You can really see the impact of regional politics when comparing the sea ports on the Mediterranean Sea at Ashdod, Israel and Gaza, occupied territory. These ports are just a short distance from each other. You can see plenty of freight coming and going in Israel, whereas the port in Gaza is completely empty due to the illegal imposition of an Israeli military blockade. This is crippling to society and economy in Gaza, where the lack of imported goods makes daily life difficult for 1.6 million people. Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention specifically prohibits this kind of collective punishment.