Ncwnp Jacl District Executive Board Statement

Through its long history spanning many decades of supporting civil rights, civil liberties, and human rights, the NCWNP District JACL Executive Board adamantly advocates for universal rights and freedoms for all human beings. We aim to stand as a model for inspiring a commitment to champion the principles of civil and human rights for all.

In these traumatic times with innocent lives profoundly impacted by many politically motivated conflicts around the world 1, including the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, we extend our heartfelt sympathy to the communities who have experienced unimaginable loss and suffering, irrespective of their background or affiliation. We condemn any disproportionate violence which perpetuates more violence. Our mission should be resolute in breaking this destructive cycle that divides and diverts us from our shared human identity. In this spirit, we stand with Palestinians, Israelis, and all those who ardently pursue peace and justice, acknowledging their equal rights to self-governance and shared rights, unequivocally opposing occupation. This mission is based on humanitarian respect for the basic needs of others in the world and with an understanding that we are all part of an interconnected global community.

NCWNP District Executive Board supports ongoing diplomatic efforts to bring about an immediate and sustainable ceasefire, secure the immediate release of any and all hostages and help alleviate the tremendous suffering of all civilians who are in dire need of protection and life-saving humanitarian assistance.

Our calls to action 2 include:

  • Advocate against the growing Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism towards U.S. citizens as a result of these conflicts.
  • Commitment to fostering a profound understanding of the historical context of the Hamas-Israeli conflict, as well as the interconnecting conflicts in the region.
  • Urgent call for an immediate implementation of a sustainable ceasefire in line with the UN Security Council and to ensure the swift dispatch of humanitarian aid to support affected Israelis and Palestinians 3 .
  • Amplify our voices against all forms of oppression and unequivocally condemn all acts of violence and hostage-taking by any party.
  • Maintain humanity in armed conflicts, saving lives and reducing suffering through International Humanitarian Laws and Declaration of Universal Human Rights.
  • Address the U.S. militarization of the conflict by protesting any U.S. congressional consideration of foreign arms sales proposals that violate the Leahy Law and the Foreign Assistance Act.
  • Champion for a just society for peace through active diplomatic mediation.

We, the NCWNP District Executive Board, firmly believe that through empathy, understanding and unity, we can collectively make a difference and create a world where all lives are valued, protected and allowed to thrive. This is our commitment to a just global society.

Motion _Steve Okamoto_ /Second _Jeanette Otsuji Hager_ Date _April 23, 2024_ 

1. Global Conflict tracker
2. Action Resource Guide
3. UN Security Council Resolution 2728 (2024)

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