Israel's blockade on Gaza, the closing of the Rafah crossing into Egypt and the destruction of the tunnels have made life in Gaza unbearable.
Our friends in Gaza and human rights organizations report that Gaza now suffers from:
Severe shortages in food and drinking water ● Electricity shortage and power outages up to 16 hours a day ● Shortage in construction supplies ● Alarming unemployment and poverty rates ● Almost no movement in and out of Gaza
People in Gaza live in inhumane conditions
in the largest prison in the world.
There is NO justification for collective punishment.
This is a cruel and immoral policy.
The blockade also harms Israeli security
It deepens the hatred of the Gazans toward Israel, it encourages violent political radicalism and it leads to acts of vengeance and terror against innocent citizens.
Harming individuals is only one form of terror!
Harming an entire civilian population is also an act of terror!
We, members of Other Voice, residents of the communities near the Gaza border, call upon world leaders to put pressure on the Israeli government to end the blockade and to create opportunities so that we all can live in safety and dignity.
What can you do?
1. Sign our petition to end the blockade and pass it along to others for signing as well https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/End_the_blockade_on_Gaza /
3. Write President Obama - http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments, Secretary of State Kerry - http://contact-us.state.gov/app/ask/session/L3RpbWUvMTM4NTk3MjAxNi9zaWQvVG8xZDJPR2w%3D, President of the European Commission - http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/president/contact/mail/index_en.htm
4. Write an op-ed to your local or regional newspaper