Israel’s Gaza Blockade Is To Blame

John Glaser, December 27, 2013

Five years after the devastating Israeli war on Gaza, called ‘Operation Cast Lead,’ Israel has again bombed the densely populated open air prison strip to its south. Several Gazans have been reported injured and at least one toddler has been killed. All of the media accounts, as per usual, report the strikes as retaliatory, coming in response to rocket fire from Gaza which “landed in open fields [causing] no injuries or damages.”

Every single Israeli incursion or attack on Gaza is accompanied by the same narrative: Israel fairly responded to unprovoked Palestinian rocket fire. With Israel’s previous two attacks on Gaza, we know Israel actually broke the ceasefire, not Hamas.

Many of the press reports don’t make any mention at all of the sadistic blockade Israel has imposed on Gaza for years, which is starving Gazans of daily sustenance and is by most accounts illegal under international law.

Conditions in Gaza have become exceedingly desperate. About one third of Gaza’s arable land and 85 percent of its fishing waters are totally or partially inaccessible due to Israeli military measures, while at least two-thirds of Gazan households lack reliable access to food as a result of the blockade. Last year, the United Nations estimated that Gaza would be “unlivable” by 2020 unless the blockade is lifted. And again last month, UN officials said “Gaza is quickly becoming uninhabitable.”

Here is an editorial piece published today by the Guardian, entitled “Time to end Israel’s Gaza blockade”:

For the 1.7 million living in the tiny Gaza Strip, life has become increasingly desperate because of Israel’s continuing blockade, backed by Egypt and with no effective challenge from governments around the world. The blockade has brought electricity cuts of 16 hours a day, which means the only street lights visible at night have been those from Israel’s nearby towns. The electricity shortages have severely affected almost all essential services, including health, water, sanitation and schooling. With waste plants not operating, Palestinian children have been wading through freezing sewage to attend school. The terrible floods in Gaza brought the promise of increased electricity supplies for a few weeks, but the international community must demand that supply is constant and permanent.

…It is deplorable for us to allow this continuing collective punishment against Palestinians in Gaza.

Not only does the U.S. allow this collective punishment, it actively supports it and is in part criminally responsible. But again, that is not part of the narrative Americans hear about.

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said last year that the blockade bolsters extremists. “Keeping a large and dense population in unremitting poverty,” he said, “is in nobody’s interest except that of the most extreme radicals in the region.”

The bottom line: any narrative that doesn’t include Israel’s “unremitting” siege of Gaza as part of the reason errant rockets occasionally fly into empty fields in southern Israel is a narrative that is not complete.




19 Responses to “Israel’s Gaza Blockade Is To Blame”

  1. Israel is a parasitic invasive species who is in the process of deliberately trying to eradicate the indigenous people of Palestine. The UN have issued a "Declaration on the rights of Indigenous peoples," but not even the UN is coming to the rescue of these people who are faced with threats to their sovereignty.

  2. Gaza has been for many years the world's largest concentration camp. This is a crime that goes beyond scandal.

  3. I find it interesting there is no mention of Egypt in the article. As far as I know gaza shares two borders. Why is it Israel’s fault but not Egypts? Why are there fellow Muslims not helping them? Maybe it has something to do with Hamas being a terrorist organization and subsequently gaza a terrorist state. Rid gaza of Hamas and perhaps te Palestinian people (the ones caught in the middle of all of this) can return to some semblance of normality!

  4. Every time Bibi doesn't get his way in the global community, he's takes his vitriol out on Gaza. Just like shooting fish in a Gaza barrel.

  5. The U.S. govt. — my govt — has sanctioned and enabled war crimes many times and in many places, but its unbelievably shameless, embarrassing servility to Israel is beyond cowardly; it is treason. Cowardly, corrupt, self-serving members of congress have literally sold out the American people. Congress has given Israel enormous amounts of money, the most modern weapons available, and a green light to inflict any cruelty, injustice, or humiliation on the Palestinians, and ultimately they — congress — will pay for their misdeeds.

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  7. The question is–when will they pay?? And it sure as hell isn't MY government! The gallows for all of them.

  8. The USA, EU & Canada should cut military and economic aid to Israel. It mistreats Arabs and displaces them with settlements. Another reason Israel should receive no aid is that it's neither a third world nor even a second world nation.

  9. "The settlements" and "The blockade" are the RESULT not the CAUSE of "Arab" INTRANSIGENCE.
    I do not remember any peace BEFORE the so-called "settlements" had even started in 1967 and in 1973 the second war within six years (again;BEFORE the "settlements" were even conceived).
    "The blockade", even after Israeli's pulled out, for one thing is not just on the "Israeli" side; there is ,of course "Egypt" on the other.Just one example, amonst many of "Arab" against "Arab".
    Instead of trying to create a decent, dignified civil society, certain "Gazan's" simply wanted to bomb,destroy and terrorise rather than talk!
    You are playing the "Israeli" game; you are allowing them to divide and rule. They don't want to rule over those particular Arabs they just want the land before 1967 and have a "Jewish state. That' been true all along. (Jerusalem is a bit more problamatic) and in my personal opinion, I think they need and deserve one! "Arabs" are allowing themselves to fall into this very old trap; arguing amonst themselves.
    Be generous perhaps, because it is not as if "Arabs" are short on land. To me ,they just seem greedy ,very unreasonable and they fail or REFUSE to see the "Israeli" fear, their story or their narrative.
    Put simply; "Israeli's" and "Jews" are genuinely scared and frightened for their very existence. Fear mixed with paranoia ,not surprisingly, regarding their history, is very dangerous.
    Not long ago,literally,roughly 60/70 years a whole country,tried too wipe them out .
    Anyhow,to me it would be great to see someone like "Netanyahu" go and visit "Rouhani"…..let's see something radical, innovative and positive in 2014.
    At least the "Israeli's" are nowhere near as good at treating the "Arabs" badly as they are at doing it to themselves, vis a ais "Syria" " where "Assad" is starving out millions of "Palestinians" ,"Egypt" and "Lebenon"…….etc,etc

  10. It would be of some help if you and others who are critical of Israel's criminal actions against the Palestinians would cease referring to an unvarnished thug by the cutesy nickname "Bibi" "Bibi" conjures up the image of a sweet, fun-loving guy who wouldn't dream of driving a Palestinian family from its home, who wouldn't hesitate to court martial Israeli soldiers who shot down Palestinian women and children in cold blood in the streets of Gaza during "Operation Cast Lead." His name is Benjamin and he's a murderous sociopath. Got it?
    No one publicly, as far as I know, ever referred to Adolf Hitler as "Dolfie" for the same reason Netanyahu should be stripped of his Made in Hollywood nickname.

  11. Whoa Thomas, lighten up. The moniker of "Bibi" was first used to me by a fine Palestinian woman that I've known for years and I've used the moniker ever since. Just about twenty years to be precise. As for "Dolfie", I like it. Thanks for the tip.

  12. Benjamin NuttyYahoo is a Zionist degenerate.He ought to be committed.

  13. Calling him "Bibi" implies that he's likable person though.

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  16. Now the Israelis are trying to pose as the victims by asking money (via a booth at the farmer's market)to build bomb shelters for THEIR children!With all the latest military hardware from the U.S.(at NO charge)they ruthlessly bomb, bulldoze, and starve-by-blockade a basically helpless population in Gaza, while a complicit mega-media covers for them, and then claim Israel's 'victimization' by the very people they oppress.

    Do they think the world didn't hear about 'operation cast lead', with it's hideous toll of Palestinian suffering?Or the Israeli navy's attack on relief ships trying to bring food/medial supplies to the people of Gaza?And these were just two high-profile incidents out of YEARS of systematic persecution.

  17. Now the Israelis are trying to pose as the victims by asking money (via a booth at the farmer's market)to build bomb shelters for THEIR children!With all the latest military hardware from the U.S.(at NO charge)they ruthlessly bomb, bulldoze, and starve-by-blockade a basically helpless population in Gaza, while a complicit mega-media covers for them, and then claim Israel's 'victimization' by the very people they oppress.

  18. What a load of nonsense! You must be a Zionist or a Zionist sympathiser trying to blame the Palestinians. The zionists will never give up The Golan Heights, Jordan Valley which is post 67 as it provides water for the illegal settlements. Pre 1948 the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians began and it continues to this day. Apartheid has nothing to do with the ME region. For anyone to compare themselves to Syria get real. A slow starvation has been going on in Gaza for decades, indefinite administrative detention, daily humiliation, human suffering, prevention of healthcare and education. This slow death is no match to comparing it to a regional war. What the zionists are doing through stealing land, denying Palestinians their homes is criminal and evil. The settlers going around brandishing rifles at young children and women, destroying olive trees that have been in families for generations, dumping raw sewage, toxic waste in Palestinian areas. There is no match to that evil anywhere in the world. The Middle East has issues but nothing to compare to Zionist evil. Also and more importantly nearly all of the news channels rae owned by zionists and news is selective. we only see what the owners want us to see. God fearing decent human beings are around everywhere in the Middle East except no one likes to mention them. The other irony on propaganda and the Zionist machine is Hollywood. Does anyone find it strange that the Ramadan and Eid never happen on the USA according to Hollywood yet Hanuka, Bar Mitzava are common? LOL.

  19. What a load of nonsense John Hoser! The leading zionists come from Europe or are Settlers that will kill a child on a whim or antagonise an old woman, pull her hijab and laugh at her. Israel has been working with many Arab nations for decades giving intelligence. many Israeli companies have own massive contracts in the ME that are in the settlements. Israel has occupied Sth Syria, Sth Lebanon, Jordan! Palestine! Is this the voice of a scared and paranoid nation? The IDF are 5th largest exporters of weapons! they receive support and funding from the EU AND THE USA. The Palestininas have nothing! In fact if you are going to label Arabs which covers a massive region who fight amongst yourselves well look in Israel, as a nation you fight amongst yourselves as well and look how small your area is. You must be a Zionist or a Zionist sympathiser trying to blame the Palestinians. The zionists will never give up The Golan Heights, Jordan Valley which is post 67 as it provides water for the illegal settlements. Pre 1948 the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians began and it continues to this day. Apartheid has nothing to do with the ME region. For anyone to compare themselves to Syria get real. A slow starvation has been going on in Gaza for decades, indefinite administrative detention, daily humiliation, human suffering, prevention of healthcare and education. This slow death is no match to comparing it to a regional war. What the zionists are doing through stealing land, denying Palestinians their homes is criminal and evil. The settlers going around brandishing rifles at young children and women, destroying olive trees that have been in families for generations, dumping raw sewage, toxic waste in Palestinian areas. There is no match to that evil anywhere in the world. The Middle East has issues but nothing to compare to Zionist evil. Also and more importantly nearly all of the news channels rae owned by zionists and news is selective. we only see what the owners want us to see. God fearing decent human beings are around everywhere in the Middle East except no one likes to mention them. The other irony on propaganda and the Zionist machine is Hollywood. Does anyone find it strange that the Ramadan and Eid never happen in the USA according to Hollywood ? yet Hanuka, Bar Mitzava are common? Lies Lies Lies by the racist zionists.