Silence about Gaza

Five years!   Israel’s stranglehold on Gaza has lasted FIVE YEARS!   And President Obama remains silent.

Israel has kept Gazans on its infamous  “diet”  for five FUC*ING years with the support and blessing of the United States.   Egypt’s cooperation (complicity) in maintaining this blockade has been critical since the southern border of Gaza is shared with Egypt.

In official pronouncements, Israel says the blockade is necessary for security reasons.   That’s patently false.

The list of prohibited items that Israel stops from crossing the border with Gaza has included coriander, nutmeg, ginger, dried fruit, fresh meat, lentils, pasta, chocolate, donkeys, cattle, fishing rods, musical instruments and newspapers. Are most of these not “basic products”? What threat did chocolate or coriander pose to Israeli security? Is it any wonder that Israel’s isolation of Gaza – aided and abetted by Egypt on the strip’s southern border – was described in a 2009 UN investigation, led by the distinguished South African jurist and self-proclaimed Zionist Richard Goldstone, as a policy “amounting to collective punishment”?

Last week fifty organizations called for the end of Israel’s blockade, including:

1. Action Contre la Faim (ACH)

2. Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (Acted)

3. American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)

4. Amnesty International 5. Broederlijk Delen

6. CARE International

7. CCFD-Terre Solidaire

8. Christian Aid

9. Christian Peacemaker Team

10. Cordaid

11. Danchurchaid

12. Diakonia

13. A Different Jewish Voice (Een Ander Joods Geluid)

14. Emergency Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (EWASH)

15. Gruppo di Volontariato Civile (GVC)

16. Handicap International

17. Help Age International

18. International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC)

19. IKV Pax Christi

20. International Learning Center

21. Life for Relief and Development

22. Medicos del Mundo – España (MDM Spain)

23. Médecins du Monde France (MdM France)

24. Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP)

25. Medico International

26. Movement for Peace (MPDL)

27. Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA)

28. Norwegian Church Aid (NCA)

29. Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

30. Oxfam

31. Palestine Solidarity Association of Sweden

32. Polish Humanitarian Action (PAH)

33. Première Urgence – Aide Médicale Internationale

34. Save the Children

35. Secours Islamique France

36. Swedish Organization for Individual Relief

37. Terre des Hommes Italy (TdH Italy)

38. Terre des Hommes Lausanne (TdH Suisse)

39. Terre des Homme

40. Trócaire

41. The Carter Center

42. United Nations Association International Service (UNAIS)

43. War Child

The United Nations signatories include:

1. United Nations Humanitarian/Resident Coordinator, occupied Palestinian territory

2. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

3. United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

4. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

5. United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)

6. United Nations Women

7. World Health Organization (WHO)

And yet President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton remain silent.   I find their silence, and the silence of the US Congress disgusting.   I hope President  محمد  مرسي  speaks loudly, clearly and quickly about the injustices occurring in Gaza.

Silence about Gaza


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