Head of the Popular Committee for Resisting the Siege (PCRS), Jamal Al-Khadri, called on the world to work on making 2017 the year that ends the Israeli siege on the Gaza Strip. He confirmed that a number of Arab and international parties agreed to work together to achieve this.

During a press conference and march on Thursday, attended by a number of PCRS members and dozens of citizens near the Beit Hanoun/Erez crossing yesterday, Al-Khadri stressed the need for joint Palestinian, Arab, Muslim and international work to end the illegal and immoral siege.

He noted that all of the international and UN reports, and even the Israeli reports, talk about the dangerous situation in Gaza and warn against the dangers the situation causes. These require an immediate response to end the suffering that has continued for a decade.

Al-Khadri also stated that 1.5 million citizens rely mainly on relief aid provided by Arab and international institutions. They are not enough and do not meet their needs, noting that the average daily income for an individual is $2, while 80 per cent live under the poverty line.

The PCRS head added: “Our people are persevering and are patient despite their suffering, but the need more action and work in order to reinforce this perseverance.”

He reiterated his call to immediately end the Palestinian division and unite in the face of the Israeli policies and measures that affect the Palestinians in Gaza by means of the siege and closure, in the West Bank by means of the Separation Wall and settlements, and in Jerusalem by means of the attempts to Judaise the city and persecute Jerusalemites as well as Arab-Israelis.

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Imagine if Zionists decided on Argentina instead of Palestine (Fun fact: Argentina was actually considered by Zionists, along with Uganda.) and then expelled thousands of indigenous Argentinians when establishing the Jewish state, and then said “What the hell are you complaining about? There’s tons of other Spanish countries you can move to. Let Jews have this one country for ourselves so we can be safe.” And that’s how stupid Zionists sound when they say that Palestinians can/should just go to “any of the many Arab countries”, because Arab countries aren’t interchangeable any more than Spanish speaking Latin American countries are. Iraqis aren’t interchangeable with Jordanians just like Peruvians aren’t interchangeable with Chileans.