Breaking the Impasse

Ending the humanitarian stranglehold on Palestine

Published: 27 November 2007

The upcoming Israeli–Palestinian meeting in Annapolis, Maryland provides an opportunity to address the humanitarian crisis, which is an essential step for successful negotiations leading to the end of the occupation of Palestine, and for delivering a just settlement and lasting peace for Palestinians and Israelis alike. The promise of the Annapolis meeting can only be achieved if negotiations end the siege of Gaza, lift debilitating restrictions on the movement of people and goods, and end settlement expansion in the West Bank, while ensuring all parties uphold international humanitarian and human-rights law and protect civilians.