Letter to Prime minister of Israe - Benjamin Netanyahu
30 April 2010
To: Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu - Prime Minister of Israel
Over the last year, we, citizens from Sderot and the surrounding Gaza region, have enjoyed a
period of relative quiet. This is not true of our neighbors in Gaza. Just a few minutes
away from our homes, people are living in inhumane conditions, in the
largest prison on earth.
There is no justification for the continued siege that Israel has imposed on Gaza for a number of years.
It will not bring us security. The opposite is true: the blockade is only
harming Israel's safety because it deepens
the hatred and the loathing, and it encourages acts of revenge and terror. This
is a powder keg of desperation, frustration and fury, that can explode at any
moment. Ordinary citizens in Gaza are suffering from this
blockade, while the extremists are being nourished and growing stronger by it
The next cycle of violence in our area is just a matter of time. Once
again, our lives and their lives will become a nightmare. The siege is causing
unjustifiable damage and suffering for a million and a half people.
There cannot be any justification for this kind of collective
punishment. The blockade is preventing the people of Gaza to fulfill their most
basic needs. They are denied access to foods necessary for the health of people
of all ages, from babies to the elderly. They are denied access to medicines
and medical equipment, a denial that has a very detrimental affect on the
people there, sometimes causing death of patients and the injured. The blockade
has caused great damage to the infra-structure and the supply of basic services
to the population: from oil necessary for transportation, for the supply of
electricity and water, for asphalt for roads and concrete and steel for construction,
including the rebuilding of the many structures that were destroyed during
Operation Cast Lead and other military actions.
The siege is dangerous and immoral! We call upon you to work toward
ending the siege on Gaza, while making the
necessary security arrangements for us, living on this side of the border. We
call on you to create opportunities for lives of dignity for our neighbors, and
for us. Please, give us hope, and not another round of violence!!
We thank you for your answer,
Members of Other Voice
** Other Voice - www.othervoice.org- a group of Israeli citizens from
Sderot/surrounding Gaza region that call for a non-violent resolution of the
ongoing conflict, who have ongoing contact with people from the Gaza Strip