‘All eyes on Rafah’; what does the viral trend mean?

The Israeli Defence Force (IDF) started airstrikes on the refugee parts of Gaza and killed more than 45 people and injured 200 including children.

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The 8-month long Israel-Hamas war is refusing to stop and is becoming more violent day by day rather than coming to a mutual point. The Israeli Defence Force (IDF) started airstrikes on the refugee parts of Gaza and killed more than 45 people and injured 200 including children which caused a furious rage in the whole world and this trend started. Till now, an approximate 35,000 women and children have been killed in the airstrike  in Gaza by Israel after October.

This whole outrage and violence have led to the trending of “ALL EYES ON RAFAH” with an AI-generated image that everybody is putting up on their stories to show their support towards the people suffering in the region of Rafah. Although, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has asked Israeli Prime Minister to stop the attacks on Gaza but it seems like he refused to agree to that.

What is Rafah?

Rafah is a Palestinian city in the southern Gaza Strip. It is the capital of the Rafah Governorate of the State of Palestine.

What does “All eyes on rafah” actually mean?

This trend means that whosoever is putting that image on their handles is showing solidarity with the people of Palestine and telling the Israel government that what they are doing is very visible. The whole world is watching it and they are going to pay for their deeds. In short, it symbolises opposing the Israel government’s moves and takes on this war.

Many Bollywood celebrities and influencers including Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Sonam Kapoor, Dia Mirza, Richa Chadha, Kareena Kapoor, Rashmika Mandanna, etc took to their Instagram to show solidarity for the victims but were later trolled by netizens for not standing up for the things happening in their own country as in the attacks on women and children in Kashmir and so on.

What Israel has to say about the attack?

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Israel’s strike at the Rafah camp a “tragic mistake’ but didn’t stop the attacks. He also stated that the attacks were not only because of Israel’s airstrike but also because of secondary explosions conducted possibly by the Palestinian militants.

What does the UN have to say about this?

The UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) said “Gaza has become hell on earth. Families continue to seek refuge, trying to escape war, but there is no such thing as safe place in the Gaza strip.”