Statement of QUIT! Queers Undermining
Israeli Terrorism on the Use of the Death Penalty in
the Palestine Authority
In July 2005, four prisoners were executed by the
Palestinian Authority. There are 50 more
Palestinian-held prisoners under death sentences.
QUIT! issues the following statement, in solidarity with
Palestinian and international human rights
As supporters of full liberation
for the Palestinian people, we were very distressed to
hear of the recent execution of four prisoners by the
The death penalty is a severe human rights abuse.
As United States human rights activists, one of
our priorities is to eliminate this abuse in our own
The Palestinian people very know
well how much suffering is caused by disregard for
international human rights standards.
The international human rights community is
united in the belief that the death penalty is wrong in
all cases, and cannot have a place in a just society.
To quote the statement recently issued by the
Palestinian Center for Human Rights, "The right to
life is the most basic and fundamental of all human
rights…. PCHR condemns the death penalty, irrelevant
of the justification provided for imposing it, and holds
that the right to life is sacrosanct."
QUIT! joins the call of PCHR,
Amnesty International and Btselem (The Israeli Center
for Human Rights In The Occupied Territories) for the
abolition of the death penalty in the Palestinian
Authority area. We
urge other groups in solidarity with the Palestinian
people to endorse this call as well.
We hope that the Palestinian Authority will be guided by
the principles of justice and democracy in creating new
institutions to throw off the oppression of occupation.
These principles cannot include the taking of human
lives by the government.