Turkish Foreign Minister calls Gaza an “open prison”

September 30, 2010

Speaking at Harvard on Tuesday, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu called Gaza an “open prison” and stated, “Enough is enough.”

The criticism of Israel’s blockade on Gaza came during a q&a session following the Turkish official’s speech at the Harvard Kennedy School. Freedom Forward thanked Mr. Davutoğlu for his government’s support of humanitarian aid activists who challenged Israel’s blockade by sea.

During the q&a session, Freedom Forward asked what future Turkish foreign policy would be regarding Gaza.  Mr. Davutoğlu’s response was blunt and to the point:

Today in Gaza, 1.5 million people are living in an open prison. I saw the bodies of children from Gaza after the attacks of Israel in December 2008, using phosphoric bombs [in] a place where people are living in a concentrated manner and you are attacking from the air. It is unacceptable. We can not be silent to this tragedy.

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Urge the UN to Investigate Israeli attacks on Gaza Aid Activists!

May 31, 2010

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On May 31st, the Israeli Navy intercepted a six-ship flotilla that was transporting 10,000 tons of humanitarian aid and supplies to Gaza.

Early reports indicate that Israeli soldiers illegally boarded the ships in international waters and killed at least 9 activists.

Urge the UN to launch an independent investigation into the Israeli Navy’s attacks. Join the call for an end to the Israeli and Egyptian blockade of the Gaza people.

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BBC Photos: “Gaza’s new mud homes”

May 27, 2009

 

From BBC:  “Gazans have begun building with mud.  Under Israel’s blockade, building materials cannot enter the Strip, leaving the owners of several thousand homes destroyed in the recent conflict unable to rebuild.”