Open letter on the current Gaza crisis
Posted on 21 July 2014
Global and Arab CSO’s appeal to United Nations officials
Note: An open letter dated July 17, 2014 has been drafted by several global civil society formations and representatives based in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), expressing sympathy with the people of Gaza and the rest of the Palestinian people, condemning the unjustified attacks by Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) on defenseless civilian communities, and calling on the United Nations and its human rights agencies to take urgent steps to safeguard the Gaza communities and uphold its people’s basic human rights and welfare.
The open letter is now being circulated as the basis for an urgent international signature campaign. The letter and the list of gathered signatories will be forwarded to the offices of the UN Secretary General, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization, and the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food.
The initiators are the Arab Group for the Protection of Nature (APN), Arab Network for Food Sovereignty (ANFS), and People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS), with the help of FoodFirst Information and Action Network (FIAN) and Habitat International Coalition (HIC).
IBON International, as a member of the PCFS, is helping circulate this open letter and gather signatures as our modest contribution to the global effort to address this human rights and humanitarian crisis in war-torn Palestine.
If you want to add signatures to the letter, please indicate the name of your organization or of officials representing your organization, or your names as persons signing in their individual capacity, followed by relevant postal and email addresses and other contact information.
Please email the said information to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com at the soonest possible time.
The full text of the letter follows:
Dear Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations
Dear Mr. José Graziano da Silva, Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization
Dear Ms. Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Dear Hilal Elver, Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food
As the world watches Israel drop its wrath on the defenceless population of Gaza, farmer movements, agricultural communities and international civil society organizations are calling on the UN to take a stance and demand that Israel be held accountable for its deliberate and systematic destruction of human life, natural resources and civil infrastructure in Gaza and the rest of Palestine.
This current military attack on Gaza is the latest in a decade's long campaign that embodies itself in the systematic robbing of Palestinian lands, the uprooting of millions of trees that provide sustenance and connection to the land, the imprisonment of thousands of Palestinians without trial, the stealing of Palestinian water sources, and the building of the separation wall that has reduced the Palestinian communities into divided Bantustans (deemed criminal by the International Court).
The grand targets of Israel's massive and disproportionate force in Gaza are not the militants; but the collective economic, agricultural and social apparatus that