Angelina Jolie has shared a statement after the Jabalia refugee camp in Gaza was hit by Israeli airstrikes, killing and injuring many civilians.
The Hollywood star and former UNHCR Special Envoy who has advocated for refugees for the last 20 years (and continues to do so), posted her message on Instagram:
“This is the deliberate bombing of a trapped population who have nowhere to flee. Gaza has been an open-air prison for nearly two decades and is fast becoming a mass grave.”
She continues, “40 per cent of those killed are innocent children. Whole families are being murdered. While the world watches and with the active support of many governments, millions of Palestinian civilians – children, women, families – are being collectively punished and dehumanised, all while being deprived food, medicine and humanitarian aid against international law. By refusing to demand a humanitarian ceasefire and blocking the UN Security Council from imposing one on both parties, world leaders are complicit in these crimes.”
The camp was set up by the United Nations in 1948 and according to the humanitarian organisation, is the largest refugee camp in the Occupied Palestinian Territories with more than 100,000 people living there.
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This isn’t the first time Angelina has shared her thoughts on the ongoing war. Just days earlier, she posted a message emphasising the urgent need to stop civilian casualties:
“Like millions around the world I have spent the last weeks sick and angry at the terrorist attack in Israel, the death of so many innocent civilians, and wondering how best to help. I too am praying for the immediate, safe return of every hostage, and for the families who carry the unimaginable pain of a murder of a loved one. Above all, the children murdered, and the many children now orphaned. What happened in Israel is an act of terror. But that cannot justify the innocent lives lost in bombing a civilian population in Gaza that has nowhere to go, no access to food or water, no possibility of evacuation, and not even the basic human right to cross a border to seek refuge.”
Her message continued, “Because of my work with refugees for 20 years, my focus is on the people displaced by violence in any context. Gaza has a population of over 2 million people (half of them children), who have lived under a severe blockade for nearly two decades, on top of decades of displacement and statelessness. The few aid trucks that are entering are a fraction of what is neede (and was delivered daily before the present conflict), and the boming are causing desperate new humanitarian needs daily. The denial of aid, fuel and water is collectively punishing a people. Humanity demands an immediate ceasefire. Palestinian and Israeli lives – and the lives all people globally – matter equally.”
Angelina added that she would be donating to Doctors Without Borders.
“Anything that can prevent civilian casualties and save lives must be done.”
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