Carter says Gaza residents are treated like animals
Two-year-old blockade "an atrocity"
Jul 14, 2009
Former president Jimmy Carter is calling Israel’s two-year-old blockade of Gaza an “atrocity” and saying that people there are being treated like animals. “Tragically, the international community largely ignores the cries for help, while the citizens of Gaza are being treated more like animals than human beings,” said Carter in a June 16 speech.
Carter’s remarks came during visits to Syria, Israel, the West Bank and Gaza following monitoring of Lebanese elections June 7 by observers from the Atlanta-based Carter Center.
At Cairo University, Carter said that Palestinians in Gaza are being “starved to death” and that they receive fewer calories daily than people in the poorest parts of Africa.
“It’s an atrocity what is being perpetrated as punishment on the people in Gaza,” said Carter, as quoted in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. “It’s a crime. . . . I think it is an abomination that this continues to go on.”