In June 2009 the blockade on the Gaza Strip enters its third year. As Israeli authorities continue to prevent construction materials from entering Gaza, the impact on the lives and livelihoods of 1.5 million Gazans has been devastating. Parties to the conflict and the international community have, to varying degrees, prioritised their own political objectives over people’s rights and needs. The isolation of Hamas has in fact left Gazans sitting on the ruins of their homes, pushing them further into poverty and aid dependency. The status quo cannot be allowed to persist. Israeli, Palestinian and world leaders must abide by their respective legal obligations to take concrete actions to end the collective punishment of Gazan civilians by securing the full and immediate opening of all the Gaza crossings.
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