CMEP Action Alert: Ask President Obama to Address the Urgent Humanitarian Needs in Gaza
Action Alert: Ask President Obama to Address the Urgent Humanitarian Needs in Gaza
One year after the Gaza war thousands of civilians are homeless and forced to rely on tents and mud brick houses for shelter.
Children are among the most vulnerable and worst affected by the blockade policy that greatly restricts goods, people, and commerce from crossing Gaza’s borders.
Many children witnessed horrific events during last year’s 23-day Israeli military operation. According to a local NGO in Gaza, “73 percent of Gaza children are still suffering from psychological and behavioral disorders, including psychological trauma, nightmares, involuntary urination, high blood pressure and diabetes.” The blockade has inhibited access to medical equipment and health professionals. Many children are not getting the help they desperately need.
The dismal conditions in Gaza are counter to American humanitarian values and strategically unsound for Israel’s long term security.
Additional Resource: “Jewish groups sign letter on lifting Gaza closure,” Jewish Telegraphic Agency, February 10, 2010