GAZA is in Crisis2020 is the year the United Nations says Gaza will be unlivable (UN Report)
Over a decade of siege and bombardment has destroyed civilian infrastructure, crippled the economy and sent thousands of civilians to an untimely death, all with the blessing and financial backing of the United States.
We call upon the next President of this country to respect American and International laws.
It’s no secret that American Presidents and Politicians have long supported the oppression of Palestinians in Gaza. They backed Israel in wars that pushed Palestinian refugees into the strip – today almost 70% of Gazans originate from towns in modern Israel.
The US supported the Israeli military as they built walls around Gaza, and placed it under a devastating blockade. When Israel fought against militants from Gaza, they massacred civilians with American bombs and rifles. When Gazans protested the war and the siege, an American President cut off humanitarian aid. As millions stand on the brink of starvation, the U.S government is culpable.
We see the dangers in an entrenched and short-sighted relationship with Israel, and the next President of the United States is responsible for reframing our thinking and setting us on a clear path. The way is simple, we must condition military aid to Israel and end our funding for human rights violations, and make reparations to Palestinians for the abuses we have perpetuated. Without righting the wrongs that the U.S. has committed overseas, we cannot hope for a better future in this country.
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The situation in Gaza:
- Approximately 1.8 million residents, 50% are under the age of 18
- 68% of Gazans are food insecure, over half of the population are recipients of humanitarian aid
- 97% of the water supply is not fit for consumption
- 54% unemployment, with youth unemployment at 71%, the highest in the world
- Rolling blackouts leave most areas of Gaza, including schools and hospitals, with just four hours of electricity per day.
- 53% of the population is below the poverty line
- Between 2009 and 2019, the Israeli military killed 3086 civilians in Gaza