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last updated June 21, 2010
published June 2, 2010
Statement of John Holmes, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, on the Free Gaza Flotilla Crisis
Read more:  flotilla, Gaza aid convoy, aid convoy, UN, OCHA, Gaza, siege, blockade
Summary: UN Emergency Relief Coordinator issued a statement condemning dreadful waste of life in Israeli raid on Free Gaza Flotilla.
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Documents
UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Report on Israel
Arab Initiative, 2002
World Health Organization Gaza Fact Sheet - Jan. 20, 2010


Publications
The Intifada: An Overview of the First Two Years
Poll No. 85 - Intifada, the PA and ISIS
Poll No. 67, January 2009 - Palestinian opinions after the Gaza War


Background
War on Gaza
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Closure


Resources
Egypt's Gaza wall months from completion - Israel, Reuters, December 30, 2009
Press Release on the Palestinians in the World at the end of 2009, Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) (pdf)
Clinton says Israel has right to defend itself, Reuters, January 27, 2009


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Statement of
John Holmes, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, on the 'Free Gaza' Flotilla Crisis

(New York, 31 May 2010): As Emergency Relief Coordinator, I condemn this dreadful waste of life over a humanitarian issue. Whatever the truth about what happened, which the full investigation called for by the Secretary-General should establish quickly, such an incident should never have happened or needed to happen.

The blockade of Gaza by Israel has been unacceptable, unnecessary and counterproductive from its beginning in 2007. It has worsened conditions of life for one and a half million Palestinians, deepened poverty and food insecurity, prevented reconstruction, and increased aid dependence by destroying livelihoods and economic activity. It has helped only the extremists.

I call for this disaster to be the occasion for this collective punishment of the people of Gaza to be lifted once and for all.
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