14 January 2009
Reference: Emmi de Jesus, Secretary General, 371-2302 / 0917-221203
WOMEN UNITE AGAINST ISRAELI ATTACK ON PALESTINIAN PEOPLE
The women of GABRIELA National Alliance of Women stand in unity with the international community in condemning the Israeli invasion of the Gaza strip.
The vision of hundreds of wounded and lifeless Palestinian children strewn in Gaza is beyond heartbreaking. In each and every woman, the death, destruction and overall human suffering in Gaza should stir rage against the governments of Israeli and the United States . From generation to generation, the Israeli government repeatedly attacks with impunity the Palestinian people and the United States government inspires and supports such inhuman acts of massive proportions.
The current aggression of Israeli troops in Gaza has resulted, so far, in the death of 910 Palestinians, 292 were children and 75 were women and the wounding of more than 4,000 others.
This unspeakable violence against the Palestinian people is not unlike the attacks waged against peoples in the name of political and economic control over sovereign nations. Wars of aggression, within which the culture of violence is intricately webbed, victimize women and children most. In the recent past it has happened in Afghanistan and in Iraq and in Mindanao in the Philippines . Displacement, dislocation, hunger, rape and other forms of sexual violence are suffered most by women and children.
Filipino women must stand together with all freedom-loving people of the world in protesting this recent violation on the lives and sovereignty of the Palestinian people and demand for the immediate pull out of Israeli troops in Gaza and put and end to the death, destruction and overall human suffering Palestine .
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