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The American people must stand up and be counted against the Gaza blockade

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In a rare act of political intervention, former US First Lady Laura Bush rebuked the Trump administration for its “zero-tolerance” policy toward illegal migrants. Writing in The Washington Post on 17 June she condemned the policy as cruel and immoral. She added: “And it breaks my heart.”

Between 5 May and 9 June more than 2,300 children were forcibly separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border. Most of them were fleeing violence and oppression in countries allied with America, including El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.

Mrs Bush must be commended for her candour and decency. But, to the same degree that she and the majority of Americans – 58 per cent – have disapproved of the president’s policy, they must also speak out against the torment that Palestinians in the Gaza Strip suffer at their border crossings. What they experience at their crossings with Egypt and Israel is no less cruel and immoral. It is shocking, disgraceful and inhumane.

There are compelling reasons why the American people must stand up and be counted against the blockade and ill-treatment of Gaza’s population. The countries that perpetrate this policy, Egypt and Israel, are the largest recipients of US economic and military aid not just in the Middle East but globally. The largesse which they receive does not come from The Trump Organisation – it comes from the hard-earned taxes paid by American voters.

Unlike the crisis on the US-Mexican border which erupted under the current administration, the tragedy on Gaza’s border crossings has been festering for more than a decade.

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