UN envoy accuses Israel of imposing collective punishment on Gazans
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The United Nations has accused Israel of imposing collective punishment on over 1.7 million Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip.
U-N human rights investigator Richard Falk says the viability of Gaza needs urgent attention and cannot be left to the mercies of continuing Israeli occupation.
Tel-Aviv has kept the tiny coastal enclave under a choking naval, land and air blockade for several years allegedly for security reasons.
The Palestinian NGO network, which represents over one hundred and thirty civil society organizations, has demanded that Israel be held accountable for its grave violations.
Echoing the U-N human Rights statement, the Popular Committee against Siege has also accused Israel of causing unemployment among Gazans by preventing the entry of raw materials to factories in Gaza.
The commercial crossing that is controlled by Israel allows only limited amounts of goods into the coastal territory.
During various Israeli military aggressions on Gaza, hundreds of factories were either partially or fully destroyed resulting in thousands of workers losing their source of income.
Some factories in Gaza are partially operating by using raw material brought in via underground tunnels with Egypt.
Factories that once used to employ hundreds of workers are now able to hire just a handful due to lack of raw material and essential spare-parts for their machines.
With the world turning a blind eye to Israeli human rights violations it remains to be seen if the blockade will be fully lifted anytime soon
Amid Israel's crippling blockade of the coastal enclave, rights groups blame the international community for their silence on the ongoing suffering of the people in Gaza.