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Legally and Morally: Israel is Responsible...

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"From Moses to Jeremiah and Isaiah, the Prophets taught...that the Jewish claim on the land of Israel was totally contingent on the moral and spiritual life of the Jews who lived there, and that the land would, as the Torah tells us, 'vomit you out' if people did not live according to the highest moral vision of Torah. Over and over again, the Torah repeated its most frequently stated mitzvah [command]: "When you enter your land, do not oppress the stranger; the other, the one who is an outsider of your society, the powerless one and then not only 'you shall love your neighbor as yourself' but also 'you shall love the other.'" -Rabbi Lerner, TIKKUN Magazine, page 35, Sept./Oct. 2007

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According to Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention: "No protected person may be punished for an offence he or she has not personally committed [and that] collective penalties and likewise all measures of intimidation or of terrorism are prohibited."

The Fourth Geneva Convention requires that all occupied people are to have their needs met by the occupying forces. International law affirms that occupation is to be temporary and maintain the status quo; 40 years and a wall which is built on Palestinian land is a blatant disregard of human rights and international law.

Israel's contention that Israel is no longer bound by the laws of occupation since it redeployed its forces to the perimeter of the Gaza Strip in 2005 is a fallacy. Israel has always maintained complete control of the Gaza Strip's land, air space and sea borders.

Israel is legally and morally bound by their obligations under international humanitarian and human rights law to ensure the welfare of the Palestinian population in the OPT.

Democracy cannot be won through the barrel of a gun and security and peace will not ever be realized where ever equal human rights are denied and international law is defied.

PRESS RELEASE

By LUISA MORGANTINI
Vice President of the European Parliament

Gaza: One and a Half Million People Collectively Punished
September 21st, 2007

Gaza is a strip of land of less than 400 square kilometres in which 1.5 million people live as prisoners due to the closure and the consequential economic isolation imposed unilaterally and illegally by the Israeli authorities. Gaza is a cage from which very few manage to escape or enter: hundreds of sick people in need of treatment abroad are forced to wait, and more than 600 students with scholarships in these last days of total closure are trapped here, losing out on their future.

Israel's declaration of Gaza as an "enemy entity" adds a new formula to the already indefinite muddle of international legality. Instead, to cut off electricity and fuel is an additional violation of international law, a collective punishment.

Together with a delegation from the European Parliament and accompanied by UNRWA, the UN agency for the assistance to the Palestinian refugees, we managed to enter Gaza before Yom Kippur, a holiday for Israelis but a lockdown for Palestinians since the Israeli army has imposed a three day long closure.

Gaza is nearly a ghost town: few people in the street, few cars, many houses destroyed by Israeli raids, hospitals without resources, infrastructure condemned to being abandoned due to lack of funds and basic materials. The factories located in the Karni industrial area are closed with their warehouses containing hundreds of tons of materials, furniture ready to be exported to Israel or Jordan and clothes to be sold for the summer season, now over. This amounts to losses of millions and millions of dollars while there are desperate families that don't even have a chance to buy bread. It's Ramadan, but the few open shops in Gaza have not displayed the dough for kataief, the traditional Ramadan sweet, as would usually happen here and as is happening in the West Bank.

The launching of Qassam rockets by Palestinian extremist groups on Sderot are to be condemned, but the embargo imposed by the Israeli government needs to cease immediately. This policy is barbed wire across the road to peace. This is what is being asked by the UN and the EU, voices which Israel cannot pretend to ignore. Too many times, its violation of international humanitarian laws, in the West Bank as well as in Gaza, have remained tolerated and unpunished. To begin with, the lack of respect for UN resolutions, the construction of the Wall, declared illegal four years ago by the International Criminal Court at the Hague, and the systematic and legalized theft of Palestinian's land. As the population is kept prisoner in Gaza, the same is true in the West Bank, where Palestinians are divided from Palestinians when not by the Wall, by more than 600 checkpoints and soldiers throughout the Territories.

However, the voices of alarm need to develop into concrete action to avoid not only the loss of human lives, dignity and freedom for the Palestinian population, but also the extermination of international law.

As members of the European Parliament, we have demanded the EU to take a clear position against the embargo adopted by the Israeli authorities in Gaza and that Israel remove checkpoints and roadblocks so that Palestinians, as well as their goods, have freedom of movement and their daily life not be this Inferno. This needs to happen now, it cannot wait until the conference organized by the US in November, to which the different parties of the conflicts in the area should participate, to bring about a definitive solution in accordance with UN resolutions.
-For further information please contact Luisa Morgantini 00972 547271742 or 0039 348 39 21 465

U.S. Secretary of State, Ms. Condoleezza Rice, refused to condemn the Israeli move, despite her pronouncement that the U.S. "will not abandon the innocent Palestinians in Gaza, and indeed will make every effort to deal with their humanitarian needs."

She must be held to her words and we the people of America can send her and
Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, an email via Jewish Voice for Peace telling them that collective punishment will only increase the frequency of the firing of rockets from Gaza into Israel.

Morally and legally, Israel is responsible for the citizens of Gaza.

Send an email for silence is complicity:


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Eileen Fleming,is a Citizen of CONSCIENCE for US House of Representatives 2012 Founder of WeAreWideAwake.org Staff Member of Salem-news.com, A Feature Correspondent for Arabisto.com Producer "30 Minutes with Vanunu" and "13 Minutes with Vanunu" (more...)
 
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this is too often lip service. Rocket bombings sho... by Rob Kall on Monday, Sep 24, 2007 at 12:53:37 PM
We the people in America are culpable too-and spea... by Eileen Fleming on Monday, Sep 24, 2007 at 4:24:56 PM
One of your finest. Very insightful. Thanks for th... by Dan Alba on Monday, Sep 24, 2007 at 1:25:24 PM
In Solidarity "We have it in our power to beg... by Eileen Fleming on Monday, Sep 24, 2007 at 4:27:02 PM