Members of Avaaz decorated the Place Jean Rey in Brussels, Belgium with 4,500 pairs of shoes – one for every Palestinian and Israeli who has been killed over the past 10 years.
Amazing @Avaaz monument at Jean Rey Place for the people killed in the Israel-Palestine conflict. 4,500 shoes for each person killed in the conflict since 2009. #PalestianLivesMatter say 426,978 Europeans. pic.twitter.com/yRz0c40oZA
— Nico Muzi (@Nico_Muzi) May 28, 2018
The citizens’ movement group engineered the measure to further endorse global cries urging the United Nations to impose sanctions on Israel for immeasurable violence in Occupied Palestine, which has claimed thousands of lives.
4,500 Pairs of Shoes Laid at EU Council to Honor Palestine…
Photo: Avaaz pic.twitter.com/NGElzNkXxY
— renaud douze (@renaudouze) May 28, 2018
Avaaz Campaign Director, Christoph Schott, said:
“Citizens across Europe have one clear message for our governments: Palestinian lives matter to us and they need to matter to you. As Israel’s largest trading partner and political ally, it is our moral responsibility to send a clear signal to Netanyahu’s government that the violence must stop. What is happening in Palestine is a modern-day apartheid, and for Europe to turn a blind eye to that does not protect Israel: it only undermines our humanity.”
Good morning EU Foreign Ministers — will you come visit the Palestinian Lives Matter Monument at Place Jean Rey before your council meeting today? 4500 shoes for every person killed in the Israel-Palestine conflict since 2009. pic.twitter.com/8X1wcufehf
— Avaaz (@Avaaz) May 28, 2018
The group’s innovative protest format greeted European foreign ministers, who were attending a one-day meeting at the council – which includes discussing the ongoing crisis in the Gaza. Days before, High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, exacted a willingness to review her position on the union’s current strategy on an approach towards the Israeli-Palestine conflict.
— Palestine Chronicle (@PalestineChron) May 27, 2018
Nearly half-a-million Europeans have called on European Union’s foreign ministers to sanction Israel after the recent killing of unarmed Palestinians protesting in Gaza. At least 60 unarmed protesters were killed during the demonstrations on the eve of Nakba Day.
Dear Federica Mogherini,
Note: STJEPAN TOKIC sent you this message as part of an Avaaz campaign to Save Palestinian Lives at https://t.co/54jw7OVOmL. To respond, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
— STJEPAN TOKIC (@6P592) May 20, 2018
The shoes were donated by citizens, from across Europe, as part of a growing call for governments of the EU to push for the protection of the lives of Palestinians by reining in the Israeli government’s inhumane and illegal actions in the Gaza.
Israeli occupation has killed more than 4,500 Palestinians in #Gaza and wounded more than 30,000 others during three massive offensives between 2008 and 2014. #YouthUnderOccupation#GazaUnlocked#GazaToHeartLand pic.twitter.com/mdz9hPyHKK
— Motasem A Dalloul (@AbujomaaGaza) April 19, 2018
Both the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories (B’Tselem) have both estimated that more than 4,500 lives have indeed been lost, since the 2008 Gaza war.
"Unfair media coverage is not fueled by the simplistic notion of “clever Israel, imprudent Arabs”. Western media is actively involved in shielding Israel and enhancing its diminishing brand, while painstakingly demolishing the image of Israel’s enemies." https://t.co/gc6WLtedJn
— Ramzy Baroud (@RamzyBaroud) May 28, 2018
However, obtaining accurate statistics remain unavailable after Israel and the United States blocked the UN from conducting impartial investigations.
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