Israel refuses to end the siege,
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The vicious and criminal nature of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government was on full display yesterday. He hold his cabinet "We are being asked to ease the living conditions of the population and allow goods and equipment in, but we have other priorities in the Gaza Strip."
This statement came as United Nations investigators were about to enter Gaza to carry out an investigation - with which the Israeli government refuses to cooperate - into Israeli violations of international law.
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Just last week, the United Nations - under the headline "Health Conditions Worsening in Gaza" - reported that 30 percent of children below 36 months and 50 percent of pregnant women are now anemic as a result of the complete blockade of petrol and diesel importations, and the importation of "only very limited amounts" of cooking gas since the beginning of November.
This report also stated that "... some 4,000 medical items per day on average could cross into Gaza before the conflict, whereas only 40 items are currently allowed to be imported daily. ... restrictions on building supplies have resulted in damaged health care centres being left in a state of disrepair and a scarcity of paper has led to difficulties in keeping medical records."
This is a direct result of the ongoing U.S.-backed Israeli siege.
The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East is now reporting that, as a consequence of expanded need and a budget "shortfall," they will be reducing already inadquate services, including closing hospitals. This announcement came just one week after the deaths of one-year-old Odai Samir Abu Azzoum and 10-year-old Ribhi Jindiyeh, among many others, in Gaza due to lack of medical supplies and services.
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People from across the East Coast, Midwest and South are making plans to be in D.C. on Saturday, June 6 - the 42nd anniversary of Israel's seizure of Gaza - to stand in solidarity with those still suffering in Gaza and demand an end to the siege. Demonstrations will also take place in California and in other states. We will also stand for all Palestinian people's inalienable right to return to their homes from which they were evicted.
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