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Israel Tweaks Gaza Blockade List

Posted on Jul 5, 2010
Yossi Gal

Yossi Gal, director general of Israel’s Foreign Ministry, describes the changes in Israel’s Gaza blockade list on Monday.

Israel responded to widespread censure and criticism from allies and opponents alike on Monday by modifying its blockade list of supplies allowed into Gaza, but some involved parties aren’t satisfied by the extent of the overall changes.  —KA


Under the new measures, materials such as steel, cement, certain fertilisers and chemicals will be allowed in for Palestinian Authority-approved projects that are under the supervision and for the use of the UN or other international agencies.

Aid agencies say building materials are badly needed in Gaza as the blockade has prevented much reconstruction taking place since Israel’s devastating 22-day military offensive, which ended in January 2009.

The blacklist includes so-called “dual-use” items that could be used to manufacture weapons and explosives, such as ball bearings and fireworks.

Meanwhile, exports are not permitted, making it hard for the enclave’s devastated economy to pick up, says the BBC’s Jon Donnison in Gaza.

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PatrickHenry's avatar

By PatrickHenry, July 7, 2010 at 6:51 pm Link to this comment

Ever wonder how it got this far?

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By Peter Knopfler, July 7, 2010 at 6:46 pm Link to this comment

We did build them buildings but they didn`t like them, no appreciation so we bombed them, now they are Happy no buildings. This is not rocket science a no brainer, no rockets no blockade, Recognize me, I recognize you!, Not so bad, drop the Jihad attitude and join the rest of us in reality. New is not so bad, it`s a jewish contribution since Abraham, 5770 years ago. History in the baking, bagel anyone!

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By NZDoug, July 6, 2010 at 5:38 pm Link to this comment

fIsrael is so paranoid about Gazans having concrete and steel, why dont they
rebuild the Palestinians buildings and homes they have destroyed?
Its gotta be cheaper than all the hi tec weapons that htey use.
Make swimming pools, not walls!
Dont buy Israeli or American products!

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By yours truly, July 6, 2010 at 2:57 pm Link to this comment
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(two examples of one fiendish mind-set)

Gaza And The Warsaw Ghetto

same place

different time

while the world stood by



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By john from ojai, July 6, 2010 at 11:05 am Link to this comment
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Israel will do the minimum while continuing it’s goal to minimize Palestinians so they will never have a strong autonomous country.
AIPAC and the militant right wing of Israel are still the major influence on US politicians. Our major option to effect change is to BDS (boycott, divest, sanction) Israel and any company that profits from their illegal occupation and blockade.Caterpillar,GE, Motorola and others should be held accountable.

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By Peter Knopfler, July 6, 2010 at 10:46 am Link to this comment

You mean, the TITLE, ISRAEL Tweets Gaza blockade
Even the Turks are tweeting, gobble gobble isn`t
making it, but tweets up! keep your tweets up, and
your butts in the tray!
The Many Faces of Turkey, reminds me,
Keep your enemies close, for a smile is worth a
thousand surprises.
So don`t be surprised if behind closed doors Turkey
is talking to Israel , behind closed doors like
Syria, recent past,
hidden talks to save FACE, no matter what Turkey
elections coming up! Islam Says ” all wear Veils, but
not BURQAS! Its hot in here, this little mesh window
flated and spread my nose all over my face, doesn`t
matter, only my husband can see this mutilation, and
He only likes me from behind!, In the back drop, The
Canada Goose is Cooked, American Eagle lost it`s Day
down by Louisiana Way, And Lets Eat Turkey for
Independence Day!

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By Peter Knopfler, July 6, 2010 at 8:58 am Link to this comment

What a Crock of you know what! Ya! what about those
12 rockets sent to Israel the last couple of weeks,
no nada in BBC, Only Arab TV, who now makes BBC look
ignorant and Juvenile, talks of the bombs to
Israel.So give me one for the road Joe (bite me), NO
PUNISHMENT! Very simple, and lets talk of Turkey`s
killing of Kurds, daily! Or more OBAMADRONES; more
killings on Mexican-American border! Or the multiple
killings 42 in Chicago recently! No News is good
news, Israelis is always the target of the Day, but
thats OK, what does not kill you only makes you
stronger, bad habits rise to the surface, scapegoats
are habits.

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By PatrickHenry, July 5, 2010 at 7:11 pm Link to this comment

The Gaza “blockade” is not recognized or sanctioned by the U.N. or anyone else, this makes the resultant attacks on civilians by the Israelis in International waters acts of piracy.

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