Palestine: IWC Call to lift the siege on Gaza
We also observe with dismay the repetition of the familiar pattern of a growing gap between the promise of stepped-up negotiations on all outstanding permanent status issues, which would lead to the end of occupation and the establishment of a sovereign Palestinian state alongside Israel on the 4th of June 1967 borders, and the constantly deteriorating situation on the ground which undermines the attainment of this goal. The cynical and patriarchal resort to military force fortifies extremism and creates a dynamic of revenge, which compromises our future.
As women, we are convinced that there is only a political solution to our conflict. We therefore totally reject the chauvinist thinking that seeks to attack and manipulate civilians in order to effect change.
The IWC demands that Israel opens the borders to Gaza, ensures the mobility of peoples and goods, and cease all military actions against the population to allow a better environment for comprehensive peace negotiations.
The IWC appeals to the international community, and especially to the United Nations, to exercise its responsibility to safeguard human rights and human dignity and to do everything within its power to ensure the absolute termination of all attacks against civilians. We also demand that the international community intervene immediately to ensure the total compliance of Israel with all UN resolutions related to the conflict.
The IWC reiterates its conviction that only comprehensive and meaningful negotiations between Israel and the PLO, which will end the occupation and maintain the integrity of the Palestinian Territory, can stop this insanity and ensure the future of our peoples."
The International Women's Commission for a Just and Sustainable Palestinian-Israeli Peace (IWC) is a body of Palestinian, Israeli, and international women established in 2005 under the auspices of UNIFEM in the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325.