LONDON, August 14, 2014 – (WAFA) – The international humanitarian organization Oxfam warned Thursday that full recovery from the humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza will be impossible unless Israel’s blockade is lifted permanently.
Oxfam issued this warning during a demonstration in London’s Parliament Square to highlight the suffering the blockade causes.
Underscoring the need for lifting the blockade, Oxfam stated that it, along with other members of the Disasters and Emergency Committee, is delivering urgent humanitarian aid but reconstruction efforts have not yet begun in earnest. The need to rebuild destroyed civilian infrastructure alone makes it more urgent than ever to lift the blockade.
Even before the destruction of the past month, seven years of blockade had turned urban essentials like power, clean water, and sewage systems into scarcities. Under the blockade 80 per cent of people in Gaza are reliant on aid.
Under the blockade, the entirety of Gaza’s civilian population is being punished for acts for which they bear no responsibility. This constitutes collective punishment and is illegal under international law.
Oxfam is now challenging the UK and international governments to clarify what they are doing to bring an end to this collective punishment – the best step toward securing a lasting peace. In London’s Parliament Square, 150 men, women and children will be squashed inside boxes to illustrate the conditions faced by the people in Gaza who are trapped by the blockade.
Head of Oxfam in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel Nishant Pandey said:“The international community will be guilty of a dereliction of duty if it stands by and watches the blockade continue to impose further misery on Palestinians in Gaza. Israel does have legitimate security concerns, but punishing everyone in Gaza will not achieve lasting peace and security for either Palestinians or Israelis. Enough is enough – the blockade must be lifted now.”
Over the last few weeks the world has reacted in shock as we watched rockets fired indiscriminately from Gaza and the disproportionate attacks from Israel that resulted in enormous civilian casualties. Much of Gaza has once again been turned to rubble – over 100,000 people have had their houses destroyed and are now homeless. Gaza must be rebuilt – for the last time.
The extent of destruction of civilian infrastructure is the worst Oxfam has witnessed in nearly 20 years of working in Gaza. At least 15 hospitals and 16 clinics have been damaged –including four supported by Oxfam. More than 200 schools have been damaged – 25 are completely destroyed. Gaza’s only power plant has been destroyed. The bombing severely damaged dozens of wells, pipelines, and reservoirs, leaving half of Gaza’s 1.8 million people without access to clean water and the other half receiving water only every five days.
Up to 90 per cent of water extracted from Gaza’s aquifer is not fit for human consumption –and some people regularly spend up to a third of their income on drinking water. Recent bombing so severely damaged water and sanitation infrastructure, and destroyed Gaza’s only power plant, that raw sewage is now spilling onto the streets and risking a health crisis.
Beyond basic humanitarian concerns, the blockade severely limits Gaza’s ability to rebuild its economy in the aftermath of the crisis. Gaza used to depend on exports of strawberries to UK supermarkets, flowers to the Netherlands, and an abundance of goods to Israel and the West Bank. Today, Israeli restrictions cut off trade to Israel and the West Bank – Gaza’s natural markets – and exports are at just two per cent of pre-blockade levels. Without access to external markets, Gaza’s once vibrant economy is condemned to a future of aid dependency.
Pandey added: “Even before the current crisis, Gaza’s isolation was strangling its economy. There is a closing window of opportunity for international pressure to end this blockade, and the UK government should play a vital role. The people of this region deserve good news, and lifting the blockade is a necessary step toward a lasting peace between Palestinians and Israelis.”
For who does not understand the need or concept of resistance of Palestine, recommended read:
The History of Resistance – The Eagle of Palestine
- Special Topic – All Israeli Massacres on Palestinians
- iRemember… – Confirmed Names of Martyrs Occupation (*)
- Special Topic – Ethnic Cleansing
- Israeli escalation in Gaza – A cover-up for settlement activity
- “Slow Death” -International report: Collective punishment of Gaza has reached critical stage – Incl Full Report PDF
- A “Leaflet” to the World about it’s own “forgotten” Extermination Camp called Gaza
- Gaza Siege Harshness Continues. Israel’s committing slow-motion genocide ~ by Stephen Lendman
THE LEGAL RIGHT OF RESISTANCE
81 Notre Dame Law Review1275(2006). Conducting an in-depth study of the genocide in Darfur, Sudan, and also discussing other genocides, this article details the inadequacy of many of the international community’s response to genocides, such as “targeted sanctions” or international peacekeeping forces. Examining international legal authorities such as the Genocide Convention, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the International Court of Justice, the article demonstrates that groups which are being subjected to genocide have a legal right of self-defense. International treaties, Security Council arms embargoes, or national gun control laws cannot lawfully be enforced in a manner which prevents self-defense resistance to a genocide in progress, because under international law, the prohibition against any form of complicity in genocide takes legal precedence over lesser laws. With Paul Gallant & Joanne D. Eisen. In PDF.
- The Palestinian Right of Self Defense
- Brayer: The Absolute Right of Palestinian Resistance – Source
- No. Israel Does Not Have the Right to Self-Defense In International Law Against Occupied Palestinian Territory – Source
- If Jews in WWII Warsaw would have had rockets: They would have fired them too – by occpal
MYTHS & FACTS ABOUT THE ROCKETS FROM GAZA
- The “Rocket” from Gaza Myth – Photography
- More facts about the Rocket from Gaza Myths – Storify
- Half the story: What @IDFSpokesperson leaves out about #Gaza ~ by @yousefmunayyer
- Israel and #Gaza: Context Behind Projectile Fire ~ by @yousefmunayyer
- Truths and lies behind Israel’s attacks on Gaza and its whining about rockets ~ by @AliAbunimah
- Israel is not looking for peace. Nor talks. But: This
* The list of shuhada does not display, the numerous victims of the zionist occupation which are undocumented by media. Nor it displays the victims of the “silent onslaught” due to restrictions of movement, ability to go to hospitals for treatment or life saving surgery, due to lack of medication because of the blockades and so on. For example: The Slow Motion Genocide by the Siege on Gaza only, killed 600 patients since Gaza got under Israeli Siege.
Neither does this list, display the avoidable mortality. A clear and statistical factual evidence, about the number of deaths due to indecent ruling by occupation forces. For even an occupier has obligations under International Laws, Geneva Convention and the Hague regulations, which it is neglecting. These circumstances, together with deliberate policies of the occupier to neglect and even deny every basic human right, severes avoidable mortality which is totally silenced by media or reporting organisations. While in the Holocaust, 1 on 6 Jewish people directly died of deliberate neglect, so if we believe the facts over 1 million due to avoidable mortality, neither should these same circumstances be ignores which are ongoing in Palestine. For this report displays a avoidable morality of at least 0,5 million Palestinians.
How many more dead corpses of Palestinians does the international community need to see in order to act? How many more cruelties and violations of Human Rights, Regulations and International Law will be needed to intervene so this ongoing warcrime is being stopped once and for all.