Stop Summary Executions – Civil Rights Now
Uphold International Law in occupied Palestine
For more than 48 years, Israel has been carrying out an illegal and belligerent military occupation in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip (Palestinian territories), neglecting international laws and conventions, in consistent defiance of the international community and of numerous UN resolutions.
Most importantly, resolutions 242 and 338 require Israel to withdraw from territories it occupied in 1967 and 1973.
PROTECT PALESTINIAN CIVILIANS
Moreover, the U.N. Security Council, in resolution 1322 (2000), paragraph 3: “Calls upon Israel, the occupying Power, to abide scrupulously by its legal obligations and its responsibilities under the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons…”.
This means that the Palestinian People living in these Palestinian Lands should be “protected persons” under the Fourth Geneva Convention. But instead, under Israel’s military occupation, Palestinians’ civil rights are consistently violated.
Israel has not only neglected to withdraw its military occupation but, conversely, reinforced it through implanting hundreds of military checkpoints and hundreds of thousands of heavily armed settlers in apartheid settlements on stolen Palestinian land.
In addition, the blocking and ripping apart of Palestinian cities and villages via the separation wall, is considered apartheid discrimination in another violation of the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice of 2004.
STOP VIOLENCE BY ISRAELI SETTLERS
In addition to the above mentioned violations, the fully armed illegal settlers backed up by Israel’s occupying military forces are fully free to move around any of these occupied cities and villages including the holy sites of Palestinians. This is usually associated with systematic aggression against Palestinian civilians.
SUPPORT FOR CIVIL RESISTANCE
Under these circumstances, and in the absence of the political will to enforce the body of international law on the Israeli government, Palestinians are left with no feasible options but to carry out what is considered to be a third intifada in order to defend their rights and lives.
A people under occupation have a legal right to resist. The resistance is largely in the form of massive non-violent civil demonstrations, although the media is failing to report the true picture.
STOP SUMMARY EXECUTIONS NOW
Israeli forces have responded by lying to the media and carrying out a series of executions in which Palestinian civilians are being shot on the mere suspicion of causing a ‘threat’. Social media has revealed much of the truth that pro-Israel media tries to whitewash. More than 40 young Palestinians have been shot dead by Israeli settlers and military forces since October the 1st. The majority of these victims were harmless as evident in a number of videos recorded by eyewitnesses.
Therefore, we demand that the New Zealand government take all available steps to pressure and persuade the Israeli government to stop killing Palestinian civilians, and to end the occupation.
RALLY & MARCH FROM CUBA MALL BUCKET FOUNTAIN
12 NOON, SAT 24th OCT 2015. No racist symbols please.