Israeli propaganda constantly tries to make the point: there were rockets before the blockade. But it is not true and it is dishonest for Jews to keep repeating it. The blockade started in Sept 2000 along with closure of Gaza airport. Immediate economic effect were losses in area of $5.3 billion. In Sept 2001 Israel established a buffer zone that sealed all entry and exit points. After 9 Oct 2001, movement of people and goods between Israel and Gaza was halted, and complete internal closure was effected 14 Nov 2001. The first Qassam rocket was fired into Israel on 10 February 2002. Israel is, and will, lose the PR battle over Gaza. The international community views the Gazans as victims. No on expects Israel to be able to effectively try to starve 1.5 million people into submission without retaliation. Occupied Europeans resisted the Germans, the Algerians and Vietnamese resisted the French, and the Kenyans and Cypriots resisted the British. Israel is just another occupying power.
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