As thousands of people joined a protest in Belfast against Israel’s ongoing bombardment of Gaza, the Workers Party has condemned the slaughter of Palestinian men, women and children and demanded an immediate end to Israeli attacks, the removal of Israeli forces from all Palestinian territories and the end of all political, economic and military agreements between the European Union and Israel.
Gaza has a population of 1.8 million, almost half of whom are children under the age of 14. Since 2006 Israel has killed well over 3,000 Palestinian men, women and children in Gaza alone. The current barbaric Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people continues and escalates. Already this operation has caused more than 300 deaths, thousands injured and more than 50,000 have been forced to flee their homes in the face of a vicious military assault from land, sea and air.
The deliberate targeting by Israel of civilians, including children, the selection of hospitals, residential apartment buildings, rehabilitation facilities for the disabled, schools and mosques is clear evidence of a campaign of collective punishment of a civilian population in breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention 1949.
See the Party statement in full at: WP Gaza Statement July 2014