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Left-Green Party Condemns Israel’s “Abuse of Power”

By Ragnar Tómas

Photo: Golli.

In an official statement published today, Iceland’s LeftGreen Movement has condemned the Israeli government‘s “abuse of power” in its response to rocket strikes from Gaza. The party calls the attacks indefensible.

The worst violence since 2014

Over 100 people have been killed in Gaza since Monday, in what has been the worst violence in Gaza and Israel since 2014. The violence followed weeks of Israeli-Palestinian tension in East Jerusalem, culminating in conflict at a holy site venerated by both Muslims and Jews. Rocket strikes from Hamas the de facto governing authority of the Gaza Strip triggered retaliatory strikes from Israel.

Last night, the Israeli military aimed heavy artillery fire and dozens of airstrikes into Gaza, with fears growing that Israel could launch a ground invasion to quell the rocket fire, CNN reports.

Abuse of power, land expropriation, and deportation

This morning, the Left-Green Movement – the leading party of Iceland’s three-party coalition formed after the 2017 elections – condemned the actions of the Israeli government. The statement, which was published on the party‘s website, reads as follows:

The Left-Green Movement condemns the abuse of power, land expropriation, and deportation of Palestinians from settlements that are subsequently destroyed and colonized by Israelis. This constitutes a flagrant violation of international agreements, international law, and human rights.

The Israeli government’s harsh response airstrikes with sophisticated weapons (or unmanned drone strikes), in densely populated areas within Palestine – to rocket strikes from the Gaza strip is indefensible. The operations of the Israeli police against protestors in Jerusalem are also indefensible.

The Left-Green Movement has always emphasised the necessity of seeking out a peaceful solution in the region. Lasting peace will never be attained by the force of arms or oppression, and it is important to preserve the integrity of international law and to avoid violating the human rights of the region’s inhabitants.

The Left-Green Movement would also like to recollect the resolution passed by Parliament that authorized the government to officially recognize the independence and autonomy of the state of Palestine.”

Minister of Foreign Affairs Tweets

In a Tweet last Monday, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and member of the Independence Party, Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, called on “all sides” to refrain from violence.

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