We, at Oil Change International, express our profound grief for the lives lost and the enduring anguish resulting from the continued surge of violence in Palestine. Our hearts are also with those grieving from the violence unleashed on Israelis by Hamas. As an organization committed to equity and racial justice we are in solidarity with those demanding an immediate end to Israel’s siege of Gaza, its forced displacement of Palestinians, the release of all hostages, and an end to the occupation of Palestine.
We call on Israel and its international allies, especially the US, to ensure an immediate ceasefire to prevent any further loss of innocent lives, stop the bombing, lift the siege, and bring unobstructed humanitarian aid into Gaza. We demand an end to Israel’s inhumane restrictions on essential resources such as water, electricity, food, and medicine.
We know the horrors in Gaza and Israel are an escalation of decades of state-sanctioned violence by Israel against Palestinians.
We know that the State of Israel’s response to escalated violence will make no one safer.
We know there can be no long-term peace without addressing the decades of oppression and violence by Israel of the Palestinian people, including the occupation of their land and control of clean water.
We know that as long as the US and others provide billions in unconditional funding to support apartheid, there will be no end to this violence.
We stand against Islamophobia and anti-semitism in all forms and we know people power is our strongest hope to stop this catastrophe. We follow the example of the millions in the streets, led by Palestinians and Jews, calling for a ceasefire. We commend the growing list of governments and institutions taking this principled position and urge all to take action calling on their governments to do the same.
The genocide of the Palestinian people has to stop today.
We are choosing not to stay silent at this moment, but acknowledge many groups have worked deeply on this issue for many years. Here are other organizations and resources we are following that inform our statement and understanding of the situation:
- Raz Segal’s “A Textbook Case of Genocide” both the OpEd here and the interview with Democracy Now! Here.
- Jewish Current’s rolling “Explainer on the Hamas Attacks and Israeli Response“
- As Israel and Gaza erupt, the US must commit to ending the violence — By Phyllis Bennis, Institute for Policy Studies (The Hill)
- UN response to Israel’s orders to leave Gaza in 24 hours
- Public Statement: Scholars Warn of Potential Genocide in Gaza (Third World Approaches to International Law Review) Joint statement from Al-Haq and other Palestinian Human Rights organizations calling for Third States to intervene and uphold international law.
- The Gaza Strip ? why the history of the densely populated enclave is key to understanding the current conflict by Maha Nassar (the Conversation)
- The Palestine Children’s Relief Fund
- Jewish organizations calling for an end to Palestinian Oppression Jewish Voices for Peace (US) , If Not Now (US), Na’amod (UK), and Independent Jewish Voices (Canada).