Israeli fuel sanctions against the Hamas-run Gaza Strip punish an entire population and are unacceptable, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said.
He spoke after Israel began reducing petrol and diesel supplies in line with its declaration last month that the Strip is a hostile entity.
Hamas seized control of the Strip in June from its Palestinian rivals Fatah.
The European Union also voiced concern at the Israeli cuts, calling them "collective punishment".
Ok, let's look at this from a purely simplistic point of view: why has Israel started these cuts?
Rockets are fired by Palestinian militants from Gaza into Israel on an almost daily basis. Israel withdrew all its settlements from Gaza in 2005.
Because the Palestinians have been constantly firing rockets into Israel from the Gaza Strip. And when we say "Palestinian militants" we mean, in fact, Hamas; the Palestinians elected Hamas and now... well, they got what they voted for.
In a statement read out by a spokesperson, Mr Ban urged Palestinian militants to end indiscriminate rocket attacks on Israel, which he condemned.
But he also stated his belief that the "punitive measures taken by Israel... harm the well-being of the entire population of the Gaza Strip".
Um... Yeah, I think that's rather the point, isn't it? After all, the Palestinian rocket attacks are designed to "harm the well-being of the entire population" of Israel: I would say that Israel is responding in a very restrained manner, personally.
Benita Ferrero-Waldner, EU commissioner for external relations, said on a visit to Jerusalem she was "very concerned" about the Israeli move though she understood Israel's "distress" over rocket attacks.
"I think collective punishment is never a solution," she said.
Tell that to the Palestinian
Can I point out that the Palestinian rockets are probably bought with UN and EU money? They've been funnelling money to the Palestinian Authority for many years without the faintest idea of how it's being spent. I mean, for fuck's sake, even the PA don't know how it's being spent...