Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Khudari: Arab and International efforts to break Gaza siege “shy”

GAZA, (PIC)-- Palestinian MP Dr. Jamal Al-Khudari, the head of the popular committee against the siege, has described the Arab and international efforts in breaking the unjust siege as “shy”, calling on the international community to put true pressure on the Israeli occupation.

“Had the international community and the Arab countries indeed put pressure on the Israeli occupation in the proper way they would have forced it to break the siege and to end the suffering of the 1.5 million Palestinians living there”, underlined Khudari in a press statement he made and a copy of which was obtained by the PIC.

He added that the Israeli cordon persisted till now despite the allegations from time to time that siege was loosened, stressing that the recommendations of the Goldstone report should be activated and more international support must be rallied behind the just Palestinian cause.

In this concern, Khudari revealed that more activities in support of Gaza would be launched in many countries next month, underscoring that the people of the Gaza Strip couldn’t go back to normal life unless the siege is completely lifted.

Moreover, Khudari warned that the water in the Gaza Strip is becoming unsafe to drink after the contamination levels reached alarming levels as a result of the siege, explaining that the Israeli occupation authorities refused to allow waste water treatment equipment into the besieged Strip that put the life of more than 40% of Gaza children at risk.

In this regard, Khudari invited the international community to immediately mobilize to allow desalinating equipment into the Strip, adding that the world shouldn’t remain indifferent vis-à-vis those Israeli measures that flagrantly violate international laws and conventions.

He also revealed that he was able to get promises from Qatari and Turkish charities to carry out development and humanitarian projects, including establishing a rehabilitation center to care for disabled Palestinian citizens, agriculture projects, and the reconstruction of the partially destroyed homes among other ventures in the Strip in order to help alleviate the suffering of the people there.

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