Originally posted by vivify to Finnegan
You know full well that Israel has fully withdrawn it's military presence from Gaza, only to have the Palestinians respond with rocket fire a few hours later. I'm sure you've already heard, countless times in your many debates, how Gaza violated cease-fires with with rockets. Israel has shown a willingness for peace. That doesn't excuse the fac ...[text shortened]... t only be hated by both sides, by will invariably commit human rights violations in the process.
Parroting pro-Israeli propaganda, Vivify ignores Israel's continuing illegal blockade of Gaza,
which has been generally condemned (outside the USA) as extremely inhumane.
"UN Independent Panel Rules Israel Blockade of Gaza Illegal"
('Haaretz' is a major Israeli newspaper.)
"Israel’s Blockade of Gaza: Is it Legal?"
"In June 2012, a group of 50 international aid agencies, including the World Health
Organization and Oxfam, called on Israel to lift its siege and blockade of Gaza, stating:
'For over five years in Gaza, more than 1.6 million people have been under blockade
in violation of international law. More than half of these people are children. We the
undersigned say with one voice: "end the blockade now.'"
"Israeli officials have admitted that the siege is not motivated primarily by security
concerns, but is part of a strategy of "economic warfare" against the people of Gaza."
"2016 Marks Ten Years of Israeli Siege, Illegal Blockade of Gaza"
"The Israeli authorities imposed severe restrictions on patients and their companions
travelling through Erez. Human rights groups have recorded the arrest of several
patients or their companions while using the crossing into the occupied Palestine.
Attempts are made by the Israeli occupation intelligence agents to blackmail people
into becoming informers in exchange for being allowed to cross.
Palestinian ministry of health in Gaza has since been reporting chronic shortages of
medicines and hospital disposables. “Shelves are empty due to the restrictions
imposed by the Israelis on people and goods going in and out of the coastal enclave,”
MOH spokesman says."
"During the siege, the Israeli occupation has launched four major military offensives
against the people of Gaza, in 2006, 2008/9, 2012 and 2014; the latter was the most
destructive. It lasted for 51 days and whole areas of Gaza were flattened by Israeli
bombs; tens of thousands of people were displaced."