January 1, 2009 I have just heard about this emergency campaign urging for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. Already 370 people have been killed in this escalating conflict. Now is the time to issue a demand to world leaders that the spiraling violence that has characterized the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must come to an end. In 2009 we must push for real peace to be achieved between Israel and Palestine.
UPDATE January 18, 2009: After over 1400 Palestinians have been killed and over 5000 wounded alongside 13 Israelis, Israel and Hamas have agreed a brief cessation of violence and the army withdrawing. We still need to urgently demand a proper, comprehensive and internationally-guaranteed ceasefire which makes sure this terrible violence will not be repeated. Much of Gaza lies in ruins and its people are still blockaded – a brief end to the shooting will not protect civilians or provide any basis for peace.
Join over half a million voices for peace and justice — sign the petition now to call for robust international action to ensure and oversee a fair and lasting ceasefire deal in Gaza, re-opening the borders and crossings under proper supervision, ending the blockade of Gaza’s 1.5 million civilians and guarding against attacks by either side — we will send it to international powers who are right now taking decisions that will determine whether Gaza has a future:
Petition to the UN Security Council, the European Union, the Arab League and the USA:
We urge you to act immediately to ensure a comprehensive ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, to protect civilians on all sides, and to address the growing humanitarian crisis. Only through robust international action and oversight can the bloodshed be stopped, the Gaza crossings safely re-opened and real progress made toward a wider peace in 2009. Learn more and to take action here:
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Gershon is an advisor to Israeli, Palestinian and International Prime Ministers on the Middle East Peace Process and the founder and director of IPCRI, the Israeli-Palestinian Public Policy Institute. He was the initiator and negotiator of the secret back channel between Israel and Hamas for the release of 1,027 prisoners – mainly Palestinians and Arab-Israelis of which 280 were sentenced to life in prison for planning and perpetrating various attacks against Jewish targets that resulted in the killing of 569 Israelis in exchange for one Israeli soldier, Gilad Schalit. Gershon is actively involved in research and advocacy concerning topics such as social policy, environmental security, political strategy, peace education, economics, culture and in the development of affordable solar projects with the goal of providing clean electricity for 50 million people by 2020.