Israel’s blocking of aid to Gaza is a weapon in its brutal war against Palestinians

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Israel’s deliberate blocking of humanitarian aid to Gaza has emerged as a key weapon against the people of the territory.

Though Israel denies it has any such policy, almost all UN agencies working to provide aid on the ground in Gaza, as well as several other groups, have termed the deliberate blocking of aid as the most important reason for an imminent famine in the besieged Palestinian territory. 

Research conducted by organisations such as Refugees International shows that “Israeli conduct has consistently impeded aid operations within Gaza, blocked legitimate relief operations, and resisted implementing measures that would genuinely enhance the flow of humanitarian aid in Gaza”.

By denying adequate aid to Gaza, Israel has been in violation of the interim order passed by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on 26 January while hearing the genocide petition filed by South Africa.

The ICJ had asked Israel to facilitate “urgently needed basic services and humanitarian assistance to address the adverse conditions of life”.

In its submission to the court in February, Israel claimed it had complied with the ruling.

However, UN data shows that the actual number of trucks with aid reaching Gaza decreased by half in February in comparison to the previous month.

International organisations still describe experiences where the Israeli occupying forces blocked their entry into Gaza – especially northern Gaza – after being made to wait for hours on end. – Peoples Dispatch/Globetrotter News Service

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AGENDA RAKYAT - Lima perkara utama
  1. Tegakkan maruah serta kualiti kehidupan rakyat
  2. Galakkan pembangunan saksama, lestari serta tangani krisis alam sekitar
  3. Raikan kerencaman dan keterangkuman
  4. Selamatkan demokrasi dan angkatkan keluhuran undang-undang
  5. Lawan rasuah dan kronisme
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