Israel had a grand idea. In order to raise awareness of breast cancer, they are painting a fighter jet pink. Ironically, it raised more awareness about how Israeli apartheid leads to the death of innocents. A blockade in Israel prevents Palestinian women in Gaza from accessing treatment and, according to Medical Aid for Palestine (MAP) the deaths are the highest number of fatalities in a month on record.
According to MAP, 2017 may be the worst year yet. According to MAP CEO, Aimee Shalan, "Denying women access to potentially life-saving treatment is indefensible. It underlines both the severity of the humanitarian emergency in Gaza and the urgent need for man-made barriers to accessing health care to be lifted."
For a decade, <a href="https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2017/9/27/gaza-cancer-patients-die-as-israeli-blockade-prevents-treatment">the Gaza Strip has been under a stringent Israeli blockade</a>. The sole crossing in Egypt has also been closed for the most part. MAP is currently calling on the UK and other governments to demand an end to the closure and blockade of Gaza calling it "collective punishment" by the UN and International Commmittee of the Red Cross. As of July, the UN has already warned that Gaza may be "unlivable."
"We predicted some years ago that Gaza would fast become unlivable on a host of indicators and that deadline is actually approaching even faster than we predicted – from health access, to energy to water," reported Robert Piper, a humanitarian official for the UN in the Palestinian territories. Electric power only available two hours a day, lack of access to medical care and rampant employment as well as <a href="http://www.news24.com/World/News/how-israel-engages-in-water-apartheid-20171021">depletion of water resources, or "water apartheid"</a> are major issues facing those sequestered in Gaza.
Israel may think twice before the next time they try to "raise awareness" about issues that they exacerbate.