Dear friends and colleagues,
Will you join us in our fight against Israel’s attacks on Gaza’s fishermen?
Last week, we updated you about an urgent letter we sent to the Minister of Defense and COGAT demanding an end to Israel’s decision to block all exits of goods from the Strip via Kerem Shalom. On Sunday, thanks in part to our action, Israel re-opened the crossing.
The block impacted traders and suppliers across Gaza’s industries. Fishermen were particularly vulnerable, as fish can’t be stored without electricity and electricity is a sparse resource in the Strip. One fish trader told us that in one day alone, Israel’s decision cost him a loss of some 300,000 NIS or close to 80,000 USD. He said: “I couldn’t process what I heard about the crossing being closed to exit of goods. In Gaza, we’re sick of this reality that robs us of control over our destiny.”
Daily, fishermen in Gaza are subject to restrictions on access to the sea and violent enforcement of those restrictions by the Israeli navy. Sale of fish outside the Strip has also been restricted since August last year, in an act of collective punishment.