- Στο κείμενο που παραθέτουμε, η ισραηλινή ΜΚΟ Gisha – Legal Center for Freedom of Movement καταθέτει στοιχεία για την κατάσταση στη Λωρίδα της Γάζας. Θεωρεί ότι δεν υφίσταται ανθρωπιστική κρίση, τονίζει δε ότι η κατάσταση στη Λωρίδα είναι παρόλα αυτά απαράδεκτη, κατηγορώντας την ισραηλινή κυβέρνηση για δραστικό περιορισμό των εξαγωγικών δραστηριοτήτων των κατοίκων της Γάζας.
Doing the math – 1.6 million people, zero export
At the time when preparations for the flotilla are underway, we wish to focus on the situation in Gaza and on the fact that Israel continues to prohibit export of goods from the Strip.
On December 8th, the Israeli Security Cabinet decided to ease some of the restrictions on export of goods from Gaza. It announced that Israel would increasingly allow export of textile, furniture and agricultural produce from the Strip. These promises were reiterated as part of a package of gestures that the prime minister announced in February. The same promises reappeared in an April report to donor countries which also included the news that Israel was installing special inspection equipment at Kerem Shalom that would allow for increased exports. However, six months after the cabinet decision, the volume of exports from Gaza has only decreased.
From January to May 2011, Israel allowed only 187 truckloads of goods to leave Gaza – an average of two truckloads per day. Since May 12th, not a single truck has left Gaza. Since goods cannot be transported through the Rafah Crossing, there is presently no way to export goods from the Strip. More than one and a half million people – zero export.
A policy that categorically bans the export of civilian goods from the Gaza Strip is, at the very least, puzzling. Why, during the last harvest season, were Palestinians in Gaza allowed to export strawberries, peppers, cherry tomatoes and flowers via Israel to Europe but are now forbidden to export furniture, textiles and other food products in the same way? And why was the export Israel did allow to be transferred through its territory restricted to Europe and not allowed to be sold to closer markets in Israel, the West Bank or Jordan? Is that what the government meant when it claimed it was making efforts to “improve the economic situation of the population in the Gaza Strip”?
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