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  • There's a news blackout about the siege of Gaza in the United States. I am writing you to request a more critical, in-depth coverage of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

  • Since 2006, Israel has controlled the flow of goods, food, and fuel, access to health care, and freedom of movement of all 1.5 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. In the past four months, Israel has intensified this siege by reducing imports of food and medicine to a trickle. Despite the lack of clean water for the people of Gaza to drink, Israel bars the delivery of water filters.

  • Half of the people of Gaza are children under the age of eighteen. Growing up in this environment, they must be 'shocked by the miserable things' they see, as UN humanitarian affairs official John Holmes said he was. Holmes also blamed the siege for the collapse of Gaza's economy, which has left 80% of the population dependent on international food aid.

  • Since 2000, over 2,680 Palestinians in Gaza have been killed by Israeli violence. While Palestinian militants have been illegally firing rockets into southern Israel, killing 11 people since 2000, collective punishment of the Palestinians by Israel will neither bring about an end to the rockets, improve the security of ordinary Israelis, nor open the path to a viable and just peace. Water filters, food, medicine, and clean drinking water in the hands of Gazans are not security threats.

  • The United States, which provides Israel with the economic, military, and diplomatic support that makes Israel's history of violating the human rights of Gazans possible, has a moral responsibility to use its influence to stop Israel's siege of the Gazan people. Instead, it is currently pursuing a policy of fomenting civil war in Gaza, as recently revealed by a groundbreaking report in Vanity Fair.

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