The Coordinating Bureau of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) strongly condemns the military aggression, including airstrikes, carried out by Israel, the occupying Power, on the Gaza Strip, which has caused death and injuries to hundreds of civilians, including children, and destruction of Palestinian property and infrastructure.
This unacceptable military escalation by Israel constitutes a grave breach of international law, including humanitarian and human rights law, fuels the cycle of violence and threatens international peace and security as well as the fragile peace process between the two sides.
Such violent and illegal military actions and the continued collective punishment of the Palestinian people have deepened the suffering of innocent and defenceless Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, who are already greatly suffering from continued imposition of the crippling Israeli siege and the ensuing humanitarian crisis.
NAM demands that Israel immediately cease its military attacks and abide by all of its obligations under international law and relevant United Nations resolutions.
NAM calls upon the international community, especially the Security Council, to uphold international law and its responsibilities and to act urgently to address this grave situation.
The Non-Aligned Movement reaffirms its support for and solidarity with the Palestinian people. New York, 29 December 2008.