OPEN THE DOORS !
Israel must end the Gaza blockade, end all killings, and enable Gaza to open to the world, so as to guarantee the possibility of a viable economy, and improve the humanitarian situation.
The Palestinians must end all attacks against Israel and the Israelis.
Human beings are not bargaining chips.
The Israelis, who hold more than six thousand Palestinian prisoners in their jails, must urgently release a significant group of women prisoners, sick persons, the youngest and longest-serving among them, along with those held under administrative detention and other arbitrary procedures – including all the elected members of the Palestinian legislature.*
* Additional information: 1,027 prisoners were released in 2011, including most of the women detained then, and 78 of the 104 among the longest-serving prisoners were released in 2013, leaving the last scheduled group of 26 behind bars.
Since the attacks known as 'the Facebook Intifada' there has been a surge in the number of prisoners, from around 5,000 to over 6,000. There were, as of January 31, 2016, 46 women (instead of 18 nine months before) and 406 minors detained (instead of 182), as well as 568 administrative detainees (instead of 412), including over a dozen Members of Parliament. As of February 29, 2016, these numbers have decreased for the women detained (39) and the PLC members (6) but risen to 438 minors detained and 627 administrative detainees.*
* To be noted : around 300 inmates are between 16 and 18. Around 100 between 14 and 16. 5 under the age of 14. Among the girls detained, 6 are between 16 and 18. 5 between 14 and 16, 1 under the age of 14.
When this Campaign started in the spring of 2008, the number of prisoners was close to 9,000. As the situation in blockaded Gaza has only worsened in time, the decision was taken in Brussels, in July 2014, to keep the original wording of the Campaign, as conceived in 2008 after the Gaza-Egypt Border Breach. It became evident in the winter of 2015-2016 that the wording of the second sentence had to be changed, to include all forms of attacks by Palestinians against Israelis. The processing to all the signatories is ongoing. Most of the signatories gave their support between 2008 and 2013.
243 Members of European Parliament 2014 (+394 Former Members of the EP)
France : Eric Andrieu, Guillaume Balas, José Bové, Alain Cadec (Chair, Fisheries), Michel Dantin, Karima Delli, Jean-Paul Denanot, Marielle de Sarnez, Pascal Durand, Nathalie Griesbeck, Françoise Grossetête, Sylvie Guillaume (Vice-President of the EP), Brice Hortefeux, Yannick Jadot, Eva Joly, Alain Lamassoure, Jérôme Lavrilleux, Patrick Le Hyaric, Edouard Martin, Elisabeth Morin-Chartier (Quaestor), Younous Omarjee, Gilles Pargneaux, Vincent Peillon, Maurice Ponga, Christine Revault d'Allonnes Bonnefoy, Dominique Riquet, Michele Rivasi, Robert Rochefort, Tokia Saïfi, Isabelle Thomas, Marie-Christine Vergiat
Italy: Daniela Aiuto, Laura Agea, Tiziana Beghin, Renata Briano, Fabio Massimo Castaldo, Sergio Cofferati, Ignazio Corrao, Silvia Costa, Andrea Cozzolino, Rosa D'Amato, Paolo De Castro, Eleonora Evi, Laura Ferrara, Lorenzo Fontana, Roberto Gualtieri, Giulia Moi, Pier Antonio Panzeri, Massimo Paolucci, Piernicola Pedicini, Dario Tamburrano, Patrizia Toia, Marco Valli, Marco Zanni, Marco Zullo
Germany : Jan Albrecht, Klaus Buchner, Reinhard Hans Bütikofer, Michael Cramer (Chair, Transport & Tourism), Christian Ehler, Cornelia Ernst, Evelyne Gebhardt, Sven Giegold, Thomas Händel (Chair, Employment and Social Affairs), Rebecca Harms (Co-President, Greens-EFA), Maria Heubuch, Ska Keller, Jo Leinen, Barbara Lochbihler (Vice-Chair, Human Rights), Sabine Lösing, Gesine Meissner, Martina Michels, Norbert Neuser, Helmut Scholz, Renate Sommer, Kerstin Westphal, Joachim Zeller, Gabriele Zimmer (Chair GUE/NGL)
UK : Martina Anderson, Catherine Bearder (Quaestor), Jill Evans, Julie Girling, Mary Honeyball, Richard Howitt, Ian Hudghton, Afzal Khan, Sajjad Karim, Jean Lambert, Linda McAvan, David Martin, Claude Moraes, Molly Scott Cato, Alyn Smith, Catherine Stihler, Keith Taylor, Derek Vaughan, Glenis Willmott
Poland : Jerzy Buzek (former President of the EP), Ryszard Czarnecki (Vice-President of the EP), Lidia Geringer de Oedenberg, Adam Gierek, Krzysztof Hetman, Danuta Hübner (Chair, Constitutional Affairs), Danuta Jazłowiecka, Jarosław Kalinowski, Bogusław Liberadzki (Quaestor), Elżbieta Łukacijewska, Jan Olbrycht, Róza Gräfin von Thun und Hohenstein, Jarosław Wałęsa, Bogdan Brunon Wenta, Janusz Wladyslaw Zemke, Tadeusz Zwiefka
Spain : Ines Ayala Sender, Izaskun Bilbao Barandica, Santiago Fisas Ayxelà, Iratxe García Pérez, Eider Gardiazabal Rubial, Ernest Maragall, Javier Nart, Maite Pagazaurtundúa Ruiz, Jordi Sebastia, Josep-Maria Terricabras, Ramon Tremosa i Balcells, Ernest Urtasun
Belgium : Pascal Arimont, Ivo Belet, Mark Demesmaeker, Gérard Deprez, Philippe Lamberts, Louis Michel, Claude Rolin, Bart Staes, Marc Tarabella, Kathleen Van Brempt, Guy Verhofstadt (Chair, Liberals; former Prime Minister)
Romania : Victor Boştinaru, Cristian-Silviu Buşoi, Monica Luisa Macovei, Marian-Jean Marinescu, Csaba Sógor, Theodor Stolojan, Claudiu Ciprian Tănăsescu, Traian Ungureanu, Renate Weber, Iuliu Winkler
Ireland : Lynn Boylan, Matt Carthy, Nessa Childers, Brian Crowley, Luke “Ming” Flanagan, Marian Harkin, Brian Hayes, Séan Kelly, Mairead McGuinness (Vice-President of the EP), Liadh Ní Riada
Sweden : Malin Björk, Anna Maria Corazza Bildt, Anna Hedh, Olle Ludvigsson, Jens Nilsson, Soraya Post, Marita Ulvskog
Portugal : Carlos Coelho, José Inácio Faria, José Manuel Fernandes, Ana Maria Gomes, Antonio Marinho e Pinto, Marisa Matias, Sofia Ribeiro, Ricardo Serrao Santos
Netherlands : Wim van de Camp, Bas Eickhout, Dennis de Jong, Esther de Lange, Anne-Marie Mineur, Lambert van Nistelrooij, Judith Sargentini
Austria : Heinz Becker, Karin Kadenbach, Othmar Karas (former Vice President of the EP), Ulrike Lunacek (Vice-President of the EP), Evelyn Regner, Josef Weidenholzer
Hungary : Kinga Gál, Ildikó Gáll-Pelcz (Vice-President of the EP), Benedek Jávor, Ádám Kósa, György Schöpflin, László Tőkés (former Vice President of the EP)
Slovakia : Monika Flašíková Benová, Eduard Kukan, Vladimír Maňka, Miroslav Mikolášik, Monika Smolkova, Boris Zala
Malta : David Casa, Therese Comodini, Miriam Dalli, Roberta Metsola, Marlene Mizzi, Alfred Sant
Lithuania : Zigmantas Balčytis, Vilija Blinkevičiūtė, Rolandas Paksas, Algirdas Saudargas, Viktor Uspaskich
Slovenia : Franc Bogović, Tanja Fajon, Alojz Peterle, Ivo Vajgl, Milan Zver
Bulgaria : Mariya Gabriel, Iliana Malinova Iotova, Andrey Kovatchev (Quaestor), Svetoslav Hristov Malinov
Cyprus : Takis Hadjigeorgiou, Demetris Papadakis, Neoklis Sylikiotis, Eleni Theocharous
Luxembourg : Georges Bach, Frank Engel, Charles Goerens, Claude Turmes
Greece : Miltiadis Kyrkos, Dimitrios Papadimoulis (Vice-President of the EP), Elissavet Vozemberg
Denmark : Margrete Auken, Ole Christensen, Christel Schaldemose
Finland : Heidi Hautala, Liisa Jaakonsaari, Sirpa Pietikaïnen
Latvia : Sandra Kalniete, Krišjānis Kariņš, Tatjana Zdanoka
Estonia : Tunne Kelam, Marju Lauristin, Indrek Tarand
Czech Republic : Jirí Maštálka (former Quaestor), Pavel Poc
Croatia : Davor Škrlec, Ruža Tomašić
69 Nobel Laureates (+10 deceased since 2010)
12 Peace Nobel Laureates: Bishop Carlos Belo, President Jimmy Carter, the Dalaï Lama, Shirin Ebadi, Leymah Gbowee, John Hume, Mairead Maguire, Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Cora Weiss (UN Representative for ICP), Betty Williams, Jody Williams
22 Chemistry Nobel Laureates : Peter Agre, Paul Berg, Thomas Cech, Martin Chalfie, Elias Corey, Paul Crutzen, Robert Curl, Johann Deisenhofer, Manfred Eigen, Richard Ernst, Gerhard Ertl, Alan Heeger, Dudley Herschbach, Roald Hoffmann, Robert Huber, Sir Aaron Klug, Sir Harold Kroto, Yuan T. Lee, Jean-Marie Lehn, John Polanyi, Jens Skou, John Walker; John Fenn (deceased 2010), Herbert Hauptman (deceased, 2011), William Lipscomb (deceased, 2011)
15 Medicine Nobel Laureates : Günter Blobel, Mario Capecchi, Arvid Carlsson, Martin Evans, Edmond Fischer, Paul Greengard, Roger Guillemin, Louis Ignarro, Eric Kandel, Erwin Neher, Sir Paul Nurse, Richard Roberts, Jack Szostak, Torsten Wiesel, Harald zur Hausen; Baruj Benacerraf (deceased 2010), Marshall Nirenberg (deceased 2010), Baruch Blumberg (deceased, 2011), E. Donnall Thomas (deceased 2012), Christian de Duve (deceased 2013), François Jacob (deceased 2013)
11 Physics Nobel Laureates : Zhores Alferov, Albert Fert, John Hall, Brian Josephson, Leon Lederman, Tony Leggett, Douglas Osheroff, Jack Steinberger, Gerardus ‘t Hooft, Daniel Tsui, Martinus Veltman; Donald Glaser (deceased 2013)
5 Literature Nobel Laureates : John Coetzee, Dario Fo, Elfriede Jelinek, Toni Morrison, Wole Soyinka
4 Economics Nobel Laureate : George Akerlof, Daniel Kahneman, Sir James Mirrlees, Oliver Williamson
Yasmina Khadra, Noam Chomsky, Jean-Luc Godard, Martin Gray (Warsaw Ghetto survivor), David Grossman, Satish Kumar, Amos Oz, Michel Rocard (former French Prime Minister), Hanna Siniora
Stéphane Hessel (observer of the editing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948; deceased, 2013), Franca Rame (deceased 2013)
December 15, 2014
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