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Opinion

November 28, 2012

Israeli blockade part of the Gaza problem

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Over 90 percent of the drinking water from the Gaza aquifer is unsafe. This situation results, in part, from Israeli restrictions on goods entering Gaza, including the fuel needed to operate water and wastewater facilities, and the building materials needed to repair these facilities. Source: UNOCHA Fact Sheet above; “The Humanitarian Impact of Gaza’s Electricity and Fuel Crisis,” OCHA Fact Sheet March 2012.

According to the UNOCHA Under-Secretary for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief coordinator, Israel’s blockade of Gaza has had a “devastating impact on the lives and livelihood” of Palestinians residents and “amounts to a collective punishment of all those living in Gaza.” Source: UNOCHA “Statement on Gaza, Occupied Palestinian Territory,” June 13, 2012.

According to the UN, without herculean action and a lifting of Israel’s blockade Gaza will be unliveable by 2020. Source: “Gaza in 2020: A liveable place?,” Report by the United Nations Country Team in the occupied Palestinian territory, August 2012.

Diana Philip

Newburyport

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