Abrahamic Initiative on the Middle East

Grounded in Abrahamic Theology

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Gaza talking points

Under continued Israeli blocade. 1.7 million people in a strip 25 miles long and 5 miles wide (roughly the size of the Triangle region of NC). 

Five crossings from Israel have been closed since 2008.  The sixth crossing from Egypt has been closed since 2013.

The US State Department classifies Gaza as under occupation as well as under siege with three major military assaults on the area since settlers were removed in 2005.  In addition to major assaults there are periodic air assaults and incursions into the area.   

There is no symmetry in the number killed or injured in Gaza vs. Israel.  http://www.btselem.org/statistics 

Israel provokes attacks. http://www.camera.org/index.asp?x_context=7&x_issue=20&x_article=2326 

Tunnels from Egypt destroyed after Morsi ousted completely cutting off Gaza from much needed supplies and goods.  http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.579493 

In latest major military assault, Operation Pillar of Cloud, in November of 2012 there were 1350 air strikes.   

Gaza water crisis  http://www.btselem.org/gaza_strip/gaza_water_crisis 

An old man in Gaza held a placard that read: “You take my water, burn my olive trees, destroy my home, take my job, steal my land, imprison my father, kill my mother, bombard my country, starve and humiliate us all, but I am to blame: I shot a rocket back.