At least 242 Palestinians, including 66 children, were killed in the latest Israeli attack on Gaza. Like past attacks, this round of bombing has destroyed homes and businesses, damaged infrastructure, and fractured lives. It also occured at a time when the COVID-19 virus is spreading through Gaza. A cease fire has now been realized, but that is not enough.
Immediate action is needed to demand an end to the blockade and to guarantee that measures are taken to ensure appropriate care for Palestinians in Gaza impacted by the virus.
The Israeli military blockade on Gaza has been in place for more than 14 years, with increasingly devastating impacts on the health, well-being, and livelihoods of Palestinians in Gaza. Even prior to this current crisis, the United Nations and other international actors had warned that Gaza was "unlivable" and ripe for the outbreak of a devastating epidemic. Overcrowding, broken water and sanitation systems, depleted stocks of basic medicines and vital medical supplies, and an overburdened and under resourced health system all leave Gaza unable to cope with the current outbreak of COVID-19. During this latest attack, the doctor in charge of Gaza's COVID-19 response was killed, and the primary COVID-19 testing center in Gaza was destroyed. This has severe consequences for the over 2 million residents of Gaza.
Take action today. Ask Congress to support changes to U.S. policy toward Gaza by calling for an immediate, complete, and unconditional end to the Gaza blockade.