Johnston freed ! Free
Nasser Al Shaer and the 45 Palestinian Congressmen !
the liberation of Alan Johnston, detained four months in Gaza by
a Jihadist movement, we can all perceive the deeply subhuman,
intolerable nature of this conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.
At the hinge of the three continents, Africa-Asia-Europe, of the three
monotheisms, Judaism-Christianism-Islam, and of the two worlds :
Occident – Orient, rich countries – poor countries.
cannot accept anymore in silence, nor can we bear the treating of Men
as pawns, of Human Beings as perverted merchandise, bargaining chips to
be swapped and tortured.
We cannot accept
anymore in silence, nor can we bear the killing of Men as preys, the
treating of countless civilian victims as "insignificant collateral
damage", or "legitimate targets".
rule of law has to prevail at all levels, and in all places, for peace to
Israelis and Palestinians.
In every circumstance, those who have in their hands human life, human
dignity, and human security, have to be held accountable.
this spirit, the undersigned carry to public knowledge a communiqué,
co-signed by 19 Nobel laureates and 15 Members of the European
Parliament, which urgently demands new gestures from the people in
charge, in the way to justice and common sense.
To those who doubt the use
of such campaigns, we recount Alan Johnston's words, on the morning of
his liberation :
hearing radio reports about the campaign for his release] It gave me a
psychological boost. It was amazing to be lying in solitary confinement
and hear people from Nigeria, Malaysia or friends from London and
colleagues sending messages of support."
Signed by :
Tutu & Betty Williams (Nobel Peace Laureates), Arvid Carlsson & Richard Roberts
(Nobel Medicine Laureates), Wole Soyinka (Nobel Literature Laureates), Eva-Britt Svensson (Eurodeputee of Sweden),
Jamila Madeira (Eurodeputee of Portugal).