International artists call for Gaza ceasefire NOW
In a joint letter to US President Joe Biden, international artists call for an end to hostilities in Gaza and Israel
Several international celebrities, including Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez, Mark Ruffalo, Anoushka Shankar, Dua Lipa, Zayn Malik, Riz Ahmed, Rupi Kaur and others have written to US President Joe Biden, rallying for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza in the Israel-Hamas war.
In the joint letter, they write: "We ask that, as President of the United States, you and the US Congress call for an immediate de-escalation and ceasefire in Gaza and Israel before another life is lost. More than 5,000 people have been killed in the last week and a half – a number any person of conscience knows is catastrophic. We believe all life is sacred, no matter faith or ethnicity and we condemn the killing of Palestinian and Israeli civilians."
In their plea, they urged the Biden administration, Congress, and all world leaders to "honour all of the lives in the Holy Land" and called for them to facilitate a ceasefire "without delay" — an end to the bombing of Gaza, and the safe release of hostages.
Half of Gaza’s two million residents are children, more than two-thirds are refugees, and their descendants are being forced to flee their homes, they stated. "Humanitarian aid must be allowed to reach them."
They added: "We believe that the United States can play a vital diplomatic role in ending the suffering and we are adding our voices to those from the US Congress, UNICEF, Doctors without Borders, The International Committee of The Red Cross, and so many others. Saving lives is a moral imperative. To echo UNICEF, 'Compassion — and international law — must prevail'.”
They iterated that as of writing the letter, more than 6,000 bombs had been dropped on Gaza in the last 12 days, resulting in one child being killed every 15 minutes. In the letter, a UNICEF spokesperson added:
Children and families in Gaza have practically run out of food, water, electricity, medicine and safe access to hospitals, following days of air strikes and cuts to all supply routes. Gaza’s sole power plant ran out of fuel Wednesday afternoon, shutting down electricity, water and wastewater treatment. Most residents can no longer get drinking water from service providers or household water through pipelines.... The humanitarian situation has reached lethal lows, and yet all reports point to further attacks. Compassion — and international law — must prevail.James Elder, UNICEF spokesperson
"Beyond our pain and mourning for all of the people there and their loved ones around the world we are motivated by an unbending will to stand for our common humanity. We stand for freedom, justice, dignity and peace for all people – and a deep desire to stop more bloodshed", the letter stated, while quoting emergency relief chief Martin Griffiths' words in UN News: "History is watching."
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