GAZA: THE TRUTH IN 20 TWEETS

  1. More than half of Gaza’s population are children under the age of 18. (UNICEF—2012)
  2. Israel’s blockade of Gaza must be lifted “immediately and unconditionally” (UN Report by New York State judge Mary McGowan Davis).
  3. Calls for an immediate and unconditional end to the blockade and closure of the Gaza Strip, which has resulted in a deteriorating, unprecedented humanitarian crisis” (European Parliament)
  4. Gaza is a “prison camp” (Former UK prime minister David Cameron).
  5. There is no justification for the closure of Gaza. . . . The Israeli government must immediately end its blockade of Gaza . . . . this Palestinian ghetto must be opened” (Ha’aretz editorial).
  6. Gazans “are, in essence, caged in a toxic slum from birth to death; deprived of dignity; dehumanised by the Israeli authorities to such a point it appears officials do not even consider that these men and women have a right, as well as every reason, to protest” (UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein)
  7. The closure constitutes a collective punishment imposed in clear violation of Israel’s obligations under international humanitarian law” (International Committee of the Red Cross)
  8. I’ve never seen such massive destruction ever before” (Peter Maurer, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross, after Operation Protective Edge, 2014).
  9. The “unliveability threshold has been passed [in Gaza] quite a long time ago” (Robert Piper, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the West Bank and Gaza).
  10. “Innocent human beings in Gaza, most of them young, are slowly being poisoned by the water they drink” (Sara Roy, Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies). Source: Sara Roy, ‘The Gaza Strip: The Political Economy of De-development’, third edition (Institute for Palestine Studies, 2016), p. lxviii
  11. When a place becomes unliveable, people move . . . . Yet this last resort is denied to the people of Gaza” (United Nations Relief and Works Agency-UNRWA).
  12. Israel is carrying out a murderous assault against protesting Palestinians, with its armed forces killing and maiming demonstrators who pose no imminent threat to them” (Amnesty International).
  13. Stop this vicious and utterly avoidable slaughter of peaceful protesters” (Emily Thornberry, UK Shadow Foreign Secretary).
  14. Soldiers – including snipers – fired for hours on end at protestors” (Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem)
  15. Stop shooting at children” (Nikolai E. Mladenov, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process)
  16. Most of the wounded will be condemned to suffer lifelong injuries . . . What happened today is unacceptable and inhuman” (Doctors Without Borders)
  17. The time for symbolic statements of condemnation is now over. The international community must act concretely” (Amnesty International)
  18. Israel’s announced internal inquiry “means nothing, save for pure propaganda purposes” (Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem)
  19. Israel Defence Forces are acting very very well” (Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, after May 14 massacre).
  20. There are no innocents in Gaza” (Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman)

Compiled by Norman Finkelstein and Jamie Stern-Weiner