, Nakba Day, more than 100 Palestinians have been killed and thousands injured. The position has been aggravated by the provocation of the ceremonial opening of a new American embassy in Jerusalem, hammering another nail into the coffin of an already moribund peace process.
The IJV Steering Group reiterates our horror at these events and the flagrant disregard for the human rights of the Palestinians and the norms of international law. We support the emergency demonstration called for 5.30pm this evening, Emergency Protest – Gaza: Stop the Massacre, in Whitehall, opposite Downing Street, London.
We further call upon the UK Government to condemn the actions of the Israeli authorities, to demand an independent enquiry into the use of force on the Gaza border, to make clear that the UK embassy will remain in Tel Aviv and to redouble all diplomatic efforts to bring the occupation to an end.