The Society of Radiographers echoes the global call for international humanitarian law to be upheld as the Gaza-Israel conflict intensifies.
We express our ongoing concern for the wellbeing of all individuals affected by the conflict and empathise with the communities who have faced unimaginable loss on both sides.
While we condemn the actions of Hamas, this protracted, complex conflict has had far-reaching consequences on the lives of innocent people for far too long. As the TUC commented in their recent statement: "Neither the killing of Israeli civilians by Hamas nor the collective punishment of the people of Gaza by the Israeli government will do anything to end the occupation or bring about peace."
As a professional body and health trade union, we advocate for diplomatic solutions and the resumption of meaningful dialogue between all stakeholders involved. We believe that sustainable peace can only be achieved through open communication, respect for international law, and a commitment to addressing the root causes of the conflict.
However, in this time of crisis, the protection of basic human rights must be prioritised. The Palestinian people of Gaza should not be denied food, water, fuel or their dignity, as a collective punishment for the terrorist actions of Hamas.
We support the call for an immediate cessation of hostilities to allow for humanitarian aid, relief efforts, and the safeguarding of civilian lives.
Furthermore, we urge our government and parliamentarians to:
Help facilitate and expedite the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza
Prevent further violations of international law
Support diplomatic initiatives to de-escalate the conflict and encourage a lasting ceasefire
It is our hope that through concerted efforts and a commitment to shared humanity, a just and lasting resolution to the Gaza-Israel conflict can be achieved, paving the way for a future of stability, coexistence, and prosperity for all in the region.