We call for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza

Greenpeace calls for both the Israeli government and Hamas to unequivocally agree to fully support and respect the UN Security Council resolution on the ceasefire (2735). An immediate and permanent ceasefire is needed now. We demand that the bullets and bombs be silenced, so that the growing voices for peace can be heard.

More than 250 days have passed since the terrible events of October 7, which saw more than 1,200 Israelis killed in a single day at the hands of Hamas. Around 250 people were taken hostage. 120 hostages are still in Gaza.

Since that day the horror has multiplied and 37,000 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces. Most of Gaza’s 2.3 million people have been forced to flee their homes. Much of Gaza has been reduced to rubble, famine and disease are widespread, nowhere and no one is safe. In the face of this ongoing genocide it is necessary to rediscover common sense and a humanitarian spirit.

From the beginning, Greenpeace has supported calls for an immediate and permanent ceasefire. We call on Hamas to release all hostages immediately. We call on the Israeli government to immediately end the blockades on the supply of food, water, medicine and fuel to the people of Gaza and to release all illegally detained civilians.

Violence is never the answer, it only brings more violence. In addition to the urgent need to end civilian suffering and environmental devastation, all parties must resume peaceful negotiations for a lasting peace built on security, justice and equal rights for all. International law must be respected.

The International Court of Justice has warned that the Israeli government’s actions could amount to genocide. He called for an end to the assault on Rafah. And now the UN-HR “Independent Commission of Inquiry on Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem and Israel” has determined that the Israeli authorities are responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity. The Commission also concluded that Hamas committed war crimes.

Greenpeace is calling for a global embargo on all arms sales and transfers that could be used to further increase the burden of war crimes that both sides will have to answer for once the war and conflict is over.

Greenpeace recognizes the historically rooted issues that must be discussed and negotiated if permanent peace is to be established. Greenpeace calls for an end to the illegal occupation of Palestine. Greenpeace supports the ambition proclaimed in the United Nations Security Council Resolution that “Israel and Palestine live side by side in peace within secure and recognized borders, consistent with international law and relevant United Nations resolutions.”

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