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HUMANITARIAN DISASTER IN GAZA: THE SIEGE MUST BE LIFTED!



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fly bird (26)
Wednesday July 25, 2018, 12:16 am
URGENCE HUMANITAIRE A GAZA : LEVÉE DU BLOCUS !

Gaza vit une crise humanitaire sans précédent : près de 2 millions de civils enfermés dans une petite bande de terre de 40 km sur 10, privés d'électricité, d'eau potable et de médicaments, des enfants en train de mourir chaque jour, à cause d'un blocus inhumain qui dure depuis 10 ans !

Cela n'est pas acceptable, et nous demandons au gouvernement français d'intervenir pour obtenir la levée immédiate de ce siège immoral et illégal contre une population entière prise en otage.

En raison de ce blocus imposé par Israël, 43 % de la population est condamnée au chômage et plus de 50 % des Palestiniens de Gaza dépendent exclusivement de l'aide humanitaire pour leurs besoins alimentaires de base.

Quelque 200 médicaments considérés comme indispensables (antibiotiques, anti-inflammatoires, médicaments contre l'hypertension, le diabète, les chimiothérapies...) sont complètement introuvables depuis des mois. Des milliers d'adultes et d'enfants, dont les 321 atteints de mucoviscidose, sont en train de mourir dans l'attente de traitement, ou d'un transfert systématiquement refusé, atteste l’ONG israélienne de médecins “Physicians for Human Rights”.

Les infrastructures sont exsangues. La reconstruction des immeubles, écoles, hôpitaux, détruits par les bombardements israéliens de 2014 qui ont fait 2160 victimes, dont 570 enfants, sont au point mort, en raison du blocus qui empêche les matériaux d'entrer.

Des pêcheurs sont chaque semaine blessés, voire tués, et la pêche est interdite par la puissance occupante dans les eaux de Gaza, au-delà de quelques miles, au mépris du droit maritime international.

La nouvelle réduction d'approvisionnement en électricité (seulement 2 à 3 H par jour !) a des conséquences particulièrement dramatiques. Après avoir détruit la principale centrale électrique de Gaza à l’été 2014, l’occupant israélien ne vend plus à Gaza que 10% de l’électricité dont elle a besoin. Et il empêche, avec la collaboration du régime égyptien, l'entrée de tout matériel, y compris celui qui pourrait permettre à Gaza d'accéder à des énergies renouvelables.

Résultat :

· La plupart des hôpitaux ont cessé d’opérer. Les bébés et les dialysés reliés à des appareils électriques meurent.

· Les eaux d’égout ne peuvent plus être assainies faute d'essence et d'électricité. Le risque d'infections et d'épidémies inquiète.


· 95 % de l'eau n'est pas potable, selon l'OMS.

· La pollution de l’air s'accroit avec la multiplication de générateurs fonctionnant au diesel, ainsi que les incendies liés à l'utilisation de bougies dans les foyers.

Le journaliste israélien, Gideon LEVY, s’alarme : « Les habitants de Gaza sont les sujets d’une expérience : peuvent-ils survivre avec une heure d’électricité par jour ? Est-ce que 10 minutes ne suffiraient pas ? Et s’ils résistent en envoyant la moindre roquette, le signal sera lancé pour les bombarder à nouveau ».

Nous ne pouvons pas nous rendre complices de cette barbarie. 
Nous exigeons la levée immédiate du blocus inhumain de Gaza, qui martyrise deux millions d'hommes, de femmes et d'enfants. 
Personne ne pourra dire "nous ne savions pas", et encore moins le gouvernement français, qui a jugé bon d'inviter le responsable en chef de ce crime.

PREMIERS SIGNATAIRES : Dominique Lesparre, (Maire de Bezons), Azzedine Taibi (Maire de Stains), Slimane Rabahallah (Maire adjoint de Saint-Denis), Christian Leduey (Président de Bezons West Bani Zaïd), Olivier Le Cour Grandmaison (historien et écrivain), Carole Sandrel (Enfant cachée pendant la guerre, dont les parents ont été exterminés), Alain Brossat (Philisophe et écrivain), Mgr Jacques Gaillot (Evêque de Partenia), Odile Tobner (historienne et auteure), Christine Delphy (Militante féministe et auteure), Jacques-Marie Bourget (Journaliste), Xavier Renou (Fondateur de « Désobéir » ), Fethi Chouder (Maire adjoint d’Aubervilliers) Jean-Claude Amara (Porte parole de Droits devant!!), Olivia Zémor (Présidente de CAPJPO-EuroPalestine).

ENGLISH TEXT

HUMANITARIAN DISASTER IN GAZA: THE SIEGE MUST BE LIFTED!

Gaza is undergoing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis: Nearly 2 million civilians encircled in a small strip of land 40 x 10 km, deprived of electricity, drinkable water, medicines, with children dying everyday because of a siege that has been lasting for 10 years!

This cannot be tolerated. We ask our gouvernement to interfere in order to have this immoral and illegal siege against a whole population lifted immediately.

Because of the blockade inflicted by Israel, 43% of the population is forced into unemployment and over 50% of the Gaza Palestinians depend exclusively on humanitarian aid for their basic needs.

Some 200 medicines considered necessary (antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, medicines against hypertension and diabetes, chemotherapies…) have not been available for months. According to the Israeli NGO “Physicians for Human Rights”, thousands of adults and children, 321 of whom are suffering from cystic fibrosis, are dying while waiting for treatment or a transfer which is systematically refused.

The infrastructures are bled dry. The rebuilding of blocks of flats, schools and hospitals destroyed by the 2014 Israeli bombs which caused 2160 deaths - among which, that of 570 children – is at a stand-still because of the blockade which prevents the entry of building materials into the Strip.

Every week, some fishermen are wounded, even killed, and fishing is forbidden in the Gaza waters by the Occupying Power, beyond only a few miles, in defiance of international maritime law.

The new reduction in electricity supply (only 2 or 3 hours aday) has particularly dramatic consequences. After destroying the main electric power station in Gaza in the summer of 2014, the Israeli Occupier now only sells 10% of the necessary electricity. And it prevents, with the collaboration of the Egyptian regime, any entrance of equipments, including those which could enable Gaza to get access to renewable energies.

Here is the result:
• Most public hospitals have ceased to operate. Babies and dialysis patients linked to electrical apparatus are dying.
• Sewage cannot be treated any more for lack of fuel and electricity. The risk of infection and epidemics is worrying.
• 95 % of the water is not drinkable, according to WHO.
• Air pollution is increasing because of the generators using diesel. So do fires related to the use of candles in houses.

The Israeli journalist, Gideon LEVY is alarmed: “The people of Gaza are subjected to a test: Can they survive with one hour of electricity per day? Would 10 minutes suffice? If they dare resist, sending a mere little rocket, it will be a signal for new bombings”.

We can’t be the accomplices of such barbarism. We demand the immediate lifting of the inhuman blockade of Gaza, which holds hostages two million men, women and children. Nobody will be able to say « We did not know ».
 

fly bird (26)
Wednesday July 25, 2018, 12:18 am
Gaza: Major Damage to Arts Center and Children’s Facilities from Latest Israeli Airstrike.
The Israeli airstrikes on the occupied Gaza Strip over last weekend caused significant damage to a well-known cultural center and an educational facility for children with disabilities.

According to The National, Gaza’s Arts and Crafts Village was “severely damaged” when one Israeli strike “hit an unfinished building right next to the village”.

Jomma Alzaem, who owns an antique brass shop in the Village, told The National:

“I believe that Israel wanted to target the village, not the building. They targeted Palestinian heritage, a heritage that they don’t own. I spent years collecting the brass. I had items about 100 years old. My shop was considered as a tourist attraction, and now all of the brass and relics are under rubble”.

Nihad Shaqlih, director of the village, said it was completely damaged by the Israeli strikes.

She commented:
“The village contains archaeological items and brass hundreds of years old but all of it is under rubble. It is an attempt by the Israeli occupation to destroy and erase our heritage, but we will rebuild the village again to protect Palestinian history”.

The National added:
“Now paintings and historical objects lie scattered on the ground, along with shards of pottery. Some shops are partly destroyed – the ceilings collapsed, walls cracked. Inside the building, broken glass crunches beneath the weight of people’s footsteps”.

Meanwhile, a partner organization of US NGO Humanity & Inclusion (HI), also saw “their work severely disrupted as a result of damage caused by the indirect impact of airstrikes close-by”.

According to HI, the premises – in a building “adapted to welcome children with disabilities” – provides “education and play facilities for children”, and “sustained indirect but widespread damage as a result of nearby airstrikes”.

HI noted that “many rooms are now unsafe and unusable and several disability-friendly facilities have been destroyed”.

(MEMO, PC, Social Media

http://www.palestinechronicle.com/major-damage-to-arts-center-and-childrens-facilities-from-latest-israeli-airstrike-on-gaza/
 

fly bird (26)
Wednesday July 25, 2018, 12:20 am
VIDEO: Ilan Pappe on the Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine. (3:44)

Published on Jan 30, 2011

Ilan Pappe speaks about the ethnic cleansing of Palestine in 1948 and currently.

https://youtu.be/fMHSdnRZoLc
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 25, 2018, 2:46 am
signed, noted, ty
 

John W (3)
Wednesday July 25, 2018, 8:19 am
Thanks
 

Sonia Minwer Barakat Reque (60)
Wednesday July 25, 2018, 9:46 am
S&N;thanks for sharing
 

fly bird (26)
Wednesday July 25, 2018, 9:47 am
Israel launches major assault on Gaza. (Video.)
20 July 2018

Israel pounded the Gaza Strip with airstrikes and artillery fire Friday night after dropping some 50 tons of munitions on the territory over the past week.

An Israeli soldier and three Palestinian fighters were killed during exchanges of fire on Friday, according to reports.

The Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, said that its fighter Mahmoud Khalil Qishta was killed at an observation post in eastern Rafah in Gaza’s south:

(Twitter)

Fighters Muhammad Riyad Abu Farhana and Shaaban Rajab Abu Khater were killed at an observation post east of Khan Younis, also in southern Gaza:

A fourth Palestinian, Muhammad Badwan, 24, was reported killed east of Gaza City on Friday. He was shot in the chest while participating in a protest.

Earlier on Friday Israeli defense minister Avigdor Lieberman threatened a “broad, painful military operation” in Gaza.

Civilians to “pay the price”

Lieberman indicated that Israel would once again target civilians in any new major operation in order to exact political concessions from Hamas.

“Unfortunately, residents of Gaza will be among those who will have to pay the price,” the defense minister stated.

He also said that the operation would be “more painful than Operation Protective Edge,” the devastating assault Israel waged in summer 2014.

More than 2,250 Palestinians were killed during that assault – about one in every 1,000 Gaza residents. Israeli fatalities included nearly 70 soldiers and six civilians.

About two-thirds of all Palestinians killed during the 51-day operation were civilians, who “paid the heaviest price,” according to the chair of a United Nations special committee to investigate Israeli practices impacting Palestinian human rights.

The “unacceptably high ratio” of Palestinian civilian casualties could not be dismissed as “collateral damage,” Hussein Haniff stated in 2014.

On Friday, Lieberman, who oversees Israel’s military forces, inadvertently confirmed that he makes no distinction between civilians and combatants killed during the ongoing crackdown on popular protests along Gaza’s eastern boundary.

“There are 159 dead terrorists, there are some 5,000 wounded,” Lieberman said.

The principle of distinction between civilians and combatants is the first rule of international humanitarian law governing armed conflict.

Lieberman’s statements could therefore potentially be viewed as evidence of intent to commit war crimes by International Criminal Court prosecutors currently examining the situation in Gaza.

In reality, most of the more than 150 Palestinians killed by Israel since the launch of the Great March of Return protests on 30 March were unarmed demonstrators.

Seventeen children were fatally wounded during the protests, as were two journalists and two paramedics who were targeted while on duty during the protests.

Before a soldier was killed on Friday, no Israelis had been killed in the context of the protests or as a result of any activity from Gaza since well before 30 March, the launch of the Great March of Return.

The ongoing series of protests is aimed at bringing an end to the siege and affirming the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their lands of origin from which they were expelled and upon which the state of Israel was declared in 1948.

Human Rights Watch has described Israel’s open-fire policy towards Gaza protesters as “calculated” and Amnesty International has termed it a “murderous assault.”

The use of live fire against unarmed demonstrators has also attracted the scrutiny of the International Criminal Court and Israeli leaders have received an unprecedented warning from the chief prosecutor.

Dahiya doctrine

Israeli leaders have repeatedly declared their intention to launch a large-scale military operation in Gaza to “create durable deterrence,” as stated by public security minister Gilad Erdan.

Such declarations suggest tactics similar to Israel’s “Dahiya doctrine,” named after the southern suburb of Beirut which it subjected to indiscriminate bombing during the Israeli invasion Lebanon in 2006.

An independent UN-commissioned inquiry into Israel’s attack on Gaza in 2008-2009 described the Dahiya doctrine as “the application of disproportionate force and the causing of great damage and destruction to civilian property and infrastructure, and suffering to civilian populations.”

With the disproportionality that is the hallmark of Israeli military strategy, the army has responded to the Great March of Return protests and the new Palestinian tactic of incendiary balloons and kites with massive and deadly force.

Erdan had previously said that the military should shoot Palestinians launching burning kites and balloons from Gaza, even if they are children.

Last Saturday, Israel carried out punitive airstrikes across Gaza that killed two 14-year-old boys playing on the roof of an empty building in the heart of Gaza City, after Israel said one of its soldiers was injured by an explosive thrown from Gaza.

News reports suggested that armed groups in Gaza would agree to stop launching incendiary kites and balloons if Israel and Egypt would ease the blockade on the territory.

But earlier this week Israel announced the full closure of Gaza’s sole commercial crossing, which it controls. This is on top of tightened restrictions imposed the week before.

“This measure blocks the entry of fuel and cooking gas supplies, allowing only medicines and food items to pass into Gaza after approvals of shipments one-by-one,” the Gaza-based human rights group Al Mezan stated.

Gaza already contends with a chronic electricity shortage resulting in blackouts of more than 20 hours per day.

Al Mezan warned that Gaza’s hospitals, already in acute crisis as a result of Israel’s open-fire policy, would face serious operational difficulties if the tightened restrictions last more than a few days.

Nonfunctioning hospitals would mean the entry of any medicines would have little benefit, Al Mezan added.

The rights group also condemned the “inaction of [the] international community concerning the aggravating closure and blockade Israel has been imposing on the Gaza Strip for over 11 years.”

Disastrous deterioration

The United Nations humanitarian coordinator in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip also decried the new Israeli measure, warning of “a disastrous deterioration, with potential broad impacts not only on Palestinians in Gaza, but the region.”

“Everyone with the ability to improve the situation must take a step back, prevent further escalation and reduce the suffering of ordinary Palestinians in Gaza,” Jamie McGoldrick added.

Meanwhile nearly two dozen Palestinian, Israeli and international human rights groups are calling on the European Union to “clearly recognize Israel’s primary responsibility over the unlawful closure and blockade of the Gaza Strip” and take action to ensure its “immediate and unconditional end.”

A United Nations human rights expert stated last week that “imposing even greater social and economic harm on Gaza will not address Israel’s true security interests, and it profoundly violates the rights of the residents of Gaza.”

Michael Lynk added: “Only through the economic restoration of Gaza, and a guaranteed path for Palestinian self-determination and the end of the Israeli occupation, will tensions ease between Gaza and Israel. Collectively punishing the entire population of Gaza, and further isolating it from the world, is exactly the wrong path – legally, politically and morally.”

Meanwhile Palestinians took to social media to document Israel’s new assault on Gaza and to describe how they and their families were coping:

Israeli officials like Lieberman claim there is “no choice” but to use massive force against Gaza.

But Israel’s own military commanders have downplayed the balloons and kites, the stated reason for the tightening of the siege and the brinkmanship between Israel and Hamas.

“All the whining about the kites drives me crazy,” a senior officer told the Israeli paper Haaretz in a story published Friday. “It’s also the complete opposite of what you hear from most of the people who live here [in areas affected by the balloons and kites].”

Israel’s wars of choice

Any major attack on besieged and imprisoned Gaza will – just like the last one – be another of Israel’s wars of choice aimed at maintaining Israeli ascendancy through the violent, permanent subjugation of millions of Palestinians.

And like in 2014, the goal of an attack on Gaza will be to pacify its population – two-thirds of them refugees denied their right to return, living under siege for more than a decade and under military occupation in one of the most densely populated places in the world for half a century.

There is no reason to believe Israel will succeed with that objective in 2018, but given the unfathomable human suffering it would entail, it must not be allowed to try.

This story was updated to clarify the circumstances of Muhammad Badwan’s killing and to change the number of Palestinian fighters killed on Friday from four to three.

https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/maureen-clare-murphy/israel-launches-major-assault-gaza
 

Colleen L (3)
Wednesday July 25, 2018, 11:14 am
Signed. Thanks Fly
 

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Wednesday July 25, 2018, 10:50 pm
signed share ty Fly
 

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Thursday July 26, 2018, 2:08 am
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