Today, Monday, November 28, 2022, the Council on International Relations – Palestine held an international conference entitled “16 Years Since the Siege of Gaza: Repercussions and Prospects” in Gaza City.
Palestinian, regional and international figures participated in the conference to talk about the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip and the legal status of the Israeli occupation.
The conference concluded a number of conclusions and recommendations on the repercussions of the Israeli blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip, and ways to confront the Israeli occupation and break this blockade imposed on the city.
- The Israeli blockade is a political tool, and it is a declaration of war against the Palestinian people.
- The Israeli blockade on Gaza is a crime, a war and collective punishment for more than two million people in the Gaza Strip, and one of the aspects of genocide in the twenty-second century.
- The strategy of the occupation in its siege of the Palestinian territories, and in particular the Gaza Strip, is based on two goals, which are the tearing and fragmentation of the Palestinian identity and breaking the will of the Palestinian people and their desire for liberation and the establishment of their Palestinian state.
- The Israeli occupation does not abide by the rules of international law in imposing the blockade on the Gaza Strip.The Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip has undermined political participation by imposing restrictions on Palestinian unity and political will.
- The blockade did not break the determination of the Palestinian people and their determination to achieve their legitimate goals of liberation and the establishment of their independent state.
- The Palestinian resistance is a legitimate right of the Palestinian people to resist the occupation and end the blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip.
- The blockade on the Gaza Strip has undermined all economic and development capabilities and worked to dismantle social ties by promoting unemployment, destroying infrastructure, disabling productive capacities, and obstructing the movement of people and goods.
- The blockade has left 180,000 wounded Palestinians unable to receive health, social and psychological care.
- The blockade caused the city to incur material losses estimated at more than 15 billion dollars in all its vital sectors.
- We must ️demand the international community to consider the blockade on the Gaza Strip a crime against humanity and a systematic genocide that requires its end.
- The crime of siege on the Gaza Strip must be included in international courts, and the occupation leaders must be held accountable for all crimes against the Palestinian people.
- The international community should not look at the Palestinian cause and the blockade of the Gaza Strip from a humanitarian perspective only.
- The unjust silence towards the crimes of the occupation in the Palestinian territories must be stopped.
- The international community must abandon the policy of double standards in dealing with international crises.
- The internal and external movements aimed at lifting the siege on the Gaza Strip must be reactivated.
- Normalization with the occupation should be considered as a crime that legitimizes the continuation of the blockade on the Gaza Strip, instead of calling for criminalizing and condemning it, and applying pressure to stop it.
- We must work to provide a sea outlet for the residents of the Gaza Strip, which achieves the goals of ending the blockade, and in a way that guarantees freedom of movement for the residents of the Strip.
- Efforts to restore the internal Palestinian unity must be intensified, through the implementation of internal reconciliation understandings, specifically the Palestinian summit in Algeria that was held in this regard.
- International efforts must be consolidated and strengthened to find mechanism