Human rights organizations in Israel petition the HCJ: fuel and power supply to the Gaza Strip must be renewed immediately, to prevent an irreversible humanitarian catastrophe המוקד להגנת הפרט
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11.01.2009
Human rights organizations in Israel petition the HCJ: fuel and power supply to the Gaza Strip must be renewed immediately, to prevent an irreversible humanitarian catastrophe
Human rights organizations in Israel petition the HCJ: fuel and power supply to the Gaza Strip must be renewed immediately, to prevent an irreversible humanitarian catastrophe

Israel has been blocking steady supply of fuel and power to the Gaza Strip for many weeks. As a result, Gaza hospitals have had absolutely no power and are currently powered by emergency generators only. Nearly a million civilians have no access to electricity or clean water. Water and sewage systems have also collapsed, as without a steady supply of power and fuel they are unable to provide clean water and basic sanitary conditions. By preventing the supply of fuel and electricity, Israel is violating its obligations under international humanitarian law, which tasks the State with providing for the needs of the civilian population over which it maintains effective control. In response to this petition, the State claims, inter alia, that it has been supplying fuel and power as steadily as possible. 

On 9 January 2009, the Court held a hearing on the petition. The HCJ ordered the respondents to submit an update by 13 January regarding the repair of power lines in the Strip. 

To view the petition dated 7 January 2009 

To view the State's response dated 8 January 2009

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Israel has been blocking steady supply of fuel and power to the Gaza Strip for many weeks. As a result, Gaza hospitals have had absolutely no power and are currently powered by emergency generators only. Nearly a million civilians have no access to electricity or clean water. Water and sewage systems have also collapsed, as without a steady supply of power and fuel they are unable to provide clean water and basic sanitary conditions. By preventing the supply of fuel and electricity, Israel is violating its obligations under international humanitarian law, which tasks the State with providing for the needs of the civilian population over which it maintains effective control. In response to this petition, the State claims, inter alia, that it has been supplying fuel and power as steadily as possible. 

On 9 January 2009, the Court held a hearing on the petition. The HCJ ordered the respondents to submit an update by 13 January regarding the repair of power lines in the Strip. 

To view the petition dated 7 January 2009 

To view the State's response dated 8 January 2009

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