56 recipients of the Right Livelihood Award from 35 countries have signed a statement condemning the human rights violations in Gaza. The Laureates call on the international community “to request an immediate ceasefire, lifting of the blockade of Gaza and to ask for the beginning of new peace talks. And to also halt all actions that perpetuate this conflict, hinder a peace settlement and supply the warring parties with arms.“
From within Gaza, our 2013 Laureate Raji Sourani reports: “There are no shelters; there is no safe place anywhere in Gaza, there is bombing everywhere. The airplanes and the drones never leave the sky (…). Our findings from our field workers show that more than 77% of the victims that are injured are civilians.“ He says the siege is suffocating Gaza: “We have 65% unemployment; 90% of our people are below the poverty line, while 85% are receiving rations. We have a lack of everything: water; sewage dumped in the street, which cannot be treated…”
Read more at Qantara. Also, watch Amy Goodman‘s interview with Sourani on Democracy Now!