Cease Failure: Rethinking seven years of failing policies in Gaza

Hundreds of thousands of people in Gaza fled the bombing. When families returned to Shujaiya in eastern Gaza during a brief 12 hour pause, many found their homes completely destroyed (July 2014). Iyad al Baba/Oxfam

Unless long-term solutions are found to ensure economic growth and sustainable development in Gaza, frequent military escalations will only continue, increasing insecurity for Israelis and Palestinians alike.

The most recent escalation of violence in Gaza and southern Israel has come at terrible human cost. More than 1,500 civilians in Gaza, and six in Israel, have been killed. Over 100,000 Palestinians have been left homeless and vital civilian infrastructure worth billions of dollars has been destroyed in Gaza. The recent ceasefire announcement is certainly a welcome one, but is only the first step on a long road toward lasting peace.

Unless long-term solutions are found to ensure economic growth and sustainable development in Gaza, frequent military escalations will only continue, increasing insecurity for Israelis and Palestinians alike. The Israeli government’s implementation of a policy of separation – politically and physically isolating Gaza from the West Bank – has resulted in the fragmentation of the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) and is a major obstacle to the chances of lasting peace.

The conflict between Palestinians and Israelis requires a long-term political solution that begins with a lasting ceasefire, continues with the end of the blockade of Gaza, and ends with a negotiated peace based on international law.

Cease Failure 

Cease Failure
Rethinking seven years of failing policies in Gaza

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Publication Date: 
August 2014
Publication Author: 
Lani Frerichs (Oxfam Novib), David Andrés Viñas (Oxfam GB) and Nicola Bay (Oxfam Novib)