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May 20, 2024

ActionAid welcomes the recent statement by ICC Prosecutor Karim A.A. Khan on the applications for arrest warrants in relation to the conflicts in Israel and the State of Palestine. The statement addresses the widespread and systematic decades-long attack against the Palestinian civilian population pursuant to Israeli State policy. This action, based on substantial evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity since October 7th, 2023, is a crucial step towards justice and accountability. We stand with the victims and survivors, urging the international community to support the ICC’s efforts to uphold international law and prevent impunity for these serious crimes. 

We reiterate our call for an immediate and permanent ceasefire, the withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza, the end of Israel’s illegal blockade on Gaza, and the safe return of civilian hostages and displaced persons. All parties must adhere to international law, prioritize the rights of women and girls, and ensure essential resources reach those in need. These are the first steps of accountability for the ongoing and grave breaches of international humanitarian laws, but there is still so much more to do. There continue to be severe breaches of international humanitarian law across the West Bank, and we urge the international community to begin the process of accountability and justice for the millions of Palestinians living under this illegal and brutal occupation. 

In the face of alleged sexual violence reported since October 7th in Palestine and Israel, ActionAid stands firm: every report demands a thorough investigation. These acts are gross violations of human rights and constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity under international law. International mechanisms like the ICC must prosecute these alleged crimes. 

We reiterate our call that Israel must immediately comply with the ICJ’s provisional measures, including ensuring full, unimpeded access to aid and humanitarian support to Gaza which is facing one of the worst humanitarian crises seen in recent history. 

We need an immediate and permanent ceasefire now. 


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  • Niranjali Amerasinghe, Executive Director of ActionAid USA
  • Riham Jafari, Coordinator of Advocacy and Communication for ActionAid Palestine

About ActionAid   

ActionAid is a global federation working with more than 41 million people living in more than 71 of the world’s poorest countries. We want to see a just, fair, and sustainable world, in which everybody enjoys the right to a life of dignity, and freedom from poverty and oppression. We work to achieve social justice and gender equality and to eradicate poverty.   

Demand a ceasefire now!

The urgency of the situation cannot be overstated: every single day that passes without a permanent ceasefire further deepens this stain on humanity’s collective conscience. The violence must stop, hostages must be freed, innocent captives must be released, and humanitarian aid must flow freely. It is critical that the U.S. takes decisive action to address the catastrophic humanitarian crisis in Gaza and upholds its obligations, bound by international law, to protect civilians in times of conflict. Your advocacy and attention to ongoing violence in Gaza is critical.