There is more you should know about Gaza. Israel occupied Gaza and all of Palestine, in the 1967 war. When Israel refused to withdraw from the occupied territories it became in violation of numerous UN resolutions. When Israel encouraged settlements in the West Bank and Gaza it violated articles of the 4th Geneva Convention, a breach of which is considered a war crime. It violates international law for an occupying power to settle its own population on occupied territory. When Israel withdraw its settlers from Gaza, it took a first step to abide by international law. What it left in their place was a blockade considered by the international community to be the greatest human rights violations taking place in the world today. Collective punishment of a civilian population is in violation of article 33 of the 4th Geneva Convention: a war crime.
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