As the 1.5 million residents of the Gaza Strip struggle to rebuild their society with mud in the face of a crippling official blockade by the Israeli government, hundreds of Israeli protesters arrived at the border today to block what little humanitarian aid the government deigns to allow in, forcing the military to close the crossings entirely for much of the day.
The protesters are demanding the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who has been held by the Hamas government for three years. Despite progress in the negotiation for his release, the demonstrators have demanded that no aid be allowed into the tiny strip as an effort to win international sympathy for his plight.
“There is no other way but collective punishment,” one of the demonstrators declared, but in the face of 1.5 million civilians living in the bombed out remains of their society in the wake of January’s Israeli invasion being deprived of humanitarian aid, it seems unfathomable that the international focus will be on a soldier being held to trade for some of the thousands of Gazans held in Israeli detention.
Of the 73 trucks expected to cart humanitarian aid into the strip, only seven were allowed in. In the face of growing opposition to letting food and fuel into the enclave, several Israeli companies have reportedly announced that they will no longer transport goods into Gaza until Shalit is released.
10 thoughts on “Israeli Protesters Block Humanitarian Aid to Gaza”
using this logic…the Palestinians can say that the Israelis deserve the rocket attacks (which are rare or non-existent now)…they elected a hardline government which oppresses the Palestinians, so they deserve to be 'rocketed'.
I would like to hear others opinion on this issue…are the people who elect the government responsible/liable for their government's actions…democracy would say so, right ? (government of the people,by the people, for the people)
Good. It's always helpful when Israelis are quick to use Nazi tactics and make a point to flaunt their contempt for international law and human rights. Makes our job exposing them that much easier.
There are thousands of Palestinian people buried alive in Israeli prisons. Nobody gives a damn about them : Red Cross, United Nations, Amnesty International all seem terrified of mentioining
this terrible injustice, this human tragedy. Why there is not a shread of simpathy for these forgotten human beings, I ask ? The whole world is a party to this shameless obscenity.
What about their human rights?
Sorry, but I am not moved by rthe problem of a single Israeli soldier.
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