Harvard College Palestine Solidarity Committee

26Jun/10

What does “easing the blockade” mean to Israel?

Last week, Israel announced that it would ease the illegal blockade on Gaza by allowing all non-military equipment into the strip.

Today, Israel made clear what it meant by "easing the blockade." According to this Haaretz story, Israel confiscated seven oxygen machines because they "came under the category of possible use for non-medical purposes."

The blockade continues to kill Palestinians who are unable to receive basic medical treatment. The difference is that Israel now claims that the equipment used to treat them is actually "non-medical".

Those defending the illegal blockade now need to defend the refusal to allow oxygen into Gaza. Perhaps Congressmen Peter King, John Boehner, Mark Kirk, Judy Biggert and the other cosponsors of an outrageous resolution defending the siege and supporting the attack on the Freedom Flotilla, could tell us why.

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