Communist Party of Israel

On Tuesday, April 27, Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) announced it was lifting the total prohibition on Gaza’s fishermen from accessing the sea off the coastal enclave, thereby reversing the restrictions it implemented in two stages beginning only 48 hours earlier. On Sunday, April 25, GOGAT had reduced the Gaza “fishing zone” from 15 to nine nautical miles in response to the launching of three dozen rockets from Gaza towards Israel on late Thursday night and early Friday morning, April 22-23. On Monday, April 26, following a small number of additional missile launches, GOGAT imposed a total ban on Gazans’ accessing the sea “until further notice,” thereby collectively punishing the entire fishing sector for actions by Palestinian militants over whom the former have no control. Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of Gaza (Photo: Eman Mohammed) According to Gisha, an Israeli NGO whose goal is to defend the freedom of…

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Israel Lifts Ban on Gazans’ Access to Sea, Illicit Collective Punishment