STOCKHOLM, July 31, 2014 (WAFA) – “The cycles of violence approach to containing Palestinian anguish resulting from 50 years of Israeli occupation does not work and will never lead to sustainable peace for Palestinians and Israelis,” Thursday said a statement by the Nobel Women Peace Laureates in Solidarity with the Palestinian people.
“Deliberate targeting of civilian areas by anyone is a violation of international law,” added the statement.
“Israel’s continuing collective punishment of the Palestinian people because of its ongoing war of attrition against Hamas is a war crime.”
The statement added: “Instead of supplying weapons and other support to fuel the violence, the international community must work to end it and to create conditions to lead to sustainable peace.”
“These conditions must include enforcing the various UN resolutions against Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land and its ongoing building of settlements on that land and takeovers of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem.”
“As Nelson Mandela rightly said in 1985, ‘Only a free man can negotiate: a prisoner cannot enter into contracts,’ the statement added.
“Ending the current conflict is critical, but it is not true ‘peace.’ That will not happen as long as Israel continues to receive open and tacit support for its policies of oppression against the people of Palestine.
“Supporting policies of occupation means supporting the violation of the basic human rights, human dignity and lack of freedom of the people of Palestine. Under such conditions, devastating violence will continue and sustainable peace for both Palestinians and Israelis will remain a ‘utopian dream,” the statement concluded.