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last updated June 1, 2010
published June 1, 2010
Statement by US Consulate in Jerusalem on Free Gaza Flotilla
Read more:  Freedom Flotilla, convoy, humanitarian aid, aid, closure, blockade
Summary:
News
‘Fly-in‘ planned for Eastern Easter Sunday
April 10, 2012
‘Tahrir‘ ship pulls out of dwindling flotilla
July 10, 2011
‘Viva Palestina‘ flotilla allowed passage through Egypt
Oct. 16, 2010


Multimedia
Gaza Blockade
Gazans decry tax increases
al-Jazeera Int. interviews its reporter aboard the Mavi Marmara
Al-Jazeera Int: Israel boards aid fleet


Documents
OCHA - The Humanitarian Monitor - February 2009
Call from Gaza for Global Response to Killings on the Freedom Flotilla
Checkpoints and Barriers: Searching for Livelihoods in the West Bank and Gaza


Publications
No Exit: Israel‘s Curfew Policy in the Occupied Palestinian Territories
Poll No. 87 - July 2016 - Local Elections & Stalled Negotiations
Palestinian Education: A Threat to Israel‘s Security?


Background
Checkpoints
Closure
Gaza aid convoys and flotillas


Resources
"The West Bank Barrier" OCHA, April 2009
A New Look at the Tanzimat: The Case of the Province of Jerusalem, by Haim Gerber, 1989
OCHA report on Nablus, February 2007


Document Text
Philip J. Crowley
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Public Affairs
Washington, DC
May 31, 2010

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The United States deeply regrets the tragic loss of life and injuries suffered among those involved in the incident today aboard the Gaza-bound ships. We are working to ascertain the facts, and expect that the Israeli government will conduct a full and credible investigation.

The United States remains deeply concerned by the suffering of civilians in Gaza. We will continue to engage the Israelis on a daily basis to expand the scope and type of goods allowed into Gaza to address the full range of the population’s humanitarian and recovery needs. We will continue to work closely with the Government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority, along with international NGOs and the UN, to provide adequate access for humanitarian goods, including reconstruction materials, through the border crossings, while bearing in mind the Government of Israel’s legitimate security concerns. However, Hamas’ interference with international assistance shipments and work of nongovernmental organizations, and its use and endorsement of violence, complicates efforts in Gaza. Mechanisms exist for the transfer of humanitarian assistance to Gaza by governments and groups that wish to do so. These mechanisms should be used for the benefit of all those in Gaza.

Ultimately, this incident underscores the need to move ahead quickly with negotiations that can lead to a comprehensive peace in the region.
Document Text
Philip J. Crowley
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Public Affairs
Washington, DC
May 31, 2010

________________________________________

The United States deeply regrets the tragic loss of life and injuries suffered among those involved in the incident today aboard the Gaza-bound ships. We are working to ascertain the facts, and expect that the Israeli government will conduct a full and credible investigation.

The United States remains deeply concerned by the suffering of civilians in Gaza. We will continue to engage the Israelis on a daily basis to expand the scope and type of goods allowed into Gaza to address the full range of the population’s humanitarian and recovery needs. We will continue to work closely with the Government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority, along with international NGOs and the UN, to provide adequate access for humanitarian goods, including reconstruction materials, through the border crossings, while bearing in mind the Government of Israel’s legitimate security concerns. However, Hamas’ interference with international assistance shipments and work of nongovernmental organizations, and its use and endorsement of violence, complicates efforts in Gaza. Mechanisms exist for the transfer of humanitarian assistance to Gaza by governments and groups that wish to do so. These mechanisms should be used for the benefit of all those in Gaza.

Ultimately, this incident underscores the need to move ahead quickly with negotiations that can lead to a comprehensive peace in the region.
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