Global Appeals Fall on Deaf Ears as Israel Prepares for Rafah Offensive

As the last refuge for the beleaguered inhabitants of Gaza, Rafah is bracing for the impending onslaught of the Israeli military. The southern town on the Egyptian border has been living under the shadow of a potential attack by Tel Aviv, following the widespread destruction in the rest of Gaza. With the peace negotiations involving Hamas, Israel, and Arab mediators reaching a stalemate, Israel is preparing to launch another wave of violence aimed at eliminating Hamas.

Media outlets have reported that Israel has instructed the residents of eastern Rafah to evacuate. Simultaneously, several Israeli brigades have been reportedly relocated near Rafah, a town densely populated with approximately 1.5 million people. The blame for the collapse of the ceasefire talks has been conveniently placed on the Palestinians by Israel and the US. However, it is evident that Israel never intended to negotiate sincerely.

While Hamas was advocating for a long-term ceasefire, Israel was pushing for a temporary truce to secure the release of its hostages held in Gaza. Furthermore, Israel did not dismiss the possibility of an offensive on Rafah. Despite global appeals, including those from the UN Secretary-General and the EU leadership, urging Israel to refrain from attacking Rafah, these pleas seem to be falling on deaf ears in Tel Aviv.

The leadership of the Muslim world has also contributed by issuing a strongly worded statement following the OIC summit in Gambia. The Banjul Declaration called upon the global community to act against the genocide committed by the Israeli occupation in Gaza. However, the leaders of the Muslim world have done little beyond issuing statements. They have failed to impose a trade and energy boycott on Israel and its supporters who supply it with the weapons and funds used to massacre Palestinians.

In contrast, countries in Latin America, including Bolivia and Colombia, have severed ties with Israel in response to its violent campaign. These countries, along with South Africa, have shown remarkable solidarity with Gaza, despite having no religious or cultural connections with Palestine. Meanwhile, most Muslim states have restricted their actions to issuing verbose statements calling for an end to the violence.

Seven months into the massacre, there is little hope for an end to the violence. UN Secretary-General António Guterres has warned that an invasion of Rafah would be the last straw for humanitarian efforts in Gaza. It appears that Israel will not cease its aggression until the entire Middle East is engulfed in conflict. If this grim prophecy comes true, the self-proclaimed guardians of the international rules-based order will only have themselves and their Israeli allies to blame.

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