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Ban: Israel's Gaza blockade 'unacceptable'
Published Sunday 27/12/2009 (updated) 28/12/2009 11:13
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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks in Gaza last January [MaanImages]
Bethlehem – Ma’an – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Israel to lift its blockade of Gaza on Sunday in a message marking the one-year anniversary of the attack on the Palestinian territory.

Issued through his spokesperson, Ban's message said “There is a sense of hopelessness in Gaza today for 1.5 million Palestinians, half of whom are under eighteen. Their fate and the well-being of Israelis are intimately connected.”

Ban called on Israel “to end the unacceptable and counterproductive blockade of Gaza, facilitate economic activity and civilian reconstruction, and fully respect and uphold international law.”

He also called on Hamas to “to bring an end to violence and fully respect and uphold international law.”

Israel imposed a blockade on Gaza in June 2007 after Hamas took full control of the territory. The border closure includes a ban on imports of building materials, which has prevented reconstruction from last winter’s three-week war.

The Israeli offensive left more than 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis dead.

In his message the UN chief also argued that the underlying causes of the war have not yet been addressed.

“Very few of the key elements for stability, as identified in Security Council resolution 1860, have been implemented,” Ban’s spokesperson said.

“While violence has been at lower levels this year, incidents continue and there is no durable ceasefire in place,” he added.
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1 ) Iyad / Sweden
27/12/2009 12:46
Its not true that only 13 israelis dead. More than 80 was dead, most of them soldiers. I dont understand why arabic and palestinian newspapers believe israeli sources more than palestinian sources!

2 ) whatever / Germany
27/12/2009 14:15
He also called on Hamas to “to bring an end to violence and fully respect and uphold international law.”
Hammas did not bring up the violence to end it, and also fighting for their thoughts is a legal thing. Isn't it?


3 ) Alison Weir / US
27/12/2009 19:48
Actually, only 9 Israelis were killed by Palestinian resistance fighters (4 were killed in "friendly fire"). Of these Israelis, only 4 were in Israel and only one was a civilian; the rest were invading soldiers. See the statistics, chronology, and additional facts at http://www.ifamericansknew.org/cur_sit/dec08.html The reality is that Israel, according to the usual pattern, first violated the ceasefire and then killed massive numbers of civilians...

4 ) Mary / usa
27/12/2009 21:33
I agree, it is unacceptable, now what is he going to do about it? The UN needs to get free of the US and stop supporting US/Israeli agenda. Sweden, Norway, Belgium, Switzerland, Turkey are leading the way... No compromises. I think the only stop for Israel will be force by the world community. Where are the UN soldiers on the green line? Boycott Egypt as well as Israel.

5 ) Joe Hill / Belgium
28/12/2009 00:25
Ban said it is unacceptable, and Israel answers so what and nothing happens.

6 ) Maureen / Australia
28/12/2009 00:42
"Unacceptable." A very mild word from Ban Ki-moon! Israel's Gaza blockade is an absolute crime against humanity impacted upon Israel's Cast Lead war crimes in Gaza.

7 ) Dr Vacy Vlazna / Australia
28/12/2009 04:11
What Ban Ki Moon says is utterly useless until there is the reform of the veto vote in the Securiy Council. "UNSC's five permanent members can prevent the adoption of any (non-'procedural') UNSC draft resolution not to their liking. "The Palestinian/Israeli matter shows the irrelevance of the UN while the US vetos every Resolution that demands Israel complies with international law.

8 ) Niva dos Santos / Brasil
28/12/2009 05:26
Pathetic! When a institution that was created to spread justice around the world has only the word "unacceptable" to say about the most infame crime of this new century, what to do? I got the answer - ARMED RESISTANCE! Who can blame Hamas and others reistence group to defend Palestinians when none more do that? To Ban - BETTER YOU SHUT-UP!
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