In Gaza children are living in the rubble of last year’s war, paying the price for a conflict they had no part in. But this week our community has a real chance to help these kids get the homes, schools and health clinics they need. Let’s join together to demand Israel end its life-crushing blockade on Gaza’s families. Add your voice now and we’ll join forces with top aid agencies to demand materials get in:
A year after the devastating war on Gaza, thousands of children are still sleeping in the rubble of their homes.
Even though it is a clear violation of international law, Israel’s blockade has restricted basic building materials going in. But no child should be made to live in the ruins of their home, study with bomb blasts through their classrooms, or not get basic health care because clinics have been destroyed.
We have a plan to change this — Avaaz has joined forces with top aid agencies working in Gaza to launch an emergency campaignto call on key donors to get the materials in. As the main governments paying to rebuild Gaza, they can insist Israel lifts the restrictions.
If we create a worldwide outcry too loud to ignore, we can push our governments to move beyond words, and ramp up diplomacy to end the blockade. Sign the petition — it’s time to show our leaders inaction on this humanitarian crisis is unacceptable:
Just 5 percent of the 6,700,000 tonnes of steel bars, cement and aggregates needed to rebuild what was destroyed since the end of the war has been permitted to enter Gaza. At this rate, it could take 17 years before Gaza is rebuilt.
While Palestinian political parties have failed to prioritise reconstruction, and Egypt’s closure of its border has limited supplies entering Gaza, by far the biggest obstacle to reconstruction is Israel’s blockade. Israel claims the restrictions are for security, but the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross have told Israel imposing this blockade on Gaza is a violation of international law.
The blockade has been ongoing for 8 years, and it has only led to three tragic wars full of bloodshed and destruction. History has taught us that taking away a whole people’s sense of safety and security only creates more suffering and pain for all sides. This blockade is about zero sum politics – making innocent people suffer to achieve political ends instead of seeking a solution that truly makes all sides better off.
Key governments have spoken out already and committed $3.5 billion to rebuild Gaza. But the best way to get them to take a stronger position, that actually shifts the status quo, is if they hear that their constituents care. That is where our community comes in. Let’s tell all our leaders that we want action now.
For years our global community has taken action together with Avaazers in Palestine and Israel calling for an end to the repression and violence, and urging the world to act for justice, freedom and peace. Last year’s indiscriminate attacks killed almost 500 innocent children, a year later traumatised children are still desperate for our help. Let’s echo their cries and help ensure their homes are rebuilt.
With hope and determination,
Fadi, Alice, Melanie, Wissam, Emily, Falastine, Ricken and the rest of the Avaaz team