Egypt’s Journalists Syndicate condemns Jabalia massacre urging Arab countries to take action

Merna Hesham , Wednesday 1 Nov 2023

The Egyptian Journalists Syndicate strongly condemned Israel and its allies, calling on Arab countries to take escalatory measures before the West Bank meets the same fate, according to a statement released on Tuesday.

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Palestinians check the destruction in the aftermath of an Israeli strike in the Jabalia camp for Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip, on November 1, 2023, amid ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas movement. AFP

 

In response to the massacres committed against Gaza, the most recent of which targeted the Jabalia refugee camp and claimed over 400 lives, the syndicate called on Arab countries to take “urgent and impactful measures.” 

It also called on them to sever diplomatic relations with Israel and review all agreements with the “Zionist entity” and put them on referendums, added the statement.

The syndicate also called for allowing Arab masses in streets, squares, mosques, and churches to express their anger and declare a general mourning period until the aggression ceases. 

It emphasized the importance of holding an Arab summit within the next two days to discuss more decisive measures, including reducing diplomatic missions with countries supporting the aggression and decreasing oil and gas production. 

Moreover, they called for the prosecution of Israeli prime minister and Zionist army officials as “war criminals” through the International Court of Justice. 

The statement concluded with a warning that the failure of Arab governments and regimes to take immediate action would be seen as encouragement for the occupation's plan to exterminate the Palestinian people and forcibly displace them, potentially “repeating the scenario in the West Bank and allowing the Zionist entity to expand its control over the region.”

The Jabalia camp in Gaza was targeted by six 2,000 lb bombs on Tuesday, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Interior. 

The ministry reported a large number of casualties, primarily children, but a final death toll is yet to be confirmed. 

Airstrikes carried out by Israel also targeted residential buildings in Nuseirat and Beach refugee camps, resulting in the death of at least 25 people and causing numerous injuries, according to the Palestinian News Agency.

In the past 26 days, Israeli airstrikes have killed 8,525, including 3,542 children, 2,187 women, and dozens of health personnel, rescue workers, and journalists, the Palestinian health ministry said on Tuesday.

On Monday, Palestine and Saudi Arabia requested to hold an extraordinary session of the Arab League Council in Riyadh on 11 November, the Secretariat General of the Arab League announced.

 

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