Gisha was invited to testify before the Turkel Committee on Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Mon., October 4, 2010: Gisha received an official invitation today from the Public Commission to Examine the Maritime Incident of 31.5.10 to testify and offer information regarding the closure of Gaza and its impact on the civilian population there.

Gisha will tell the Commission that the maritime closure of Gaza was and is illegal, because it is motivated not just by security considerations but also by a desire to exert pressure on the civilian population in Gaza, as part of a policy of collective punishment.

The invitation came after Gisha asked the Committee to call human rights organizations to testify, out of concern that information supplied by the government was incomplete. As a result, the Committee invited Gisha, as well as others including Physicians for Human Rights-Israel and B’Tselem.

Gisha has submitted documents to the Commission revealing that a primary goal of Israel’s restrictions on the movement of goods into Gaza was to paralyze the economy, as part of what it called "economic warfare" against the Hamas regime. International law permits restrictions whose purpose is to preventing the entrance of war materiel but does not allow Israel to prevent the passage of goods which are clearly civilian in nature.

Gisha will testify before the Committee on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at 13:00, in the Reut Conference Room at the Yitzhak Rabin Guest House, 1 Nachman Avigad Street, Givat Ram, Jerusalem.