“The Big Uneasy”–Oxfam publishes Gaza fact sheet
Report of humanitarian conditions in Gaza
“For the vast majority of people in Gaza, life has not become any easier, despite pledges by the Government of Israel in June and December 2010 to ease the ongoing blockade. Not only have certain commitments gone unfulfilled, but the unacceptably high levels of poverty and unemployment show that a token number of trucks cannot deliver what people need to rebuild their shattered lives. Karni crossing has been locked down, exports over the last year have all but ceased, and the entry of materials needed to kick start the economy remain hopelessly delayed. Residents of Gaza do not need more broken promises, they need meaningful change brought through an end to the blockade. The International Community can help make this a reality by living up to its responsibility to Palestinians in Gaza and working with the government of Israel to ensure the opening of all crossings in accordance with International Law. The crossings can be equipped with the technology necessary to handle the free flow of people and goods while addressing Israel’s security concerns.”
-Jeremy Hobbs, Executive Director, Oxfam
Click here to view the December 2011 Oxfam Gaza fact sheet.