By Syed Atiq ul Hassan, Sydney Australia

Prime Minister Albanese must take stronger actions against Israel beyond issuing condemnatory statement

The recent attack by Israeli forces on humanitarian aid workers in Gaza has brought shock and sorrow to the global community. Seven dedicated individuals from the World Central Kitchen (WCK) lost their lives during a humanitarian aid delivery mission in Gaza. Despite meticulous coordination with Israeli authorities, the convoy of WCK’s armoured vehicles, clearly marked with the organization’s logo, was tragically targeted.

The World Central Kitchen had diligently informed Israeli authorities about their aid delivery plans and maintained open communication throughout the operation. However, the Israeli forces’

decision to target the convoy, resulting in the deaths of seven aid workers, including citizens from Australia, Poland, Britain, and a dual U.S.-Canadian citizen, is deeply disturbing. Notably, among

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the casualties was Lalzawmi (Zomi) Frankcom, an exceptional Australian humanitarian who had devoted five years of her life to serving others selflessly. Her loss is felt profoundly within the humanitarian community in Australia and internationally.

Response and Demands: In response to this heinous act, Erin Gore, CEO of World Central Kitchen, rightfully labelled the attack as unforgivable. The Australian Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, has demanded full accountability from Israel. However, mere statements of condemnation may not suffice. The Australian government must take decisive action, such as imposing a ban on exports to Israel and expelling the Israeli Ambassador, until Israel halts its attacks on Gaza and other civilian areas in Palestine.

Ongoing Crisis in Gaza: This tragic incident is emblematic of the larger crisis unfolding in Gaza. Israel’s relentless onslaught on civilian infrastructure, including hospitals, schools, and residential areas, has resulted in an alarming loss of innocent lives. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) has described the situation as a war on children, with staggering casualties among Gaza’s youth. Despite repeated calls for a ceasefire, Israel continues its indiscriminate bombardment, leading to further devastation and loss of life.

International Response: While condemnation from champion countries of human rights is essential, it is evident that mere words are insufficient to stop Israel’s flagrant violations of human rights and international law. The recent resolution passed by the UN Security Council for a ceasefire underscores the urgent need for action. South Africa’s initiative to bring Israel’s atrocities against Palestinians to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) is commendable, but more concerted efforts are needed to hold Israel accountable for its actions.

The international community must translate its condemnation into meaningful action to protect the lives of innocent civilians in Gaza. The tragic loss of humanitarian aid workers underscores the urgency of addressing the root causes of the conflict and holding perpetrators accountable. It is imperative that Israel adheres to international law and respects the rights and dignity of the Palestinian people, ensuring a peaceful and just resolution to the ongoing crisis in Gaza.


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