Sari Bashi: No to collective punishment
November 18, 2012. Gisha Executive Director Sari Bashi wrote an article for Open Zion in response to suggestions to restrict movement of people and goods into Gaza in order to apply pressure on the Strip’s population. From the article:
“That plan is neither humane nor progressive. It was tried between June 2007 and June 2010, when Israel imposed severe restrictions on the movement of people and goods into and out of Gaza as part of what it called "economic warfare," designed to change the behavior of militants and political leaders by making civilians suffer, including by paralyzing their economy. The policy indeed crippled Gaza's economy—unemployment rose to 45 percent as factories and farmlands were idle, unable to bring in raw materials or to send out finished produce and products—but Israeli security experts agreed that the shortages only strengthened the central government in Gaza, to whom the unemployed looked for jobs and financial assistance”.