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Egyptian Ceasefire Plan Introduces PA Control in Gaza

World  (tags: Israel, Gaza, ceasefire, Egypt, Hamas, Palestinians, PA )

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According to the emerging agreement, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his Palestinian Authority (PA) will have control over the Philadelphi Route to prevent further construction of smuggling tunnels beneath the border between Egypt and Gaza.


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Miriam E (18)
Sunday August 10, 2014, 1:12 am
From the article:

These plans for the Philadelphi Route are all part of the Egyptian ceasefire plan which would include the opening of the Rafah border crossing under control of the PA and which Abbas' negotiators seem ready to accept within the framework of their reconciliation government with Hamas, restoring some form of control and status to the PA in the Gaza Strip.

In accordance with the current outlines drawn up by the Egyptians, Israel is required to facilitate the movement of goods at the Kerem Shalom border crossing as well as the movement of people between Gaza and the West Bank through the Erez border crossing. Israel is prepared to agree to such a deal.

The Israelis have also signaled that they are prepared to grant the Palestinians expanded fishing rights off the Gaza coast, but demand that Israeli forces will be able to monitor a security parameter from the west to the fence surrounding the Strip in order to make sure that Palestinian organizations aren't digging new smuggling tunnels.

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 10, 2014, 1:33 am
noted thanks

Rahman Qureshi (27)
Sunday August 10, 2014, 3:55 am
Hoe does this work when the PA has aligned itself with Hamas and there is a history of copious anti-Jew statements coming from the PA itself. This is why the PA aligned itself with Hamas in the first place. They both want to see Jews dead.

Anteater Ants (122)
Sunday August 10, 2014, 5:43 am
thank you

Beth S (330)
Sunday August 10, 2014, 7:28 am
How can anyone trust Hamas or the PA to do anything honestly?

Jonathan Harper (0)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 3:49 am

Parsifal S (96)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 8:46 am


Yvonne Taylor (37)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 2:19 pm
To all writing comments here...grow up and realize you are not helping a peace process by spouting off your personal propaganda. You sound no better than whatever side you believe is evil. I have my opinions but see no reason now to say anything other than I hope the killing stops and they reach agreement. It is time to shift attitudes, prejudices and hate towards peace, right?

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 2:46 pm

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 3:46 pm
Thank you Miriam for posting this article.

I got this email below today from Jewish Voice for Peace and would like to share it with you. It says so much better than what I could ever say. You may also want to check out Uri Avnery on Gush Shalom - or maybe even join them as I see that you live in Israel? Just a thought you might want to consider?

Stay safe!!


A new 72-hour ceasefire has begun in Gaza. But what comes next? We need to keep learning - and taking action - for justice.

At 12:01 this morning (local time), another 72-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas began. As negotiations move haltingly ahead, what we do know is that Gaza is in a state of ruin. Even if the IDF doesn't fire another single shot, this attack already stands as the most destructive to life and property that we have witnessed. Israel has killed over 1,900 Palestinians, including 415 children, and injured more than 10,000. It's hard to imagine, much less make sense of.

Here are four critical points to understand and push out into public debate - with links to some of the articles we think are most helpful looking forward over the coming days.

Gaza has been decimated

“I’ve never seen such massive destruction ever before,” is how Peter Maurer, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, described Gaza last week. Over 10,000 homes have been destroyed, with another 30,000 damaged. Gaza’s lone power plant that was hit by Israeli missiles July 29th, affecting sewage treatment, communications, refrigeration, healthcare, and almost every aspect of daily life . Hundreds of schools, mosques, factories, and farms have also been destroyed or damaged. And even before this attack, Gaza was still rebuilding from the Cast Lead offensive in 2009 and Pillar of Cloud in 2012.

A Major Health Crisis is Unfolding

Before this crisis, Gaza had just 2,047 hospital beds. That's roughly one for every 5 injured Palestinians. People are being discharged far earlier than they should be as even more critical patients come in. Medical supplies - including pain medication - are in extremely short supply. And of course those returning home to recover often have no home to go to, and almost all of them, certainly, face the same water and power crisis as they try to heal.

The key Palestinian “demand” is a basic right.

In the formal negotiations in Cairo as well the courts of public opinion worldwide, the key sticking point is the Palestinian demand that Israel lift its 7-year siege of the Gaza Strip. But the blockade shouldn’t even be on the negotiating table. The siege is patently illegal, and so lifting it isn’t a concession- it’s an overdue obligation.

The blockade is the impediment to a more lasting truce. Palestinian American legal scholar Noura Erakat said it best: “The current situation is a recurrence of Israel’s bloody attacks on Gaza in the winter of 2008-2009 as well as November 2012. Absent efforts to address the root causes of this conflict, it will be repeated yet again in the near future. The primary issue is that of Israel’s military and colonial rule over the Palestinian population of the occupied territories, including Gaza, which is characterized by a discriminatory apartheid legal regime and brutal repression. When the rockets stop flying and the aerial strikes cease, Palestinians will continue to die a slow and protracted death under the boot of Israel’s occupation."

What we have here is a difference between one side negotiating for its fundamental rights, and another angling to extend and deepen its occupation.

Global outrage has not (yet) led to Israeli accountability

As Israeli journalist Larry Derfner said this morning: "The world is shocked by the death and devastation in Gaza, it understands that the “root cause” is Israel’s half-century denial of freedom to the Palestinians, and it knows that the Netanyahu government has no interest whatsoever in setting the Palestinians free – yet the world, even now, is letting Israel get away with it." In spite of the massive public outcry over Israel's ongoing assault on Palestinian civilians, Israel continues to enjoy absolute impunity from governments around the globe. Even as tens of thousands gather in the streets in the US, our senate passes unanimous resolutions endorsing the war and the Obama administration admitted we are restocking Israeli ammunition even as it is used to decimate civilians. The fact is, governments including our own aren't going to do it. It's down to you and me to hold Israel accountable for it's actions.

What can we do?

Even after so much suffering, prominent American Jewish institutional leaders remain committed to this war, and silent in the face of the clear moral outrage that is the blockade. This silence provides cover for those who would profit from ongoing conflict and killing. This silence erases all of us - Jews and allies - who want to resolve not only this devastatingly escalated period of violence, but the underlying systems of occupation, discrimination, and displacement driving it forward.

Last Friday, six members of JVP Philadelphia were arrested trying to deliver the more than 26,000 signatures on an Open Letter to the heads of the Jewish Federations of North America, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, and the Jewish Council on Public Affairs. This week, we’ll continue to pressure them to shift course and decide to stand with the growing segment of our community that wants genuine peace with justice.

But we need your help. Please, don’t just learn about what’s going on - help us change it.
Go here to sign the letter if you wish so:

Stefanie Fox
Organizing Director


BTW - JVP-Philly members got arrested asking Jewish Federation to stand for justice in Gaza….

Sarah Markey (39)
Wednesday August 13, 2014, 1:44 am
Stop killing innocents.

War is insanity which benefits a few elite who would never commit their own bodies to it's torture. People on all sides are used. Humanity must unite in peace to save itself.

Aaron Bouchard (158)
Wednesday August 13, 2014, 3:24 am
noted thanks

Rodney Paige (44)
Wednesday August 13, 2014, 10:35 am
The Palestinian people are the ones that really suffer. They are caught between Hamas and the Israeli government with no one to represent or speak for them. Hamas does not represent the Palestinian people, but they are portrayed in the media, and by US and Israeli governments, as being complicit in the rocket attacks on Israel, when they are coerced into showing public support for Hamas or they are subjected to acts of terror by members of Hamas. SHAME ON HAMAS, THE US GOVERNMENT and THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT for playing politics with the lives of the Palestinian people.
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