As a movement working to END VIOLENCE against women, girls, gender expansive people and the Earth, we oppose violence committed by ANYONE.
We do not believe violence is the solution in Israel or Palestine or ANYWHERE.
For violence to end, to preserve lives, we must return to the historical roots of oppression. The violence of decades of occupation, of apartheid, of dispossession. The violence of the denial of the fundamental rights of the Palestinian people to be free – the freedom to move, learn, dream, travel, play, thrive, hope, aspire, live. Equally, and with dignity and peace.
Like many groups and individuals around the world who believe in human rights, we are trying to make sense of what we are being called to do. How do we stay committed and strong in resisting systems of profound oppression and injustice while also creating and rising towards something different and new – where violence is not the revolving paradigm. How do we reckon with history and truth – not bury it – while centering the humanization of all in the change we want to create. How do we contribute towards a just and lasting peace?
What we do know is that today – as bombs fall and lifelines like water, electricity, medical aid and food have been cut off in Gaza, with 1.1 million people being asked to flee but with nowhere to go because of the blockade, and thousands of civilians already displaced and killed, including and particularly women and children – we are witnessing a genocide. And we cannot be complicit.
V-Day and One Billion Rising call for an end to the war on Gaza.
We call to STOP ALL KILLINGS.
We call for an end to the complicity of governments who back this war – the US, UK, EU countries and others – and hold them to account for their damaging support. No to the weaponization of trauma.
We call for humanitarian aid into Gaza.
We call for the international media to fulfill their ethical mandate to do honest, unbiased, verified, balanced, historically contextualized reporting – without distortions.
We call for an end to the occupation.
RISE FOR FREEDOM MEANS RISING FOR PEACE, FOR A VIOLENCE-FREE WORLD FOR ALL. IT MEANS LEAVING NO ONE BEHIND.
Together with allies working on issues in the region, V-Day has compiled a list of actions/organizations you can URGENTLY support:
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