Monday, June 17, 2013

Gaza Under Siege

Dees Illustration
Dylan Murphy
Activist Post

''The idea is to put the Palestinians on a diet, but not to make them die of hunger.'' -- Dov Weissglass, advisor to the Israeli Prime Minister in 2006

In 2005 Israel withdrew its settlers from Gaza. Following this there were democratic elections which Hamas won. Since voting the ''wrong way,'' the Palestinian people of Gaza have been subjected to a siege by Israel. The Palestinian people of Gaza are blockaded by land, sea and air by the Israeli Defense Forces.

The EU and America have failed to do anything to stop Israel's war against the Palestinians of Gaza. Most notable were the massive military attacks of December-January 2008-9 which killed 1,500 Palestinians and the most recent attack of November 2012 which resulted in nearly 200 deaths.

The International Red Cross and the United Nations have found the Israeli government's siege of Gaza to be illegal under international law.