We mourn another friend….Vittorio Arrigoni

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Mazin Qumsiyeh, 15 April 2011

We are heart-broken. To our hundreds of friends in Italy, to his family, to our global community, we in Bethlehem area send our condolences from the Palestinian Center for Rapprochement Between People.
Our friend and fellow activist Vittorio Arrigoni, a most wonderful human being, was murdered in Gaza.
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More Information at Salem News

Tuesday at 7 PM we will have a gathering to remember him, Juliano, and others murdered over 130 years of colonization in this troubled lands and to discuss our plans for the coming months in the Bethlehem area. By reservations only (email me at mazin@qumsiyeh.org) and I will give you details.

Brandeis students challenge war criminal Avi Dichter http://youtu.be/tyH8iQByNlY

Jerusalem Expulsions: Even Tony Blair can’t save Palestinian bookseller to the stars

Statement issued by the other 3 members of UN mission on Gaza war Hina Jilani, Christine Chinkin and Desmond Travers (AKA the Goldstone report)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/apr/14/goldstone-report-statement-un-gaza


Dear friends,

Palestinian civil society organizations applaud the Freedom Flotilla that will again, in May, challenge the brutal and illegal siege of the people of Gaza. Decent people around the world will be working in support this international initiative.

While we rightly focus on Gaza we must not forget that Israeli colonial authorities are implementing their racist apartheid policies throughout historic Palestine. In the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and in the Negev and the Galilee, ethnic cleansing and killing/injuring civilians are just some of the many violations of basic human rights. The aim is always to keep us isolated as well as divided, the better to achieve the goal of dispossessing us.

For this reason, we call on civil society organizations and people of conscience around the world to support and join the other important international challenge this summer to the Israeli siege of the whole of Palestine. The daily indignities heaped on the Palestinian people are reflected in the attitude of officials at Tel Aviv airport to prevent any humanitarian/solidarity trips. Israel’s attempts to prevent entry by peace activists even though the occuupied Palestinian Territories are recognized internationally as illegally occupied by Israel. We must oppose Israel’s arbitrary, unlawful, and abusive behavior (See the Right to Enter Campaign at http://www.righttoenter.ps/)

A week of solidarity: 8 – 16 July

Hundreds of men, women and children fly into Tel Aviv airport to visit us in the occupied Palestinian territories The international community must recognize our basic human right to receive visitors from abroad and support the right of their own citizens to travel to Palestine without harassment. We call upon citizens of many countries to visit us on July 8th. Where Israel works to isolate us, we invite you to join with us openly and proudly as the decent human beings you are. We do not accept the attempts to keep us apart or to force you to speak less than with the honesty you are used to.

You will be accommodated locally. You will enjoy Palestinian hospitality and a program of networking, fellowship, and volunteer peace work in Palestinian towns and villages (e.g. land reclamation).
Local activist groups in Europe and in the United States are organizing delegations. Email us at info@palestinejn.org if you would like to be connected to the organizing group in your country.

 

Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh teaches and does research at Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities in occupied Palestine. He serves as chairman of the board of the Palestinian Center for Rapprochement Between People and coordinator of the Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements in Beit Sahour He is author of  “Sharing the Land of Canaan: Human rights and the Israeli/Palestinian Struggle” and the forthcoming book Popular Resistance in Palestine: A history of Hope and Empowerment.

A Bedouin in Cyberspace, a villager at home
http://www.qumsiyeh.org
http://www.pcr.ps

Articles by Dr. Qumsiyeh on RamallahOnline.com.

ARNA’S CHILDREN

Juliano Mer Khamis (Wiki Commons)
Juliano Mer Khamis (Wiki Commons)

Juliano Mer Khamis (Wiki Commons)

 

In memory of Juliano Mer Khamis who was gunned down in Jenin this 4 April, 2011 by unknown assiliants. Arna’s Children a film about a children’s theatre group inJenin in the Palestinian territories. The film won “Best Documentary Feature” 2004 Tribeca Film Festival.

 

 

 

 

 

From Jen Marlowe

I can only offer this video, which I made in collaboration with my colleagues in ‘Friends of the Jenin Freedom Theatre’.


Please take a moment to watch Juliano, in his own words, as he talks about his vision for Palestine and how the Freedom Theatre is an integral part of that vision.

And please take a moment to share this video, to post it, to spread it.

Juliano was killed. But he has not been silenced.

With deep sadness,
Jen Marlowe

Why is “Jewish Blood” expensive and “Arab Blood” cheap?

Gaza woman and Child (Sameh Habeeb, 2009)

Sami Jamil Jadallah, 14 March 2011

As I see the reaction of Palestinian, Israeli and world leaders on the murder of the Jewish trespassing family in Itamar, I tried my best to look for and search a similar language expressed by Israeli and world leaders certainly by Palestinians leaders when Israeli soldiers and Jewish armed trespassers kill Palestinians in cold blood.  I find none.

Mahmoud Abbas was quick to call the murder in Itamar and speaking to Israeli Radio he described the murder “ despicable, immoral and inhuman act… a human being is not capable of something like this.” Salam Fayyad commenting on same “ we appose violence and condemn its use, it does not matter what the reason were, who the victims were and what the aim?”  One needs to compare the statements made by Israeli officials to that of Palestinian leaders when armed Jewish trespassers or Israeli soldiers commit similar acts against Palestinians.  At best, there is a shy ‘regret” and those Jews committing the murder are let go on probation and released to community service.

Mahmoud Abbas and sorry to say did not use the same language describing Israeli actions when Israel and his friends (The Jewish Axis of Evil Olmert, Livni and Barak) waged their deadly war on Gaza in December of 2008 targeting civilians in homes, in hospitals, and schools, killing entire families including infants. True the Israeli soldiers did not use knives to cut the throats of these innocent families but used laser bombs, tank shells and howitzer canons to commit their murderous acts.  1500 people where killed and Mahmoud Abbas did not describe the acts of the Israeli army as “despicable, immoral and inhuman act”.  Mahmoud Abbas and Salam Fayad did not demand and called on Israeli leaders to condemn the cold blooded murder of 18 civilians including infants (despicable, immoral and inhuman) killed in Beit Hanoun when IDF soldiers fired a tank shell at an apartment building. Perhaps Mr. Abbas and Dr. Fayyad can explain to us why the silence and why the double standard and we need to ask, why they behave this way confirming once again that  “Arab blood is cheap”? It is made cheap by the people themselves who don’t put a high price on such blood, and this blood is made cheap by leadership that is indifferent and don’t give a damn when innocent blood is spelled.

A murder is a murder whether it is committed against Jews, Arabs, Americans, Pakistani, Afghani or French and a murder is a murder whether it is committed by a suicide bomber, or by knife, or M-16, tank shell, or a laser bomb dropped from an F-16.  In law it is not the means that determine if a murder is committed, it is the end result, death of the victims.

The Israeli Army and armed Jewish thugs and trespassers have been committing cold-blooded murder against Palestinians for years, and we hardly ever heard a condemnation of the murders they commit. In fact, we hardly ever heard any statement of condemnations from Israeli leaders when armed Jewish trespassers commit cold-blooded murder. Palestinian leaders, Western leaders let alone Israel and Jewish leaders are silent as Jewish Israeli and American Rabbis pronounce fighting word and “Jewish Edits”.  It seems killing of a trespassing armed settler family is a “terrorist act” but the killing of a Palestinians (young and old) at the hands of armed Jewish trespassers is always justifiable and in self defense.

Jewish Rabbis has been waging war of words against Arabs and are the spiritual leaders of these marauding thugs and trespassers killers.  Killing Palestinians, burning their homes, their schools, their mosques, their cars, their farms and killing their lives stocks.  Rabbi Yousef Falay of Yitzhar Settlement in his book “ Ways of War” called on the Israeli government to use its troops to kill all Palestinians males more than 13 years old in a bid to end Palestinians presence on earth.  Another Jewish Rabbi Yitzhak Shapiro issued his edicts in his book “ The Torah of the King” calling for the killings of Non Jews including children and infants if they are members of families posing threats to Jews. Rabbi Dov Lior of Kiryat Arba ruled it is legal to kill all Gentiles without qualifications and that it is permissible to kill Arabs without cause.

Read more about the village ofAwarta under seige

 

 

While Israeli society and governments remain silent on such calls for cold-blooded murder by the Jewish religious establishment, they dare and call on Palestinian leaders to stop incitements against Israel, its army and its armed trespassers. Why Israeli leaders and society remain silent and provide these rabbis and their followers legal and army covers. The message of Israeli leaders and society to the Arabs is loud and clear.

Cheap Arab blood is spelled every day in Palestine, in Algeria, in Libya, in Tunis, in Sudan, in Iraq and in Yemen, spelled by Arab armies and police, by Arab leadership, by Israeli soldiers and armed Jewish trespassing thugs, and by Americans in Iraq. Any one who thinks Arab blood is not cheap should look around.

Note: I chose to refer to these Jewish thugs as “trespassers” and not “settlers” since they are not settling open unclaimed prairies but are trespassing on land owned by Palestinians and their legal status as criminals and felons.  In some states in the US, they shoot them dead.

Sami Jamil Jadallah

Sami Jamil Jadallah

 

Sami Jamil Jadallah is an international legal and business consultant and is the founder and director of Palestine Agency and Palestine Documentation Center www.palestineagency.com and founder and owner of several business in technology and services. Sami also runs an online website (Jefferson Corner)

Articles on RamallahOnline by Sami Jamil Jadallah

 

Turkey Accepts the Challenge; Middle East is Changing

Turkey is escalating its involvement well beyond Israel's comfort zone.

Ramzy Baroud

‘Even despots, gangsters and pirates have specific sensitiveness, (and) follow some specific morals.’

The claim was made by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a recent speech, following the deadly commando raid on the humanitarian aid flotilla to Gaza on May 31. According to Erdogan, Israel doesn’t adhere to the code of conduct embraced even by the vilest of criminals.

The statement alone indicates the momentous political shift that’s currently underway in the Middle East. While the shift isn’t entirely new, one dares to claim it might now be a lasting one. To borrow from Erdogan’s own assessment of the political fallout that followed Israel’s raid, the damage is “irreparable.”

Countless analyses have emerged in the wake of the long-planned and calculated Israeli attack on the Turkish ship, Mavi Marmara, which claimed the lives of nine, mostly Turkish peace activists.

In “Turkey’s Strategic U-Turn, Israel’s Tactical Mistakes,” published in the Israeli daily Haaretz, Ofra Bengio suggested Turkey’s position was purely strategic. But he also chastised Israel for driving Turkey further and faster “toward the Arab and Muslim worlds.”

In this week’s Zaman, a Turkish publication, Bulent Kenes wrote: “As a result of the Davos (where the Turkish prime minister stormed out of a televised discussion with Israeli President Shimon Peres, after accusing him and Israel of murder), the myth that Israel is untouchable was destroyed by Erdogan, and because of that Israel nurses a hatred for Turkey.”

In fact, the Davos incident is significant not because it demonstrates that Israel can be criticized, but rather because it was Turkey — and not any other easily dismissible party — that dared to voice such criticism.

Writing in the Financial Times under the title, “Erdogan turns to face East in a delicate balancing act,” David Gardner places Turkey’s political turn within a European context. He sums up that thought in a quote uttered by no other than Robert Gates, US defense secretary: “If there is anything to the notion that Turkey is moving Eastward, it is in no small part because it was pushed, and pushed by some in Europe refusing to give Turkey the kind of organic link to the West that Turkey sought.” But what many analysts missed was the larger political and historical context, not only as pertaining to Israel and Turkey, but to the whole region and all its players, including the US itself. Only this context can help us understand the logic behind Israel’s seemingly erratic behavior.

In 1996, Israeli leaders appeared very confident. A group of neoconservative American politicians had laid out a road map for Israel to ensure complete dominance over the Middle East. In the document entitled, “A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm,” Turkey was mentioned four times. Each reference envisaged the country as a tool to “contain, destabilize, and roll back some of .. (the) most dangerous threats” to Israel. That very “vision” in fact served as the backbone of the larger strategy used by the US, as it carried out its heedless military adventures in the Middle East.

Frustrated by the American failure to reshape the region and unquestioningly eliminate anything and everything that Israel might perceive as a threat, Israel took matters into its own hands. However, in 2006 and between 2008 and 2009, it was up for major surprises. Superior firepower doesn’t guarantee military victory. More, while Israel had once more demonstrated its capacity to inflict untold damage on people and infrastructure, the Israeli weapon was no longer strategically effective. In other words, Israel’s military advantage could no longer translate into political gains, and this was a game-changer.

There are many issues the Israeli leadership has had to wrangle with in recent years. The US, Israel’s most faithful benefactor, is now on a crisis management mode in Iraq and Afghanistan, struggling on all fronts, whether political, military or economic. That recoil has further emboldened Israel’s enemies, who are no longer intimidated by the American bogyman. Israel’s desperate attempt at using its own military to achieve its grand objectives has also failed, and miserably so.

With options growing even more limited, Israel now understands that Gaza is its last card; ending the siege or ceasing the killings could be understood as another indication of political weakness, a risk that Israel is not ready to take.

Turkey, on the other hand, was fighting — and mostly winning — its own battles. Democracy in Turkey has never been as healthy and meaningful as it is today. Turkey has also eased its chase of the proverbial dangling carrot, of EU membership, especially considering the arrogant attitude of some EU members who perceive Turkey as too large and too Muslim to be trusted. Turkey needed new platforms, new options and a more diverse strategy.

But that is where many analysts went wrong. Turkey’s popular government has not entered the Middle Eastern political foray to pick fights. On the contrary, the Turkish government has for years been trying to get involved as a peacemaker, a mediator between various parties. So, yes, Turkey’s political shift was largely strategic, but it was not ill-intentioned.

The uninvited Turkish involvement, however, is highly irritating to Israel. Turkey’s approach to its new role grew agitating to Israel when the role wasn’t confined to being that of the host — in indirect talks between Syria and Israel, for example. Instead, Turkey began to take increasingly solid and determined political stances. Thus the Davos episode.

By participating at such a high capacity in the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, with firm intentions of breaking the siege, Turkey was escalating its involvement well beyond Israel’s comfort zone. Therefore, Israel needed a decisive response that would send a message to Turkey — and any daring other — about crossing the line of what is and is not acceptable. It’s ironic how the neoconservatives’ “A Clean Break” envisaged an Israeli violation of the political and geographic boundaries of its neighbors, with the help of Turkey. Yet, 14 years later, it was Turkey, with representatives from 32 other countries, which came with a peaceful armada to breach what Israel perceived as its own political domain.

The Israeli response, as bloody as it was, can only be understood within this larger context. Erdogan’s statements and the popular support his government enjoys show that Turkey has decided to take on the Israeli challenge. The US government was exposed as ineffectual and hostage to the failing Israeli agenda in the region, thanks to the lobby. Ironically it is now the neoconservatives who are leading the charge against Turkey, the very country they had hoped would become Israel’s willing ally in its apocalyptic vision.

- Ramzy Baroud (www.ramzybaroud.net) is an internationally-syndicated columnist and the editor of PalestineChronicle.com. His latest book is My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza’s Untold Story (Pluto Press, London), available on Amazon.com.

B’tselem: Gaza, 95% of factories are closed, 93% of water is polluted

Gaza Siege food handouts

Most of Gaza’s factories have closed and its water is polluted as a result of Israel’s siege policy, according to a new report being released today by the Israeli Human Rights group – B’tselem.

The siege policy has “led to economic collapse in Gaza,” B’tselem noted in a 44-page report (PDF) that looked at Gaza, the West Bank and east Jerusalem during the period from January 2009 to the end of April 2010.

Following is a summery of this report:

  • The prohibition on bringing in raw materials and exports into Gaza, which has been in place since Hamas’s takeover of the Strip in June 2007, forced 95 percent of the factories and workshops in the area to close.
  • Before 2007, 4,000 types of goods were let into Gaza, compared with less than 150 that come in now. Among the restricted items are building materials such as iron and cement, which are needed to rebuild the 3,500 homes destroyed during last Israeli assault on Gaza – Operation Cast Lead.
  • The quantity of goods that comes through the crossings is less than one-quarter of what entered prior to the siege.
  • Before 2007, 70 trucks laden with export goods such as furniture, clothing and produce left Gaza daily for Israel. Now, only the export of strawberries and flowers to Europe is allowed in “certain instances”. Goods are coming into Gaza through a system of tunnels set up under the border with Egypt, although the system is not enough to revive Gaza’s economy.
  • Electricity is a problem in Gaza. 98% of the residents suffer from blackouts ranging from eight to ten hours a day, while the remaining 2% do not receive any electricity at all.
  • The power outages due to lack of fuel and spare parts have prevented the proper operation of wells and desalination plants.
  • At the end of 2009, studies showed that 93% percent of the Gaza Strip’s water was polluted, with high quantities of chloride and nitrates.
  • “The water supply is defective and thousands of residents are not even connected to the water grid. Waste treatment has also been affected. Every day, some 100,000 cubic meters of untreated or partially untreated waste-water flow into the sea.”
  • A lack of pesticides and spare parts for irrigation systems makes it hard for farmers. Those with land near the border with Israel can no longer farm because access is forbidden or restricted, and those who violate these orders risk being shot.
  • Fisherman cannot go out farther than three nautical miles, which limits the Strip’s fish supply.
  • The number of Palestinian fatalities at the hands of the IOF dropped from 456 in 2008 to 83 from January 21, 2009, through the end of April 2010. These numbers do not include Palestinian deaths that occurred during Operation Cast Lead.
  • The report noted that Israel demolitions had continued in Area C of the West Bank, where from January 2009 to the end of April 2010, the occupation forces had destroyed 44 residential structures. The demolitions left 317 Palestinians homeless.
  • In 2009, the Jerusalem Municipality demolished 48 buildings in east Jerusalem. The demolitions left 247 Palestinians homeless.
  • The report notes that the IOF had not stop building settlements and no outposts been removed.
  • According to the report, very few IOF or police investigations into allegations of wrongdoing against Palestinians had actually lead to convictions. From the start of the second intifada in September 2000 to the end of April 2010, B’tselem reported 255 cases of violence to the military advocate-general’s office. Only 11 indictments were filed, and one of those was canceled.
  • During that same period, B’tselem turned to the Justice Ministry’s Police Investigation Department concerning 180 cases of violence, but only 12 indictments were filed.
  • Since September 2000, B’tselem has submitted 220 complaints to the Israel Police, demanding investigations of cases where Israelis harmed Palestinians or damaged their property. Only nine of these complaints resulted in indictments.

B’tselem executive director Jessica Montell said that the report was being released to mark “the 43rd anniversary” of the end of the Six Day War, which marked “the beginning” of Israel’s occupation.

“The ongoing occupation both violates” Palestinian rights and “poses clear dangers for Israel’s democracy,” Montell said. “For this reason we as Israelis must demand accountability for actions taken in our name in the occupied territories and work to change in policies that infringe human rights.”

Three Years of Gaza Closure – By the Numbers

Gisha Logo
June 2007-June 2010: The Gaza Strip border crossings are closed; Restrictions on the passage of goods and people

  • The closure of the Gaza Strip applies to a coastal strip 360 km² in area (139 mi²).
Gaza is just over twice the size of Washington, DC. Gaza is about the same size as Seattle and Philadelphia and one-third the size of New York City. Israel is 22,072 km² – Gaza could fit into Israel more than 61 times!

Paralyzed economy Israel allows in only items defined as basic products “essential to the survival of the civilian population”.

  • The number of types of items Israel allows into the Gaza Strip: 114. Before the closure: more than 4000 individual items.
A large Israeli supermarket carries 10,000-15,000 items.
  • Among the items whose passage Israel forbids: vinegar, children’s toys, cocoa, chewing gum, paper and musical instruments.
  • Truckloads of goods entering Gaza: an average of around 2,300 per month. Before the closure: 10,400 per month (truckloads now entering Gaza thus equals about 25% of pre-closure total).
30,000 trucks enter Manhattan each day (population of almost 1.6 million people).
  • Israel prevents the transfer of raw materials for industry as part of its “economic warfare” policy designed to prevent economic activity in Gaza as a means of pressure: it forbids the transfer to Gaza of large blocks of margarine intended for industrial usage yet allows in small packages of margarine for household consumption; it bans the transfer of rubber, glue and nylon which are used in the production of diapers in the Strip, yet allows the transfer of diapers produced in Israel; and it prevents the transfer of industrial salt, glucose and plastic containers used to produce tahini paste but allows in Israeli-made tahini paste. According to estimates by the Palestinian Federation of Industries, more than 90% of Gaza’s factories belonging to the Federation are closed or working at minimum capacity.
  • Export: since the closure (June 2007-today): 259 trucks have left Gaza; before the closure: an average of 70 trucks per day left Gaza (2005). In three years, Israel has permitted exports totaling less than what used to be exported in four days.
The Israeli food company Tnuva sends out 400 trucks per day from its factory to destinations all over Israel.
  • Cooking gas: an average of 2,500 tons per month transferred to Gaza. The demand: 6,000 tons per month.
  • Unemployment: 33.9% in the first quarter of 2010.
  • Actual participation in the workforce: 36.3% (304,900 people). 65% of the population live below the poverty line.
  • Supported by international aid organizations: 80% of the population.

People obstructed Israel allows the passage of people into and out of Gaza only “in humanitarian and exceptional cases”.

  • The Rafah Crossing: closed since June 2007 except for occasional and limited openings that meet 8% of the needs of the residents of the Gaza Strip. In 2010 thus far, an average of 3,192 people passed through the crossing monthly. Before the closure: an average of about 40,000 people traveled through the crossing.
An average of 910,000 people transit through Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport each month. An average of 125,000 people cross through the Allenby Bridge Crossing (between Israel and Jordan) every month.
  • Not humanitarian according to Israel: A visit by a woman living in the West Bank to her husband in the Gaza Strip; children visiting their father in the Gaza Strip; a son from Gaza visiting his dying mother in Jordan (“family ties in themselves do not constitute sufficient humanitarian justification for travel”); students going to study in the West Bank and abroad; travel by merchants for the purposes of trade; travel for training and more.

Decaying infrastructure

  • Untreated or partially treated sewage dumped into the sea: 80 million liters per day.
  • More than 90% of water is polluted (its origin is the Gaza Strip aquifer).

Education

  • 660 schools; 453,258 students; an average of 38 students per classroom; two shifts of school per day.
  • In 2009, 38,317 students graduated and were supposed to be absorbed by the labor market.

Construction and Rehabilitation

  • 86,000 housing units need to be constructed to meet the needs of the population (due both to natural growth and the destruction caused by the war).
  • 3,956,000 tons of cement are needed.
  • 653,600 tons of steel are needed.
  • 129 million meters of electric cables are needed.
  • Building materials whose transfer Israel prevents: cement, gravel, iron, marble, wood.
לפרסום מיידי, יום ג’, 14.6.10   שלוש שנים לסגר על עזה – נתונים יוני 2007 – יוני 2010: המעברים של רצועת עזה סגורים; הגבלות על מעבר סחורות ואנשים

  • הסגר על רצועת עזה הוא על רצועת חוף ששטחה 360 קמ”ר (139 מיילים מרובעים).
הגודל של עזה הוא מעט יותר מכפול מהגודל של וושינגטון די.סי. הגודל של עזה דומה לגודלן של סיאטל ופילדלפיה, ושווה ל- 1/3 מהגודל של העיר ניו יורק. השטח של ישראל הוא 22,072 קמ”ר–עזה נכנסת בישראל יותר מ–61 פעמים!

כלכלה משותקת לפי ישראל: מותר להעביר רק פריטים המוגדרים כמוצרים בסיסיים אשר “חיוניים להישרדותה של האוכלוסייה”.

  • מספר סוגי הפריטים אשר ישראל מתירה להעביר לרצועת עזה: 114. לפני הסגר: מעל 4,000 פריטים.
בסניף סופרמרקט גדול בישראל ישנם 10,000-15,000 פריטים.
  • בין היתר אוסרת ישראל על מעבר: קקאו, חומץ, מסטיקים, צעצועי ילדים, נייר, כלי נגינה.
  • משאיות עם סחורות הנכנסות לעזה: כ-2,300 בממוצע לחודש (2010); לפני הסגר: 10,400 בחודש (כ-25%).
למנהטן נכנסות 30,000 משאיות מדי יום (אוכלוסייה של כ-1.6 מיליון איש).
  • ישראל מונעת מעבר חומרי גלם לתעשייה כחלק מ”לוחמה כלכלית”, מדיניות שנועדה למנוע התפתחות כלכלית ברצועה כאמצעי לחץ: ישראל אוסרת על העברתם של גושים גדולים של מרגרינה לעזה אשר מיועדים לשימוש תעשייתי אך מאפשרת העברת חבילות קטנות של מרגרינה; ישראל אוסרת על העברת גומי, דבק וניילון אשר משמשים לייצור חיתולים ברצועת עזה אך מאפשרת העברת חיתולים תוצרת ישראל; ישראל מונעת העברת מלח תעשייתי, גלוקוז וקופסאות פלסטיק לייצור טחינה אך מאפשרת העברת טחינה תוצרת ישראל.
  • לפי הערכות של איגוד התעשיינים הפלסטינים בעזה, כ-90% מהמפעלים המשתייכים לאיגוד מושבתים מזה שלוש שנים או עובדים בתפוקה נמוכה.
  • יצוא: יוני 2007-היום: 259 משאיות יצאו מעזה; לפני הסגר: 70 משאיות ליום בממוצע (נכון לשנת 2005). במהלך שלוש השנים, ישראל אפשרה יצוא סחורה, בכמות פחותה מזו שנהוג היה לייצא בארבעה ימים.
חברת המזון הישראלית “תנובה” מוציאה בכל יום 400 משאיות מהמפעל שלה לרחבי ישראל.
  • גז בישול: 2,500 טונות לחודש בממוצע מועברים לעזה. הביקוש: 6,000 טונות לחודש.
  • אבטלה: 33.9% ברבעון הראשון של 2010.
  • משתתפים בשוק העבודה: 36.3% (304,900 איש).
  • 65% מתושבי עזה נמצאים מתחת לקו העוני.
  • נתמכים ע”י ארגוני סיוע בינ”ל: כ-80% מהאוכלוסייה.

אנשים חסומים ישראל מאפשרת מעבר אנשים אל עזה ומחוצה לה רק “במקרים הומניטריים וחריגים בלבד”.

  • מעבר רפיח: סגור מאז יוני 2007 באופן קבוע למעט פתיחות אקראיות ומצומצמות אשר עונות על 8% מהצורך של תושבי הרצועה. ב-2010 עברו 3,192 איש בממוצע בחודש (נכון לסוף מאי). לפני הסגר: כ-40,000 איש בממוצע יצאו ונכנסו דרך המעבר מידי חודש.
בנמל התעופה בן גוריון בת”א עוברים בממוצע כ-910,000 איש בחודש. במעבר אלנבי (בין ישראל לירדן) עוברים 125,000 איש בממוצע בחודש.
  • לא הומניטרי לפי ישראל: ביקור אישה המתגוררת בגדה המערבית את בעלה ברצועת עזה (“קשרי משפחה כשלעצמם אינם מהווים הצדקה הומניטארית מספקת”), ביקור ילדים את אביהם ברצועת עזה, ביקור בן מעזה את אימו הגוססת בירדן, יציאת סטודנטים ללימודים בגדה המערבית ובחו”ל, מעבר סוחרים, יציאה להשתלמויות ועוד.

תשתיות רעועות

  • ביוב לא מטופל או מטופל חלקית אשר נשפך לים: 80 מיליון ליטר ביום.
  • מעל 90% מהמים מזוהמים (מקורם באקוויפר של רצועת עזה).

חינוך

  • 660 בתי ספר; 453,258 תלמידים ; 38 תלמידים בכיתה בממוצע; 2 משמרות לימוד.
  • בשנת 2009 סיימו את ביה”ס: 38,317 תלמידים אשר אמורים להיקלט בשוק העבודה.

בנייה ושיקום

  • נדרשת בנייה של 86,000 יחידות דיור בכדי לענות על צרכי האוכלוסייה (הן מבחינת ריבוי טבעי והן לאור ההרס במלחמה).
  • נדרשים: 3,956,000 טונות של מלט.
  • 653,600 טונות של פלדה.
  • 129,000,000 מטרים כבלי חשמל.
  • חומרי בניין שישראל מונעת מעברם: מלט, חצץ, ברזל, שיש, עץ.
للنشر الفوري، الخميس،14.6.2010   ثلاث أعوام على فرض الإغلاق على غزة – معطيات حزيران 2007 – حزيران 2010: معابر قطاع غزة مغلقة، قيود على مرور البضائع والبشر

  • الإغلاق المفروض على قطاع غزة هو على شريط ساحلي تبلغ مساحته  360كلم ( 139ميل مربع).
مساحة غزة تفوق قليلا ضعف مساحة واشنطن العاصمة (دي.سي). مساحة غزة توازي مساحة سياتل وفيلادلفيا، وتساوي 1/3 مساحة مدينة نيويورك. تبلغ مساحة إسرائيل 22،072 كلم- تستوعب إسرائيل مساحة غزة أكثر من 61 مرة!

اقتصاد مشلول

  • حسب إسرائيل: يُسمح فقط بإدخال السلع المُعرفة كسلع أساسية “الضرورية لبقاء السكان”.
  • عدد أنواع السلع التي تسمح إسرائيل بإدخالها إلى قطاع غزة: 114. قبل الإغلاق: أكثر من4,000 سلعة.
يحتوي فرع سوبرماركت كبير في إسرائيل ما بين 15،000- 10،000 سلعة.
  • من بين السلع التي تحظر إسرائيل مرورها: مسحوق (بودرة) الكاكاو, الخل، العلكة, ألعاب الأطفال، الورق، آلات العزف.
  • شاحنات البضائع التي تدخل غزة: حوالي2,300 بالمعدل بالشهر (2010)؛ قبل الإغلاق: 10,400 في الشهر (حوالي-25%).
تدخل إلى مانهاتن 30،000 شاحنة يوميا (عدد السكان 1.6 مليون نسمة).
  • تمنع إسرائيل نقل المواد الخام للصناعة كجزء من “الحرب الاقتصادية”، وهي سياسة تهدف إلى منع التطور الاقتصادي في القطاع كوسيلة ضغط. تحظر إسرائيل نقل كُتل كبيرة من المرجرين إلى غزة والتي يتم استخدامها لأغراض صناعية، لكنها تسمح بنقل قطع صغيرة من المرجرين؛ تمنع إسرائيل نقل المطاط والصمغ والنايلون التي يتم استخدامها لإنتاج الحفاضات في قطاع غزة، لكنها تسمح بمرور الحفاضات المصنوعة في إسرائيل؛ تمنع إسرائيل نقل الملح الصناعي والغلوكوز وعلب البلاستيك لإنتاج الطحينة لكنها تسمح بنقل بإدخال الطحينة المصنوعة في إسرائيل.
  • وفقًا لتقديرات الاتحاد العام للصناعات الفلسطينية، قرابة 90% من المصانع التابعة للاتحاد مُغلقة منذ 3 سنوات أو أنها تعمل بإنتاجية متدنية.
  • التصدير: حزيران 2007- اليوم: 259 شاحنة خرجت من غزة؛ قبل الإغلاق: 70 شاحنة في اليوم بالمعدل (لعام 2005). خلال السنوات الثلاثة، سمحت إسرائيل بتصدير بضائع بكمية تقل عما كان يتم تصديره في أربعة أيام.
تخرج من شركة الغذاء الإسرائيلية “تنوفا” يوميًا 400 شاحنة إلى جميع أنحاء إسرائيل.
  • غاز الطبخ: 2,500 طن في الشهر بالمعدل تُنقل إلى غزة. الطلب: 6,000 طن في الشهر.
  • البطالة: 33.9% في الربع الأول من 2010.
  • مشاركون في سوق العمل: 36.3% (304,900 شخص).
  • 65% من سكان قطاع غزة يعيشون تحت خط الفقر.
  • يتلقون الدعم من منظمات الإغاثة الدولية: حوالي 80% من السكان.

بشر مقيدون

  • تسمح إسرائيل بمرور البشر من وإلى غزة في “الحالات الإنسانية والاستثنائية فقط”.
  • معبر رفح: مُغلق منذ حزيران 2007 بشكل دائم، ما عدا فتح المعبر بشكل عشوائي ومحدود يكفي لسد 8% من احتياجات سكان القطاع. سنة 2010 عبر 3,192 شخص بالمعدل في الشهر (حتى نهاية أيار). قبل الإغلاق: حوالي 40,000 شخص بالمعدل دخلوا وخرجوا عبر المعبر.
يمر عبر مطار بن غوريون في تل-أبيب 910،000 مسافر بالمعدل بالشهر. في معبر اللنبي (بين إسرائيل والأردن) يمر 125،000 شخص بالمعدل في الشهر.
  • غير إنساني حسب إسرائيل: زيارة امرأة تسكن في الضفة الغربية لزوجها المقيم في قطاع غزة (“العلاقات العائلية بحد ذاتها لا تُشكل مسوغًا إنسانيًا كافيًا”)، زيارة أطفال لأبيهم في قطاع غزة، زيارة إبن من غزة لأمه التي تحتضر في الأردن، خروج الطلاب للدراسة في الضفة الغربية وفي الخارج، مرور التجار، الخروج لدورات استكمال والمزيد من الحالات.

بنى تحتية مهترئة

  • مياه الصرف الصحي غير المعالجة أو المعالجة جزئيًا تتدفق إلى البحر: 80 مليون ليتر في اليوم.
  • أكثر من90% من مياه الشرب ملوثة (مصدرها من المياه الجوفية في قطاع غزة).

التعليم

  • 660 مدرسة؛ 453,258 طالب; 38 طالب في الصف بالمعدل؛ التعليم يتم بورديتين.
  • سنة 2009 أنهى التعليم المدرسي: 38,317 طالب ينبغي استيعابهم في سوق العمل.

البناء والتأهيل

  • يجب بناء 86,000 وحدة سكنية لسد احتياجات السكان (سواء من حيث التكاثر الطبيعي و بسبب دمار الحرب).
  • مطلوب: 3,956,000 طن اسمنت.
  • 653,600 طن حديد.
  • 129,000,000 متر من كوابل الكهرباء (للإستعمال المنزلي).
  • مواد بناء تمنع إسرائيل مرورها: اسمنت، حصى، حديد، شايش، خشب.

Obama sacrificed the Palestinians to win the election

Frank Hope, FutureNewsToday, Jan 23 2009

Just a few days ago Obama was saying he couldn’t comment on the Israeli assault on Gaza because there is only “one President at a time”. Now that Obama is the President and Bush has departed from the White House, what is his excuse?

Why didn’t Obama honor the request of Father Manuel Musallam, the pastor of the Catholic parish in Gaza City?

We ask that you offer to God your most ardent prayers and that no Mass or religious service be celebrated without remembering before God the tragedy in Gaza.

Where was Gaza in the prayers that were said at the inauguration? How could we forget their suffering at this time of celebration for so many in the USA? Will the “first Black President of the United States” be only the latest in a series of Presidents that have unconditionally supported Israel’s undisrupted 60 year assault on the Palestinian people?

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Day 16 of Israeli War On Gaza

Sameh A. Habeeb,  RamallahOnline.com Jan 10, 2009 – Informative Report on Gaza War: Death toll 880, wounded 3620

Sameh Habeeb

Dear Editors, Journalists and Friends,

Several untold stories still under the rubbles of Gaza devastation. The more time this war lasts the more victims fall down, their stories buried with them. Most of the Gaza Strip plunges into deep darkness since the start of this war. I find several hardships to send out this report due to power problem. Today, a rocket targeted my uncle’s house. My house got several splinters and rocket shrapnel.

Thanks to God, we all safe but I don’t know what will happen next.
This is a new report for the 16th day of Gaza War and the outcomes of Israeli invasion. For more reporting, breaking news, interviews and accounts in Gaza, you could reach me on my contact info below. Please try both numbers below because there is a big problem in communication resulted in Israeli power cuts.

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