The call for a ceasefire has also been made by civilians under fire in Gaza, speaking from darkened basements and missile craters.
Civilians like Irish citizen Zak Hania, trapped in Gaza City with his family. Or Wael Dahdouh, the Al Jazeera journalist who learnt of the deaths of his wife and children in an Israeli missile attack while broadcasting live from the conflict.
It has been made by aid workers and medics, working with incredible bravery, risking their own lives under terrible conditions.
On 18th October, the Dail voted by a majority of 122:14 to support a motion seeking an immediate humanitarian ceasefire.
Since 7th October, international laws have clearly been breached by both Hamas and Israel. That’s why this war must stop.
That’s why a ceasefire is needed.
As the war continues, it’s important to ensure that your voice is heard:
- You can write to your TD and demand that Ireland does all that it can to hold Israel responsible for war crimes committed and to bring about a ceasefire.
- You could write to Ursula Von Der Leyen (opens email) seeking that the European Union takes a stronger position on these atrocities.
- You can contact US Ambassador Claire Cronin calling on the Biden Administration to push for an immediate ceasefire.
The only way to achieve any resolution, for communities in both Israel and Gaza, is for immediate de-escalation, through regional and international diplomacy. In line with UN Security Council Resolutions, lasting peace can only be based on an enduring commitment to the two-state solution that meets Israeli and Palestinian security needs and Palestinian aspirations for statehood and sovereignty.