Libyan actors condemn Israeli authorities over violence in Israel and Gaza

Oct 7, 2023 | International actors

Libya’s political leaders have all issued statements about the unfolding violence in Israel and Palestine. On 7 October, Government of National Unity (GNU) Prime Minister Abdul Hameed Dabaiba called on the international community to stop the Israeli occupation’s blatant violations and end the deadly conflict. Dabaiba said he held Israeli authorities responsible for the consequences of the Palestinian resistance’s reaction to the ongoing raids on Al-Aqsa Mosque, harming Palestinians, and settlement activity. In a speech on 9 October, Dabaiba stressed that the Palestinian people have a legitimate right to confront repeated violations of their rights and sanctities of the Islamic nation.

On 8 October, the High State Council (HSC) condemned the Israeli airstrikes that hit Gaza overnight, pledging support for the Palestinian people in the face of the Israeli ‘barbarous acts’, which it said violates all international, humanitarian, and legal norms. It called on the international community to assume responsibility towards the Palestinians and demanded swift action to eradicate such ‘blatant and repeated attacks’.

On 8 October, the House of Representatives (HoR) reaffirmed its full support for the Palestinian people. It condemned ‘the Arab and international silence’ towards supporting the Palestinian cause and denounced ‘the double standards in judging the legitimate defence of the Palestinian people while ignoring the Israeli killing of Palestinians, including children, women, and elderly.’