Rights Coalition calls for arms embargo on Israel to end Gaza genocide — Global Issues
Air strikes destroy buildings in the Gaza Strip.Credit: UNRWA/Ashraf Amra
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These organizations, including Save the Children International, Doctors of the World, Oxfam International and Amnesty International, believe that arms transfers “commit or encourage serious violations of international humanitarian and human rights law. “To the extent that it can be used for any purpose, it must be stopped.” ”

“Israeli shelling and siege are depriving civilians of the basics of survival and rendering Gaza uninhabitable,” the group’s statement said. “Today, civilians in Gaza face a humanitarian crisis of unprecedented severity and scale.”

“Furthermore, attacks led by Palestinian armed groups have left approximately 1,200 people dead, hundreds of Israelis and foreigners, including children, taken hostage, and more than 130 hostages are still being held in the Gaza Strip. ” the statement continues.

“Insurgents in Gaza continue to fire rockets indiscriminately into populated areas in Israel, disrupting children’s schools and displacing and threatening the lives and well-being of civilians. “These indiscriminate attacks are a violation of international humanitarian law and must stop immediately.” ”

individual groups such as Human Rights Watch Although it has previously called for an arms embargo on Israeli and Palestinian militants, Wednesday’s call comes after humanitarian groups called for an immediate halt to arms transfers since Israel launched its latest offensive on Gaza in October. This is the first time a concerted appeal has been made by top management.

The group made a request to the United Nations Security Council. Clog breath The United States, Israel’s largest arms supplier, has adopted a resolution imposing an arms embargo on the Israeli government and Palestinian armed groups in the Gaza Strip. Three and a half months of constant Israeli bombing in the Gaza Strip has displaced most of the population and put them at risk of starvation. .

“American taxpayers should not be subsidizing war crimes,” Martin Butcher, arms and conflict policy adviser at Oxfam International, said at a press conference Wednesday, adding that most of Israel’s weapons are from the United States. Germanyand the England.

Since October 7, the United States alone has delivered more than 10,000 tons of weapons to Israel. 2,000 pound bomb, tank ammunition, drones. Meanwhile, Hamas is “fighting with a patchwork of weapons produced by Iran, China, Russia, and North Korea.” Associated Pressreport last week.

The Humanitarian Coalition said in a statement that Israel had used its vast military arsenal to destroy large parts of “Gaza’s homes, schools, hospitals, water infrastructure, shelters and refugee camps.”

“The indiscriminate nature of these bombings and the pattern of clearly disproportionate civilian harm they cause on a daily basis is unacceptable,” the group said.

“All states have an obligation to prevent atrocity crimes and promote compliance with norms that protect civilians.”

The global appeal for an arms embargo comes as the situation in the Gaza Strip worsens by the minute, with Israeli forces attacking the enclave and putting the remaining hospitals at risk. tragic death toll.

israel facing genocide incident It claims at the International Court of Justice that it is targeting Hamas militants, but in reality it is not protecting anyone from widespread attacks on the region.a majority Among those killed by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip since October are women and children. Estimated 90% He was a civilian.

As the Humanitarian Union said in a statement, “Gaza today is the most dangerous place for children, journalists and aid workers.”

Alexandra Saye, Save the Children’s head of humanitarian policy and advocacy, said at a press conference on Wednesday that arms transfers to Israel are “directly fueling death and destruction in Gaza.”

Sayeh added that Israel’s relentless bombing and siege “has led to high hunger levels, children being forced to have limbs amputated without anesthesia, and hampering the humanitarian response.”

Humanitarian groups have argued that the only way to stop the bloodshed and get aid to desperate Gazans is an immediate arms embargo and a permanent ceasefire, a proposal the United States has actively opposed.

The U.S. State Department has twice since October 7 bypassed parliament To facilitate arms sales to the Israeli government. used american weapons Massacre civilians in the Gaza Strip.

“All states have an obligation to prevent atrocity crimes and promote compliance with norms that protect civilians,” the groups said. “It is long overdue for the international community to fulfill these commitments.”

jake johnson I am a senior editor and staff writer at Common Dreams.

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