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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
Spate of Gaza suicides raises red flags
Sept. 26, 2012
Iran says Gaza aid delegation to go on Lebanon ship
June 26, 2010
Irish groups to buy ship for new Gaza aid flotilla
Aug. 30, 2010


Multimedia
US boat to Gaza turned back by Greek commandos
Democracy Now interviews Gaza flotilla participants
Gaza Blockade
al-Jazeera Int. interviews its reporter aboard the Mavi Marmara


Documents
EU's Catherine Ashton speech at the European Parliament on the situation in Gaza
French Consulate's Translation of Statement of Bernard Kouchner, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs on the Israeli Operation Against the Peace Flotilla
Gaza closure: not another year!


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


Background
Health (Israeli)
Wall
Closure


Resources
Egypt's Gaza wall months from completion - Israel, Reuters, December 30, 2009
Cairo's plan B, Gamal A. G. Soltan, Bitterlemons, January 14, 2010 Edition 2 Volume 8
Statement Following the Israeli Security Cabinet Meeting, Israeli Prime Minister Office, June 20, 2010


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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