Permanent ceasefire from Jordan River to the Mediterranean is urged by Civil Society

“There is much work to be done to end the racist killings in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict as despite a current ceasefire, Israel is slaughtering Palestinians including children in the West Bank’s Jenin refugee camp,” says Dale Carter, RINJ Foundation security Director.

According to a report by Amnesty International, Israeli authorities have been committing the crime of apartheid against Palestinians, which includes massive seizures of Palestinian land and property, unlawful killings, forcible transfer, drastic movement restrictions, and the denial of nationality and citizenship to Palestinians. These actions amount to apartheid under international law and constitute a crime against humanity.

In addition, Human Rights Watch has reported that Israeli forces are killing Palestinian children with virtually no recourse for accountability. Last year, 2022, was the deadliest year for Palestinian children in the West Bank in 15 years, and 2023 is on track to meet or exceed 2022 levels. Israeli forces had killed at least 34 Palestinian children in the West Bank as of August 2022. Those numbers have skyrocketed since 7 October.

The United Nations has also condemned Israeli attacks against the Jenin Refugee Camp in the occupied West Bank, which killed at least nine Palestinians. The UN experts have urged the international community to react without delay to stop the violence and ensure accountability.

“A peaceful solution cannot be accomplished with bombs dropping and guns shooting civilians,” says Ms. Carter, “but an immediate and permanent ceasefire would put the region on a path toward peace.”

Juhr al-Dik area, east of the central Gaza Strip again destroyed by Israel

Juhr al-Dik area, east of the central Gaza Strip has again been destroyed by Israel. On 28 October 2023, an IDF raid maneuvered into the Gaza Strip east of al-Bureij refugee camp, in the Juhor ad-Dik area. During the 2023 Israeli invasion of the Gaza Strip, Israeli infantry and armour near Juhor ad-Dik were frequently the targets of ambushes, mortar attacks, and anti-tank fire by Hamas’s Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades.  Photo submitted by Behar Abbasi. Art, cropping, enhancement: Rosa Yamamoto / Feminine-Perspective-Magazine

The reconstruction of the Gaza Strip has been a topic of discussion since the 2014 war between Israel and Hamas. The situation has not improved much since then. However, there are some efforts being made to rebuild the region. According to a recent news article, Egypt has pledged a $500 million package to reconstruct the Gaza Strip. In addition, Egypt has dispatched massive engineering equipment and crews to participate in the Gaza Strip reconstruction alongside tonnes of humanitarian aid.

The blockade of Gaza, which is imposed by Israel and Egypt, looks set to make reconstruction slow and complicated.

The Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism (GRM) is a temporary tripartite agreement between the Palestinian Authority (PA), the Israeli government, and the United Nations (UN) that was established in 2014 to facilitate the entry of construction materials into Gaza. However, the GRM has been criticized for being slow and inefficient.

On the other hand, Palestinians are saying, they are not leaving.

The Runaway Genocidal Vengeance, collective punishment of Palestinians for Hamas crimes must end now say RINJ Women in Gaza.

A permanent ceasefire is being urged by CSO RINJ Women. Here in this image, Juhr al-Dik area, east of the central Gaza Strip has again been destroyed by Israel. Photo submitted by Behar Abbasi. Art, cropping, enhancement: Rosa Yamamoto / Feminine-Perspective-Magazine