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Campaign update

On 20 August 2014, backed by your signatures, Act for Peace and twelve of Australia’s biggest international humanitarian and development agencies wrote to Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, calling on the Australian Government to urgently push for a permanent ceasefire in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel, and unhindered access for humanitarian assistance for civilians in Gaza.

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Will you join a global call to lift the blockade of Gaza? 

Write to Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and demand she publically call for Israel to lift the blockade of Gaza and end the suffering. The time to act is now

The people of Gaza have been suffering for 8 years under an illegal blockade. Israel, as the occupying power is bound by international law to ensure adequate public health standards and medical care is provided to the population under occupation.

But The World Health Organisation says the public health system in Gaza is nearing collapse . There are chronic shortages of health supplies and spare parts and many essential drug stocks are close to zero supply. Services are completely overstretched.

The United Nations has repeatedly raised concerns about the humanitarian situation for the nearly 2 million Palestinians living in Gaza, and recently warned that it was “more isolated than ever”.

With your help, we can demand that the Australian Government call on Israel to lift the blockade. Will you join us? Add your name now.
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Email Julie Bishop

This campaign is now ended. Thank you for joining a global call to lift the blockade of Gaza.

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Dear Minister Bishop,

I am writing to you out of deep concern.

As you know, Gaza has been shattered by the third conflict in six short years. Women, children, the elderly and disabled continue to suffer from the ongoing legacies of war. The UN estimates there are now over 370,000 children in need of trauma counselling. Reconstruction goals point to decades rather than years.

Israel’s seven year blockade of Gaza has paralysed the movement of people, goods and humanitarian aid to and from Gaza with dire consequences on the health and well-being of the 1.8 million people living in the Gaza Strip. Compounding this, eight months on from the conflict, little reconstruction work has been completed owing to a lack of delivered funds and an intractable system that prevents rebuilding and recovery efforts in the Gaza Strip, leaving thousands of families homeless and without access to essential services.

The blockade continues to prolong the humanitarian crisis for the citizens of Gaza and contributes to the ongoing cycle of conflict in the region. The blockade is preventing vital humanitarian aid, medicine and basic supplies including materials needed for reconstruction from entering the territory. It is also keeping sick people from accessing critical healthcare outside the Gaza Strip. The World Health Organisation says the public health system in Gaza is nearing collapse. Drug stocks are close to zero supply and services are overstretched.

I urge the Australian government to use all diplomatic efforts to lift the blockade of Gaza and ensure the effective movement of persons, goods, equipment and humanitarian aid to ease the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and provide a platform for rebuilding and development growth. Additionally, I urge meaningful action to find permanent peace solutions for Palestinians and Israeli’s based on the foundations of international law.

Yours sincerely,

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