Support Access to Education for Palestinians

Target: Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel

Goal: Lift the blockade of the Gaza Strip and allow Palestinians access to higher education

In 2007, following the Battle of Gaza, Israel and Egypt closed their borders with Palestine, effectively trapping 1.6 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip without easy access to basic supplies, jobs, medical care, and education.

The West Bank, which is part of the Occupied Palestinian Territories, is less than thirty miles from the Gaza Strip, but Israel’s blockade makes it impossible for Gazans to take advantage of the educational opportunities in the West Bank. Access to educational opportunities is a human right. Sign the petition and tell Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to lift the blockade and allow Gazans to access the educational opportunities they deserve.

Since it began in 2007, the blockade of the Gaza Strip has dramatically altered the lives of Palestinians living in Gaza. According to Amnesty International, over 70% of Gazans depend on humanitarian aid to survive. In 2010, Israel and Egypt both loosened the restrictions they had imposed on the Gaza Strip; Israel moved to allow more items for civilian use to cross the border, while Egypt maintained restrictions on supplies crossing the border and instead allowed people to more freely cross from Gaza into Egypt.

However, Israel, the country separating the Gaza Strip from the West Bank, still has not allowed Gazans to move freely across the Israeli border. As a result Palestine’s territories are divided and there is almost no opportunity for Palestinians to move between the West Bank and Gaza.

The unfortunate result of this is that many Gazans miss out on higher education opportunities in the West Bank or are denied the opportunity to study abroad. Tell Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to put an end to the cruel deprivation of human rights in Gaza–sign the petition asking Israel to lift the blockade on the Gaza Strip and give Palestinians access to higher education and educational opportunities outside of Gaza.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Prime Minister Netanyahu,

The right to an education is something that many people take for granted, while many others struggle for it. The people of the Gaza Strip fall into the latter category. The Gaza Strip blockade prevents many Palestinians from accessing educational opportunities in addition to basic supplies, medical care, and employment. I urge you to consider Gazans’ human right to access education and lift the blockade on the Gaza Strip.

The current blockade on the Gaza Strip makes it impossible for Gazans to take advantage of educational opportunities beyond their own borders. Studying abroad is out of the question, and Gazans cannot even access higher education in the West Bank, another Occupied Palestinian Territory.

Whatever the greater political issues at play, individuals have the right to get an education. Please support that right by lifting the blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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