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‘Gaza has to live in order for Palestine to live’

A Palestinian woman carries the Palestinian flag during a workers' protest against Israeli blockade of Gaza, in Gaza City, Gaza on December 27, 2016. ( Mustafa Hassona - Anadolu Agency )
A Palestinian woman carries the Palestinian flag during a workers' protest against Israeli blockade of Gaza, in Gaza City, Gaza on December 27, 2016. ( Mustafa Hassona - Anadolu Agency )

Over 350 individuals and 60 associations and networks from across the world have come together to call for an end to Israel’s policies which are leading to “the slow extermination of a population already affected by several military attacks” in the Gaza Strip.

The campaign, “Gaza alive is life for Palestine“, has received support from Professor Noam Chomsky, Ann Wright, former US Army colonel and peace activist, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Corrigan Maguire, amongst others.

The groups call for long-term development plans to order to stop the recent crises in the Strip including the shortage of electricity and the ongoing problems with water shortages.

Every day, children and adults are dying because they cannot receive the necessary care due to the lack of adequate medication and equipment

the appeal says.

It adds that the agony of Gaza endangers the very possibility of achieving a Palestinian state which would require the involvement of all the people in the path of self-determination, the  participation in a widespread democratic process, the end of Israeli siege and occupation.

“Gaza has to live in order for Palestine to live.”

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