#20 Bobby G. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Ron
    • 02.02.10 | 23:29 (IST)

    The Israeli blockade of Gaza is the worst violation of human rights taking place in the world today. The collective punishment of a civilian population is a violation of article 33 of the 4th Geneva Convention, and a war crime. And you think equal pressure should be applied to Egypt? For what? Egypt is not violating international law as is Israel. Rifah, the crossing point from Gaza to Egypt, has walls 8 meters high, a 3 kilometer buffer zone and Egypt is bound by treaty with Israel to keep the border closed. Egypt can only open the border upon Israeli agreement. In 2008, Israel kept the border closed 85% of the time. Obviously, in any case, Egypt has no infrastructure available to provide significant support to a population of 1.5 million people, even if international aid were funneled thru Egypt rather than Israel.

    from the article: U.S. lawmakers to Obama: Press Israel to ease Gaza siege
    First published 22:45 26.01.10 | Last updated 22:47 26.01.10
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