Action is needed to end the Israeli military blockade of Gaza.
The Gaza blockade has been in place for more than 16 years, with increasingly devastating impacts on the health, well-being, and livelihoods of Palestinians in Gaza. Restrictions on the import and export of goods from Gaza has led to general unemployment rates of over 45 percent, rising to over 70 percent among women and youth. The Gaza economy has been destroyed and over 80 percent of the population is dependent on international assistance to survive. Attacks on Gaza and the blockade have damaged water and sanitation systems, depleted stocks of basic medicines and vital medical supplies, and destroyed key electrical infrastructure resulting in a situation where people's basic needs cannot be met.
Gaza is in the news when there are attacks or airstrikes by Israel, but Palestinians in Gaza remain deprived of freedom and rights even when bombs are not falling. Under the blockade, people lack reliable access to health care, clean water, electricity, and vital services—and are unable build and develop the Gaza economy.
This situation cannot continue.
Ask Congress to support changes to U.S. policy toward Gaza by calling for an immediate, complete, and unconditional end to the Gaza blockade.