Business and construction in the Gaza Strip remain stifled half a year after Israel announced it would ease its three-year-old blockade of the needy, war-ravaged Palestinian territory, a report by several aid groups said Tuesday. The groups accused Israel of ducking promises to ease the blockade’s effects on civilians, a pledge it made under pressure after a deadly Israeli commando raid in May on an international flotilla protesting the restrictions. The report said Israel is allowing in more food and some building materials but is dragging its feet on major construction projects. “We aren’t seeing an easing of the blockade compared to Israel’s declared aims,” said Karl Schembri of Oxfam, among the 21 groups behind the report. Others included Amnesty International and Save the Children. “It’s not having any impact,” he said.
The aim of the policy seems clear enough- choke Gaza (and Gazans) to death. It’s working. Meanwhile the world turns a blind eye and a dear ear. Israel must be placated, especially by American politicians. Even if an entire region is suffering inexpressible hardship.
- Aid groups say plight of Gaza civilians still dire (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Aid groups: Plight of Gaza civilians still dire – Washington Post (news.google.com)
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