Yesterday I was in Ramallah. Today I am in Gaza, unfortunately, to witness one of the most dramatic humanitarian crises that I’ve seen for many years working as a humanitarian in the United Nations.
Guterres called on Israel to lift the blockade that’s been in place around the Palestinian enclave for a decade now, following several-hour visit to Gaza. The UN Secretary-General’s visit and comments comes amid a period of heightened tensions between Israel and the UN. Earlier this week, the Israeli deputy foreign minister, Tzipi Hotovely, warned that Tel Aviv’s support for the international body was not unconditional.
Israel’s behavior towards the Palestinians has been repeatedly condemned by the UN. Under Resolution 1860, adopted in January 2009, Israel was to withdraw all its forces around the Gaza strip and abide by an immediate ceasefire, allowing much needed food, fuel and medical supplies to enter the besieged strip of land. Israel has, however, refused to co-operate.
Under the blockade, the people in Gaza are not allowed to even leave the place in case of emergent medical conditions. Foods, drugs and international humanitarian helps are also hindered by Israeli forces to reach the city.
Israel and its oppressive force has been backed by western countries, especial the United States, in spite of violating multiple international conventions. The claimants of human rights in western world prefer to have their eyes closed as with Gaza to preserve their political benefits.