UN Special Rapporteur calls for Israeli sanctions
by MainStreet, Fri Jan 15, 2010 at 10:26:17 AM EST
....unless it lifts the Gaza blockade.
This report was dated December 31, 2009, the anniversary of the Gaza massacre, amidst the efforts of 1,300 or so Gaza Freedom Marchers from 42 countries who protested in Cairo to gain entry into Gaza, and Egypt's harassment of 400 or so internationals comprising the Viva Palestina aid convoy en route to the same place.
Two weeks earlier, Israel detained Richard Falk, the UN Special Rapporteur, at Ben-Gurion airport then deported him. Why? Just a week earlier, Falk issued a scathing report on the approaching famine in Gaza and the world's silence.
Adam Horowitz reported for Monoweiss:
From the UN News Centre:
The United Nations independent expert on Palestinian rights has again called for a threat of economic sanctions against Israel to force it to lift its blockade of Gaza, which is preventing the return to a normal life for 1.5 million residents after the devastating Israeli offensive a year ago.
“Obviously Israel does not respond to language of diplomacy, which has encouraged the lifting of the blockade and so what I am suggesting is that it has to be reinforced by a threat of adverse economic consequences for Israel,” Richard Falk, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, told UN Radio.
The article also notes:
In a new policy brief, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), entrusted with promoting the integration of developing countries into the world economy, reported that more than 80 per cent of Gaza’s population are now impoverished; 43 per cent unemployed; and 75 per cent lack food security. “In view of the eroded productive base, poverty is likely to widen and deepen unless reconstruction begins in earnest and without further delay,” it warned.
Given Israel's response to this humanitarian cry from Falk, it is obvious that Israel's concern for Palestinians has reached a new low. And the world silence referred to is no doubt loudest from the US, who is funding it all. By contrast, the EU, governments and people alike, are becoming more intolerant Israel-US-Egypt's inhuman starvation of Gaza's people.
We saw a similar catastrophe in Iraq during the Clinton administration when the silly notion that Saddam could be overthrown if sanctions were imposed, instead led to the death of nearly a million people of starvation, especially infants and children.