Posted by on June 14, 2010 in Blog

The European Union (EU) called on Israel today to immediately lift the siege on Gaza, deeming the policy “unacceptable.” The EU Foreign Affairs Committee stated that opening Gaza’s crossings for the flow of humanitarian aid should be “immediate, sustained and unconditional.” The EU also condemned the use of violence during Israel’s deadly raid on the humanitarian flotilla that was headed to Gaza two weeks ago, and called for “credible international participation” in the investigation in order to acquire to confidence of the international community.
As it does only in rare and urgent cases, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) departed from its typically neutral political stance today by also calling on Israel to lift the blockade, describing the situation in Gaza as “dire,” and the blockade as a “clear violation of Israel’s obligations under international humanitarian law.”
For the full EU statement, click here (PDF).
For the full ICRC statement, click here (PDF).