After countless pleas to the Israeli government went unanswered, a group of Israelis who live along the Gaza border ask Ban Ki-moon to intervene and end the siege on their neighbors.
A group of Israelis who live in the Gaza border region sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last week imploring him “to use the power of your office to pressure the Israeli government into adoption of a humanitarian and moral plan that will give hope to peoples on both sides of the border.”
Activists from the group Other Voice, which penned the letter to Ban, say they have sent countless letters and petitions to the Israeli government asking it to change its policy vis-à-vis Gaza for the betterment of both peoples, but say their pleas have gone unanswered. Therefore, they write, because the blockade is “a ticking bomb for all of us – Israelis and Palestinians – who live in the region,” they had no choice but to seek outside help.
“[The blockade] keeps nearly 1.8 million people locked up in a small piece of land,” the Israeli residents of the Gaza border region wrote to Ban. “This governmental policy has left the Palestinians in Gaza with little to no opportunities to meet their most basic needs, and of course, constitutes a gross violation of their human rights, as set forth by the UN Declaration of Human Rights, to which Israel is a signatory.”
“Since 2008, our area has known three wars,” the letter continued. “Each one of these wars has scarred Israeli society… The physical and psychological harm that these wars have caused Israelis is debilitating, but the physical and psychological destruction that this has caused the civilian population in Gaza is horrendous.”
The residents of southern Israel also mentioned in their letter reports of humanitarian issues in Gaza like dangerously diminishing drinking water reserves, 16-hour daily power outages, and the fact that 80 percent of the population is dependent on international aid. They further noted that senior Israeli security officials have warned recently that the situation in Gaza endangers Israel and necessitates immediate steps toward easing the humanitarian and economic crises in the Strip.
One might add to that the fact that the UN itself has determined that the Gaza Strip is in danger of becoming uninhabitable within four years, and that abject poverty and unemployment is pushing Gazans to...Read More