Greens have expressed their support with the victims of violence in Palestine and Israel, urging the UK government to take action.
Sian Berry said: ‘The govt in Israel bears responsibility for this deadly escalation and must lead on ending it. Our govt must also take action, particularly on arms sales.’
‘Wales Green Party condemn the police storming of Al-Aqsa mosque in occupied Jerusalem and military strikes by the Israeli authorities on Gaza. Although abhorrent at any time, these latest attacks are particularly disturbing coming in the holy month of Ramadan.
Anthony Slaughter, leader of Wales Green Party said “International law being so fragrantly broken is unacceptable and we call in the strongest terms for the UK to impose overdue sanctions on the Israeli government in light of the systematic human rights abuses being inflicted on the people of Palestine.
We also call on the First Minister to condemn the actions of the Israeli government on behalf of the nation of Wales, as well as use his influence to join the call for Dominic Raab to do the same.”
Lauren James, deputy leader of Wales Green Party said “Everyone has the right to a safe place to live and pray, without the threat of violence and displacement.
As an international community we must stand with the Palestinian people, and demand peace across the region.”‘
Caroline Lucas MP wrote to wrote to the Minister for the Middle East last month to ask him to take a stand on forced evictions in East Jerusalem. She unequivocally condemn the military air strikes by the Israeli authorities, saying:
‘I unequivocally condemn the police storming of Al-Aqsa mosque in occupied Jerusalem and military strikes by the Israeli authorities on Gaza. These brutal attacks would be deeply worrying at any time, that there has been such an escalation of violence during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan is particularly reprehensible. I want to see all parties in this conflict uphold international law, as well pursue peace, justice and freedom for everyone living in Palestine and Israel. As the occupying force and a nation that wields virtually unparalleled military power, Israel must bear overwhelming responsibility for de-escalating this situation – I also call on those firing rockets from Gaza to desist.
The devastation wreaked on worshippers at Al-Aqsa Mosque, reports that access to medical treatment is being blocked and the air strikes on civilians in Gaza, provide yet further evidence of the Israeli government’s utter disregard for international law – and it’s my view they need to be held to account for what would seem to constitute war crimes. We have seen the UK recently impose sanctions on individuals associated with human rights violations in China and action with regards Israel in this respect is long overdue.
The context for this latest attack is the advancement of continued settlement and expansionist policies by the Israeli government and systematic human rights violations of Palestinians, which many are starting to define as apartheid. Last month I wrote to the Minister for the Middle East to ask him to take a stand on forced evictions in East Jerusalem. This attack further underscores the urgent need for an immediate end to the sale of all military equipment/hardware to Israel.’