Unending Blockade on Gaza Strip
Israel’s airtight land, sea, and air blockade on two-million-resident Gaza since June 2007 has devastated its economy and led to what the UN has called the “de-development” of the territory, a process by which development is not merely hindered but reversed.
About 56 percent of Palestinians in Gaza suffer from poverty, and youth unemployment stands at 63 percent, according to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics.
More than 60 percent of Palestinians in Gaza are refugees, expelled from their homes in other parts of Palestine in 1948, in places such as Lydda (Lod) and Ramle, and now live just a few kilometers away from their original homes and towns.
Since the beginning of the siege, Israel has launched six protracted military assaults on Gaza: in 2008, 2012, 2014, 2019, 2021 and 2022. Each of these attacks has exacerbated Gaza’s already dire situation.
Thousands of Palestinians have been killed, including many children, and tens of thousands of homes, schools and office buildings have been destroyed. Rebuilding has been next to impossible because the siege prevents construction materials, such as steel and cement, from reaching Gaza.
Blockade Imposed on Jordan Valley
Israeli occupation settlers attacked during October, 2022 the village of Farsiya, in the Jordan Valley region in northeast of the West Bank, and blocked several roads in the area, according to eyewitnesses.
The settlers also blocked roads in the area, including the entrance to the neighboring village of Ein el-Beida, denying access of Palestinians into and out of the village.
Lockdown on Shufat and Anata
During October, 2022, the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) closed all entrances to Shufat refugee camp and nearby Anata town, northeast of occupied Jerusalem for the third day in a row.
At the same time, the Israeli occupation forces continued to raid homes, clash with residents and detain Palestinians as hundreds of soldiers and security agents continue to kidnap Palestinians without a charge or trial.
IOF prevented at least 100.000 Palestinian residents, including students, from leaving the camp, which is separated from East Jerusalem by an eight-meter-high concrete wall and a military checkpoint despite the fact that it is located within Jerusalem municipal boundaries.
Sealing Off Entrances to Bethlehem
Israeli Occupation Forces shut down all entrances to the village of Husan, to the west of the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem, isolating it from nearby villages during October, 2022.
The Israeli forces closed all the entrances to the village with an iron gate, blocks and earth mounds and isolated it from Battir, Nahaleen and Wad Fukeen Palestinian villages.
This prevented students from reaching their universities as well as employees, workers and farmers from reaching their workplaces.
Lockdown on Nablus
Moving to Nablus, the Israeli occupation continued in October, 2022 to force lockdown on the occupied city of Nablus for 3 weeks in a row.
The Israeli occupation forces are still tightening their military measures at the checkpoints surrounding Nablus. It’s noteworthy that Za’tara checkpoint is closed towards Hawara, and the Deir Sharaf checkpoint is still closed with earthenberms in front of Palestinian citizens.
Israel continues its repeated barbaric policies in blockading and restricting the lives of Palestinians at all sides and using all its means of power in Palestinian occupied territories as this needs an urgent action to be taken that might end this illegal seige.