David addressing a rally in Sydney over the weekend.

David addressing a rally in Sydney over the weekend.

The Greens have called for an end to the devastating violence in Gaza and for Australia to break its silence and use its position on the United Nations Security Council to call for an immediate ceasefire.

At the Australian Greens National Council the following motion was passed:

That the Australian Greens National Council:

1. Note that 2014 is the United Nations Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People;

2. Condemns the horrific escalation of violence in Gaza and consequential loss of hundreds of Palestinian lives;

3. Recognises that the Israeli Government’s bombing of Gaza and ground offensive puts the might of its military force against the Palestinian people, and that this has not been proportionate to the Hamas rocket attacks;

4. Calls on the Australian Government to use its position on the United Nations Security Council to:

a. Acknowledge the Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories are illegal and in breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention; and that Gaza has been under an Israeli military and economic blockade for eight years.

b. To push for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza;

c. To support Amnesty International’s calls for the UN to impose a comprehensive arms embargo on Israel, Hamas, and Palestinian armed groups.

d. Reiterate our support and commitment to the legitimate rights and aspirations of the Palestinian and Israeli people to live in peace and security in their own independent, sovereign states. 

The motion comes after a fortnight of horrific violence, including a shelling attack from Israel that killed four children playing on a beach, and has seen an overall death toll of 417 Palestinians and 18 Israelis. It is estimated that at least 70 of the Palestinians killed were children and that 80 per cent of Palestinian deaths from Israeli strikes were civilians.

At a rally in Sydney on Sunday David spoke to the crowd to reaffirm the Greens motion and condemn Israel’s military offensive in Gaza. Read more about the Sydney rally against deaths in Gaza here.

You can also read more of David’s work on this issue, including the Greens call for Australia to end the silence on Palestine here.