AI generated photo based on images of checkpoint Erez at the border of the Gaza Strip, with soldiers stopping vehicles and checking paperwork.
AI generated image based on images of checkpoint Erez at the border of the Gaza Strip.

Statement of Massachusetts Peace Action on Gaza Conflict

October 7, 2023

Cole Harrison, executive director of Massachusetts Peace Action, issued the following statement today about the Gaza conflict:

“Massachusetts Peace Action is saddened by the loss of life on both sides of the Israel-Palestine conflict. We condemn the use of violence against Israeli and Palestinian civilians. The escalating violence we are seeing today is unfortunate, but unsurprising. What is needed now is an immediate ceasefire and de-escalation.

“We reject the framing of this event as ‘unprovoked’. Two million Palestinians in Gaza have been under a brutal Israeli siege since 2007 and periodically attacked by overwhelming Israeli military assaults. Most of them are refugees from villages ethnically cleansed by Israel since 1948. Unarmed protests along the barrier that encloses Gaza have been met with Israeli gunfire that killed hundreds and severely wounded thousands.

“Meanwhile, the new Israeli government has rapidly expanded illegal settlements, turned a blind eye to settler violence, bulldozed houses and forced the expulsion of many more Palestinians from their homes.

“Palestinian resistance should surprise no one. The US must end its funding of the occupation, $3.8 billion a year in military aid, and pressure Israel to comply with international law that demands humanitarian rights for Palestinians, an end to the Israeli occupation and self-determination for the millions living under Israeli occupation.

“Israelis and Palestinians are both paying the price in blood for an illegal Israeli policy that has been sustained by the tax dollars of US citizens and the unconditional supply of US arms to the Israeli military. Current US policy sustains violence in Israel-Palestine. A just peace requires a fundamental change in that US policy.”

About Massachusetts Peace Action

Massachusetts Peace Action is the state affiliate of Peace Action, the nation’s largest peace organization, founded in 1957 as the Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy (SANE). Peace Action works to abolish nuclear weapons, promote government spending priorities that support human needs, encourage real security through international cooperation and human rights, and support just and nonmilitary solutions to the conflicts in Ukraine, Yemen, Iraq, Syria, and Palestine.

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