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International Pressure Mounts Over Gaza Blockade

International Pressure Mounts Over Gaza Blockade

Gaza 14 June 2012: Fifty international charities and United Nations Agencies have unanimously called for the lifting of the blockade of Gaza. The organizations have published a simple three line statement to mark the fifth anniversary of the tightening of the blockade of the Strip. It reads:

For over five years in Gaza, more than 1.6 million people have been under blockade in violation of international law. More than half of these people are children. We the undersigned say with one voice: “end the blockade now.”

The government of Israel is facing mounting international criticism for the Gaza blockade and this unanimous statement from some of the most world’s most respected international organizations is likely to increase pressure for the blockade to be lifted.

The international aid and development signatories include:

Action Contre la Faim (ACH)

Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (Acted)

American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)

Amnesty International

Broederlijk Delen

CARE International

CCFD-Terre Solidaire

Christian Aid

Christian Peacemaker Team

Cordaid

Danchurchaid

Diakonia

A Different Jewish Voice (Een Ander Joods Geluid)

Emergency Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (EWASH)

Gruppo di Volontariato Civile (GVC)

Handicap International

Help Age International

International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC)

IKV  Pax Christi

International Learning Center

Life for Relief and Development

Medicos del Mundo - España (MDM Spain)

Médecins du Monde France (MdM France)

Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP)

Medico International

Movement for Peace (MPDL)

Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA)

Norwegian Church Aid (NCA)

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Oxfam

Palestine Solidarity Association of Sweden

Polish Humanitarian Action (PAH)

Première Urgence - Aide Médicale Internationale

Save the Children

Secours Islamique France

Swedish Organization for Individual Relief

Terre des Hommes Italy (TdH Italy)

Terre des Hommes Lausanne (TdH Suisse)

Terre des Homme

Trócaire

The Carter Center

United Nations Association International Service (UNAIS)

War Child

The United Nations signatories include:

United Nations Humanitarian/Resident Coordinator, occupied Palestinian territory

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)

United Nations Women

World Health Organization (WHO)

*ENDS*

For media enquiries about the statement, please contact Willow Heske at willow.heske@oxfamnovib.nl or +972 (0) 597133646 or +972 (0)546395002

NOTE TO EDITORS AND IN-COUNTRY JOURNALISTS: The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Maxwell Gaylard &The Commissioner General of the UN Relief and Works Agency, Filippo Grandi cordially invite you to attend a briefing on the situation in the Gaza Strip at 11 a.m. on Thursday 14 June in UNRWA Headquarters, Gaza City. The latest statistics and analysis of the blockade will be presented to journalists and the representatives of the international community.

RSVP: m.shahin2@unrwa.org

For interview requests: c.gunness@unrwa.or

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