Jordanian activists launched on Wednesday, 20 September 2023 a campaign to lift the suffocated siege imposed by Israeli occupation on the Gaza Strip since 2007.
Palestine supporters called for widespread participation in the campaign which aims to highlight the suffering of the Palestinians living under the Israeli siege in Gaza.“Gaza residents suffer under very difficult living conditions due to the Israeli siege, which has a negative impact on the economic, health, and social sectors,” said the head of the campaign, Wael Al-Saqqa. Al-Saqqa added, “The Israeli siege curbs people’s freedom of movement and public services, including education for Palestinian children.”
The campaign will begin on Saturday with a rally in the governorate of Aqaba, along with other activities in the cities of Al Zarqaa, Amman, Erbid, and Al-Karak.It is worth noting that the Israeli blockade has devastated Gaza’s economy and fuelled an unemployment rate that hovers at approximately 50 percent. The Israeli land, air, and sea blockade has left more than two million Palestinians living in an open-air prison. They are prevented from leaving unless they are granted permission. The ongoing blockade, which includes severe restrictions not only on the movement of people but of goods, amounts to unlawful collective punishment under international law. It has created a humanitarian crisis for the nearly two million Palestinians living in the area including:
- Israeli authorities rejected 36% of patients’ requests to exit Gaza
- 78% of piped water in Gaza is unfit for human consumption
- Rolling power cuts averaged 11 hours per day, as it continues
- Fishermen have access to only 50% of the fishing waters
- The jobless rate is rising to more than 46.6%
- 31% of households have difficulties meeting essential education needs
- 62% of families in Gaza require food assistance
- Gaza’s agricultural share is usually near the borderline that is facing daily Israeli violations like spreading harmful chemical materials.
- 80% of citizens in the Gaza Strip depend on aids
- The poverty rate in Gaza is rising to 61.6%
- 66% of the Palestinians in Gaza are refugees