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by Tej Uberoi, Los Altos,
on Jan 27, 2008
Despite the media's blatant efforts to put a positive spin on the medieval blockade of Gaza, the facts speak for themselves. Since its inception, Israel has driven out the indigenous people from their homes at the barrel of a gun. Their homes have been demolished and the basic source of income from their land has been destroyed. A million-and-a half refugees are now residing in Gaza and find themselves locked in a giant prison without food, electricity, medicine and are being subjected to a daily bombing barrage which has killed 30 (mainly civilians) in four days. To subject a population to such brutal collective punishment is a clear violation of international law and borders on genocide. The people of Gaza are on the point of starvation. Many civilians, including men, women and children have died at health clinics because of lack of medical supplies. In an act of utter desperation, the wall separating Gaza and Egypt was breached allowing its citizens to replenish their household goods. As award winning Israeli journalist Gideon Levy (a fierce critic of Israel's occupation), explained "when you try to make an experiment in human beings, putting them into a huge cage for months and months, you can't expect that they will not do anything possible to find a way out." It is time for all Americans to demand an immediate halt of our tax dollars which is funding Israel's maniacal occupation and state sponsored terrorism.
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