UN chief says Gaza blockade ‘collective punishment’,

UN chief says Gaza blockade ‘collective punishment’, calls for ending it

Gaza, June 28 (IANS) United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday called for ending the Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip and described it as “collective punishment”.

Ban, who is on a day-long visit to Gaza, said in a press conference in a UN-run school that the “blockade on Gaza suffocates its residents, destroys its economy and impedes reconstruction operations”, Xinhua news agency reported.

“The blockade is a collective punishment which must be ended and be held accountable,” he said, adding that the UN is always with the people of Gaza and knows the difficult living conditions they are experiencing.

He pointed to the electricity shortage in Gaza and the unemployment that hit 50 per cent among the coastal enclave’s youths.

“We must speak openly about the unacceptable hardships faced by the people of Gaza in light of the humiliation, occupation and siege, as well as the division between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank,” Ban said.

He called for uniting the West Bank and Gaza under a democratically elected government based upon the political programme of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO).

Ban also thanked donors for their efforts in the reconstruction of Gaza, pointing out that 90 per cent of the schools and hospitals were reconstructed.

He stressed that the international community “has a great responsibility to work continuously and seriously to achieve peace”, and that the UN will continue to work for a future without occupation and injustice, and for the establishment of a Palestinian state to live side by side with the state of Israel.

Ban’s visit to Gaza came at the end of a tour in the Middle East.

Before leaving on Tuesday night, Ban will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem and Palestinian officials including Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and President Mahmoud Abbas.


  1. This guy, similar to Left, Congress supporters and stenographers in India, has no idea what the reality is. It’s very easy to point finger at India, Israel and other responsible parties and lecture them on importance of peace and tolerance. But you will never see an iota of honesty in these guys to call out the daily destruction by practitioners of peace!!! Here is the latest in series – this time in Istanbul Airport!!!


  2. How many Hindus and Sikhs live in today’s Afghanistan? As per the latest reuters report, there are less than 250 families left!! Yes – less than 250 families!! Now compare this to minority population in Bharatha. One Kalladka or one punjaalakatte, small dots on dakshina kannada district map, have more minorities than the total population of hindus and sikhs in entire Afghanistan!!!! Still, bigots from minority communities in India are busy complaining about ‘intolerance’ and ‘saffron’ terror!!! What a joke!!


  3. “Still, bigots from minority communities in India are busy complaining about ‘intolerance’ and ‘saffron terror!!! What a Joke!!” – PyereLallu ThyampaNNE

    Kuda suru malthe namma Cacofonix aka Yumreekan Rampe. Well, in case you are saying that the RSS/BD jokers are pure Altar boys, you better take a look at this:


    Well, for all we know, it could very well have been a ‘doctored’ video – full of lies and uploaded by the ISIS, Boko Haram, Taleban etc.

  4. Look at how pathetic is Praveena Pinto’s propaganda is!! He posts a link to video from 2014 listing incidents from 2006 and 2007!!!!!!!! This is in response to my post on Istanbul attack (this week) and reuters report on afghanistan(this week)!!! The list is still going on with one from Dhaka today!!! Not a day goes by without seeing headlines on practitioners of peace and the peaceful acts all over the world. One can list a dozen incidents on any given WEEK by these peaceful groups. In response, what does Praveen do? He brings up the same old incidents from 2006-2007 to show how scary Hindus are!!!! wooooo…I am scared!! Yes – one or two incidents in more than 10 years is as bad as a dozen incidents every week!!!! LOL How sad is this!!! LOL LOL LOL How does Beef Club produce so many geniuses? LOL

  5. “He posts a link to video from 2014 listing incidents from 2006 & 2007” (and hang on……..EIGHT (8) exclamation marks – Our Yumreeki ThyampaNNA

    Arre Thyampu, if the 2014 video lists out incidents from 06 & 07, does it in ANY WAY dilute the facts that those attacks/blasts/terror happened AND the identity/background of the perpetrators? Ijjatha ya Rampa?

    What missed your attention (which is on par with that of a gnat to begin with) is that there are idiots & fanatics in EVERY religion. Some have plenty MORE and some have less BUT they are all condemnable. What YOU were trying to portray (quite repeatedly that too) is that your RSS chelas who wear skirts are all bulbuls (girl scouts) while people of a certain religion/community are ALL barbarians. (Of course, the Daesh are outright barbarians, make no mistake). However, you can’t paint ALL the people of a particular religion with the same brush while painting people of another particular community snow-white – i.e., are all saints.

    You see, ONLY a Rampa would do that. Oops! ‘Me porgetto’! YOU are Rampa, indeed. So, you can’t help it. So, carry on Thyampu. 🙂

  6. “…does it ANYWAY dilute the facts that those attacks/blasts/terror happened….” writes joker Pinto justifying why he brought up incidents from 2006 in response to incidents from this week.

    Well, here is the point Praveena Pinto keeps either missing or ignoring. (Given his intellectual level, former must be true). It is not about ignoring facts. Rather, it is about the proportion. His side commits dozens of atrocities every week. He has to go all the way back to 2006 to point out a similar one from sanaathana folks. Clearly, he is the one who is trying to dilute the seriousness of threat we are facing from practitioners of peace. He (and Beef Club) wants to hide reality and deflect focus on something else – be it vimaana nildaana or Dhaka!! Now, the real challenge is to explain this simple logic to this Saudi-returned genius!! Can someone please help? LOL

    • “His side commits dozens of atrocities every week” – RampaNNA

      Which side? The anterior part or the posterior? Well, it looks like the Amazon Drone has send your Rs. 182/- copy of the Rapidex to some of your daiji’s in Somalia. Well, ask him to send it back to you and I guess we can have a decent conversation at least. Good luck ya Rampa. 🙂

  7. Going by his gibberish and failed attempts in securing visa, Rapidex has done no good to Praveena Pinto who bought first copy probably back in late 70s!! LOL LOL He should focus on his ‘farm’ experience and IIT ‘Maaasters’ working at Saudi Arabian oil companies for peanuts!! What a genius – Talks about the same old 2006 incident in response daily attacks from this week!! LOL

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