I won't be a bystander
Dear Minister Wong,
We refuse to stand by and watch Palestinian and Israeli civilians pay the price for political failure. Humanity must be shown to those caught up in this violence and humanitarian catastrophe. Every life matters equally, and we will not be divided on this.
You must do everything in your power to push for an immediate ceasefire and an end to the siege of Gaza. The conditions are dreadful and rapidly deteriorating yet humanitarian operations are now effectively frozen because it is impossible for agencies to restart them in the face of bombs, shells, rockets and bullets. The siege of Gaza must be stopped, and water, food and fuel allowed in. We ask you to work to secure the release of hostages held in Gaza.
We also ask that the Australian Government offers increased humanitarian assistance to Gaza. We welcome the funds already pledged and call for an immediate increase.
A path to peace and justice for all, that includes a fair future for both Palestinian and Israeli people, is the only way forward. Our government and other world leaders must work towards a de-escalation of violence now.
Minister Wong – call for an immediate and permanent ceasefire and increase humanitarian assistance to Gaza.
- We will not be bystanders. Immediate ceasefire now.
- Nothing can justify violence towards any civilians. Anyone held captive must be released.
- End the siege that is preventing civilians in Gaza from accessing food, fuel and water and increase our humanitarian assistance.
- Call for a path to real and lasting peace for Palestinian and Israeli people.
Nothing can ever justify the killing or maiming of children. We condemn the catastrophic violence that is currently unfolding in Gaza and Israel in the strongest terms.
We are calling on our government to hear us and act.
It is easy to feel helpless as we watch the horror unfold in the news. Both Palestinian and Israeli civilians have faced appalling violence, and continue to pay the price for the failure of leaders to resolve this conflict.
The terrifying escalation of violence since 7 October has already seen thousands of people killed. Many Palestinians have been forced to leave their homes, following the Israeli government’s evacuation order, and are living in severely overcrowded homes.
The conditions are dreadful and rapidly deteriorating. Food, water, fuel and electricity are rapidly running out. But now it’s time to speak out and say that every life — Palestinian and Israeli — should be valued and treated with humanity. And that we refuse to be divided in our call for lasting peace and justice.
Please join us as we call for an immediate and permanent ceasefire, and end to the siege that is preventing Gaza’s civilians from accessing food, fuel and water and a path to real and lasting peace for Palestinian and Israeli people.
All children have the right to a life free from violence and fear and it is the collective responsibility of the global community to protect that right. Any delay in bringing this devastating conflict to an end will have profound consequences for children that will endure long after the immediate crisis.
This petition to Minister Wong was originally developed by Oxfam Australia.