"The Israeli-Palestinian movement "Combatants for Peace (CFP)" condemns violence in Israel and Palestine, especially when it is directed against civilians.
The causes of the current conflict lie in the ongoing occupation, systematic oppression and disenfranchisement of Palestinians in the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza. The current eviction of Palestinians in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah is only the most recent example. The Human Rights Watch recently noted in a report that in some areas under Israeli occupation, "disenfranchisement goes so far as to amount to crimes against humanity in the sense of apartheid and persecution."
As former combatants, we know that violence only leads to more violence, murder only leads to more murder, and hate only fuels more hate. We demand an end to this violence immediately!
However, this can only succeed if at the same time the conditions that give rise to the violence are addressed. We stress once again: it is necessary to end the Israeli occupation in all its forms, to work towards a sustainable partnership between the nations in the region, and to create a hopeful perspective for all who live here between the river and the sea.
We call on the international community to impose sanctions on Israeli and Palestinian individuals who bear responsibility for actions that threaten the peace, security, and stability of the region, including war crimes and widespread acts of violence.
There is another way, if only we have the courage to take it."
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