Stop the siege in Gaza

January 22, 2008

International Day of Action
Saturday 26th January

And please write to your MP asking them to sign Early Day Motions 305, 624 and 698 on Gaza

On Sunday 20 January, Gaza ’s only power station was forced to shut down, after Israel cut fuel supplies to the Gaza Strip.

Israel has imposed a total closure on the Strip’s border crossings, even preventing the delivery of essential humanitarian aid. Over 80 per cent of Gaza ’s population rely on food aid from the United Nations or other agencies. Over 70 Gazans have died as a result of Israel preventing patients with serious medical conditions from accessing treatment outside the Gaza Strip.

This catastrophic cutting of fuel supplies is already seriously affecting hospitals, supplies of fresh water and sewage systems, has removed heating and lighting from 800,000 people, and making it impossible for those few factories which have managed to remain open despite the blockade. In carrying out these actions, the Israeli government is violating the strict prohibition on collective punishment of a civilian population in the Fourth Geneva Convention.
We are particularly appealing to medical staff to join us in uniform to visibly express their opposition to the medical impact of the blockade.

More details: http://www.palestinecampaign.org;

http://www.endgazasiege.net;View a short film about the 400 strong protest on the 12th of January outside Downing Street : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWhBC6hP6cM

One comment

  1. another petition…

    Dear friends,

    This morning after years of blockade and war, 350,000 desperate Palestinians poured through breaches in the Gaza-Egypt border. The crisis is out of control, the world must step in –- let’s urgently call on the United Nations, European Union and Arab League to stop the siege, oversee the opening of borders and help broker the ceasefire which civilians on all sides desperately need. Please click below to sign the emergency petition–we’ll deliver it when we reach 150,000 signatures–-so sign now and forward this email to your friends and family:


    The border blockade of Gaza by Israel has finally hit crisis point. This week’s power blackouts caught the attention of the world; now militants have blown open Gaza’s southern border with Egypt, and Israel could act by force to close it.

    The international community can end this crisis, and help save civilians on all sides. This isn’t about taking sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: it’s about 1.5 million human beings locked up in the biggest prison on earth. The unsustainable blockade must be lifted and the border opened properly, with external controls to prevent weapons smuggling. Meanwhile, the missile war between Israel and Gaza will only be stopped by a reciprocal ceasefire which Hamas says it would negotiate.

    While Israel and the US remain committed to the failing siege, the UN, European Union and Arab League can step in to end this blockade, oversee open borders, and help broker a ceasefire to save lives on all sides — sign the petition and spread the word today:


    The humanitarian crisis of Gaza is only getting worse, as patients die in hospitals for lack of care, and clean drinking water runs low. Palestinian militants are still launching missiles at the Israeli town of Sderot, and Israeli missiles claimed 37 Palestinian lives last week — many of them civilian.

    No genuine peace talks will be possible while this crisis continues. In the Israel-Lebanon war of 2006, we saw how global pressure and assistance can stop such a crisis and protect civilians from harm — we cannot stay silent about the crisis in Gaza. Please add your name now at the link above, and forward this message widely.

    With hope and determination,

    Ricken, Paul, Galit, Esra’a, Pascal, Ben and the whole Avaaz team

    PS In a global interactive poll on the Middle East, tens of thousands of Avaaz members helped to set our direction for this campaign — addressing the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and achieving a reciprocal ceasefire were each supported by over 90% of respondents:

    For more about the crisis:

    Article by UN agency chief: “There has never been a more urgent need for the international community to act to restore normality in Gaza”

    Border breakout, 350,000 Palestinians cross into Egypt:

    Former Clinton official calls for ceasefire, ending siege:

    Several Israeli cabinet ministers also want to negotiate ceasefire:
    Jerusalem Post article

    UN reports on the humanitarian crisis, including background to the blackouts:

    Deepening medical crisis in Gaza (UN):

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