For five years, Gazans have lived with the effects of a punitively restrictive blockade enforced by Israel on the one side and Egypt on the other. The blockade, initiated following the election of Hamas, delegitimizes the real needs and concerns of the people living in Gaza, a place that has been referred to as an open-air prison of 1.5 million people. Gazans are systematically deprived of nutritious food and the means to grow it [wait, what about those greenhouses?], clean water, safe housing and the opportunity to rebuild it. Israel still controls all access points in conjunction with Egypt. It prevents fishermen from going out far enough in the harbour to catch fish and it prevents farmers from using the rich agricultural land near the borders.
Therefore, I will be a delegate on the Canadian Boat to Gaza, the Tahrir, part of Freedom Flotilla II, which will be carrying humanitarian aid.
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So much stupid in one paragraph.