Confirming our position on the ongoing conflict in Gaza

Read Time 1 mins | Thursday 21 March, 12:42

UWU members note with deep regret:

  1. the historical context of events in Palestine and Israel
  2. the tragic loss of civilian life in both the Hamas attacks on the 7 October 2023 and the ensuing bombardment of Gaza by Israel, which is now the subject of predetermination by the ICJ on the potential acts of genocide
  3. the decision of some states to withdraw funding from UN
  4. failure of the UK parliament to take action to prevent further loss of life

UWU members believe that:

  1. there can be no justification for the loss of innocent lives, and all atrocities committed against civilians must be condemned and investigated. Specifically that:
    1. Hamas’ murder of civilians in Israel must be unequivocally condemned,
    2. the Israeli Government’s indiscriminate killing of Palestinian civilians must be unequivocally condemned, in particular the unacceptable deaths of 8,000 children in Gaza and the West Bank
  2. all forms of racism, including anti-Palestinian racism, antisemitism and Islamophobia have no place in our movement and we condemn any attacks on Palestinian, Jewish or Muslim people;
  3. all political leaders must call upon the Israeli Government to ensure enough food, water, medicine and electricity are provided to Gaza,
  4. all actors must follow and be held accountable under international law
  5. we must not allow these tragic events to divide our communities

UWU members therefore call for the immediate release of all remaining hostages and Palestinian prisoners and a permanent ceasefire.