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Published:July 3rd, 2011 14:53 EST
Ending Israel's Free Access to EU Markets Will End the Illegal Blockade of Gaza

Ending Israel's Free Access to EU Markets Will End the Illegal Blockade of Gaza

By SOP newswire2

Israeli law does not, and cannot, extend either to Gaza or to international waters. The blockade is a `collective punishment` that is according to the UN illegal under the Geneva Conventions and international law. 

This Israeli siege, now in its 5th year of punishing over a half a million Muslim families, is only able to be implemented as a result of the extraordinary economic benefits of having being afforded the privilege, as a non European state, of being given access to the combined markets of the 27 member states of the EU.  

This privilege should be immediately withdrawn by the EU, whereupon Israel will once again revert to being just a somewhat small and insignificant Mediterranean state of just 8m - unable to mount any illegal blockade against an innocent indigenous people. 

The blockade of Gaza is illegal according to the United Nations.    If anyone is still unsure, please read the Geneva Conventions on Human Rights to appreciate the differencebetween a legal blockade against an enemy with whom you are at war in order tosecure your borders and population, and the collective punishment of a civilian population of 1.6 million unarmed people as an act of deliberate oppression by a heavily armed expansionist regime who will kill at will.

C. Dale