Israeli Government Documents Show Deliberate Policy to Restrict Food to
Saturday 06 November 2010
Documents, whose existence were denied by the Israeli government for over a year, have been released after a legal battle led by Israeli human rights group, Gisha. The documents reveal a deliberate policy by the Israeli government in which the dietary needs for the population of
In 2007, when
The documents are even more disturbing, say human rights activists, when one considers the fact that close to half of the people of
This release of documents also severely undermines
Gisha's director, in relation to the release of documents, said, "Israel banned glucose for biscuits and the fuel needed for regular supply of electricity – paralyzing normal life in Gaza and impairing the moral character of the State of Israel. I am sorry to say that major elements of this policy are still in place."
In its statement accompanying the release of the documents, Gisha wrote
The documents reveal that the state approved "a policy of deliberate reduction" for basic goods in the
Commentator Richard Silverstein wrote
Despite the disturbing nature of the documents, which show a calculated policy of deliberate undernourishment of an entire population, no major media organizations have reported the story.
The full text of the released documents, and the original Freedom of Information Act request filed by Gisha, can be found on Gisha's website.
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