Statement: Islamic Relief Canada welcomes new ICJ ruling – Israel must halt Rafah attack and allow aid into Gaza

Islamic Relief Canada welcomes today’s ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ), which comes as Israeli attacks on civilians intensify across north and south Gaza and as life-saving aid is running out. As people starve across Gaza, vital food aid stands rotting in the hot sun just a few miles away, prevented from entering as crossings into Gaza remain shut or inaccessible.   

The ICJ today ordered Israel to immediately halt its attack on Rafah and ensure sufficient aid can enter Gaza unhindered. ICJ rulings are legally binding, but recent rulings on Gaza have

been ignored, and the situation for civilians has become even worse. We call on world leaders to use all their leverage to ensure that the latest ruling is fully implemented without a moment to waste.   

The crisis in Gaza is growing more catastrophic every hour. Heavy Israeli bombardments continue to strike Rafah in the south and Jabalia in the north, killing many more civilians over the past 24 hours. More than 900,000 Palestinians have been forced out of Rafah and parts of northern Gaza over the last 2 weeks, with most now sheltering in appalling conditions. Multiple families share single tents, with streams of raw sewage running close by as sanitation systems break down. Others are sheltering in the open because there are no more tents available or in bomb-damaged buildings that could collapse at any moment. Many people have now been displaced 5 or 6 times on Israeli orders and have virtually nothing left. Even starving children, people in wheelchairs, sick patients, and the elderly have been forced to walk for miles with nowhere safe to go.  

Almost no humanitarian aid has entered Gaza in the last 2 weeks, with most crossings now shut or inaccessible due to the attacks. Islamic Relief staff and partners in Gaza continue to

distribute food daily and other life-saving aid across Gaza, but it is getting harder by the day as supplies dwindle. Fuel shortages are also becoming a matter of life and death, with hospitals and bakeries running out of essential fuel needed to keep operating.  

Islamic Relief Canada calls on the Canadian government to do everything in its means to enforce this compliance by the International Court of Justice, immediately halt the transfer of weapons and suspend all arms export permits to Israel. Islamic Relief Canada continues to call for an immediate ceasefire, an end to attacks on civilians throughout Gaza and for Israel to ensure that all overland crossings are fully open for humanitarian aid and commercial supplies.