A RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF: A Call for the Immediate End To the Recent Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza
By: UC GAZA SOLIDARITY COALITION In conjunction with UCR, UCI, UC Berkeley, UCSC, UC Davis, UCSD, UCSB, Merced
WHEREAS, the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) concerned undergraduate students recognize the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza starting December 27th, 2008;
WHEREAS, The blockade on Gaza has prevented its civilians from receiving necessary food, water, electricity and medical supplies, creating an extreme humanitarian crisis in Gaza on a level not seen in 60 years;
WHEREAS, Israel's recent aerial attack on December 27th, 2008, and ground offensive launch on January 3rd, 2009, has killed more than Six Hundred and Forty in Gaza and Four in Israel, and injured over Two Thousand Eight Hundred people in Gaza; and countless in Israel. And countless women, children, and relief aid workers have been affected among these numbers;
WHEREAS, collective punishment is specifically prohibited by the Geneva Convention, and the disproportionate response of the Israeli military unfairly affects innocent civilians where casualties and injuries are inescapable in the world's most densely populated region;
WHEREAS, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, many humanitarian organizations, and many in the international community, have strongly urged the Israeli Government to cease all bombardment of Gaza and the
international community has called for a cessation of rockets launched by Hamas and all militant parties in Gaza;
WHEREAS, continued aggression will only lead to increased bitterness and violence on both sides;
WHEREAS, Ban-Ki Moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations, many humanitarian organizations, and
many in the international community, have strongly urged the Israeli Government and Hamas to cease attacks on both sides;
LET IT BE RESOLVED that there will be a safe and constructive space of dialogue for both parties and the greater UCLA community so as to further the discussion of this humanitarian crisis and call for a cease-fire.
LET IT FURTHER BE RESOLVED that the Undergraduate Students Association Council as elected representatives of the UCLA community, sounding a voice of moderation, calls for an immediate cessation of hostilities, resumption of the cease-fire, and an end to the blockade of humanitarian aid; and,
LET IT FURTHER BE RESOLVED, that the USAC President, USAC Internal Vice President, and USAC External Vice President send a letter to California Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, current President George W. Bush, and President-Elect Barack Obama's transition team, as elected representatives of UCLA undergraduate
students, with the contents of this resolution;
LET IT FINALLY BE RESOLVED that the students at the University of California Los Angeles should take an affirmative stance on this issue and urge local communities and organizations, officials and politicians, and the upcoming White House Administration to call for an immediate end to this humanitarian crisis in Gaza.
Endorsing Student Groups:
Rainforest Action Network, E3, MEChA, Vietnamese Student Union, Asian Pacific Coalition, Mentors for
Academic and Peer Support, Queer Alliance, Darfur Action Committee, Bruin Campaign for Burma, Amnesty International, United Arab Society, United Afghan Club, Pakistani Student Association, Students for Justice in Palestine, Afrikan Student Union, Student Activist Project, Iranian Student Group, IDEAS, Law Students for Justice in Palestine, UMMA Clinic, Coalition for Peace, Food Not Bombs, Armenian Student Association, USEU, Samahang Philipino, STAND at UCLA, Students of Color Coalition, ESLP, Conciencia Libre, American Indian Student Association, Pacific Islander Student Association, Invisible Children, Muslim Student Association, Latin American Student Association, Raza Graduate Students Association
* These numbers are subject to change in the future. They are based on the fatalities and injuries that occured between December 27th, 2008 to January 6th, 2009.