Over 1.6 million Palestinians are being held in the Gaza Strip under an Israeli blockade in response to several attacks six years ago. Nearly 65% of Gaza’s population is under the age of 25, although many would like to emigrate or study abroad, they’re currently restricted.
Gaza students are considered ‘potential threats’ by Israel, and if the blockade continues the next generation will be less educated and have less professional expertise. In addition to stunting the intellectual growth of future generations, the blockade has caused widespread poverty, power shortages, as well as nearly 50% unemployment.
Stand with organizations like Amnesty International: urge the Israeli government to lift the blockade and help Palestinian students gain access to education.
Photo Credit: Nikola Solic/Reuters
Photo Caption: A student holds a placard during a protest at Hebrew University in Jerusalem against Israel's offensive in Gaza December 29, 2008.
To: President Barack Obama, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry
Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are isolated and frustrated. Young citizens are unable to pursue an education outside the blockade, while schools in the Gaza Strip are overcrowded and financially strained.
If Gaza universities don’t offer the programs students want, they often forgo their academic aspirations altogether. There are not enough classrooms, teachers, supplies or schools to educate the amount of young people seeking an education.
I stand with organizations like Amnesty International: the Israeli blockade needs to be lifted for students in the Gaza Strip to reach their potential.
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