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Mary Robinson warns US increasingly isolated over support for Israel's assault on Gaza

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Jabalia refugee camp in Gaza, 1 December 2023. Photo: Fadi Alwhidi/Anadolu via Getty.
Media Release: Mary Robinson warns US increasingly isolated over support for Israel's assault on Gaza, ahead of today's UN Security Council vote on humanitarian aid to Gaza.

Mary Robinson, Chair of The Elders and former President of Ireland, said:

"President Biden’s support for Israel’s indiscriminate bombing of Gaza is losing him respect all over the world. The US is increasingly isolated, with allies like Australia, Canada, India, Japan and Poland switching their votes in the UN General Assembly to support an immediate humanitarian ceasefire.

The UN Security Council will vote again today on a resolution to increase and monitor the humanitarian aid urgently needed in Gaza to save lives. The US cannot afford to be further isolated by vetoing this resolution. But even if passed, such resolutions are not enough. UNSCR 2712, agreed last month, is not being fully implemented. It calls for the protection of civilians, the release of all hostages, and immediate humanitarian access. Only a ceasefire will allow for these calls to be met.

It is negotiation that has led to Israeli hostages being released. Israeli military action has caused the deaths of Israeli hostages, as well as thousands of Palestinian civilians. The destruction of Gaza is making Israel less safe. President Biden’s continuing support for Israel’s actions is also making the world less safe, the Security Council less effective, and US leadership less respected. It is time to stop the killing."

For media inquiries, please contact William French, Head of Communications (+44 7795 693 903) or email: [email protected]


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