The continued blockade of Gaza is 'a flagrant violation of international law'

November 24, 2016 22:56

Amnesty International is one of many international human rights and aid organisations to call for the US government to pressure Israel to end the blockade of Gaza. The blockade continues to leave 1.4 million Gazan men, women and children blocked within the Gaza strip, where 4 out of 5 are dependent upon humanitarian aid. This amounts to a collective punishment and Amnesty International states 'Israel's continuing blockade of Gaza is a flagrant violation of international law'.

Furthermore, if Israel no longer occupies Gaza (which is what it claims) how can it prevent basic humanitarian goods and products such as medical supplies, foods and basic building materials from entering Gaza? What right does Israel have to prevent the Gazan population from accessing these basis rights. The 'for the safety of Israel' narrative does not hold up. Israel cannot justify the violation of international law, and the violation of human rights and the occupation of Gaza, all on the basis of 'protecting Israel'. Do the rights of the Gazan population not mean anything? It is not acceptable to collectively punish an entire population. The occupation of Gaza must end, Israel is unwittingly 'delegitimsing' its own state through breaking international law and human rights in Gaza.

November 24, 2016 22:56

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