Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Chris Patten: Israel's Gaza Blockade a "terrible failure – immoral, illegal and ineffective"

Harriet Sherwood writes from Gaza City in the Guardian this week on Chris Patten's powerful indictment of Israel's blockade. Chris Patten urges bolder EU approach over Middle East conflict

Former EU commissioner Chris Patten calls Gaza blockade an immoral failure and says bloc must be more independent.

Chris Patten said Israel’s relaxation of its blockade had not gone far enough.
The European Union must shake off US dominance and take a bolder approach in pressing for a settlement of the Israel-Palestinian conflict, the former EU commissioner Chris Patten said today on a visit to Gaza.

Israel's policy of blockading Gaza had been a "terrible failure – immoral, illegal and ineffective", he said, which had "deliberately triggered an economic and social crisis which has many humanitarian consequences".

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