UN Report Exposes Israeli Atrocities in Gaza

Lt Col Zaheerul Hassan (R)

A report of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has exposed atrocities of the Israeli forces which killed nearly 2,300 Palestinians and injured 7,700 in Gaza over the last five years. Even US President Obama has failed to stop Israeli brutalities perpetrated on the innocent Palestinian people. Violations of human rights by Israel forces in Gaza, has become a normal practice.

Some 27 percent of the fatalities in Gaza were women and children, the UN agency said in a report highlighting the effects of Israel’s blockade. On June 14, 2012, the land, sea and air blockade of Gaza entered into its sixth year. Under the blockade, exports have dropped to less than 3 percent of 2006 levels. “The continued ban on the transfer of goods from Gaza to its traditional markets in the West Bank and Israel, along with the severe restrictions on access to agricultural land and fishing waters, prevents sustainable growth and perpetuates the high levels of unemployment, food insecurity and aid dependency,” UNOCHA said. Israel’s naval blockade has undermined the livelihood of 35,000 fishermen, and farmers have lost around 75,000 tons of produce each year due to Israeli restrictions along Gaza’s land border, it added. Meanwhile, Israeli restrictions on imports have led to the growth of the smuggling trade.

At least 172 Palestinians have been killed working in tunnels under Gaza’s border with Egypt, the report said. Despite the risks, young men are still drawn to tunnel work in Gaza, where more than half the youth is unemployed and 44 percent of people are food insecure. Mark Regev, spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, alleged that the blockade was necessary because Gaza’s ruling party Hamas is a “terrorist organization.” It is also mentionable here that All cargo going into Gaza is being checked because Gaza is controlled by Israeli forces on regular. However, in response to a petition by 50 aid groups, including six UN agencies, calling on Israel to lift the blockade.

In fact American top brass has always provided shelter to Israeli brutality and ruthless acts against innocent people of Palestine. U.S. economy and politics is being influenced by Jewish domiciled permanently now in America.

Unfortunately, this community is more loyal to Israel than U.S. They are enjoying more rights and perks even as compare to the real Americans (blacks). U.S. always vetoed resolutions, whenever presented against Israeli in UN by any country. I think only solution now lie to the issue is; Arab states should get united against Israel and its ally. They must get their money out from Americans’ banks and issue some common currency on the lines of “Euro and Dollar”. All business activities transitions related to oil should be made Islamic banks. It will automatically force the American and western countries to   put pressure to resolve the long outstanding Palestine and Gaza. The writer can be approached through zameer36@gmail.com..  Follow at Zaheerul Hassan

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