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Oxfam reaction to Israel easing the blockade
Following the announcement by the Israeli security cabinet that it will liberalize the system by which civilian goods enter Gaza and expand the inflow of materials for civilian projects under international supervision:
Oxfam recognizes the Israeli security cabinet’s announcement as a welcome step in the right direction. However, it is a far cry from the full lifting of the blockade that is urgently needed.
Only a full opening of all crossings to people and goods, including exports, can be the breakthrough that will enable Gazan civilians to restore their economy and escape the poverty the blockade has entrenched. The international community must press for the blockade to be fully lifted, rather than only eased.
Catherine Weibel, Oxfam Media & Communication Lead, Jerusalem / West Bank / Gaza
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