Isabel Kershner writes: “Israel’s blockade of Gaza, which it describes as a security imperative, is more than decade old and restricts the movement of people and goods in and out of the Palestinian territory”

​(NY Times, ​“Israeli Military Kills 15 Palestinians in Confrontations on Gaza Border” ​March 30)​

​Isn’t it also relevant to note that every humanitarian and human rights organization describes the blockade as collective punishment that constitutes a flagrant violation of international law?

Does Israel’s “security imperative” justify poisoning 1,000,000 children, as they are forced to drink contaminated water because of the blockade?

Does Israel’s “security imperative” justify denying patients in desperate need of medical care abroad the right to leave?