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Israel’s Blockade of Gaza: Legal & Humanitarian Implications

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Forty Americans will take to the high seas days from now in a nonviolent effort to challenge Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip. They do so just one year after Israeli commandos killed eight Turkish citizens and one American in international waters during the first Gaza Freedom Flotilla.

The Israeli government says its blockade is legal and that it hasn’t impacted negatively on the lives of ordinary Gazans, claims that have been vigorously challenged by human rights groups and international legal experts.

Please join us as we examine these and other questions related to Israel’s siege and blockade of Gaza with a panel of experts on international law and humanitarian affairs.

Maria LaHood is the Acting Legal Director at the Center for Constitutional Rights, which she joined in 2003. She specializes in international human rights litigation, seeking to hold government officials and corporations accountable for torture, extrajudicial killings, and war crimes abroad.

Khalil Shaheen, Director of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Unit (ESC) in the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR)

Yousef Munayyer (Moderator), Executive Director of the Jerusalem Fund and the Palestine Center in Washington DC