On 11 July Dr Shahrar Ali, Green Party spokesperson on International Affairs, commented on the crisis in Gaza:
“It is with dismay and shock that we witness the latest air assaults on the Gazan population by Israel. The unconscionable kidnap and killing of three Israeli teenagers 11 days ago, followed by the revenge killing of a Palestinian, must not be used as a pretext for escalation of hostilities. We urge a cessation of violence on both sides – whether rockets fired by Hamas or the vastly more destructive potential of Israel’s arsenal. Israeli Army Operation “Protective Edge” constitutes an act of collective punishment on the people of Gaza. Women and children are made to suffer and die, indiscriminately – this cannot go on.”
Dr Ali continued, “The Green Party recognises the historic injustice suffered by the Palestinian people through displacement and continued oppression to the present day. The desperate situation of the Palestine Occupied Territories is man-made and can and must be undone – in accordance with international law. Let us together renew our zeal for peaceable solutions.”
Palestine Solidarity Campaign calls for lobby of MPs to put end to Collective punishment.
Green Party Statement from Caroline Lucas, Natalie Bennett and Tony Clarke.