Today is the United Nation’s International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.
Solidarity for human rights and self-determination is at the core of the social work profession and today IFSW reaffirms its commitment in support of Palestinian people to live with their full range of rights and freedoms.
Palestinian rights cannot be fulfilled under occupation. The Israeli control of access to needed medical care, roadways, water, electricity, and the ongoing military presence, the excessive use of force and imprisonment denies Palestinians lives of dignity and cannot lead to equal rights or peace. The expansion of illegal settlements and forced evictions and the demolition of Palestinian homes only fuels further tensions, violence and retaliation.
Successful peace strategies can begin from civil society actions and IFSW has called for the Israeli Union of Social Workers to recognise the rights of Palestinians and act as a voice within Israel for human rights. Through the recognition of all people’s equal rights and commitment to a shared and peaceful future, civil society organisations can set an example for politicians and others to follow.
Together, in Israel, Palestine and in every country we must recognise the humanity in all people and their rights for self-determination, freedom and peace.
Issued by Colleen Lundy, IFSW Human Rights Commissioner