Icelandic foreign minister Ingibjorg Solrun Gisladottir is an honorary member of the International Women’s Commission (IWC) for a Just and Sustainable Palestinian-Israeli Peace. On her request, the Icelandic government has forwarded the following press release on behalf of the organisation. It is published unedited below:
PRESS RELEASE – INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S COMMISSION (IWC) FOR A JUST AND SUSTAINABLE PALESTINIAN-ISRAELI PEACE
28 December 2008
The International Women’s Commission (IWC) for a Just and Sustainable Palestinian-Israeli Peace demands an immediate cessation of the aggression by the Israeli military forces in Gaza, which has already cost hundreds of lives.
This slaughter can only further fuel the conflict and quash any remaining hope for peace between the Israeli and Palestinian people.
The IWC calls on the international community, and specifically to the Quartet, to immediately deploy an international force to bring an end to this madness, to protect innocent civilians and to alleviate the escalating humanitarian crisis in Gaza.
The IWC further appeals to the Quartet, and in particular to the incoming US Administration, to press for immediate resumption of peace negotiations based on the Arab Peace Initiative as the only way of bringing an end to the occupation and achieving sustainable peace between Israel and Palestine, and in the region.
On behalf of IWC Members:
Palestinian Steering Committee
Maha Abu-Dayyeh Shamas
Israeli Steering Committee
International Steering Committee