Jerusalem24 – According to local sources, the Israeli navy, today, detained two Palestinian fishermen off the shore of the As-Sudaniya area, northwest of Gaza city, and seized their boat.
Eye witnesses reported that the fishermen were sailing within three nautical miles when Israeli naval boats opened water hoses toward them before proceeding to detain them and confiscate their boat.
Fourteen years following the Israeli “disengagement” from Gaza, Israel has not actually disengaged from Gaza; it still maintains control of its land borders, its access to the sea and its airspace.
Two million Palestinians live the Gaza Strip, have been subjected to a punishing and crippling Israeli blockade for 12 years and repeated onslaughts that have heavily damaged much of the enclave’s infrastructure.
Gaza’s 2-million population remains under “remote control” occupation and a strict siege, which has destroyed the local economy, strangled Palestinian livelihoods, plunged them into unprecedented rates of unemployment and poverty, and cut off from the rest of the occupied Palestinian territories and the wider world.
Gaza remains occupied territory, having no control over its borders, territorial waters or airspace. Meanwhile, Israel upholds very few of its responsibilities as the occupying power, failing to provide for the basic needs of Palestinian civilians living in the territory.
Every two in three Palestinians in Gaza is a refugee from lands inside what is now Israel. That government forbids them from exercising their right to return as enshrined in international law because they are not Jews.