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Stop the US-backed Israeli attack on Rafah!

THE World Socialist Website condemns the escalating Israeli attack on Rafah, which began this week, and calls for the mobilization of opposition across the world in the face of the latest stage of the genocide in Gaza.

For several days, Israel has been carrying out incessant bombardments on the city which have killed dozens of people, accompanied by ground attacks in eastern Rafah and at the Rafah crossing towards Egypt.

Smoke rises following an Israeli airstrike on buildings near the separation wall between Egypt and Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, May 7, 2024. (AP Photo/Ramez Habboub)

On Monday, Israel ordered more than 100,000 hungry and desperate people to evacuate eastern Rafah, without offering them safe passage or a place to go. All this prepares for a massive and bloody attack.

More than a million people are crammed into an area with a population density four times that of Chicago, in a series of sprawling tent cities with no source of running water or electricity. The city is home to more than 600,000 children, most of whom have already been displaced several times and all of whom have been deprived of clean water and food for six months.

For six days, no food, water or medicine has been allowed into Gaza, most of which is currently suffering from “widespread famine”. Gaza is home to 80 percent of the world’s hungriest people, according to humanitarian agencies.

The Israeli assault on Rafah completely exposes the Biden administration’s efforts to publicly distance itself from the Gaza genocide. Last week, the White House temporarily suspended a bomb delivery to Israel, while US President Joe Biden said: “They are not going to get our support if, in fact, they are heading towards these centers of population. »

The purpose of these remarks was to provide professional White House apologists in the media and the American political establishment with an opportunity to do the dirty work of presenting to Washington the sponsors of the Gaza genocide as models of morality seeking to “restrain” Netanyahu. government.