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reply to post by pikypiky
Being "charitable" should not be illegal, even if the aid is going to the "bad guys", who may "see the light" of "good will". But if there is a U.S. law that does not sanction this sort of "humanitarianism" as suggested, then it is illegal.
It noted that the territory is run by the militant Hamas group, a U.S. designated foreign terrorist organization, and that Americans providing support to it are subject to fines and jail.
UNITAF was charged with carrying out United Nations Security Council Resolution 794: to create a protected environment for conducting humanitarian operations in the southern half of Somalia.
As of 11 May 2011, it had been ratified by 170 countries, with the United States, Israel, Iran, Pakistan, and Turkey being notable exceptions. However, the United States, Iran, and Pakistan signed it on 12 December 1977 with the intention of ratifying it. According to an appeal by the International Committee of the Red Cross in 1997, a number of the articles contained in both protocols are recognized as rules of customary international law valid for all states, whether or not they have ratified them
Articles 17 and 81 authorize the ICRC, national societies, or other impartial humanitarian organizations to provide assistance to the victims of war.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is a private humanitarian institution based in Geneva, Switzerland. States parties (signatories) to the four Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their Additional Protocols of 1977 and 2005, have given the ICRC a mandate to protect the victims of international and internal armed conflicts. Such victims include war wounded, prisoners, refugees, civilians, and other non-combatants.
Originally posted by Majestic Lumen
Where does one sign up to contribute to this flotilla? Can anyone volunteer to join the humanitarian aid?
Originally posted by TDawgRex
reply to post by backinblack
I would like to see the list.
Have you considered my idea though? Not that it makes any difference, but what do you think?
Originally posted by TDawgRex
reply to post by TheSam
That’s quite extensive. But I am skeptical about it as the list was deduced from those within Gaza. A lot of it looks more like an opinion, rather than fact.
I would like to see the official Israeli list, just to see if it matches. After all, their banned goods list would tell the real story.
But they won’t release it. And they say that it is not necessarily the product that is not allowed, but rather the size and packaging. A pallet of paper could hide a lot of weapons. This is a economic blockade with the overall goal of having the people of Gaza overthrow Hamas.
I suspect that if Hamas would agree to a cease fire that most of these goods would be allowed in.