The ongoing devastating Israeli bombardment in Gaza has prompted a global campaign advocating for a ceasefire in the region. Activists are coming together to urge people around the world to transform their New Year’s countdown into a moment of solidarity, demanding an end to the violence in Gaza. The grassroots community, Countdown2Ceasefire, based in London, is leading this movement.
Countdown2Ceasefire's Call for ActionCountdown2Ceasefire has emphasized the significance of the New Year’s Eve celebration as an opportune moment to redirect attention towards the urgency of achieving a permanent ceasefire in Gaza. They have highlighted the staggering impact of the conflict, citing the loss of nearly 30,000 civilians, including over 10,000 children. With a poignant call to action, they aim to repurpose the customary New Year’s countdown into a resounding and influential statement for a sustainable ceasefire in Gaza. This initiative by the campaign seeks to bring global attention to the dire situation in the region.
Global Support and Live StreamingThe campaign has seen widespread support from activists in over 30 countries, including Switzerland, Turkiye, Malaysia, Australia, Tanzania, Mexico, and Germany. Local events advocating for a ceasefire in Gaza will be live-streamed across Countdown2Ceasefire’s social media platforms while communities usher in the New Year. This global reach reflects the growing solidarity in the international community for the cause.
The Humanitarian ImperativeBushra Mohammad, a campaign spokeswoman, has stressed the humanitarian necessity of a permanent ceasefire. The bombing has resulted in devastating consequences, including the destruction of over 70 percent of Gaza homes and the displacement of more than 90 percent of its 2.3 million residents. The urgent call for a ceasefire is not only about ending the current dire situation but also about paving the way for the recovery and rebuilding of traumatized communities.
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