WILPF statement on Gaza

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom has released a statement on Gaza which expresses much more eloquently what I was trying to say in my post:

We join with millions around the world in protests and call for an immediate cease fire.

While we recognize the incredible military advantage of Israel, we also recognize the need for Hamas to cease firing rockets into Israel, as this threatens the lives of Israelis civilians and is used as a pretext to continue bombing.

We urge all parties to come to the peace table to negotiate an agreement that would restore a just peace, address injustices, and build long-term economic prosperity that would benefit all people living in the region.

They end with a quote from the Israeli Women’s Coalition for Peace, which sums everything up:

The dance of death and destruction must come to an end. We demand that war no longer be an option, nor violence as strategy, nor killing an alternative. The society we want is one in which every individual can lead a life of security – personal, economic, and social.

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