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The NASUWT has long advocated a just, comprehensive and lasting peace between Palestine and Israel that is consistent with international law and respects equality and human rights.

We therefore condemn the recent escalation of violence and mourn the loss of Palestinian and Israeli lives, including many children.

The right of all children and adults to safe and secure learning and teaching environments where students can develop and learn and teachers work in freedom and security must be respected by all.

The Safe Schools Declaration, an inter-governmental political commitment to protect education from the worst effects of armed conflict, is clear that all sides should refrain from attacking or using any schools for military purposes.

The NASUWT supports calls for all the parties involved to respect a ceasefire and ensure the protection of all civilians and for the international community to deliver emergency education supplies to displaced children and young people and to mobilise resources to rebuild damaged education facilities.

The international community must also take firm action to prevent the future escalation of violence and to stop the persistent violations of international law by the Israeli government, including the excessive use of force against Palestinians, and to end forced evictions of Palestinians and the expansion of illegal settlements.

The Union remains committed to working with our colleagues in the trade union movement in Israel, Palestine, the UK and internationally to resolve these issues and as such support the following statements by the trade union confederations of which the NASUWT is a member:

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