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End the violence in Occupied Palestinian Territories

TOPSHOT - Smoke and a ball of fire rise above buildings in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, during an Israeli air strike, on May 12, 2021. - Israeli air raids in the Gaza Strip have hit the homes of high-ranking members of the Hamas militant group, the military said Wednesday, with the territory's police headquarters also targeted. (Photo by SAID KHATIB / AFP) (Photo by SAID KHATIB/AFP via Getty Images)

The US must urge Israel to address root causes and stop cycle of impunity. Join people around the world calling for an end to the cycles of violations and injustice.

While the world watches the armed hostilities in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) escalate, it’s past time that the world presses Israel to address the root causes of violations and injustice.

The violence is escalating to similar patterns reminiscent to the horrific hostilities from 2008, 2012 and 2014. Civilians bear the brunt of this suffering, with massive death and destruction in Gaza. Israel has a deplorable record of unlawful killing and injuring of thousands of civilians, displacing tens of thousands and destroying homes, businesses and infrastructure. These violations include war crimes and crimes against humanity. Palestinian armed groups have also committed some violations of international humanitarian law, including war crimes, with impunity.

Palestinians’ experience of systemic discrimination, dispossession and displacement is at the root of the ongoing violations we see today.  In Gaza, Israel is collectively punishing 2 million Palestinians, who have been  living under an illegal blockade for the past 14 years. Israel has the power and the legal obligation to lift the blockade and let people in Gaza enjoy their rights, end forced evictions and house demolitions, stop illegal settlements, and protect civilians.

Right now Palestinians everywhere, including in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah are asking the world to pressure Israel to halt the forced evictions in their neighbourhood and end the ongoing forced displacement of Palestinians.

The international community, especially Israel’s close allies like the USA, have a responsibility to pressure Israel to end and redress its systematic violations against Palestinians.

We must increase international pressure to make this happen! Without addressing root causes the cycle will continue.

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