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Al Mezan and Partners to the Human Rights Council: Gaza is Uninhabitable and Unnoticed as Israel’s Restrictions Tighten

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20 August 2020

For 53 years, Israel has maintained a prolonged military occupation over the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, in what constitutes the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). For 13 years, Israel has maintained a comprehensive land, sea, and air blockade and closure over the Gaza Strip, imposing unlawful collective punishment over two million Palestinians. The closure, which has undermined all aspects of life in Gaza, denying Palestinians the enjoyment of all rights and freedoms, including their right to self-determination and right of return, has resulted in profound levels of poverty, aid-dependency, food insecurity, and unemployment, as well as the collapse of essential services, including healthcare.