Lifting ban on ship movement key sign of ending Gaza blockade: Palestinian activists

07:53, July 19, 2010      

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A Palestinian anti-siege activist on Sunday said opening a waterway between Gaza and the world would be the key sign to prove that Israel has lifted the blockade on the enclave.

Jamal Al-Khoudary, an independent lawmaker and head of the Popular Committee Against Siege, said that Israel's new policies towards Gaza "are still for media and sidelined and did not tackle the core crisis of the siege."

In addition to allowing ships to sail and dock in Gaza, Al- Khoudary said Israel must open all crossing points and allow unconditional process of import and export while allowing people to move between Gaza and the West Bank.

Earlier this month, Israel lifted the ban on all consumer goods to Gaza, but still restricted the badly needed construction supplies and raw materials, making Gaza businesses unable to revive.

Al-Khoudary noted that despite the relaxation of the blockade, "Israel still holds containers of goods belonging to Gaza merchants in its ports."

"Those containers are loaded with goods and raw materials these merchants have imported legally," Al-Khoudary said, noting that the importers should pay to keep these containers placed in Israeli warehouses.

Israel has eased Gaza blockade to calm down an international outcry following its deadly raid on an international aid flotilla bound for Gaza on May 31.

Source: Xinhua

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