#StopSendingArms: Die VDJ unterstützt die von mehr als 100 internationalen Organisationen unterzeichnete Erklärung zum Stopp von Waffenlieferung an Israel!
Die VDJ fordert die Bundesregierung auf, das in ihrer Macht stehende zu tun, um der Entscheidung des Internationalen Gerichtshofs (IGH) zur Wirksamkeit zu verhelfen. Die Bundesregierung sollte ihre voreilige Unterstützung für Israel in dem Hauptsacheverfahren vor dem IGH zurückzuziehen. Der IGH hat alle Länder aufgefordert, die Gefahr des Völkermords in Gaza durch Israel mit allen Mitteln zu begegnen. Die Bundesregierung muss deshalb die Waffenlieferungen an Israel beenden und sich für eine sofortige Waffenruhe einsetzen, um nicht selbst mitverantwortlich für einen möglichen Völkermord in Gaza zu werden.
Wir veröffentlichen hier den englischen Text der Erklärung:
#StopSendingArms - An Open Call to all UN Member States to stop fuelling the crisis in Gaza and avert further humanitarian catastrophe and loss of civilian life
We, the undersigned organisations, call on all States to immediately halt the transfer of weapons, parts, and ammunition to Israel and Palestinian armed groups while there is risk they are used to commit or facilitate serious violations of international humanitarian or human rights law.
Israel’s bombardment and siege are depriving the civilian population of the basics to survive and rendering Gaza uninhabitable. Today, the civilian population in Gaza faces a humanitarian crisis of unprecedented severity and scale.
Furthermore, Palestinian armed group-led attacks killed around 1,200 people and took hundreds of Israeli and foreign hostages, including children, and continue to hold more than 130 hostages captive inside Gaza. Armed groups in Gaza have continued to indiscriminately fire rockets toward population centers in Israel, disrupting school for children, displacing and threatening the lives and well being of civilians. Hostage-taking and indiscriminate attacks are violations of international humanitarian law and must end immediately.
Humanitarian agencies, human rights groups, United Nations officials, and more than 153 member states have called for an immediate ceasefire. However, Israel continues to use explosive weapons and munitions in densely populated areas with massive humanitarian consequences for the people of Gaza. World leaders have urged the Israeli government to reduce civilian casualties, yet Israeli military operations in Gaza continue to kill people at unprecedented levels, according to recent remarks by the UN Secretary-General. Member states have a legal responsibility to use all possible tools to leverage better protection of civilians and adherence to international humanitarian law. Gaza’s remaining lifeline – an internationally-funded humanitarian aid response – has been paralyzed by the intensity of the hostilities, which have included the shooting of aid convoys, recurrent communications blackouts, damaged roads, restrictions on essential supplies, an almost complete ban on commercial supplies, and a bureaucratic process to send aid into Gaza.
Israel’s military activity has destroyed a substantial portion of Gaza’s homes, schools, hospitals, water infrastructure, shelters, and refugee camps; the indiscriminate nature of these bombings and, a pattern of apparently disproportionate civilian harm they routinely cause, is unacceptable. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has warned of the “heightened risk of atrocity crimes” being committed in Gaza and called on all states to prevent such crimes from unfolding. Since this call, the humanitarian crisis in Gaza has only deteriorated further:
More than 25,000 Palestinians, at least 10,000 of them children, have been killed in less than four months, according to the Ministry of Health in Gaza. Thousands more are buried under the rubble and presumed dead.
More than 62,000 people have been injured, many with life-changing injuries that will leave them with permanent disabilities; these include more than 1,000 Palestinian children who have lost one or more of their upper or lower limbs.
An unknown number of Palestinian civilians, reportedly including children, have been unlawfully detained, according to the UN, and must be released.
Palestinians continue to be killed nearly every day in areas the Israeli government told them to flee. In the first week of 2024, an Israeli airstrike killed 14 people - the majority children - near an area Israeli forces prescribed as a “humanitarian zone.”
Over 85% of Gaza’s population, around 1.9 million people, has been forcibly displaced. Many followed Israeli-issued orders to relocate south and are now being squeezed into tiny pockets of land that cannot sustain human life, which have become breeding ground for the spread of disease.
More than half of a million Palestinians in Gaza face starvation and more than 90% of the population faces acute food insecurity, the highest proportion ever recorded by a technical humanitarian body responsible for making evidence-based assessments of food insecurity.
More than 70% of Gaza’s homes, much of its schools, and its water and sanitation infrastructure have been destroyed or damaged and left the population with almost no access to clean water.
Not a single medical facility in the enclave is fully operational and those partially functioning are overwhelmed with trauma cases and shortages of medical supplies and doctors. More than 300 health workers have been killed.
At least 167* aid workers in Gaza have been killed, the highest of any conflict in this century.
Gaza today is the most dangerous place to be a child, a journalist, and an aid worker. Hospitals and schools should never become battlegrounds. These conditions have created a situation of utter desperation inside Gaza, leading top aid officials to declare that there are no longer the conditions for a meaningful humanitarian response in Gaza. This will not change until the siege, the bombardment and the fighting ends. The United Nations recently described humanitarian access in January so far as a “significant deterioration.” Israeli forces have repeatedly denied permission for aid convoys to reach areas north of Wadi Gaza where people are at the highest risk of starvation.
In recent weeks, high ranking Israeli officials have begun calling for the deportation of Palestinian civilians out of Gaza. The forcible transfer within Gaza and deportation of a portion of the population across borders, lacking any guarantees of return, would constitute a serious violation of international law, amounting to an atrocity crime.
We demand an immediate ceasefire and call on all states to halt the transfer of weapons that can be used to commit violations of international humanitarian and human rights law. The UN Security Council must fulfill its responsibility to maintain global peace and security by adopting measures to halt the transfer of weapons to the Government of Israel and Palestinian armed groups and prevent the supply of arms that risk being used in the commission of international crimes, effective immediately.
All states have the obligation to prevent atrocity crimes and promote adherence to norms that protect civilians. The international community is long overdue to live up to these commitments.
Norwegian Refugee Council
Save the Children
Federation Handicap International - Humanity & Inclusion
War Child Alliance
Norwegian People’s Aid
Médecins du Monde International Network
Mennonite Central Committee
Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC)
Danish Refugee Council
American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)
War on Want
War Childhood Museum Foundation
WESPAC Foundation, Inc.
United Nations Association - UK
Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha (BNPS)
Human Rights Sentinel
IM Swedish Development Partner
Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME)
Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation
France Palestine Mental Health Network
Syrian Network for Human Rights.
INGO ALG CONSULTANT GROUP
Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development
Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect
Middle East Democracy Center (MEDC)
The National Organization of Yemeni Reporters SADA
Development and Peace - Caritas Canada
Train of Hope Dortmund e.V.
Jewish Network for Palestine
مدافعات للحقوق والحريات والتنميه
Ina autra senda - Swiss Friends of Combatants for Peace
Polish Medical Mission
Gender Advisory Team
Olof Palmes Internationella Center
Street Child España Share The World's Resources Church and Peace - Ecumenical Peace Church Network in Europe Terre des Hommes Netherlands Plateforme des ONG françaises pour la Palestine PAX EuroMed Rights CAFOD Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) Secours catholique caritas France Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions - UK Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions - Germany Legal Action Worldwide (LAW) Cordaid MADRE ReThinking Foreign Policy pax christi - Deutsche Sektion e.V. Vredesactie Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights Network for Children's Rights The United Church of Canada The Busines Plan for Peace Danish Muslim Aid Peace Direct Belgian Academics and Artists for Palestine (BA4P) The United Church of Canada Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) Germany Initiatives et Changement WeWorld Equal Legal Aid Action Corps Greek affiliate of IPPNW KAIROS Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives Committee of 100 in Finland Khulumani Support Group Amos Trust Centre for Peace Research and Advocacy -CPRA Avaaz Christian Jewish Allies for a Just Peace in Israel/Palestine Salam For Yemen Emmaus International Palestinian farmers union Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Peace Action Consortium of Ethiopian Human Rights Organizations ForcesWatch Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ The Presbyterian Church in Canada Ciusss centre sud Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy The Dallaire Institute for Children Peace and Security Creatura Think & Do Tank ry The Hague Peace Projects Anglican Pacifist Fellowship Nonviolence International Primate's World Relief and Development Fund The Anglican Church of Canada/L'Eglise anglican du Canada Ekō Internationale Liga für Menschenrechte Young Christian Students Movement South Africa Laurentiuskonvent e.V. Socialist Movement of Ghana Swedish Fellowship of Reconciliation Japan Fellowship of Reconciliation EgyptWide for Human Rights Pax Christi International Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada Sanad Basra Organization for Human Rights Association Pour Jérusalem Community of Christ Women Volunteers for Peace Forum Computer Professionals for Peace and Societal Responsibility Vereinigung Demokratischer Juristinnen und Juristen e.V. (VDJ) AFPS Paris-Sud Culture de Palestine Kristna Fredsrörelsen / SweFOR Christian CND Medical Association for Prevention of War HelpAge International Quakers in Scotland (General Meeting for Scotland) Forum Ziviler Friedensdienst e. V. DAWN MENA Japan International Volunteer Center (JVC) NVMP-Artsen voor vrede ActionAid France Forum Computer Professionals for Peace and Societal Responsibility (FIfF) e.V. Pax Christi Scotland Shujaa-Initiative Pax Christi Italia Pax Christi - Perú Center for Jewish Nonviolence Peace Movement Aotearoa Center for Peace Education, Miriam College Amos Trust
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