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10 May 2024
Media Release: Urgent Call for Australia Intervention in Gaza

In a disturbing development, Israeli forces have taken control of the Rafah crossing—the vital link between Gaza and Egypt—halting the essential flow of humanitarian aid. This action has severely restricted access to food, water, and medical supplies for the millions of Palestinians in Gaza, exacerbating an already dire humanitarian crisis.

The control and closure of the Rafah crossing, one of the most critical access points, has put countless lives at risk. The impact of this blockade is catastrophic, leaving vulnerable families and individuals without the necessary resources to survive. Cindy McCain, the American director of the U.N. World Food Program, recently declared that “There is famine — full-blown famine — in the north, and it’s moving its way south.”

The situation demands immediate and stern intervention from global leaders, especially governments like Australia, which can play a pivotal role in advocating for human rights and humanitarian aid. We stand with the international community in calling for the Australian government to urgently intervene.

We urge the government to:

1. Utilise its international relations to press for an immediate reopening of the Rafah and other Gaza crossings.
2. Implement diplomatic measures to ensure the safe passage and distribution of humanitarian aid.
3. Advocate for the cessation of hostilities and protection of civilians in Gaza.
4. Implement a two-way arms embargo and targeted sanctions against Israeli officials responsible for policies exacerbating the humanitarian crisis.

The seizure of the Rafah crossing is not just a logistical barrier—it is a direct attack on the lifelines of thousands of Gaza's residents. This moment calls for more than passive support; it demands active participation in safeguarding basic human rights and dignity.

MAA's Chief Operating Officer, Riyaad Ally, expressed deep concern over these developments, highlighting the urgent need for action.

"The international community, especially countries like Australia, must not stand by as mere observers to these injustices. It is crucial that we act swiftly to ensure aid can reach those who desperately need it and that we do our part to stop the numerous human rights violations taking place."

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Posted by Fouad Malti
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