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Oxfam Australia Media Release

In reaction to today’s statement by the International Court of Justice order to South Africa’s court case, which requests Israel to take all measures within its power to prevent and punish the commission of all acts in relation to the articles of the Genocide Convention, Sally Abi-Khalil, Oxfam Regional Director for the Middle East said:

“Oxfam welcomes the ICJ’s order and provisional measures as a crucial step towards recognising the ongoing atrocities in Gaza and stopping the bloodshed and unimaginable horrors that 2.3 million Palestinians have already endured.

“After more than 100 days of indiscriminate bombing in which it has killed more than 25,000 people, sparked a horrific mass displacement of civilians, weaponized starvation and systemically denied them adequate aid, the Israeli government must immediately abide by the court ruling.

“All States – particularly those supporting Israel with military weapons in spite of the clear risk of them being used to commit war crimes – must equally respect the court’s ruling and refrain from any actions that undermine it.

“Palestinians should not have to endure another day of this suffering. We urge all countries to do all in their power to ensure an immediate ceasefire, ensuring those responsible for violations on both sides are held accountable, and to end Israel’s decades-long occupation of Palestinian territory.”


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  1. paul walter

    The world’s contempt for Israel and the USA is expressed in the decision. But nothing will come of it because both offending nations are isolationist and self absorbed.

  2. Caz

    Does that mean Australia cannot send any arms to Isreal?

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  4. paul walter

    It should, but five eyes is a law unto itself. Levant petroleum is a big lure for them particularly if they get Gaza’s gas off it.

  5. Terence Mills

    Employees of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) have been accused of alleged involvement in the attacks on Israel on 7 October.

    Several things need to be considered when such allegations are made . The first is that the UN employ large numbers of people in places like Gaza in unskilled labouring jobs delivering relief to refugees. So, whilst they are technically ’employees’ they are not UN officials, they are people who unload trucks and tote bags of flour and rice on behalf of the UN.

    The second point is that the 7 October assault has been blamed on HAMAS but with no evidence that it was an organised and coordinated assault by HAMAS who were the governing authority in Gaza. Several reports have suggested that this assault was carried out by a breakaway radical group who were not under direction or control of the HAMAS civil authority in Gaza, who had nothing to gain by such a violent attack on Israeli civilians.

    So, it would be foolish to think that UNRWA supported or condoned this attack much as it is premature to think that HAMAS coordinated the 7 October assault.

  6. paul walter

    Caz, there are that many severed arms (and legs) in Gaza that we here tell Israel wants to export them to us, in exchange for weaponry.

    Barter is good, they won’t have take money reserved for genocide to buy yet more weapons.

  7. Steve Davis

    Terence, from the ABC site — “Australia is among a growing list of countries that have paused funding for the United Nations’ refugee agency for Palestinians, after Israel alleged some of the agency’s staff were involved in the October 7 terrorist attacks. ”

    The speed with which we paused funding along with the US and UK shows how little independence we have. We are pathetic.

  8. Terence Mills

    Helen Clark (former NZ prime minister and former Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)) was on the ABC this morning deploring the hasty actions of various countries in withholding essential funding to UNRWA.

    As she noted, UNRWA employ some 13000 people in Gaza and apart from their important aid role they are also a source of employment in strife torn regions of the world : some thirteen non-senior employees of UNRWA have been accused by Israel of supporting or participating in the October 7 attack.
    Clark’s point was that this funding is essential and to withdraw it is collective punishment of the Palestinian people and that the UN has been quick to identify and sack any persons in their employ who allegedly participated in the October 7 attack.

    It now seems that no supplies of food and water are getting through to the Palestinians in Gaza.

  9. Phil Pryor

    Shame, humiliation, pronation, submissiveness, plantationeering, what a rotten world and outlook from here, as one ages, powerless, detached, resentful. As usual through history, women and children suffer greatly, knob polishers exult; evil…

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