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View Diary:  Israeli food(!) blockade of Gaza (66 comments)

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    The international agencies all report that it was either not eased or eased only very slightly. The blockade was never lifted. (read my previous two or three diaries for loads of links to this effect: the UN, UNRWA, Oxfam, Christian Aid, UN OCHA, World Bank, etc.).

    "That being said, do you wholesale reject any methods of retaliation for rocket launches from territory that Israel does not occupy?"

    Israel occupies Gaza, and violence is only justified if it is the absolute last resort, when all diplomatic means of resolving a conflict have been exhausted. Israel has refused to even begin exploring these diplomatic means. Collective punishment is never justified - that's not just my opinion, it's the law. For over two years now Israel, together with the U.S. and the EU, has inflicted possibly the most severe international sanctions imposed in modern times on a people who were already undergoing what the World Bank described as the worst economic depression in modern history and who were already suffering sub-Saharan rates of malnutrition. That's why when Israel began restricting the import of medicine in to Gaza, people didn't just get sick: they died. The proportion of deaths among hospitalised neonates in Gaza's pediatric hospitals, for example, increased by 23% within a year.

    But let me ask you something. No one disputes that Israel has violated the truce repeatedly, and no one disputes that the Palestinians do not occupy Israel. So do you reject wholesale any methods of retaliation by Palestinians for attacks by Israel? Should Palestinian organisations start attacking Israel's pediatric hospitals as well? Should Palestinian organisation start bombing Israel's fuel stations and power plants?  

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