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Israel Opens Gaza Border ... for Flowers

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Posted on Feb 13, 2009
Gaza Flowers
European Pressphoto Agency / Abed Rahim Khatib

A Palestinian carries cut carnations at a farm in the Rafah refugee camp in the southern Gaza.

In probably the least appropriate metaphor for relations between Israel and Palestine, Israel has allowed, for the first time in a year, Gazan flower companies to export 25,000 carnations to Europe in time for Valentine’s Day, though the volume pales in comparison to previous annual exports of 60 million flowers.

The New York Times:

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Israel allowed the export of a shipment of flowers from Hamas-run Gaza on Thursday for the first time in about a year, Israeli officials said.

The flowers, destined for Europe, are hardly a token of affection between Israel and the Islamic rulers of the Palestinian enclave, but they could portend a possible thaw in commercial relations in the context of a cease-fire.

The shipment of 25,000 carnations passed through the Kerem Shalom cargo terminal on the Israel-Gaza border at the Dutch government’s request, according to Maj. Peter Lerner, a spokesman for the Israeli Defense Ministry agency that handles Palestinian civilian affairs. They are scheduled to be flown from Ben-Gurion Airport on Friday.

Gaza does not have a functioning airport or seaport, and it has no commercial crossing on its border with Egypt, so all exports have to pass through Israel.

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By Perah, April 14, 2011 at 6:06 am Link to this comment
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I think that if Palestinian people would want peace with Jews they will have a lot of economical benefits! Their life level in Gaza would be much higher, even to send   flowers to Israel will be no shame for them.

Choose Peace for better LIFE! smile

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By cyrena, February 16, 2009 at 8:15 pm Link to this comment

2 of 2

Who SAYS they were ‘underprivileged’ Shenonymous, and based exactly one WHAT standards? Who says that the Palestinians never had any land of their own Shenonymous, when the evidence speaks the truth, which is that the Arabs of the Middle East, (Arabia) have occupied that land for centuries, and this FACT was acknowledged by the Zionist founders from the beginning:

“If I were an Arab leader, I would never sign an agreement with Israel. It is normal; we have taken their country. It is true God promised it to us, but how could that interest them? Our God is not theirs. There has been Anti - Semitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz, but was that their fault ? They see but one thing: we have come and we have stolen their country. Why would they accept that?”

  ~David Ben-Gurion quotes (Polish born Israeli Statesman and Prime Minister (1948-53, 1955-63). Chief architect of the state of Israel and revered as Father of the Nation, 1886-1973)

http://thinkexist.com/quotation/we_must_use_terror-assassination-intimidation/346611.html


The arrogance that for some reason, you and the rest of the Zionists have lives that are somehow MORE VALUABLE and MORE DESERVING than others, hardly makes you a person of decency, but rather quite the opposite.

We see that now.

If the Jews were such better warriors, why did 5 million of them allegedly perish in the combined effects of WWII? And if the Jews ‘own their land’ in Israel, where’s the deed to prove it? Maybe we should do some deed searches, which would also tell us how they PURCHASED it, right? I mean since you say that they ‘own’ that land, and the Palestinians never did.

What constitutes “ownership” in your mind Shenonymous? Well, according to the red-neck ‘family from hell’ that I lived across the street from in TexASS, it was ANYTHING they ‘laid a claim’ to, or simply TOOK by force! That was their motto, “We don’t ASK for ANYTHING! We ‘TAKE ‘WHAT WE WANT!”

They were dead serious.

You are obviously of the same mind, and I think it is despicably reprehensible.

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By Shingo, February 16, 2009 at 5:01 pm Link to this comment

Shingo

>> Maybe Hamas should act like MEN instead of cowards hiding behind women and children.

Men as in dropping bombs from the safety of an F-16 cockpit at 30,000 the way the big touch Israelis do?

BTW.  The IDF also hide behind women and children, when they are not using them for target practice that is.

>> Haven’t you buried your dead yet, or are you too busy parading them around in your usual three ring circus?

My dead?  I don’t live anywhere near the place and I am neither Arab nor Muslim.

>>  And the majority of dead were terrorists so I am very proud that Israel finally showed some cahones.

No, the majority were women and children - Israel’s favorite prey

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By mech'elsamberg, February 16, 2009 at 4:57 pm Link to this comment

Shingo

With the stench of rotting corpses in Gaza, I doubt anyone can tell either way.

Nice little slaughter by your heros.  Yo must be proud.

****  Oh, boo hoo.  Maybe Hamas should act like MEN instead of cowards hiding behind women and children.

Haven’t you buried your dead yet, or are you too busy parading them around in your usual three ring circus?  And the majority of dead were terrorists so I am very proud that Israel finally showed some cahones.

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By Shingo, February 16, 2009 at 4:42 pm Link to this comment

mech’elsamberg,

>> Those flowers must smell really great.  I guess Europeans won’t know the difference.

With the stench of rotting corpses in Gaza, I doubt anyone can tell either way.

Nice little slaughter by your heros.  Yo must be proud.

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By mech'elsamberg, February 16, 2009 at 4:38 pm Link to this comment

Shingo

Why? Are you in the habit of drinking your own sewage?

Those flowers must smell really great.  I guess Europeans won’t know the difference.

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By Shingo, February 16, 2009 at 4:30 pm Link to this comment

mech’elsamberg,

>> They are forever whining about starving, then that they don’t have enough water.  This shoots that lie to hell, don’t it?

Why? Are you in the habit of drinking your own sewage?

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By mech'elsamberg, February 16, 2009 at 4:27 pm Link to this comment

They are forever whining about starving, then that they don’t have enough water.  This shoots that lie to hell, don’t it?

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By nefertiti, February 15, 2009 at 5:18 am Link to this comment

This is what Palestinian farmers face every single day , when the western media keeps quiet.  Farmers collecting Parsley are being shot at .  (fishermen also get the same treatment . there is a video on youtube showing them being shot at ) 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=010E1x2DPHE&feature=player_embedded

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By cyrena, February 14, 2009 at 10:59 pm Link to this comment

By dsmith, February 14 at 4:40 am #

Listen if that idiot Bill O’Reilly can boycott France for not going along with the fabricated intel used to invade Iraq, I can certainly boycott any product with a Jewish name on it. No more Klein, Cole or Karen clothing bought with my cash.
If you’re sick of Israeli thugs treating the Palestinians like animals…join in the boycott of Jewish products here at home.

It’s a small thing but hell what else you gonna do?”

~~~

Not such a small thing at all dsmith. In fact, since there really IS little else to do on the individual level, the boycott can be exceedingly effective. (It’s worked before when nothing else did..remember the buses in Birmingham?)

Anyway, I’ve looked into the mechanics of trying to do this, and there are more and more resources available. It’s not just Klein, Cole, and Karen that we have to stop buying, (I never did – my own creations are better) but as many other products and services produced by Israel as well or their representatives here as well.

For instance, Coca-Cola, Revlon, Max Factor,  the Pentium Chip in most of our computers, (yep, that one hurts, but I did make the sacrifice with my last computer purchase – a Toshiba with an Apolitical processor) and the list goes on. That’s before we even get to the humongous portion of the services that are under Jewish Control.

So, there’s much to be accomplished in the way of a serious boycott that can be effective, and might even require some measure of sacrifice once everyone becomes aware of just how many industries (right here at home) are involved.

Here’s a short list, with links to others.

http://www.boycottisraeligoods.org/modules11748.php

http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article9948.shtml

http://www.caiaweb.org/node/970

The Israeli product code (found at the beginning of the bar code) is 729 – just fyi.

Meantime, I’m inclined to doubt that the Palestinians realized any revenue from the exportation of their flowers. That is unless the Europeans have some way of slipping it to them under the table or through those tunnels. Israel and the US have consistently blocked any transfer of funds that legitimately belong to the Palestinians. (At least since Hamas was elected as the legitimate political party of the government.) So, I don’t know how the payment portion of this is gonna go over. It probably won’t. (get past Israel to the Gazans)

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By Shingo, February 14, 2009 at 7:06 pm Link to this comment

>> Gazans are mainly egyptian, anyway. 

Actually no, they are mainly Palestinians and most of them are refugees that Israel enthnically cleansed from Palestine.

Towns like Sderot were Arab towns before Israel forcibly removed the Arbs who lived there.

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By Shingo, February 14, 2009 at 7:00 pm Link to this comment

Howard,

Israel moved out of Gaza in ‘05, but maintained a deadly strangehold on the territory ever since.  Then, in 2006, after Hamas were elected, they further tightened that grip, invaded Gaza and then supported a coup against Hamas.

During 2005-2006, Israel were firing ten shells into Gaza for every rocket that was being fired into Israel.

Moving out of Gaza was no act of kindness on Isrela’ part.  They simply moved the 8000 illegal settlers out of Gaza into the West Bank anyway, alos illegally.  The whole sharade was used to distraect the world from the land staeling that was really taking place.

The Arab lands that surroud Israel beling to countries that are not rsponsible for ISreal’s chrimes against humanity and illgeal expasion.

Hamas are the legal government of Gaza, and what’s more, have been the side that observed the ceasefire and tried to extend the ceasefire, which Israel violated.

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By Howard, February 14, 2009 at 5:31 pm Link to this comment

Yep,  Kindness was shown.  INdeed.  Israel left Gaza in ‘05 and received as reward,  a steady, unremitting barrage of rockets and missles aimed at civilians.  No one noticed , of course, until Israel got pissed off enuf to do ‘sumpin about it.
  Just as we might have with missles falling on Michigan or Texas from across the border.
  Makes one wonder about Israel ever thinking about giving up more land. Israel right now is smaller than Lake Michigan. Twenty three , that’s right, 23 Arab lands surround that have zillions of acres and awesome monies and could help the pal’s , but no, not a chance of them doing it or helping at all except with their mouths.
  Maybe now Hamas will get out of way and let their people start the beginnings toward nation-building. Let Egypt help out, even. Gazans are mainly egyptian, anyway.  Or Jordan can pitch in.  They are 78 % palestinian.  A federation with them would be a good goal.

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By Shingo, February 14, 2009 at 3:48 pm Link to this comment
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Howard,

That is yet another lie. 

For weeks you kept repeating the lie that Hamas broke the truce, when even Mark Revgev admits it was Israel.

Why do you even bother posting here?

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By geronimo, February 14, 2009 at 11:32 am Link to this comment
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as the vice tightens…

Gaza And The Warsaw Ghetto

same place

different time

while the world stood by

genocide

live

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By boggs, February 14, 2009 at 7:42 am Link to this comment

I am once again awed at the christian kindness Israel has shown Gaza. And of course we should not forget to include Americans in any of the deeds of christian humanity shown to Gaza.
The real solution to the land stealing jews would be to give them title to Texas and let them eat the Texas peanutbutter.

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By dsmith, February 14, 2009 at 5:40 am Link to this comment
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Listen if that idiot Bill O’Reilly can boycott France for not going along with the fabricated intel used to invade Iraq, I can certainly boycott any product with a Jewish name on it. No more Klein, Cole or Karen clothing bought with my cash.

If you’re sick of Israeli thugs treating the Palestinians like animals…join in the boycott of Jewish products here at home.

It’s a small thing but hell what else you gonna do?

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By DarthMiffy, February 14, 2009 at 5:27 am Link to this comment

25,000 versus 60 million? One truckload? “Send flowers not bombs?” Israel is going to rue these heartbreaking statements. I’m thunderstruck again at Israeli remorselessness.

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By Folktruther, February 14, 2009 at 4:50 am Link to this comment

Neferfriti, the UN has little independant power, it is largely the insturment of Western imperialism.  It can’t be blamed for what is primarily a US financing of Israeli oppression, supported by the other Western powers.  The primary problem is what Petras calls the ‘Zionist power configuartion’, both in the US and Israel.

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By nefertiti, February 14, 2009 at 4:31 am Link to this comment

howard

You can not justify Occupation . Occupation is bad and horrible and NO ne should be subjected to it . The useless UN should have helped them palestinian to freedom a long long time ago . there are dozens of UN resolutions against fascist Israel but the UN has never threatened force if those resolutions were ignored . it only threatens poor weak nations that no Lobby supports .

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By Howard, February 13, 2009 at 10:20 pm Link to this comment

The only reason the trade was stopped when it was a thriving business, was that Hamas bombed the crossing so the exports could not continue.  Quite self-defeating for their people.  Hamas cannot govern in the least.

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By Thomas Mc, February 13, 2009 at 8:48 pm Link to this comment

It sickens me to think that our government helps the fascist state of Israel treat the Palestinian people the same way the Nazis treated the Jews.

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By Brooklyn Joe, February 13, 2009 at 7:06 pm Link to this comment
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Folks, when Israel pulled their settlers out of Gaza, they left the green houses for the Gazans to grow flowers. Then, I had imagined a positive picture of what the Palestinians are capable of offering the world, if they had freedom and self-determination. Instead, the green houses near the border were taken down and rockets launchers were put up, to shoot rockets into Israel. I can not seriously imagine or expect Israel (the evil, fascist, terrorists) to allow the Palestinians to build their economy, as long as they use that money to buy rockets and shoot them into Israel. For them to be able to work without any fear of the tanks and the F16s targeting them, the Palestinians in Gaza first have to stop the rockets. I imagine if you would stop perpetuating hate in your writings, that would be nice too.

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By Folktruther, February 13, 2009 at 3:07 pm Link to this comment

The NYTimes piece cannot fully conceal the underlying horror of the Israeli blockade.  Israel has withdrawn its settlers and turned Gaza into a gigantic concentration camp of a million and a half people. They have destroyed their economy, murdered their children, and contually bomb their homes, to destroy their self respect.

And now a more violent and brutal regime is going to assume power.  Their only hope is to increase the progressive’s effectiveness in the fight against Zionism, particularly in the US.

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By nefertiti, February 13, 2009 at 2:02 pm Link to this comment

Fadel Abdallah

You are absolutely right , there is a lack of water , seeds, and the tanks are always prowling around like hyneas , yet the Palestinians are growing flowers HOPING may be they get the permission to sell them , can you imagine if they had all the means to work without any fear of the tanks and the F16s targeting them and there is no siege.  I know i was amazed to learn the Palestinians were the most educated , and the most University degree holders in the Arab world , with all the million problems they face daily.

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By Fadel Abdallah, February 13, 2009 at 1:32 pm Link to this comment

I am sure that, if the censoring authorities in fascist Israel would have taken a second look at this piece of information, accompanied by this beautiful picture, they would have censored it for fear that it might give a positive picture of Palestinians and the beautiful things they are capable of offering the world if they were free from a suffocating fascist, terrorist and evil occupation and constant siege!

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By nefertiti, February 13, 2009 at 1:28 pm Link to this comment

The UN and the International community should Help free the Palestinians or at least open the gates , even the 7th gate on the egyptian border , and may be Allow the palestinians to use their port and airport (without planes so far ) too so they can stand on their feet to to feed their children since the AId stopped . The crippling siege has gone on for too long . Enough . why the collective punishment .???

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By Fadel Abdallah, February 13, 2009 at 1:22 pm Link to this comment

Palestinian flowers!

A great metaphor for what the Palestinians are capable of offering the world if they had freedom and self-determination and if they were not constantly under siege by a terrorist fascist colonial occupation!

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By nefertiti, February 13, 2009 at 1:16 pm Link to this comment

Lots of strawberries also go waste , because israel wont allow the Palestinians to sell them to make a living . same with fishermen , who are supposed to fish up to 10 miles into the sea , but as soon as they reach 3 miles they get shot at , and many have died or got injured

http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/03/27/7930

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTUYivihoTE

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By nefertiti, February 13, 2009 at 1:11 pm Link to this comment

Only ONE TRUCK was allowed, the reporter on tv said if others Flowers dont make it in this truck , they will feed the cattle , like they did it for the last 3 years . They were promised to ship their flowers last year too , but on Valentine day , my tv showed cattle and camels chewing on Carnations . there were even Cartoons on Arabic Papers , showing camels eating flowers , some were supposed to be funny , but of course , the People in Gaza were sad to see so much hard work end as cattle feed .

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