Tell Israel to lift the 11-year blockade on Gaza
Join people around the world standing with Palestinians trapped in Gaza
Alaa’s dream was to represent his country in international cycling competitions, but at only 21 years old, he struggles to see a future for himself. Alaa is denied the opportunity to represent his country abroad because of the blockade Israel which severely restricts people’s movement. He has also lost his right leg when Israeli soldiers fired on him and other peaceful demonstrators along the Israel/Gaza fence on 30 March.
Alaa is one of 2 million Palestinian people living under an illegal blockade imposed on Gaza by Israel for the past 11 years. Israel controls access to Gaza via air, land and sea, while the Rafah crossing on the Egyptian border, has been closed most of the time for years. He, and others in Gaza effectively live in an open-air prison. They can’t enter or leave Gaza freely, to see family or friends in or to get life-saving medical care outside of Gaza. Even how far they go into the sea to fish is restricted.
Israel says that it maintains its blockade for security reasons, but Palestinians in Gaza are being collectively locked in and punished. Since 30 March, Palestinians have been protesting along the Israel-Gaza fence demanding the right of return for millions of Palestinian refugees to their villages and towns in what are now part of Israel, and calling for an end to Israel’s 11-year blockade. According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, over 180 people were killed, including at least 30 children, and over 19,000 others injured.
As Palestinians in Gaza recover from this tragic loss of life and life-changing injuries, others around the world need to show them they are not alone. Israel has not only the power, but a legal obligation, to lift the blockade and let people in Gaza enjoy their rights. Palestinians in Gaza are asking the world for action, and we must increase international pressure to make this happen.
Send an email to the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu and the Minister of defence Avigdor Lieberman and tell them to immediately lift the blockade on Gaza.