The European Left denounces the increasing Israeli attacks on Gaza that has been observed during the past weeks, and the intensification of the Israeli blockade, at a time when the people of Gaza are also suffering from the growing spread of the Corona virus. Society has been locked down to prevent contageon by the virus, but this is also worsening the confinement of the two-million inhabitants of Gaza who are already confined in a very small area.
These attacks should be seen on the background of Israeli perception of a strengthening of its hand due to the normalisation of relations to the autocratic United Arab Emirates.
International organizations express concern about the humanitarian consequences of the deterioration of the situation. Furthermore as a shortage of fuel to the power plant, due to the blockade, has created cuts and shortage of electricity which threaten not only the functioning of ordinary life but also of the hospitals.
We demand an end to the aggression and the blockade and support the protests in the Gaza Strip against the attacks. The EU and the international community should condemn this new violation of international law by Israel.
We reiterate the need to call for the respect of the rights of the Palestinian people, their rights of return and the full recognition of the Palestinian state.