By Rawle Toney
Prime Minister Mia Mottley has strongly denounced Israel’s ongoing military actions in Gaza, describing the situation as a “travesty” that offends every human sensibility.
Expressing her deep concern at a press conference on Saturday, Prime Minister Mottley described the situation as “a televised genocide.”
Although the press conference was meant to provide updates on the Saudi-Caricom Summit in Riyadh, Prime Minister Mottley took the opportunity to shed light on the dire situation in Gaza.
She highlighted the targeting of schools, hospitals, and densely populated areas, resulting in the tragic deaths of thousands, including many children.
“I don’t even think the horror and terror are sufficient to describe it because separate from the bombs, the notion that people will not have access to water or people do not have access to fuel or that babies have to lay on beds, cuddled next to one another in the pictures that we’ve seen to keep some level of warmth, these things are not good,” Mottley stated.
She added, “It is perhaps the first televised genocide and hence the world is responding. I think in our own country this weekend, we have a march and it is fitting that people on all sides should be able to express their opinion. But it is equally right that civilised nations must be able to hold people to activities that fall outside of the peal.”
Israel has vowed to annihilate the Hamas militant group that controls the coastal territory after its October 7 rampage into Israel in which its fighters killed 1,200 people and dragged 240 hostages into the enclave, according to Israeli tallies.
Gaza authorities on Saturday raised its death toll since October 7 to more than 12,300, including 5,000 children. The United Nations deems those figures credible, though they are now updated only infrequently as war devastation has hampered communications.
Mottley urged against innocent civilians becoming victims of conflict.
“Don’t have young children, old people or and civilians become victims of a battle in a way that simply finding a humanitarian ceasefire could have removed from them, the threat of loss of life, simply finding the mechanism to be able to pause because I said three weeks ago and I mean it; peace will come,” Mottley added.
She asked for prayers for both Israel and the people of Gaza, “And this is not to say that their battle has any more value than what is going on in Darfur, in Sudan in other parts of the world. But this one regrettably has been constant in people’s living rooms, and bedrooms and dining rooms because it is being televised.”