Leaders of the international donor community are meeting in Cairo on 12 October to pledge billions of dollars for Gaza’s reconstruction… again. Just five years ago, this same donor community met in Egypt and pledged billions to reconstruct Gaza following a previous round of hostilities.
Millions of people heard you when you called for #Freedom4Gaza! We thank you for your support for ending the blockade on Gaza and restoring full human rights to the Palestinian people, including freedom of movement. As Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in Gaza yesterday, “Being born in Gaza is not a crime…There can be no peace in the Middle East…while the crisis in Gaza festers.”
Thank you for taking a stand, but our work has just begun. With over 53,000 Palestinians still displaced in our collective centres and up to 80,000 Palestine refugee homes impacted, your help is needed. To learn how you can help, please visit the Gaza emergency page.
We, the international humanitarian community, academic institutions, civil society and concerned individuals, demand an end to this familiar cycle of destruction and reconstruction. We demand that those with the power to influence address the underlying causes of the hostilities. Reconstruction must not be overshadowed by the fear of another round of destruction. Aid is not a substitute for human rights. While pledging billions for reconstruction, let us remember that the denial of freedom can never lead to lasting peace.
The people of Gaza must have freedom of movement, freedom of access, freedom to trade, freedom from aid dependency and freedom from the fear of death and destruction. They have been living under the Israeli-imposed blockade for seven years. We say with one voice: “Yes to reconstruction, yes to lifting the blockade and yes to #Freedom4Gaza.” Safeguarding Israel’s security must come with respect for the dignity and humanity of the Palestinian people. Palestinians, too, have legitimate security concerns and the right to live free from death, destruction and fear. They are being denied a future. That future must be restored.
Please join your voice to the millions calling to the international donor meeting in Cairo for #Freedom4Gaza. With just one click you can tell world leaders that precious aid money cannot be squandered in the now familiar cycle of reconstruction and destruction. There is no lasting solution without lifting the blockade. Never again, enough is enough.
Our Regional Youth Ambassador Mohammed Assaf Supports #Freedom4Gaza