Received this morning:
IMMEDIATE AND UNCONDITIONAL STOP OF BOMBING!
WITHDRAWAL OF THE ISRAELIAN TROOPS FROM LEBANON AND PALESTINE!
RESPECT FOR THE RIGHTS OF THE PALETINIAN AND LEBANESE PEOPLES
Gathering Wednesday August 9 in Nantes
18 p.m. in front of the monument to the 50 hostages
Faced with the war led by the State of Israel against the Republic of Lebanon and against Palestine, faced with the shameful passivity of the international community and the humanitarian emergency, the following unions, associations and political parties CGT 44, FSU 44, Solidaires 44, Sud PTT, Sud Rail, Ligue des Droits de l'Homme, MRAP, Secours Catholique Caritas France, Friends of the Ghassan Kanafani Cultural Foundation, Association France Palestine Solidarité, Washma solidarités, Collectif marée-noire, UFAL, Les Alternatives, LCR and PCF met on Monday August 7 in Nantes. In accordance with their specificities and analyzes, they decided to call together for a rally in solidarity with Lebanon and Palestine, for an immediate ceasefire, next Wednesday, August 9, 2006 in Nantes, at 18 p.m., on the square of the monument to the 50 hostages.
Since July 12, the Israeli army has gone to war against the Republic of Lebanon, indiscriminately killing armed elements and civilian populations and hitting military targets and civilian infrastructure. For the second time in 25 years, Israel is working to destroy an entire country.
Today in Lebanon, civilian deaths number in the hundreds, the injured in the thousands and refugees in the hundreds of thousands. Whole swathes of the country, towns, villages, hospitals, schools, road infrastructure, etc ..., are systematically shelled and destroyed by the Israeli army, while an oil spill, following the bombing of the Jieh power station, keeps pouring out and expanding.
At the same time, the Israeli government is continuing its open war against the Palestinian people, again systematically destroying its fragile economic infrastructure and even no longer hesitating to kidnap, imprison or assassinate its democratically elected representatives.
From Palestine to Lebanon, this war is the result of barbarism and war crimes that would be unanimously condemned if Israel were not a country protected and armed, against all odds, by the United States and its allies.
The permanent injustice which is done to the Palestinian people, the non-respect by Israel of the signed agreements and the resolutions of the United Nations (resolutions 242, on the return to the borders of 1967, resolution 194 on the right of return of refugees, resolution 338 on the cease-fire), and US support for the Israeli offensive are the primary obstacles to a political solution and to a just and lasting peace.
Because we refuse to be passive witnesses to the current barbarism, we call on all women and men in love with peace and justice to meet Wednesday, August 9 at 18 p.m. on the forecourt of the monument to the 50 hostages of Nantes to require :
- the immediate end of the bombardments and the withdrawal of Israeli troops from Lebanon and Gaza,
- the release of all those kidnapped, captured and imprisoned,
- the application of all UN resolutions concerning Palestine and Israel,
- the guarantee of full sovereignty of Lebanon,
- the establishment of massive international aid to come to the aid of the hundreds of thousands of refugees and displaced persons from Lebanon and Palestine and to fight against the oil spill,
- that the rights of peoples, whether Lebanese, Israeli or Palestinian, come before any consideration of war escalation, through respect for international law, with a view to a political solution, a just and lasting peace.