ICAN statement on Israel and Palestine


ICAN is horrified and appalled by the death and injury inflicted on the people of Israel and Palestine in recent days. We condemn Hamas’ terrifying attacks on Israeli civilians and Israel’s indiscriminate and disproportionate assault on Palestinian civilians.

Civilians and civilian infrastructure must never be targets in warfare. This is a fundamental principle of international humanitarian law. It is also a guiding principle for our work at ICAN for peace and against nuclear weapons. 

We join the International Committee of the Red Cross, the United Nations and many others in demanding an immediate ceasefire. This must be followed by negotiations for a lasting peace between Israel and Palestine, with disarmament as an essential component.

The fact that Israel is a nuclear-armed state – the only such state in the Middle East – significantly increases the risks associated with the devastating humanitarian crisis unfolding in the occupied Palestinian territories, and contributes to regional tensions.

ICAN is committed to promoting peace based on respect for the human rights and dignity of all, and we stand in solidarity with the people of Palestine and Israel who share this goal.