PCS extends solidarity to #Nakba73 National Day of Action tomorrow (15 May) in solidarity with the Palestinian people, organised by Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Stop The War, Muslim Association of Britain, Friends of Al Aqsa and Palestinian Forum in Britain.
PCS has a long and proud history of standing in solidarity with oppressed peoples and condemns all acts of violence committed against children and civilians in Palestine. We condemn Israel for its continuing occupation of Palestine, and its support for illegal settlements.
Over the past week, Israeli forces and armed settlers have attacked Palestinians who are refusing to be forcibly uprooted from their homes, stormed the Al-Aqsa mosque during Ramadan prayers, and inflicted violence and arrested people indiscriminately. Israel has launched a bombing campaign on Gaza and killed dozens of civilians after rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.
These rockets are seen by more and more Palestinians as a measure of last resort. This is not a war of equals, as some suggest. Israel remains an occupying force with huge military resources controlling Palestinian lives against their will. We mourn all victims of violence and stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people.
PCS’ ongoing policy position remains in support of the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination with two independent states – Israel and Palestine, an end to the illegal occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza, for the right of return of Palestinian refugees and for the immediate dismantling of the Apartheid Wall. The Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem, and the internationally-renowned organisation Human Rights Watch, have both issued reports identifying Israel as a state that is practising apartheid.
We add our support for a just, comprehensive and lasting peace between Palestine and Israel, that is consistent with international law and respects equality and human rights.
The time is now for the UK government and international community to take firm action to stop the escalation of violence and to hold the Israeli government to account – to stop the persistent violations of international law, to stop the excessive use of force against Palestinians, and to end the illegal occupation.
Mark Serwotka PCS General Secretary
Zita Holbourne Chair of PCS International Committee
Fran Heathcote PCS President