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Human Rights Organizations in Urgent Call: Gaza Strip civilian infrastructure is collapsing

7 Comments 23 July 2014

In an urgent letter to Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, 12 human rights organizations (including RHR) demand today (July 23 2014) that Israel fulfill its obligations and ensure that the humanitarian needs of the civilian population of Gaza are met, particularly with respect to the dwindling supply of water and electricity. More than half of Gaza’s population, 1.2 million people, currently were affected by lack of adequate access to water and sanitation services. Hundreds of thousands are completely without power, while additional hundreds of thousands are rationed up to 5 hours of electricity per day.

St Clair Power Station in MI, USA. Photo: Cgord. CC-wikipedia

St Clair Power Station in MI, USA. Photo: Cgord. CC-wikipedia

These acute shortages are the result of severe damage to civilian infrastructure caused during the hostilities. International aid agencies warn of a pending humanitarian and environmental catastrophe resulting from lack of access to water as well as severe health risks due to the overflow of raw sewage in neighborhoods and into the water supply.

About 80 million liters of untreated sewage flow directly into the sea every day. A third of Gaza’s water wells are not functioning because technicians are afraid to go out for maintenance and repair work after three of their colleagues were killed while performing maintenance tasks. The remaining wells are working between 6-8 hours per day, due to lack of electricity.

The letter notes that due to Israel’s closure policy, Gaza’s infrastructure was fragile even before the current fighting. The organizations also noted that Israel has repeatedly cited its humanitarian obligations to the civilian population in Gaza during hostilities, obligations rooted in international humanitarian law and affirmed by the Israeli High Court of Justice.

The organizations demanded that at the end of the hostilities, Israel remove all restrictions on movement to and from Gaza beyond those necessary for addressing Israel’s legitimate security concerns, and allow the entrance of spare parts, fuel and construction materials needed for the repair and maintenance of the infrastructure.

You can read the letter in full here.

Text from Gisha website

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  1. Michael says:

    I don’t believe Jews should have to go quietly to their deaths to prove how Politically Correct or compassionate they are. Palestinians want to kill Jews and destroy Israel. They announce this to the world on a daily basis. They glorify those who murder Jews. They raise their children to have no goal in life other than to die killing Jews. And remember all of this started way before 1967, before any Occupied Territories or Settlements. These are facts. All the progressive peace loving feelings in the world will not change this. There are people who want the Jews dead and will do anything to kill them, including kill themselves. There are people who will blame to Jews for the acts of those who want to kill them. Tragically, some of these people are Jews themselves.
    Michael Kolker

  2. Rabbi Arik Ascherman says:

    Two wrongs don’t make a right. We can defend ourselves, while living up to our highest Jewish values on honoring God’s Image in our enemies. (Not to mention all of the Gazan non-combatants who are not necessarily our enemies,)

  3. Daniel Aron says:

    Know your enemy………Jihad can only be carried out by the army of an Islamic state, and that the creation of this Caliphate must be the first priority for Muslims. This means that the formation of the ISIS State is the “dream- come- true” of every Muslim. From this point on, global domination is spiritually and morally legitimized. Do not forget the past as this will become relevant of the future…. Muhammad considered Christians and Jews “allies” and… potential converts to Islam!!! He had a partiality for terminating Jewish communities by expropriation, eviction, annihilation, or mass enslavement. Muhammad invoked perhaps the most striking Quranic theme for the Jews’ degradation when he addressed them as “You brothers of monkeys.” An up-to-date attitude used even today. Set the record straight and accept the fact that it is high time the Muslim occupation of our land came to an end!!! OOOPS …politically a NO! NO! Equal rights for the “Palestinians” … Say what?!! Once more we must right a terrible wrong…THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS PALESTINIAN OR PALESTINE … you, surely as a Rabbi should understand that the walls of the ‘Ghetto’ has long been torn down and time has come to take the lead and stand and be counted… don’t fall in the pit of the “Meraglim”!!!

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