This briefing document lays forth the destructive impact of the blockade on Gaza, the many recommendations of international aid agencies and the House’s select committee on Foreign Affairs on a reassessment of the UK’s Middle East policy as well as the policies of the Quartet (US, EU, UN and Russia), and in line with the EU’s European Neighbourhood Policy and the Union of the Mediterranean and the EU-Israel Association Agreement which forms the basis of developing bilateral relations between the EU and Israel.
Since the raid on the Mavi Marmara on 31st May 2010 by Israeli commandos who killed up to 19 aid activists as their vessel sailed in international waters carrying 10,000 tonnes of food and reconstruction aid to the people of Gaza, the international community and the UN have decried the ongoing blockade as ‘unsustainable’ and ‘inhumane’.
As the UK government awaits the outcome of an independent inquiry into the catastrophic events of Monday 31st May 2010, consistent with the UN’s calls for a ‘full, credible, impartial and independent investigation’, attention must duly turn to the impact the blockade has had on Gazans these past three years, and its contribution to the thwarting of long term prospects for
peace in the Middle East.
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