The 2014 attack on Gaza ended with a promise by Israel that it would ease restrictions on Gaza. That never happened. To bring change in Gaza, there must be significant change in policy. Israel’s blockade on Gaza must end, and Gaza must be allowed to reconnect to the West Bank.
Testimony of Palestinians who have committed suicide, even against their religious beliefs, reveal that occupation breeds powerlessness and hopelessness, making Gaza an unlivable place.
In response to the massacre of civilian protesters in Gaza, our elected representatives in the Senate and House must speak out on behalf of human rights and international law.
These attacks (and alleged attacks) are conducted by young people who lunge at security guards with kitchen knives. There is something deeply sad about this – these are not terrorists from some well-organized group, but children who have been pushed against the wall.
In order to give hope to the people of Gaza by showing solidarity and support the Women’s Boat to Gaza sailed in September 2016.
In addition to the 500,000 people who have been displaced in Gaza as a result of the most recent military operation, food insecurity affects 72 per cent of households.
The sole mechanism left to ensure justice for Palestine is the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. Sanctions brought down the apartheid regime of South Africa. And they are what will bring down the apartheid regime of Israel. BDS is nonviolent. It appeals to conscience. And it works.
One year after Operation Protective Edge, a group of 30 women are fasting for the next 50 days to pressure Prime Minister Netanyahu to return to negotiations.
While Israelis water their lawns and swim in Olympic-sized pools, Palestinians a few kilometers away are literally dying of thirst.