#GazaUnderAttack | War on Gaza further hinders Palestinian fishermen’s livelihood

Describing how they are harassed by Israeli naval forces, fishermen say that often while they are inside the allocated fishing area, they are obliged to leave their equipment and flee from the Israeli aggressions [File Photo]


Palestinian fishermen have lost their main source of income due to the Israeli restrictions on the fishing areas off the Gaza coast.The restrictions, put in place by Israel, meant Palestinians could only sail three nautical miles from the coast. This has been further hindered by the ongoing Israeli war on the Gaza Strip which has forced fishermen to stay at home. The plight of the fishermen is one of the points which are of greatest concern to the Palestinian delegation in Cairo.

Palestinian fishermen want to sail at least 12 nautical miles, into international waters, in order to catch sufficient fish to maintain their livelihoods.

During the last eight years of Israel’s siege on the Strip, Israel has enforced a six nautical mile area in which fishing was permitted, during heightened tensions this was reduced to just three miles. During the current Israeli assault on Gaza fishermen have not left land.

Israel has imposed a ground, air and sea siege on the Gaza Strip for eight years. It claims that it is undermining Hamas’ power in the enclave.

Return to “zero point”

Fisherman Khalid Abu-Riyad, 50, said the Israeli occupation took us back to “point zero. We have not been into the sea for more than a month.”

The United Nations food agency estimates 3,600 Gazan households are involved in fishing. Just under half of those have no other source of income.

“The livelihood of these people is completely jeopardised,” said Ciro Fiorillo, head of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation’s operations in Gaza and the West Bank.

The agency estimates that the latest conflict deprived fishermen of around 200-250 tonnes of fish, or 9-10 per cent of their average annual catch under a six-mile restriction.

Describing how they are harassed by Israeli naval forces, fishermen say that often while they are inside the allocated fishing area, they are obliged to leave their equipment and flee from the Israeli aggressions.

Israeli naval forces sometimes confiscate the equipment even if the fishermen stay within the area Israel has approved for them.

Fisherman Suboh Al-Hesi, 36, said: “It is very dangerous, after six miles there may be shooting.”

Al-Hesi earns 20-30 shekels ($6-9) a day but often comes back empty-handed. The past four years have been especially tough, he says: “Fuel has tripled in price since 2006 and competition has increased as more men, who lost jobs, started fishing.”

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* 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.

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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.

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