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When humanitarian aid demeans political rights for Palestinians

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As Gaza tries to impede the spread of coronavirus, humanitarian aid, albeit necessary, is yet another reminder of how the international community continues to deny Palestinians their political rights and, as a result, the opportunity for autonomous decision-making.

In March, Qatar announced it will provide $150 million to help Palestinians thrive during the pandemic. To prevent further possible spread of the virus at distribution centres, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) delivered food supplies to Palestinians in their homes in Gaza.

The measures are a painful reminder of the illegal Israeli blockade imposed upon Gaza, which remains normalised by the international community despite the occasional calls to lift the siege. Furthermore, the constant bombing of Gaza, brought to attention only when Israel decides to embark on a long, wide scale aggression, is another reason why Palestinians remain so dependent upon........

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