EU resolution lambastes Israel over Gaza Strip isolation policy
In early 2008, the EU responded to Israel's recent killing of 300 Gazan civilians with this statement:
"The policy of isolation of the Gaza strip has failed at both the political and humanitarian level," the European Parliament said in an adopted resolution. "The civilian population should be exempt from any military action and any collective punishment. The European Parliament calls on Israel to cease military actions killing and endangering civilians, and extrajudicial targeted killings," the EU resolution said.
European Union lawmakers urged Israel on Thursday not to inflict "collective punishment" on Gaza's population, saying its isolation of the territory had failed and its actions were endangering civilians.
They urged Israel to lift a blockade which has cut supplies to the 1.5 million people living in Gaza, run by the Islamist group Hamas, and let in aid and essential goods and services.