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LETTER: 'Urgent' action needed to aid Palestinian people

'We cannot remain silent in the face of such grave atrocities,' says letter writer
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I am writing to express my profound concern about the ongoing humanitarian crisis and systematic violence against the Palestinian people.

The recent escalation of violence in Palestine has resulted in a devastating loss of innocent lives, widespread destruction of homes and infrastructure, and untold suffering for countless families.

The world has witnessed with horror the relentless bombardment of Gaza, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of civilians, including women and children. The indiscriminate targeting of residential areas, schools, hospitals, and media offices constitutes a flagrant violation of international law and human rights norms.

Furthermore, the forced displacement of Palestinian families from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah and other neighbourhoods in East Jerusalem is a blatant act of injustice and a clear violation of their rights under international law. The ongoing expansion of illegal settlements and the denial of basic rights to Palestinians living under occupation only exacerbate their plight and perpetuate cycles of violence and oppression.

It is imperative that the international community takes urgent and decisive action to address the root causes of the conflict and bring an end to the suffering of the Palestinian people. This includes holding perpetrators of violence and human rights abuses accountable, upholding the principles of justice and equality, and working towards a just and lasting solution based on respect for the rights and dignity of all parties involved.

As individuals committed to justice, peace, and human rights, we cannot remain silent in the face of such grave atrocities. We must stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people and advocate for their right to self-determination, freedom, and dignity. Only through collective action and a commitment to upholding universal principles of justice and human rights can we hope to achieve a peaceful and equitable resolution to the conflict in Palestine.

In the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “The greatness of humanity is not in being human, but in being humane.” Let us heed these words and strive to uphold the dignity and humanity of all people, regardless of their nationality or creed.

Dure Sameen Jalib