IRAQI COMMUNIST PARTY
Statement about the Continuing Criminal Israeli Aggression on Gaza
The Political Bureau of the Iraqi Communist Party has issued the following statement on 8th January 2009:
Israel is continuing, for the 13th day in a row, its criminal aggression on the Gaza Strip despite the worldwide campaigns of condemnation and denunciation, and the mounting and escalating demands for a halt to the destructive military operations. And Israel has persisted in violating the most basic humanitarian values, norms and principles by committing a heinous crime that has shocked the conscience of the world when it bombed three schools and other civilian targets, killing dozens of children, women and the elderly.
Despite the increasing number of victims of the aggression to more than 600 martyrs and 3000 wounded, and the deterioration of services to dangerous levels that threaten with a humanitarian catastrophe, as a result of the scarcity of food and medical supplies that Isreal allows to reach Gaza, as well as the huge devastation inflicted on Gaza City and its basic infrastructure, the UN Security Council failed for the second time in reaching a resolution that would force Israel to accept an immediate ceasefire because of the position of some states, led by the United States, that is biased unreservedly towards Israel.
While reiterating our strong condemnation of this blatant aggression and our solidarity with the Palestinian people and the population of Gaza Strip in their plight and steadfastness, we call for the doubling of political and diplomatic efforts to reach an immediate ceasefire, lift the siege on Gaza and begin serious negotiations to achieve a peaceful and just solution that guarantees the legitimate national rights of the Palestinian people to establish their independent national state. We also call upon all the Palestinian factions to overcome their differences, put an end to the state of division and rebuild their unity in order to lead the Palestinian people's struggle towards achieving their just objectives.
Baghdad - 8 January 2009