Friday, 20 December 2013

The People of Gaza Suffer Genocide Under the Israeli-Egyptian Siege


"The world has forgotten Gaza, its women and children. The blockade is as bad as the war; it's like a slow death for everyone in Gaza. We are paying the price for disputes between different powers. Isn't that shameful? The world has lost its humanity," - Attiyeh Abu Khousa resident of Gaza.

At this time of year the mainstream media abounds with stories of how ordinary people across the world are preparing for the upcoming Christmas holiday. One story people will not hear about is the desperate plight of the 2 million people trapped within the Gaza Strip where malnutrition, darkness, cold and suffering abound.

The people of Gaza are being crushed under the Israeli blockade which severely restricts essential supplies coming into the strip. Israel refuses to allow building materials into Gaza, meaning that people left homeless by successive Israeli military attacks cannot rebuild their homes. The number of food insecure people has risen dramatically from 44 % in 2011 to 57% in 2012.

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The power cuts are affecting every aspect of life and pose a major threat to the health of the people. Water pumping stations have stopped working. Sewage treatment plants have closed. This has led to flooding. In Gaza City the district of East Zeitoun was recently flooded by 8,000 gallons of raw sewage which has caused illness amongst some children.

The Hamas-led authority in Gaza has been reduced to using donkeys to cart away rubbish. Due to the lack of fuel it has been forced to stop using its 50 strong fleet of garbage lorries.

Many small businesses have closed making the unemployment situation even worse. More worrying still is the closure of bakeries for a population already suffering from widespread malnutrition.

People's lives are under threat in hospitals which are struggling to cope with the power cuts. The number of operations that are being carried out is being reduced while life-saving equipment is being not being used due to the power cuts
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http://www.activistpost.com/2013/12/the-people-of-gaza-suffer-genocide.html

The Israeli settlers from Europe drove the Palestinians from their land and now they are trying to finish off the survivors. This IS genocide.

Sanctions need to be placed upon the State of Israel and US support withdrawn.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 20th, 2013.]

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