A global humanitarian catastrophe

14-02-2024 07:59 PM
Dr. Rawan Al Hiyari

After more than a hundred days since the tragic escalations in Gaza, the region stands on the brink, with intense potentials for either a regional explosion or the implementation of military tactics serving both declared and undisclosed goals. Adversaries teeter on a precarious edge, where considerations are both existential and influential.

In the face of impending events, where post-war considerations and the accompanying turmoil are met with challenges integral to a world of indivisible issues, there is no room to distance oneself from unilateral interests disconnected from the region's realities.

Political awareness addressing the political, security, economic, and rapidly evolving humanitarian challenges surrounding the Middle East is imperative, given both existential and influential concerns.

Jordan remains steadfast at the forefront of advanced political, diplomatic, and humanitarian efforts toward the Palestinian cause, events in Gaza, and the wider region. Jordan serves as a bulwark against the scourge of drug abuse in the north while bearing the burden of refugees.

The urgent need arises to rebuild a serious political process following the October 7 collective peace treaties and collective security guarantees, aiming for an agreed solution to the refugee problem and a commitment to ending the conflict.

In light of the perilous developments in Gaza and its surroundings, it is imperative to stress that lasting peace or security in the region hinges on a just resolution to the Palestinian- Israeli conflict.

The tragic escalations on the 7th of October are the inevitable consequences of the absence of a serious and fair political solution to the Palestinian- Israeli conflict, resulting in ongoing humanitarian disasters.

His Majesty King Abdullah consistently reaffirms Jordan's unwavering stance on the Palestinian cause, vigorously defending their interests and just struggle.

The international and Arab communities must urgently mobilise to end this period of human suffering, protect civilians, and halt violations of international laws, violence, and escalation before the consequences become irreversible.

Innocent civilians must be treated with respect, safeguarded, and never used as human shields.

Civilian premises such as schools and hospitals should never be targeted. Immediate humanitarian access to Gaza is paramount to provide water, medical supplies, food, and fuel to those in need.

The Supreme Court of Justice has issued a just decision, urging the global community to unite in garnering international public support and advocacy to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza, thereby averting this catastrophic crisis and preventing a new cycle of violence.

The urgent need remains to define a roadmap for a serious political process following the 7th of October with the need for collective peace treaties and collective security guarantees, aiming for an agreed solution to the Palestinian – Israel conflict considering the refugee problem and a commitment to ending the escalation.

The international community must earnestly offer a serious peace initiative —a chronological process with well-defined objectives to end the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, with all parties expected to contribute to the governance of Gaza and its reconstruction, prioritising a two-state solution.

Gaza—a path where all roads lead to death, with over 17 thousand children detached from their families, life essentials unreachable, sewage destroyed, and pandemics spreading.

UNRWA serves as a lifeline for over 2 million Palestinians facing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis in Gaza, necessitating sustained support to enable the agency to continue its vital services in accordance with its UN mandate. Efforts must be intensified to ensure sufficient and sustainable humanitarian and relief aid delivery.

Urgent recommitment to peace as the strategic choice is essential. Without radical reform of the international order, the war in Gaza heralds a world spiraling out of control.

An immediate ceasefire is imperative, with global leadership necessary to maintain international peace and security, deterring the escalating chaos in the West Bank and Jerusalem that could lead to further regional escalation.

The urgent global imperative is to create a political horizon for the Palestinian-Israeli issue, reaching just and comprehensive peace based on the two-state solution. Stability in the region as well as the globe hinges on resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Gaza—a hell on earth.

The writer is Assistant Secretary-General for Partisan and National Culture in the Al-Methaq Al-Watani Party, otherwise known as The National Charter Party in Jordan.

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