WILPF Resolution on Ending the Israel/Palestine Conflict - Nov 2008

On this International Day of Solidarity with the Palestine People–29 November 2008–and in this 60th anniversary year of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom calls again on the United Nations and the entire international community to take the steps needed to end the occupation of the Arab Territories occupied by Israel since 1967 and to enable the Palestinians to exercise their right to self-determination.

We call on all UN Member States to take their responsibility in seeing that Israel complies with the many UN General Assembly and Security Council resolutions to end the conflict, as well as with the 2004 International Court of Justice Opinion, "Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in Occupied Territory".

WILPF supports the recommendations of the Special Rapporteur of the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories. In his report of 25 August 2008, he recommends, among other things, that "the United Nations should explore its own responsibility with respect to the wellbeing of the Palestinians living under unlawful condition of occupation particularly bearing on abuses of border control, freedom and independence of journalists, and the general crisis in health care, especially in Gaza".

Ending the catastrophic situation of the Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip that has been brought about by Israel's actions and the gross violations of human rights of the Palestinian people must be a priority for the international community.

The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom works for Peace and Justice for all people living in the Middle East Region.

WILPF members were asked to send this to their governments, UN representatives, and local and national media on 29 November 2008.

Click here to go to the UNHCR website to view and download the report of the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories Occupied since 1967, Richard Falk, submitted in accordance with Human Rights Council resolution 5/1; covers the period from 1 Jan.-31 July 2008.

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