06/20/2010

Israel was just playing a 'game'


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Israel Closes Gaza Trade Crossings

Just a day after having announced it would ease restrictions, Israel has once again closed all trade crossings leading to the Gaza Strip.

Under international pressure, Israel declared on Thursday that it agreed to a plan to ease the blockade of Gaza.

Pundits say Israel made the move to assuage the world's anger over last month's attack on the Freedom Flotilla which left nine Turkish activists dead.

Hamas officials responded immediately, saying that Israel's decision to ease the blockade of Gaza is a trick to deceive the international community so that it can continue the siege of the territory.

“The trade crossings' closure will end on Sunday, unless Israel once again extends it,” Border Crossings Authority official Raed Fattouh said in Gaza on Saturday.

He stated that Israel declared the crossings open on Thursday and then shut them down on Friday.

Israel has permitted the entry of some 200 selected items in recent weeks, but most goods allowed into Gaza are food products in addition to wood, aluminum, and glass, he explained.

Fattouh added that the permitted goods do not satisfy the needs of the people of Gaza since construction materials and materials needed for factories and other basic supplies are still not allowed in.

(Press TV)

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The news that Israel wanted 'ease much of its land blockade on the Gaza Strip hoping to stop growing international criticism following the assault on a flotilla of aid ships in which nine activists were killed', was just a cynical 'game' of Israel and her political friends (United States, Europe, United Nations, Tony Blair, Egypt,).

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The UN-comedy 6/17/2010

'Situation in Gaza must Change': Top UN Official

A top UN official has bristled at Israel's "failed policy" toward Gaza-bound aid convoys and said the UN is ready to take responsibility for the safety and distribution of humanitarian assistance.

In an open briefing, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry told the UN Security Council that "the flotilla crisis is the latest symptom of a failed policy" and the "closure and blockade of the Gaza Strip needs to come to an end," the Ma'an new agency reported.

Serry also said the UN is ready to accept responsibility on an exceptional basis to ensure the safety and distribution of aid cargoes of the three Turkish-registered ships.

The Israeli military attacked the Freedom Flotilla in international waters in the Mediterranean Sea on May 31, killing nine Turkish citizens on board the M.V. Mavi Marmara and injuring about 50 other people who were part of the team on the six-ship convoy.

Israel also arrested and later released nearly 700 activists from 42 countries who were on board the ships of the Freedom Flotilla, which was attempting to break the siege of Gaza in order to deliver 10,000 tons of humanitarian assistance to the long-suffering people of the territory.

The attack sparked widespread criticism across the globe and calls for Israel to lift its crippling blockade on Gaza.

Serry said there is international consensus on Gaza, adding that it is fully agreed by the diplomatic Quartet (the UN, the European Union, Russia, and the United States) that there must be a fundamental change to the situation.

(Press TV)

Posted by: Mork | 06/20/2010

Israeli Trick 6/17/2010

Hamas: Easing Gaza Siege Israeli Trick

Hamas says Israel's decision to ease the Gaza blockade is a trick to deceive the international community, so that it can continue its siege of the impoverished sliver.

"This is a new trick aiming at enhancing the siege's image and securing its continuation instead of lifting and ending it," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told Xinhua on Thursday.

Instead of a partial ease of the blockade, the people of Gaza "need the siege to be completely lifted, all crossing points open and securing the movement of all people and goods, mainly raw materials, instead of increasing the amount of goods," he added.
Meanwhile, Ismail Radwan, another senior Hamas official told AFP that Israel is trying “to obscure the international decision to completely lift the siege on the Gaza Strip."

Israel endeavors to relieve the mounting international pressure and continue the blockade, he added.

On Thursday, the Israeli security cabinet announced plans to ease its land blockade on the Gaza Strip.

The decision came in response to international outrage at Israel's deadly attack on a Gaza-bound aid convoy last month which intended to break the three-year siege.

The bloody onslaught killed 9 international activists onboard the Flotilla and left 50 others injured.

(Press TV)

Posted by: Mork | 06/20/2010

dirty tricks Israel announces to ease blockade in English, denies it in Hebrew - PressTV 100619

Posted by: ANP | 06/20/2010

la levée totale du blocus de Gaza… 21 juin 2010

Rien d’autre que la levée totale du blocus de Gaza…Rien d’autre que la levée totale du blocus de Gaza…

Décrétée "entité hostile" par Israël, la Bande de Gaza subit depuis juin 2007 un blocus quasi total.

Le gouvernement israélien a annoncé qu’il laisserait désormais passer à Gaza toutes les marchandises ne figurant pas sur une liste de produits interdits.

Autrement dit un allègement du blocus, qui permettrait d’acheminer davantage de « biens civils » vers ce territoire appauvri où quatre personnes sur cinq dépendent de l’aide internationale.

Il est quasiment impossible pour les Palestiniens de sortir de Gaza, que ce soit pour recevoir des soins médicaux ou pour d’autres raisons (visite à des proches parents, aller à l’université ou travailler).

Les mesures limitant l’entrée de biens civils ainsi que la liberté de mouvement de la population et interdisant presque totalement les exportations visent les civils dans leur ensemble sans distinction, ce qui représente une punition collective contre une population occupée et constitue dès lors un acte illégal aux yeux du Droit international.

Les habitants ne reçoivent presque aucun produit de première nécessité. Les médicaments, les carburants, les aliments, plus rien ne passe. Les stations de pompage d'eau ou de production d'électricité, les hôpitaux, les maternités, les écoles, et d'une façon générale tous les services les plus indispensables à la vie quotidienne sont bloqués. La ville de Gaza, est régulièrement plongée dans le noir suite à l'arrêt forcé de l’unique centrale électrique bombardée lors de la guerre de l’hiver 2008-2009, sous l’appellation « Plomb durci ».

L'agriculture, secteur vital de l'économie locale, est réduite à néant par les interdictions d'exporter et par les pénuries de matières premières nécessaires aux exploitations agricoles. Le secteur de la pêche est aussi paralysé. Tous les programmes de reconstruction, y compris ceux des Nations unies (réaménagement du réseau routier et de la voirie, reconstructions d'hôpitaux et d'établissements scolaires, etc) sont stoppés. Plusieurs centaines de médicaments de base manquent dans les dispensaires.

Les services municipaux d'hygiène (adductions d'eau, égoûts, traitement des déchets, ramassage des ordures, etc) sont hors service faute d'électricité, de carburants et de pièces de rechange.

Faut-il rappeler que les journalistes ou parlementaires étrangers souhaitant se rendre compte de la situation dans la Bande de Gaza, sont tout simplement refoulés par Israël ?

Cette situation est intolérable, dramatique et inhumaine. Pourtant la Communauté internationale brille par son inertie et son silence.

La décision israélienne d’élargir la liste des biens entrant à Gaza est vide de sens et ne constitue pas un véritable changement dans sa position sur la levée du blocus imposé depuis trois ans.

Cette annonce d’un allègement du blocus indique clairement qu’Israël n’a pas l’intention de mettre fin à la punition collective infligée à la population civile de Gaza, mais cherche à calmer l’indignation mondiale que sa dernière opération meurtrière contre la flottille humanitaire a provoquée. C’est de la poudre aux yeux, et cela ne convient donc pas.

Des millions de citoyens européens ne peuvent plus tolérer ni les crimes sionistes, et encore moins qu’ils ne fassent l’objet de la moindre condamnation de leurs responsables politiques.

De par leur inertie et leur silence, les représentants de la communauté internationale se rendent complices de crimes qualifiés de « génocidaires » par Richard Falk lui-même, et ce avant même que les opérations meurtrières israéliennes aient débuté.

Le Peuple Palestinien, ne fait pas l’aumône et ne demande pas une augmentation de la quantité de marchandises entrant à Gaza mais la levée totale et véritable du blocus, y compris l’ouverture de tous les points de passage, la garantie de la liberté de mouvement des habitants et l’entrée de tous les biens, en particulier les matériaux industriels et de construction.

Tous les besoins de Gaza doivent être satisfaits, y compris en électricité et en carburant, ainsi que la levée de toutes les restrictions bancaires, ce que la décision israélienne ne prévoit pas et qui signifie dès lors que le blocus est toujours en vigueur.

Le peuple Palestinien ne demande rien d’autre que la JUSTICE.

L'atrocité du blocus de la Bande de Gaza est justifiée par la campagne de «diabolisation» du HAMAS afin de légitimer un autre parti, le Fatah, qui n’a pas été choisi par le peuple palestinien.

Qu’on le veuille ou non, le Hamas est un parti politique qui a un écho certain auprès du peuple palestinien. Pourquoi serait-il considéré comme mouvement terroriste ?

Ses actions, si elles sont estimées comme étant condamnables par Israël et la Communauté Internationale, ne le sont certainement pas moins que celles commises par Israël mais totalement passées sous silence par cette même Communauté Internationale.

Le Hamas doit donc être respecté en tant que parti politique élu par le peuple palestinien, et être reconnu comme interlocuteur au même titre qu’un autre pour représenter son peuple.

Force est de constater qu’Israël, les Etats Unis et l’Union Européenne veulent choisir leurs interlocuteurs. Il doit être mis un terme à cette stratégie.

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Posted by: ANP | 06/22/2010

Tony Blair: comedian War Criminal Meetings
Tony Blair (Mason) Praises Benjamin Netanyahu (Mason) on Gaza Blockade

Posted by: Mork | 06/22/2010

Israel: false promises Gaza's top UN official says Israel needs to take quick action to alleviate blockade hardships
Published June 21, 2010 | Associated Press

NUSSEIRAT, Gaza Strip (AP) — Students in this refugee camp study in stifling hot metal shipping containers, and there's no space in the crammed U.N. classrooms for thousands of incoming first graders because Israel's blockade of Gaza has kept out supplies for building schools.

At Gaza's largest hospital, dialysis patients live in fear of frequent power cuts, and the CT scanner is used only for the most urgent cases because there are no spare parts to fix its failing cooling system.

Since the violent 2007 takeover of Gaza by Hamas — an Islamic militant group responsible for firing thousands of rockets at Israeli border communities — Israel has let in only limited humanitarian supplies, including basic foods and medicine.

Construction materials, which Israel maintains Hamas could use to make weapons and build bunkers, were barred; the vast majority of Gaza's 1.5 million people could not travel, and a ban on trade has wiped out tens of thousands of manufacturing jobs.

Now that Israel is promising, under international pressure, to ease the restrictions, aid officials say urgent action is needed. Israel must move "within days, not months," Gaza's top U.N. aid official, John Ging, said Monday.

During the three-year blockade, the U.N. has been forced to put nearly $110 million worth of construction projects on hold, including six schools, five clinics and 2,300 apartments for Gaza's poorest and those made homeless by past Israeli military operations.

Signaling a change of course, Israel's Cabinet said Sunday it would allow all goods into Gaza, except for weapons and items deemed to have a military use. Israel insists on maintaining its sea blockade and inspecting overland cargo to keep weapons and missiles out of the hands of Gaza militants.

Israel remained vague Monday about how and when it expected to deliver more goods to Gaza. Officials outlined procedures that suggested a slow pace, despite a White House call for quick changes in the blockade policy.

In coming days, Israel will review building projects with representatives of international organizations, including the U.N., said Maj. Guy Inbar, a Defense Ministry official. If there are no security concerns, talks will begin on how much material is needed, he said.

Such a procedure was in place during the blockade, but only one U.N. construction project was ever approved and then only after the direct intervention by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Cement and other building materials were delivered only last month.

Now the pace is expected to pick up, Inbar said.

Israeli TV stations showed footage Monday of trucks entering Gaza with building materials, and government spokesman Mark Regev pledged quick movement of goods.

But many questions remain unanswered, including whether Israel will allow full trade, seen as key to reviving industry and creating jobs. Israel currently operates only one land crossing, but the government said it will open others if needed and if security concerns are addressed.

Even before the blockade, most of Gaza's 119 U.N. schools were overcrowded, running morning and afternoon shifts with as many as 50 students crammed into a classroom.

With no new schools being built and a third shift deemed unacceptable, even by Gaza's harsh standards, alternatives were hard to find. One principal rented space outside his school to store supplies so he could turn a storage room into another classroom.

In the Nusseirat refugee camp, the U.N. turned 17 shipping containers into a school for nearly 900 middle school boys at the start of the 2009-2010 school year.

Principal Hamdan al-Hor said parents initially did not want to send their children there, but conditions became more tolerable when he mounted fans to circulate the stifling hot air.

Welders cut openings for doors and windows and whitewashed the metal walls, transforming the containers into classrooms, as well as a small science lab, a library and a computer rooms. A sandy lot serves as a playground.

U.N. schools tend to be bare-bones, and Al-Hor said his students scored the best test results in central Gaza despite the no-frills setup.

He said he keeps telling his students: "You don't have land, you don't have money, you are poor, and all you have is education."

Still, even the container model couldn't be copied elsewhere because Israel stalled on U.N. requests to allow in dozens more containers, with the first batch only arriving toward the end of the school year, U.N. officials said.

One of the planned new schools for 1,000 students is a five-minute walk from the Nusseirat container school, but will take six months to build. In the meantime, Ging says he doesn't know where to put about 7,000 first graders set to join U.N. schools across Gaza in September.

Gaza City's Shifa Hospital, which is run by the Hamas government, is also barely hanging on.

Construction of a new surgical wing has been on hold for three years, though ostensibly building could have continued with supplies smuggled through hundreds of smuggling tunnels under the Gaza-Egypt border. The U.N. is barred from using smuggled goods, but Hamas-run facilities face no such restrictions.

Spare parts for medical equipment, while permitted by Israel, are slow to come in. Shifa's CT scanner, one of only five in Gaza, has been operating at one-fourth of capacity because of missing parts requested five months ago, said technician Adel Abu Sultan.

He allows only urgent patients with head trauma or stroke to book appointments, and everyone else is turned away.

In the dialysis department, some 200 patients have had to cut back from three to two sessions a week to ease the load on 30 machines hit by frequent power cuts, said Dr. Mohammed Shitat, head of the department.

Patients live in fear of the outages, because it can take a few minutes for generators to spring into action. In the meantime, precious blood running through the machines' tubes often clots and has to be thrown away, he said.

Dialysis patient Jafar al-Beik, sitting in a lounge chair while undergoing dialysis, said he went through a power cut a week ago. Asked if he was now more hopeful, with the promised easing of the closure, the 58-year-old shrugged. He's only counting on Allah, he said.

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Associated Press Writer Mohammed Daraghmeh in Ramallah, West Bank, contributed to this report.

Posted by: Mork | 06/23/2010

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