A Rafah attack would be a disastrous war crime. 


Last Updated on April 5, 2024.

WashingtonWin Without War Executive Director Sara Haghdoosti released the following statement regarding the Israeli government’s threatened ground invasion against Gazans in Rafah:

“The Israeli government continues to threaten an all-out offensive on Rafah, Palestinians’ final safe zone from the incessant bombardment and fighting in Gaza. There is every indication that such an attack would forcibly displace thousands of Gazans, leaving them unable to return to their homes. 

“The attack could only result in driving many of the 1.4 million Palestinians living in Rafah into Egypt, separating them from their land by a highly militarized border and depopulating Gaza. Put simply, an all-out offensive on Rafah would be an act of ethnic cleansing.

“The Biden administration has often repeated that it views the forcible displacement of Palestinians from Gaza as unacceptable. If the Israeli government’s threatened attack goes forward, it would further harm U.S. credibility around the world, particularly in the Global South.

“Such an attack would also be an escalation and trigger point throughout the region. It creates a real and immediate threat for the violence in Gaza to continue spilling over into Lebanon, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, and Egypt. 

“An attack on Rafah will be disastrous for people in Gaza, will further endanger hostages, make people in Israel less safe, and likely fan the flames of violence across the region. 

“The whole world is watching. The Biden administration must act now.”


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February 16, 2024