Gaza in numbers
- Gaza is already one of the world’s most densely populated pieces of land, with more than 2 million people crammed into 140 square miles.
- Over 1 million Palestinians have been displaced.
- There are thousands of injured people in northern Gaza, elderly people, mothers with young children and other vulnerable people who will be unable to move from the area.
- There are multiple hospitals in Gaza City and in the north generally which cannot be evacuated without serious loss of life.
- Water, electricity, and internet have been cut off in Gaza,
- Humanitarian convoys of food, medicine, and other supplies necessary for the survival of the population through the Rafah crossing have been limited.
Badil, supported by Trócaire, is a Palestinian human rights organisation established in 1998, dedicated to defending and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees and internally displaced persons.
Shomali called for an immediate ceasefire, saying that aid organisations cannot protect and support civilians until aid is allowed into Gaza.
“We can’t provide humanitarian support if we can’t get aid supplies in and if Israel keeps bombing critical infrastructure such as hospitals, schools and UN facilities.”
“These attacks aren’t ‘unprecedented’ as we keep hearing in the media. Israel has been targeting Palestinian people and land since 1948.”
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Shomali called on the international community to hold Israel to account for breaches of international law.
“Of course Israel will continue to get away with these war crimes if there are no consequences. Not only is Israel able to get away with things that no other state on the planet is able to get away with, they also get support from the UK, the United States and Germany. Not only are these countries turning a blind eye and blatantly ignoring Israel’s crimes, they are also aiding and abetting in these crimes.”
Shomali commended the Irish Government for their strong stance on calling for an end to the attacks on the people of Gaza.
“There needs to be more countries coming forward individually and breaking away from the mould of the European Union,” Shomali said.
“The power for change comes from the people. Each person needs to put pressure on their governments to have them honor and respect international law, and to take action against perpetrators.”
“We know the government of the United States won’t change their position on Israel anytime soon. But we do know that we have the support of some American people. We know we have the support of the Irish people. It is the momentum and the mobilisation of civil society around the world in combination with Palestinian civil society that is going to change things.”
“Ireland can be the benchmark of the leader we need to make change.”
A human tragedy is unfolding and the world cannot stand back and watch events without doing everything possible to avert further suffering.
You can take action by demanding your elected representatives in Ireland speak out in solidarity to protect civilians and ensure humanitarian aid urgently gets into Gaza.