Shuck and Jive

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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Gradye Parsons Responds to Israeli Assault

Stated Clerk of the PC (U.S.A.) General Assembly, Gradye Parsons, released a statement regarding the latest adventure by the Israelis.

We affirm the call of the United Nations Security Council for a prompt, impartial, credible, and transparent investigation of the May 31, 2010, events, in conformity with international standards. We ask President Obama and the United States Congress to support and ensure the fulfillment of this call.

We call for an end to the blockade of Gaza and urge the government of Israel to permit the immediate delivery of humanitarian assistance to the people of Gaza.

We call on the Hamas government to work to end rocket attacks by all parties against Israel.

We call for the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

We call for the release of all ships and civilians held by Israel.

We call on the United States government to play an intensive and faithful role as a peacemaker — honoring international law, supporting UN efforts to end the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, and working for the day when Palestinians and Israelis alike know justice, peace, and security.