GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES
For Immediate Release:
Thursday, July 20, 2006
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Greens to Bush: Press Israel to stop the attacks
* Slaughter of Lebanese and Palestinian civilians is a punishable war crime; use of U.S. weapons for such purposes violates U.S. laws
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Green Party leaders called on President Bush to demand that Israel immediately cease its invasion of Lebanon and its rain of destruction on civilian populations and infrastructure in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.
Greens urged President Bush to press for an immediate ceasefire. The Green Party has
repeatedly called for negotiation, a halt to violence by both sides, and adherence to
international law as the only means to achieve peace and security for all Israelis,
Palestinians, and people in surrounding countries.
"The current U.S. reaction is a bipartisan disaster, with most Democrats and Republicans alike in Congress expressing unqualified support for Israel," said Rae Vogeler, Wisconsin Green candidate for the U.S. Senate
Palestinian civilians are dying."
Greens based their demand on the following:
* Israel's attacks violate Fourth Geneva
Convention prohibitions against "collective
punishment," i.e., the retaliatory killing of
civilians, "targeted" assassinations, and
destruction of the infrastructure of an occupied
territory. Israel's use of U.S.-made weapons
violates U.S. laws against deploying such weapons
for use against civilians.
* The attacks cannot be justified as a response
to the capture of an Israeli soldier who was in
Gaza as part of the occupation force. (The
current exchange of violence began with Israeli
shellings that killed eight Palestinian civilians
on a Gaza beach.) Israel itself is holding
thousands of Palestinian civilians, including
over 400 Palestinian children and 120 women, in
inhumane conditions and has reportedly subjected
some detainees to torture.
* Israel and the U.S. have refused to recognize
Hamas as the legitimate democratically elected
government of the Palestinian territories; the
current attacks are clearly meant to destroy
Hamas in the Palestinian territories and
Hezbollah in Lebanon, and to punish Palestinian
civilians for having elected Hamas.
* The current escalation of hostilities is a
result of Israel's illegal occupation (with U.S.
support) of Palestinian lands and daily brutality
and killing visited on Palestinians, land grabs
and ethnic cleansing in the West Bank, cutoff of
water and electricity, destruction of homes and
businesses, economic strangulation, and
conversion of the Palestinian territories into
heavily guarded bantustans sealed off with a
* The Olmert government's current actions,
especially deployment of troops into Lebanon,
risk a greater regional conflict that will
threaten global peace as other nations become
involved in the conflict, and will also hinder
efforts to effect U.S. troop withdrawal from
Iraq. Aside from the U.S. and Israel itself,
most of the world understands the attacks as
illegal Israeli military aggression.
Greens have repeatedly called for Israel to end the occupation and fully recognize the human rights of Palestinians, in accord with international law and U.N. directives, as necessary first steps for peace in the Middle East.
In November, 2005, the Green Party endorsed a resolution calling for divestment and a general boycott of Israel until it complies with international law and realizes human rights for Palestinians, including those living within Israel's borders
Greens have also endorsed the Palestinian Right of Return, consistent with U.N. General Assembly Resolution 194 (nonbinding, passed December 11,
1948), which states that "refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbors should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date."
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National Meeting of the Green Party of the United
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