The UN: ‘Israeli’ blockade of Gaza is a collective punishment.
By SaebPress - Thu Jan 19, 3:53 am
“ ‘Israeli’ authorities continued to impose a blockade on Gaza, amounting to collective punishment of the population and affecting every aspect of life in the Gaza Strip,” the UN report asserted.
WASHINGTON ….(SaebPress) -The United Nations’ submitted its annual report on the humanitarian situation in the occupied Palestine on Wednesday, painting a grim picture that includes food insecurity, isolation, violence and failing health and education services due to the ‘Israeli’ occupation.
Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos said that ‘Israeli’ blockade causing major de-development to the besieged Gaza Strip. UN releases annual report on humanitarian conditions in occupied Palestine, asserting that food, sanitation and economic straits are dire due to the ‘Israeli’ occupation.
The report, which was presented during a Security Council session upon Palestine request, asserted that ”the number of civilian casualties rose by more than 30% in Gaza and the occupied West Bank compared to 2010”.
“Serious protection and human rights issues, limited access to essential services and entrenched levels of food insecurity continue to characterize the day-to-day lives of many Palestinians,” the report confirmed.
“ ‘Israeli’ authorities continued to impose a blockade on Gaza, amounting to collective punishment of the population and affecting every aspect of life in the Gaza Strip,” it affirmed.
The report confirmed that the policies that restrict the Gazans’ access to agriculture and fishing areas constrain their livelihoods. Moreover, restrictions on the movement of goods and people into Gaza compromise the region’s health, education and sanitation services.
The situation in occupied Jerusalem –al Quds
The UN also addressed the situation in occupied Jerusalem –al Quds, arguing that the Palestinian population there is growing isolated from the rest of occupied West Bank. Furthermore, the residents of Area C – which makes up 60% of the occupied West Bank , have been facing escalating rates of home demolitions, settler violence and restricted travel.
“The threat to lives and livelihoods became too great for many, coping strategies were overwhelmed and an increasing number of Palestinians were displaced from their homes and their land,” the report adds.
The global body called on organizations and policy makers to work towards alleviating the suffering of the Palestinians and demand respect for the Palestinians’ human rights.
Meanwhile, ‘Israeli’ Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor slammed the Security Council for “wasting time on an issue that does not pose a humanitarian crisis.”