Statement on Gaza – July 30, 2014

The Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia

July 30, 2014

The Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia condemns in the strongest possible terms the State of Israel’s war on the Palestinian population in Gaza.

In a campaign of territorial expansion on the pretext of self-defense, Israel rains artillery fire and bombs on children, women, and men in Gaza, an area the size of Manhattan with 1.8 million inhabitants.

The people of Gaza have no army, air defense, navy, heavy weapons or artillery units. Over 80% live below the poverty line. The population is held in permanent, collective detention, with vital medical and aid supplies withheld on a routine basis.

Israel wages its war against such a captive population. In violation of all norms of humanity and international laws, Israel has destroyed Gaza’s only power plant, hospitals, apartment complexes, and shelled UN schools where more than 200,000 people have been forced to take shelter.

This onslaught on the Palestinians is the most recent phase of the decades-long campaign to ethnically cleanse Palestine.

The Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia calls upon the South Asian diaspora to undertake actions in solidarity with the Palestinian people – to take part in the international campaign to boycott Israel, in demonstrations condemning the attack on Gaza and to work towards the long term goal of securing for the Palestinian people their right to live in peace and dignity.

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