Socialist Worker, July 22, 2010
Gazans left homelesss without materials to rebuild following Israel’s 2008-09 assault
IN AN effort to mitigate the global outrage that followed its attack on the Gaza aid flotilla, Israel has (ever so slightly) eased its blockade on Gaza. However minimal, this step has only been taken because of the pressure applied to Israel by the international grassroots protest movement.
The primary aim of the Gaza aid missions has been to alert the world to the criminality of the blockade, and in this, it has succeeded–though the price has been heavy: Nine killed (mostly with shots directly to the head and neck) and 700 others violently abducted, detained and abused.
Unfortunately, President Barack Obama and others have seized on the Israelis’ gesture as an excuse to issue them a renewed license to proceed with their assault on Palestinian lives and rights.