Statement in Protest and Solidarity by the Korean Anti-war and Peace Movement
We denounce the U.S. and Israel!!
That Israel has massacred Palestinians is nothing new. Ever since forcibly occupying Palestine and establishing the occupying state of Israel, Zionists have been massacring Palestinians and expelling them from their homeland. Over the 58 years of Israeli military occupation, Palestinians have lost not only their lives, but also the dignity, as well as the right to dream of a future, every human being ought to be afforded.
The large-scale military attack Israel has been waging since June 28th is a part of this fifty-eight-year-long occupation and massacre. As a result of the current military attack, houses and buildings have been destroyed, and 176 Palestinians have died and 872 have been injured as of July 31.
Although Israel has claimed that it waged the attack to save its own soldiers, this is only a façade. What Israel is really aiming for is the destruction of the Hamas administration, a group that has resisted Israel’s occupation policy in Palestine and revenge against Palestinians for having chosen the Hamas administration.
As with Palestine, this is not the first time Israel has waged massacre and destructive war against Lebanon. Without rehearsing the numerous other instances of war and massacre, it suffices to recall the 1982 attacks Israel waged against Lebanon, with which Israel left tens of thousands dead and committed a terrible crime against human history.
On July 12, Israel began another attack on Lebanon. 750 people had died as of August 2, and 750 thousand Lebanese have lost their homes and become refugees. In less than a month, major social infrastructure including airports and power plants has been destroyed. The attacks on Qana, in which more than 60 Lebanese, including more than 30 children, were killed, is a representative example of Israel’s military actions in Lebanon.
As with Palestine, Israel’s purported reason for beginning war in Lebanon was to rescue those of its soldiers held there. However, Israel’s real purpose is to destroy the Hezbollah, which has been waging a resistance movement against Israel since the 1982 massacre, and, further, to expand Israel’s control over the Middle East and Arab region by pressuring Syria and Iran.
What we have not forgotten, however, is that Israel and the U.S. have cooperated through the bloody wars in Palestine and Lebanon. The U.S. is not a mere sponsor or third-party to the current war, but rather an invader and slaughterer just like Israel.
Therefore, Korea’s anti-war and peace movement demands that:
Israel and the U.S. immediately stop their war against and massacre in Palestine and Lebanon, and withdraw from all occupied territories.
– Israel and the U.S. apologize to all the Palestinians and Lebanese who have suffered as a result of the war and massacre and compensate them for their loss.
– Israel and U.S. cease its domination policy in the Middle East and Arab region, so as to ensure the peace and stability of this region.
Message of Solidarity to the Palestinian and Lebanese peoples
The pain and hurt that Palestine and Lebanon are suffering at this time is also causing many Koreans shock and grief. Small as our powers are, we are therefore commencing action to stop the war and massacre.
Palestine and Lebanon ought to be places where human dignity breathes, not objects of violence and occupation. Thus, we demand that Israel and the U.S. immediately stop their war and massacre in these countries.
We also send our solidarity to the people of Palestine and Lebanon, who have continued, for their past, present, and future, in resisting Israel and the U.S.
Let us all have courage and confidence.
While our present is dark and difficult, as long as we do not give up our dream of a new world we will achieve a world in which all human beings may live freely in peace.
August 3, 2006
Korean Federation of Medical Groups for Health Rights
Korean Pharmacists for Democratic Society
Korea Dentists Association For Healthy Society
Kyonggi Women’s Associations United
Kyungnam Women’s Associations United
Kwangju Chonnam Women’s Associations United
National Park Conservation Network
Korean House For International Solidarity
Korea Christian Action Organization
Korea Association of Christian Women for Women Minjung
Nanum Munwha Global Peace Sharing
The Solidarity for Practice of the South-North Declation
Solidarity for Woker’s Health
Labor Human Rights Center
Power Of Working Class
Worker’s Institute for Management Analysis
Dasan Human Rights Center
Taegu·Kyungbuk Women’s Associations United
Solidarity For Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Human Rights of Korea
MINBYUN-Lawyers for a Demacratic Society
Korean Council for Democratic Martyre
Democratic Labor Party
Seoul Democratic Labor Party
Democratic Workers’ Solidarity
Citizens’ Coalition for Democratic Media
National Alliance for Democracy ＆ Reunification of Korea
National Association of Professors for Democratic Society
Korean Woman Organization Against Us Occupation
Nonviolent Peaceforce Corea
People’s Solidarity For Social Progress
Solidarity For New Society
The Korean Chatholic Women’s Commuity for A New World
National Solidarity for Solving Prostitution Issues
Coalition for cultural Diversity in Moving Images
Korean Women’s Environmental Network
Joint Committee for Migrant Workers in Korea
Ulsan Women’s Association
Iraq Solidarity For Peace
Women Migrants Human Rights Center
Association of Physicians for Humanism
Korean Government Employees’ Union
Korean Professors Union
Korea Peasant League
Korean Confederation of Trade Unions
Korea Peoples Solidarity
National Federation Of the Poor of Korea
Korea Women Peasants Association
Korea National Student March
Jeonbuk Women’s Associations United
World Without War
Institute for Democratic Labor in memory of Jun Tae-ll
People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy
Association of Korea Doctors for Health Rights
Catholic Human Rights Committee
Korean Catholic Confederation For Justice
Citizens Solidarity for Participation and Autonomy of Chungbuk
Korean People’s Action against Dispatch of Troops to Iraq
Civil Network For A Peaceful Korea
Women Making Peace
Solidarity for Peace and Reunification of Korea
Solidarity for Peace and Human Rights
Korean Church Human Rights Center
Korea Labor & Society Institute
Korean Institute for Labor Studies and Policies
Hanchongryun(The Confederation of Korean Students’ Union)
Lesbian Counceling Center in South Korea
Korea Irregular Professors Union
Korea Sexual Violence Relief Center
Korean Women Workers Associations United
Korea Women’s Associations United
Korean Women Link
Korea Women’s Hot line
Differently Abled Women United
Corea Youth Movement Council
Citizens’ Action Network
Korean Federation For Environmental Movement
Korea Youth Corps
YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association)
Imagination for International Solidarity
Palestine Peace Solidarity