Since Land Day in March 2018, Palestinians have gone to the separation fence to demand an end to Israel’s draconian blockade of Gaza and for the right of return to the homes & land their families were expelled from 70 years ago.
Israel has responded to unarmed protestors with live fire.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs over 200 demonstrators have been killed and over 8,000 wounded by live fire.
In March 2019 a UN Human Rights Council Commission of Enquiry found,
“the use of lethal force …. was rarely necessary or proportionate. The ISF [Israeli military] violated international human rights law.”
Many protestors shot by Israeli forces undergo amputations.
Gaza’s healthcare is in crisis after Israel’s 11 year blockade & questions have been raised over the type of ammunition used.
“What is unusual is the lesions and … that the wounds are very wide and the bones can be in many fragments.”
Maria-Elisabeth Ingres, Medecins Sans Frontieres.
What can you do?
- Write to your MP: (writetothem.com) Demand an end to arms sales to the Israeli Government until it complies with international law.
- Boycott Israeli goods: Support the Palestinian civil society call for Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) against Israel. https://bdsmovement.net/
Boycott is a traditional, peaceful form of protest. Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jnr & Nelson Mandela all used boycotts.