"It sickens me to hear President Obama and members of Congress endorse the Israeli regime's illegal military invasion of Gaza and its brutal slaughter of Palestinian civilians in the occupied territories," said 12th District Congressional Green Party candidate Bob Hart. "I condemn Israel's military invasion of Gaza and call upon Pat Tiberi, the U.S. Congress, and the President to immediately stop funding, encouraging, and arming Israel. Instead the U.S. should be endorsing UN mediated peace talks, demanding that Israel end all military operations in the West Bank and Gaza, and calling upon all groups in Palestine to match the cessation of Israeli military operations."
In response to the unsolved killing of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank Israel's military conducted a so-called "search-and-rescue" operation that left numerous innocent Palestinians dead and hundreds illegally detained. Palestinians resisted this unprovoked Israeli crackdown and now the Israeli military is bombing civilian neighborhoods in occupied Gaza using billions of dollars of weaponry provided free of cost courtesy of U.S. taxpayers. "It is clear that Israel has callously used the tragic killing of three youths in the West Bank as a transparent pretext for the destruction of the recently formed Palestinian Unity Government and for the imposition of additional brutal occupation conditions upon the Palestinian people, who are captives in the Israeli "open-air prisons" of Gaza and the West Bank," added Hart.
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The Green Party of the United States is calling for an immediate ceasefire in the current exchange of missiles between Israeli and Palestinian forces, negotiation for a just and peaceful resolution to the conflict, an end to Israel's occupation of Palestinian Territories and human rights violations, repeal of apartheid policies in Israel, and establishment of one democratic state for all in Israel-Palestine.
The Green Party opposes and condemns all violence against unarmed civilians and deplores the murder of young people on both sides that ignited the current face-off. Greens said that Israel must be held accountable for mounting Palestinian casualties in the assault on Gaza, with over 200 deaths, mostly civilians, caused by airstrikes in densely populated areas. Hamas must be held accountable for indiscriminate rocket attacks, which have killed one Israeli during the escalating crisis.
"We are appalled that the Obama Administration endorsed Operation Protective Edge. The White House must lead the rest of the world in bringing international pressure for a ceasefire, aid for civilian populations in the line of fire, observance of international law, and a just peace in the region with an end to Israel's illegal occupation and apartheid policies within the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Israel," said Dr. Justine McCabe, Connecticut Green and member of the Green Party's International Committee.
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