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Blockaded Gaza ‘Faces Disaster’

Posted on Nov 14, 2008

The construction of gigantic walls around the Gaza Strip limited transportation from there into Israel to about a half-dozen key entry points, and recently the Israeli government closed even those.

It’s been only about a week since Israel closed the border into the Gaza Strip, denying the occupied territory humanitarian supplies and fuel and even blocking journalists, but the UK-based aid group Oxfam is already warning that Gaza “faces disaster” if the blockade is not immediately broken.

A comprehensive guide to the Gaza Stripe blockade is here.

The BBC:

The UK-based aid agency Oxfam has warned of catastrophe for Gaza and nearby areas of Israel if a truce agreed last June is not maintained.

Oxfam called on world leaders to do everything they could to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza and urged Israel to resume supplies without delay.

Israel has shut border crossings in response to rocket attacks from Palestinian militants in Gaza.

Earlier Israel fired missiles at targets in northern Gaza.

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By Folktruther, November 15, 2008 at 9:37 pm Link to this comment

The Zioonist NYTimes has already come out for a bigger, more expensive military, at a time that the US is headed into a depression.

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By Folktruther, November 15, 2008 at 9:34 pm Link to this comment

You’re right, Tony, a key to halting US imperialism, and the fraudulent War on Terrorism, is stopping Zionism.  Which, however,  doesn’t look like it can be done in an Obama presidency.

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By leilah, November 15, 2008 at 5:56 pm Link to this comment

In Gaza:
Itaf Yazji arrived at the Shati distribution center Saturday, only to find it locked.

“What shall we eat now?” said the 54-year-old mother of five, who also cares for a disabled relative. Yazji said she had been waiting anxiously to pick up food because her family ran out of rice and flour.

Last night at the White House:
Washington, Nov 15 (PTI) As they discussed the global financial meltdown at a working dinner in the White House, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other leaders of the G-20 were treated to a range of mouthwatering dishes from quail and lamb to eggplant fondue, a Swiss delicacy. The banquet hosted by US President George W Bush and First Lady Laura Bush was attended by top world leaders like Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Chinese President Hu Jintao, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

The office of the First Lady said the menu included ‘fruitwood-smoked quail with quince gastrique’, ‘quinoa risotto’, ‘thyme-roasted rack of lamb’, ‘tomato, fennel and eggplant fondue’ and a salad course of ‘endive’, ‘baked vermont brie’ and ‘walnut crostini’. To top the meal in the State Dining Room of the White House, there were ‘pear torte’ and ‘huckleberry sauce’.

I see a bad moon arising.

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By PatrickHenry, November 15, 2008 at 4:02 pm Link to this comment

By Howard, November 14 at 4:39 pm #

“If rockets from Canada landed in Detroit what does one think we would do here in the U.S. ??”

Nothing.  The DEA would think dope is being smuggled.

Detroit has a higher yearly murder rate (47/100K)than those killed in Israel (4/100K) by Palestinians.

As Israel uses these tactics against civilians the more galvanized and justified the attacks against Israel become.

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By Tony Wicher, November 15, 2008 at 12:24 pm Link to this comment

By Folktruther, November 15 at 9:19 am #

I’m glad to see that Truthdig is turning a spotlight on Zionist oppression.  Finally.  The progressive movement in the US is in transition from imperialist progressivism to anti-imperialist progressivism, and TD can help move this transition along.

This is insstrumental in opposing Zionist militarism in US policies.

Glad to hear you say something positive. For a change I agree with you. Now that Obama is elected, I plan to focus on opposition to Zionist militarism. A change in the nature of the U.S.-Israel alliance is the key to ending U.S. imperialism.

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By Folktruther, November 15, 2008 at 10:19 am Link to this comment

I’m glad to see that Truthdig is turning a spotlight on Zionist oppression.  Finally.  The progressive movement in the US is in transition from imperialist progressivism to anti-imperialist progressivism, and TD can help move this transition along.

This is insstrumental in opposing Zionist militarism in US policies.

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By Howard, November 14, 2008 at 5:39 pm Link to this comment

The story does not tell why this is all occuring. The rockets into Israel from Gaza and the digging of tunnels into Israel cry out for some response. Hamas has not kept the ’ cease fire ’ from day one.  Today rockets from Gaza landed in Ashkelon, a city of over 100,000 people.  If rockets from Canada landed in Detroit what does one think we would do here in the U.S. ??

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By 123456, November 14, 2008 at 5:14 pm Link to this comment

The always reprehensible Egyptian government ofcourse goes along quietly.

The Egyptian gopvernment, along with Jordan’s, has been as almost as uch an enemy to the Palestinians as the Israelis.

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By diamond, November 14, 2008 at 3:33 pm Link to this comment

Troublesum Gaza is not a prison: a prison is where you lock people who’ve committed crimes and who have been charged, brought to trial and convicted by a jury of their peers. Gaza is a concentration camp in that everyone in there is in there because of their religion and their ethnicity or their political beliefs, just as the Jews and dissidents were in Nazi Germany. The inmates in Gaza concentration camp range in age from unborn babies to elderly people. None of them has been charged with an offence: except the offence of being Palestinian. How could anyone ever take the neo cons cries of ‘democracy for all’ seriously when they support every cruel, despicable and anti-democratic thing the Israeli far right and military establishment (same thing) have done to Palestinians. The neo cons and their Israeli allies would like to extend this treatment to the Iranians, the Pakistanis, the Syrians,the Egyptians and the Lebanese until the entire Middle East is ‘pacified’ - or destroyed, whichever comes first.
Guantanamo Bay is also a concentration camp for all of the above reasons.  P.T. is right to point out that before Israeli elections, attacks on the Palestinians escalate as the lying pollies try to outdo each other in hatred and violent rhetoric to stir up fear of ‘the enemy’ so they can continue with the status quo. But isn’t this exactly what Bush and Cheney and McCain and Palin do and did re the ‘war on terror’ and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? The Palestinian people and the Israeli people need to wake up. They’re being played for fools by the politicians and the arms dealers. The only true beneficiaries of what’s going on in Gaza.

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By Fadel Abdallah, November 14, 2008 at 3:02 pm Link to this comment

The following piece by Edna Canetti is a cry of pain and a plea for help from a conscientious Israeli. I hope it will reach Obama in his days of glory under the sun and that he would find the time to read it and reflect on it, if Emanuel Rahm permits that!
A Plea from Israel
Come, Obama, Change My Life!


Obama my dear, they tell me that you are going to change the world. Do me a favor, come and change my life personally.

Come to Israel , grab its stupid leadership by the throat and take its foot off the neck of another people. Come and force us to do what is clear, and written, and fitting, and necessary, come and get us out of the Territories, if necessary do it with a smile that reveals million-dollar teeth. If necessary bare your teeth and force us to do it.

Make it so that I don’t have to get up in the morning – I who hate to get up early, to go to the checkpoints, to watch and to weep. Make it so I will not have to see 19-year-old children who have been duped into believing that they are defending the home front by pointing rifles at five-year-old children.

Make it so that when my daughters take a shower for half an hour I don’t have to think about Ayad’s family from Awarta that puts buckets under all the washbasins in order to reuse the water which is more precious than gold. Because the settlements need the West Bank ’s water more than the Palestinians do.

Make it so that when I sit in a traffic jam I don’t have to think about the vast numbers of cars that are standing at the entrance to Tul Karem while each one is checked by soldiers and dogs because there has been a warning that they’re about to blow up Tul Karem.

Make it so that when my sister urgently rushes to the hospital to give birth and when I rush my husband to the hospital practically with red lights flashing, I don’t have to think about the women giving birth and the heart patients and the wounded people who are stopped at the entrance to Nablus because their vehicle has no permit to enter.

Make it so that when I see a soldier in uniform on the street I do not wonder what he did last night. What house he entered in a “Straw Widow procedure”,* what boy he beat up in the alleys of Hawara because he smiled the wrong way.

Make it so that in the morning I don’t hear the satisfaction in the voice of the radio newsreader who relates that the IDF has killed six terrorists.

Obama my dear, this autumn I did not go to the olive harvest. It didn’t work out. Please make it so that I will not suffer from pangs of conscience because I am not doing enough. That I am living my own good life, pursuing my career, while for the other people just to get home safely is a career in itself.

Please relieve me of this pain that I have all the time deep in my belly. It never lets up, I can never really enjoy life, children, friends or work, because my mind is preoccupied with the image of the shepherd in Baq’a standing by the locked gate and shivering with cold because the redhead with the key has not showed up, and the bound blindfolded boy, and the three-year-old girl who got hit on the head by the carousel at the checkpoint, and the barriers of dirt and the concrete blocks that stop the lives of so many people from flowing smoothly.

Come, Obama, come and save us from ourselves.

And if that is what they mean when they say you are not a friend of Israel , then don’t be a friend. We have already had friends who arm us and justify every horror we carry out and save us from the international courts. Be a true friend. Save us from ourselves. And don’t do it for the world, do it only for me, so I can have peace. You owe it to me. I do not believe in God but still I prayed for you.

*The IDF practice of forcibly occupying private Palestinian homes temporarily, for tactical purposes – translator

Edna Canetti wrote this for MachsomWatch. Ther piece was translated from Hebrew by George Malent.

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By WriterOnTheStorm, November 14, 2008 at 2:24 pm Link to this comment

So, it turns out that all those folks impugning Nobel Peace Prize winner Jimmy Carter for characterizing Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians as Apartheid turned out to be right after all. It’s worse than that.

In fact, what Israel is doing is beginning to take on the full horror of a classic siege maneuver. You know, like what the Germans did in Stalingrad, the Arabs in Constantinople, and the Romans did in Masada.

I find it heartbreaking that there is no public outrage over this inhumane exercise in collective punishment. Once again the memory of the holocaust is shamed.

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By troublesum, November 14, 2008 at 1:49 pm Link to this comment

The photo shows clearly that Gaza is a huge prison.  The news blackout in the msm on conditions in Gaza has to change if life for Palestinians is ever going to change.  Obama, Biden and the rest of the Washington establishment cannot go on lying about the situation if people see it with their own eyes.

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By mud, November 14, 2008 at 1:48 pm Link to this comment

A Good history review S. Girl.

Being labeled anti-semitic simply requires questioning Israel.

A lot like questioning Bush and his war will get you labeled a liberal America basher.

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By Spiritgirl, November 14, 2008 at 12:50 pm Link to this comment

What bothers me about this whole Israel/Palistine issue, simply put everything!  People tend to forget so let us take a real simple trip down memory lane:  first off after WWII most people while disturbed by the horror of the Holocaust did not want large numbers of Jewish people immigrating into their country.  The “big plan” was to allow them to return to their “homeland” - so should they actually have returned to the countries that they came from where parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and great-great grandparents had been buried?  No they were allowed to “return to Israel”, a place most of them had only heard about as the land promised to Abraham.  So they are “returned to Palestine”, the only problem is that much like the Native Nations in America there are people living on the land and they have been living (some nomadic) there so that they too have grands and great grands buried in the land and they are forcibly removed.  Their way of resistance to policies is force!

The U.S. (because the British extricated themselves), needs to deal evenly with both sides.  When the Palestinians voted Hamas to lead their government and both Israel and the U.S government decided not to continue with negotiations because they didn’t care for Hamas that was wrong! You negotiate with whomever is in charge and you do it honorably!  The American people are really unaware of the plight of the Palestinians because the corporate owned media slants the way the story goes!

If you want the truth of what is happening go to:
They report honestly and accurately on both sides. For those that will label this as anti-semitic, let me ask you: if I invade your home whenever I want to, if I move you, put controls on you - I wonder how long any American would continue to put up with the treatment that the Palestinians must?!  Or could it be that because they are not Judeo-Christian that it is considered alright?!?!?

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By P. T., November 14, 2008 at 12:27 pm Link to this comment

Before its elections, Israel always attacks the indigenous Palestinian people, as Zionist politicians try to politically position themselves as hardline.

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