- Feb 6, 2010
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BBC News - Israel forced to release study on Gaza blockadeThe Israeli human rights group Gisha, which campaigns against Israel's Gaza blockade, fought a long legal battle to get the Israeli ministry of defence to release this document.
Dated from 2008 and entitled, Food Consumption in the Gaza Strip - The Red Lines, it is a detailed study of how many calories Palestinians needed to eat to avoid malnutrition.
How can Israel claim that it is not responsible for civilian life in Gaza - when it controls even the type and quantity of food that Palestinian residents of Gaza are permitted to consume?
It breaks foods down into various categories including meat, dairy, vegetables and fruit.
Gisha says it explains the unusual restrictions which allowed some products such as cinnamon in, while others such as coriander were forbidden.
The "red lines" documents concluded that Israel needed to allow 106 lorryloads of supplies into Gaza every day to allow for the "daily humanitarian portion", which included basic food, medicine, medical equipment, hygiene products and agricultural inputs.
But Gisha says that during that time an average of only 67 lorryloads a day were allowed into Gaza.
This, the group says, compared to about 400 lorryloads which entered Gaza each day before the blockade was tightened in June 2007.