IDF (Zahal) continues to ensure the lives of Palestinian civilians in Gaza are affected as little as possible by the legal maritime security closure

Date: 30/11/2011, 1:02 PM     Author: COGAT Website, IDF (Zahal) Website

During this quarter the Gaza Strip exported 30% more goods in comparison to last year and unemployment rates decrease to the lowest they have been in the past decade.

The international community deemed the Gaza Strip closure legitimate and the Palmer report declared it to be a legitimate security measure in accordance with international law.

The legitimacy of Israel maritime security closure was supported by the Palmer reported published on September 2nd, 2011. The report says that the maritime naval closure on Gaza is a security measure and is in accordance with international law. According to the report, the source of the measure is the threat to the security of Israel from extremist groups in the Gaza Strip – terrorist organizations smuggling weapons both via land and sea, and firing rockets at Israeli southern communities.

In maintaining the legal maritime closure, the IDF (Zahal) and Israeli authorities make sure to affect the lives of Palestinian civilians living in the Gaza Strip as little as possible while maintaining the security of Israeli civilians and soldiers. The IDF (Zahal) and the Coordination of Government Activity in the Territories (COGAT) work to ensure this standard and improve the lives of Gaza civilians.

The daily crossing of 100 Palestinian businessmen from the Gaza Strip into Israel has been approved as well as the crossing of thousands of Palestinians into Israel for medical treatment and other humanitarian purposes.

Professional Palestinian bodies enter Israel for conferences and programs in Israel on a daily basis. Additionally, Palestinians are allowed to leave for worship and other religious purposes in Israel and abroad.

Dozens of Palestinian farmers and representatives of the international community attended professional conferences about the export process held at the Gaza Coordination and Liaison Offices (CLO) and at land crossings during November, 2011.

176 projects in the Gaza Strip were approved, 70 of which are already underway and many other already completed. The projects include housing solutions providing 1918 new living units and health reforms upgrading six hospitals and building seven additional clinics. An educational project will renovate and construct 57 new schools and nurseries.

Several of the projects address infrastructure problems, 27 directed at water and sewage purification. 18 agriculture projects were approved, constructing greenhouses and cold storage rooms for fruits and vegetables, and rehabilitation of soil and water sources.

Transfer of building materials to the private sector factories in the Gaza Strip was approved, in coordination with Israel and the international community. The first delivery of raw materials and equipment to ten different private factories took place on November 15, 2011.

4,497 trucks of goods entered the Gaza Strip every month on average during the past nine months, a 96% increase in comparison to last year. Textiles and furniture produced in Gaza will now be exported to countries all around the world. Israel has been transferring water to the Gaza Strip and delivering equipment to improve electricity production in Gaza.

The international community rejected the claim that Israel’s closure is illegal and expressed its opinion that humanitarian aid can be transferred to Gaza civilians efficiently and without provocation.