Open Gaza – give its people a future
Two years on from the war in Gaza and still 75,000 Palestinians remain homeless or displaced. International organisations working in Gaza are raising the alarm once more and calling on world leaders to #OpenGaza
For the last two years Israel has prevented vital reconstruction from happening in Gaza. Only 10% of homes that were destroyed have been rebuilt. Cement, wood, steel bars and other materials essential for reconstruction have been barred under Israel’s blockade which is now entering it’s 10th year.
The blockade has had a devastating effect on Gaza’s economy, reducing GDP by 50% and plunging hundreds of thousands of people into poverty. 80% of the population rely on some form of humanitarian aid, and Gaza has the highest unemployment records in the world, at 43%.
On the second anniversary of the latest war on Gaza, aid agencies and organisations working in the Gaza Strip have joined together to voice their concern and call once again on world leaders to lift the blockade. This has included re-launching the #OpenGaza petition on Avaaz. Please sign and share this petition.
Of greatest concern are perhaps Gaza youngest and most vulnerable, children who have suffered 3 wars in 6 years, and many of whom are still suffering today due to post traumatic stress disorder and other psychological problems.
“Half of Gaza’s population are children, many of whom have lived their whole life under blockade. Hundreds of children requiring vital medical treatment are prevented from leaving Gaza. Two years on, the root causes of their suffering have still not been addressed,” said Fikr Shalltoot, Director of Programmes in Gaza for Medical Aid for Palestinians.
Mr Eijkemans said that lifting the blockade is the only solution to give people access to the basic services they desperately need, to allow reconstruction to proceed in full, and to allow Gaza’s crippled economy to restore.
“The blockade is illegal under international law and amounts to collective punishment of an entire population. Only its immediate end will bring about long-term security for Palestinians and Israelis alike.”
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