ICJ decision on Gaza


The International Court of Justice has reminded Israel that it has already ordered it to “ensure the safety and security of the Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip” – including in Rafah.

The onslaught on Rafah that Netanyahu is threatening would be a clear breach of that order and illegal.

How will history judge the international community if we just carry on making polite requests to Israel but do nothing in practice to prevent its illegal onslaught on Rafah when we have the chance to do so?

The USA and governments like our own have leverage. We must use that leverage. Now.

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Richard Burden

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I was Labour Member of Parliament for Birmingham Northfield between 1992 and 2019 and a former Shadow Transport Minister. I now chair Healthwatch in Birmingham and Solihull, and the West Midlands Board of Remembering Srebrenica. I also work as a public affairs consultant. I am an effective community advocate and stakeholder alliance builder with a passion for human rights. I am a trustee of the Balfour Project charity and of Citizens Advice Birmingham, and a former Chair of Medical Aid for Palestinians.

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