Israeli forces are brutally killing and maiming hundreds of displaced Palestinians on a daily basis living in tents and under open skies in Rafah in brazen defiance of the order by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Friday 24 May for Israel to cease its attacks on Rafah.

In a media release on Monday 27 May, the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network (APAN) called on the Australian Government to take immediate and concrete action to compel the rogue state to immediately end its genocide in Gaza.

“The Australian Government must also publicly reiterate its support for both the ICJ’s legally binding orders against Israel, and the recent International Criminal Court’s (ICC) application for arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Yoav Gallant, for their roles in the Gaza genocide.”

APAN President Nasser Mashni has raised the alarm on the increasing brutality of the Israeli war machine terrorising innocent men, women and children in Rafah saying, “Overnight, we witnessed the ultimate depravity of Israel’s Occupying Forces dropping 2000 pound bombs on terrified and starving Palestinian families sheltering in tents in Rafah.”

“This is the work of a genocidal rogue state. This ongoing and escalating violence, bloodshed and destruction is a direct result of Israel’s unchecked aggression and impunity.”

“The Australian Government has helped to offer Israel this impunity by refusing to condemn it, refusing to end its support for it, over a period of almost eight months now.”

“We demand immediate and decisive action from the Australian Government to hold Israel accountable for its heinous crimes against the Palestinian people.”

The statement by APAN further stated that Australia can waste no more time in:

• Imposing targeted sanctions against Israel, including diplomatic and economic measures, to demonstrate its unequivocal condemnation of Israeli aggression and its commitment to upholding international law.

• Expelling the Israeli ambassador, recalling its ambassador to Israel and suspending diplomatic relations until Israel ceases its genocide and complies with international law.

• Ending the two-way trade of weaponry and components, including the issuing of permits for the export of weapons components where Israel is the end user.

Israeli forces bombed a tent camp housing displaced people in a designated safe zone in Rafah, killing some 40 Palestinians, according to the Wafa news agency report on Monday 27 May. Many of the victims were women and children.

The attack on the camp in Tal as-Sultan came after Israeli forces bombed shelters housing displaced Palestinians in other areas including Jabalia, Nuseirat and Gaza City, killing at least 160 others.

Francesca Albanese, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territory, described Israel’s attack on the tent camp in Rafah as “more horror”.

“This cruelty, along with blatant defiance of the int’l law and system, is unacceptable,” she said in a post on X. “The #GazaGenocide will not easily end without external pressure: Israel must face sanctions, justice, suspension of agreements, trade, partnership and investments, as well as participation in int’l forums.”

Balakrishnan Rajagopal, the UN special rapporteur on the right to housing, has called for action against Israel in the wake of its latest attack on displaced Palestinians in Rafah.

“Attacking women and children while they cower in their shelters in Rafah is a monstrous atrocity. We need concerted global action to stop Israel’s actions now,” he said in a post on X.

Meanwhile Israeli troops are continuing their daily raids in areas across the West Bank killing and arresting young people, blowing up vehicles and demolishing residences belonging to Palestinians with impunity.