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Our statement about Ending the Humanitarian Crisis in Palestine

The Melton Foundation is a leading proponent of Global Citizenship. Our beliefs are deeply rooted in our shared humanity and the dire need to collaborate across boundaries to work for an inclusive, equitable, and peaceful world.

As members of the international community, with our own Melton Fellows residing in and/or hailing from regions of inhuman conflict, civilian killings, and harm, in alignment with the principles set forth by the United Nations, we call for the end to any killing of innocent people in Israel and Palestine.

The ongoing violence and suffering in Palestine must come to an end, and all parties involved must engage in meaningful dialogue and take concrete steps toward achieving a just and lasting peace.

We call upon all parties to exercise restraint and refrain from actions that escalate tensions or incite violence.

The indiscriminate targeting and killing of civilians by all parties, destruction of infrastructure, and violations of human rights must stop immediately. We call for an immediate cease-fire and the release of all hostages. Rapid, safe, and unhindered humanitarian support throughout Gaza to the civilians in need is essential. A sustainable resolution to the conflict and beyond can only be achieved through dialogue, mutual respect, and a commitment to international law.

The time for stopping any violent acts and killing of innocent people in Palestine, Israel, or anywhere in the world is now. We believe in a world where we transcend differences, acting on our shared humanity, to thrive collectively.

Background

Hostilities in Gaza and Israel have created appalling human suffering, physical destruction, and collective trauma across Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres

The international community has a responsibility to use all its influence to prevent further escalation and end this crisis. The historical roots of the conflict and escalation of violence we witness today reach far deeper, and the context is essential to understanding what is happening now. We call on everybody to inform themselves, access various sources, and compare perspectives.

The United Nations describes the beginning of the immediate crisis as follows:

“On 7 October 2023, Palestinian armed groups in Gaza launched thousands of rockets toward Israel and breached through the perimeter fence of Gaza at multiple locations, entering into Israeli towns and killing and capturing Israeli forces and civilians. The Israeli military declared “a state of war alert,” and began striking targets in the Gaza Strip, including residential buildings and health care facilities. Since then, thousands of people have been killed and more than one million have been displaced, as parts of Gaza have been reduced to rubble.”

(Source: https://www.un.org/en/situation-in-occupied-palestine-and-israel; accessed 2 Feb 2024)

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