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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Israeli high court upheld Gaza supply cuts

On January 30, 2008, the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that the Israeli government can continue to cut supplies of fuel and electricity to the Gaza Strip, rejecting legal challenges by human rights groups claiming that the blockade deprived Gaza residents of basic humanitarian needs in violation of international law. Israeli officials say that withholding fuel and energy supplies is the only option open to the Israeli government aside from a full-scale military operation against Hamas, which has refused to halt indiscriminate rocket attacks against Israeli positions from Gaza. In its ruling, the court held that Israel is required to act against terror organizations in accordance with the norms of international law but that the reduced supplies currently allowed into Gaza "fulfill the vital humanitarian needs of the Gaza Strip at this time."

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Learn more about Israeli policy in Gaza from the JURIST news archive, and consider the situation of Gaza in light of analysis by Guest Columnists Victor Kattan and Amos Guiora on JURIST Forum, and that of Marc D. Stern on JURIST Hotline.

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