Interpal and 31 other British charities call on UK to stop the genocide in Gaza

Interpal - Gaza old lady stands in rubble

Over 1.4 million Palestinians are in Israel’s cross-hair, as they begin their assault on Rafah – after Israel designated the city a ‘safe place’ for Palestinians fleeing Israeli bombs across the rest of Gaza.

We join 31 charities calling on UK leaders to finally act to stop Israel’s plausible genocide. The following is the joint statement by the charities:

The UK Government has repeatedly asked Israel not to unleash a slaughter in Rafah, Gaza.

Foreign Secretary, Lord Cameron is “very concerned about what is happening in Rafah” and knows “it is impossible to fight a war amongst all these people. There is nowhere for them to go.”

Deputy Foreign Secretary, Andrew Mitchell thinks that “an Israeli incursion will struggle to be compliant with international law,”

Middle East Minister, Lord Ahmad said that “the fighting must stop now, in order to get the hostages home.”

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister acknowledges that “Too many innocent civilians have died in Gaza,”

David Cameron also asked Israel for a ‘Plan B’ for Rafah to ensure “people can achieve safety, getfood, medicine and water, and that people are kept safe.”

They have been ignored by Israel.

Yesterday, the Israeli military issued relocation orders to people sheltering in parts of Rafah, the first step towards a full-scale invasion that will most likely kill thousands of civilians. The area people are being directed to is already overstretched and lacks the capacity and resources to accommodate the number of people seeking refuge. The relocation orders lack guarantees of safety and the right to return, which risk violating International law.

In the last 12 hours, Israel has intensely bombed Rafah, including civilian homes and areas marked as safe. This morning, Israeli tanks entered the Rafah border crossing with Egypt, blocking completely the passage for people and humanitarian aid. There are no safe spaces in Gaza. Israel has repeatedly attacked so-called ‘safe zones’, killing displaced people. Any claims from Israel that civilians can be safely relocated have no credibility.

The failure of our leaders to back words with meaningful action is glaring. As the 1.4 million people in Rafah face attacks that our leaders know would be catastrophic, they must finally act to stop the slaughter.

The UK must work urgently to stop any further assault on Rafah from going ahead, demand an immediate lasting ceasefire, resume funding to UNRWA, and suspend arms sales to Israel for as long as there is a risk they may be used to violate international law.

A ceasefire is the only way to stop the death and destruction, get more aid to those who desperately need it, and safely release the hostages.

There is no Plan B for the people in Rafah.

Signed by:

  1. Action For Humanity
  2. ActionAid UK
  3. Amos Trust
  4. Bond
  5. CAFOD
  6. Care International UK
  7. Christian Aid
  8. Council for Arab-British Understanding
  9. Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland
  10. Gender Action for Peace and Security (GAPS)
  11. Humanity & Inclusion
  12. Humanity First UK
  13. International Rescue Committee UK
  14. Interpal
  15. Islamic Relief UK
  16. Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights
  17. Link Education International.
  18. Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP)
  19. Mercy Corps Europe
  20. Omega Research Foundation
  21. Oxfam GB
  22. Peace Direct
  23. Plan International UK
  24. Quakers in Britain
  25. Sabeel-Kairos UK
  26. Save the Children UK
  27. SCIAF
  28. SOS Children’s Villages UK
  29. Trócaire
  30. War on Want
  31. Welfare Association
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