How to put an end to the Gaza "flotilla" problem once and for all - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 12.04.11 | 20:43 (IDT)

    So far, following the Turkish flotilla incident, Israel has decided to allow into Gaza all items except those fit for military use. (It is not clear that this decision was fully implemented.) What remains of the "siege" is not allowing the Export of finished goods even if raw materials can come in, as well as the prevention of movement of Gazans in and out of that territory (irrespective of security considerations). The inability to export essentially destroys the Gaza economy, rendering the population destitute and in need of food relief. With exports, the Gazans will not be in need of relief and all future air/flotilla private initiatives will become pointless. Here is a good way to put an end to this problem once and for all: Just lift the rest of the economic siege, which actually achieved nothing positive. (The original intent was to have the Gaza people bring Hamas down.) And here is another reason: a legal opinion: "The [Goldstone] Report states that Israeli acts that deprive Palestinians in the Gaza Strip of their means of subsistence, employment, housing and water, that deny their freedom of movement and their right to leave and enter their own country, that limit their rights to access a court of law and an effective remedy, could lead a competent court to find that the crime of persecution, a crime against humanity, has been committed"- unhchr.ch/huricane/huricane.nsf/0/9B63490FFCBE44E5C1257632004EA67B?opendocument . In any event, the prevention of airplanes and ships from going into Gaza is justified by security concerns. Once the "economic siege" is lifted, there will be no humanitarian reason for air/flotilla incidents, and it will become acceptable to use military force against such "invaders".

    from the article: Israel to Turkey: Help us thwart upcoming Gaza flotilla
    First published 20:21 12.04.11 | Last updated 20:21 12.04.11
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