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