Doctors’ aid group head Christos Christou urges Australia to sanction Israel

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During a National Press Club address on Tuesday, Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) President Dr Christos Christou slammed the Australian government for supplying arms to Israel.

Dr Christou said “Australia must apply appropriate sanctions on Israel, as it would to any other global state that refuses to comply with UN Security Council resolutions.”

“The Australian government’s expressed support for a ceasefire rings hollow when they are supplying the weapons that continue to kill and maim in Gaza,” he added.

His comments came one day after Israeli airstrikes ignited a massive blaze at a tent camp in Gaza. At least 45 people were killed and more than half of those burned to death were women, children and elderly people.

Dr Christou called out “Israel’s indiscriminate and disproportionate military campaign” for over seven months on Gaza. More than 35,000 people have been killed, 80,000 wounded, and more than two million people displaced.

He said the Australian government should be pressuring Israel to allow unimpeded access to essential humanitarian aid.

Source: The Canberra Times.

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