On the legality of the naval blockade on Gaza security running

According to international law, the sovereign right to enforce the blockade and prevent entry of vessels to the coast under blockade. Legal review

תאריך: 04/11/2011, 13:29    
מחבר: מערכת אתר צה”ל

On the Security Minister 3.1.09 of imposing blockade off the coast
The Gaza Strip over a distance of 20 miles from the beach. The message has been published in several international channels and delivered twice a day to the ships vessels up to 300 miles from Israel’s shores. The Declaration includes the geographic boundaries of the closure.

Blockade (Maritime/Naval blockade) is a measure of national law designed to prevent the entry of vessels into ports or beaches that are under the control of the enemy (in this case the Hamas and the Palestinian terrorist organizations), as well as port them to the open sea.

The naval blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip of security purpose, Hamas is a terrorist organization, whose aim is to hurt the State of Israel and its people. Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist organizations in Gaza, building up constantly and used the sea as a pipe for transporting weaponry that harm residents of Israel and mediate to attacks against IDF forces and the State of Israel. An example of the transfer pipe, can be found on the ship “Victoria”, which was captured by naval forces, when carrying on board weapons and large quantities of weapons that their destination is Gaza. The aim of this transference, and ship propulsion using terrorist groups Amal and thus harming Israel residents security.

This case and previous cases prove that the blockade on Gaza is necessary to maintain the safety of the residents of Israel. Starting from imposing blockade on a cell surface, qualified the side closure to prevent any entrance and exit of the vessel under quarantine. This guidance conceals significant security implications, in circumstances
Such as those in which there is concern that the enemy will use the broker for and despite voicing alarm at Hizbollah for attacks IDF forces and the State of Israel.

In accordance with international law, in order that the blockade would be binding on the country that laid him in his practice and prevent the entry of vessels to the coast under blockade, and avoid the closed port out to sea. In light of these obligations and the necessary substantive security stands at the base of the closure, the IDF have enforced the closure on the Gaza Strip effectively once imposing and of the space vessel closure and exit to the sea. The closure enforced non-discriminatory for all craft.

According to international law, it is prohibited to impose a blockade if the only purpose of starvation
The civilian population or that night her essential to the survival Center. As mentioned above, the closure
The Gaza Strip’s maritime security purpose clear, and obviously not intended to bring the population starves or revoke measures essential to its survival.

Moreover, it seemed to the closure has no bearing on the scope of its humanitarian supplies into Gaza that is. The necessary humanitarian supplies to Gaza was transferred and moved in full through the land crossings, and in 1967 were not transferred to Gaza goods by sea. As a result, the siege of the closure in January 2009 will not hurt in any way in the supply of goods and products into Gaza, for over 40 years, at the very least, don’t do the same thing using marine transportation.

Since the disengagement plan implementation and termination effective control in the Gaza Strip, Israel State works continuously to allow equipment and products necessary for the Gaza Strip.
In that context, Israel announced explicitly state that no submission to deliver humanitarian supplies and basic supplies to the civilian population in the Gaza Strip.

Only during the last month transferred equipment on trucks 4,945 136,785 tons of equipment to the Gaza Strip through the Kerem Shalom crossing “” tiaomo of coordinator of government activities in the territories. Inter alia transferred 1,728 food trucks, 54, 66 clothing trucks trucks
Electronic equipment and 22 trucks including sport equipment, cars, washing machines and refrigerators.
Cooking gas transmission continued to Gaza, all shbsch were transferred to 2,575 tons of cooking gas into Gaza.

Translated from Hebrew