Breaking the Blockade

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[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcAr1YYfEuo]Breaking the Blockade - YouTube[/ame]
 

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It's a legal blockade.

Israel blockade of Gaza legal, UN review says
The UN investigation into the events on the Turkish-flagged ship known as the Mavi Marmara, the largest of six vessels that were commandeered by Israeli commandos on May 31, 2010, was headed by Sir Geoffrey Palmer, former prime minister of New Zealand, aided by Alvaro Uribe, former president of Colombia, along with a representative each from Israel and Turkey.

It takes a broadly sympathetic view of Israel’s sea blockade of Gaza.

“Israel faces a real threat to its security from militant groups in Gaza,’’ the report says in its opening paragraphs. “The naval blockade was imposed as a legitimate security measure in order to prevent weapons from entering Gaza by sea and its implementation complied with the requirements of international law.’’
Israel blockade of Gaza legal, UN review says - Boston.com
 
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It's a legal blockade.

Israel blockade of Gaza legal, UN review says
The UN investigation into the events on the Turkish-flagged ship known as the Mavi Marmara, the largest of six vessels that were commandeered by Israeli commandos on May 31, 2010, was headed by Sir Geoffrey Palmer, former prime minister of New Zealand, aided by Alvaro Uribe, former president of Colombia, along with a representative each from Israel and Turkey.

It takes a broadly sympathetic view of Israel’s sea blockade of Gaza.

“Israel faces a real threat to its security from militant groups in Gaza,’’ the report says in its opening paragraphs. “The naval blockade was imposed as a legitimate security measure in order to prevent weapons from entering Gaza by sea and its implementation complied with the requirements of international law.’’
Israel blockade of Gaza legal, UN review says - Boston.com
Yeah, whatever.
 

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French Philosopher and Human Rights Activisit Bernard Henri Levy
The very idea of a "total and merciless" blockade of Gaza constitutes disinformation. We mustn't tire of reminding others the blockade concerns only arms and the material necessary to manufacture them. It does not prevent the daily arrival, via Israel, of between a hundred and a hundred and twenty trucks laden with food, medical supplies, and humanitarian goods of every kind.

Humanity is not in danger in Gaza, and it is a lie to state that people are "dying of hunger" in the streets of Gaza.

Now that the Israelis have carried out their inspection and mean to take the cargo of aid to those for whom it is supposedly intended, Hamas's attitude in blocking that aid at Kerem Shalom, allowing it to slowly rot, is met with silence. To hell with any merchandise that has passed through the hands of Jewish customs! Chuck out the "toys" that brought tears to the eyes of good European souls but became impure because they spent too many hours in the Israeli port of Ashdod! Gaza's children having been nothing more than a human shield for the Islamist gang who took power by force three years ago.
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It is not a siege on food.

It is a siege on freedom.

Only propagandists yak about food.
 

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It is not a siege on food.

It is a siege on freedom.

Only propagandists yak about food.
Hamas Bans Gaza Students Studying Abroad :lol: :clap2:
Gaza's militant Hamas rulers have banned eight teenage students with scholarships to study in the U.S. from leaving the territory, a Palestinian rights group said Wednesday.

The move appeared to be part of an intensified Hamas campaign against independent groups that they view as a challenge to their rule and against activities that believe promote a Western lifestyle.

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights said the eight students were granted AMIDEAST scholarships, a program that educates talented teenagers from the Middle East and North Africa for a year in the U.S. At the end of the year, students return to their home countries to finish their education. The students were granted scholarships based on their academic achievements.

In a statement, the rights group said Hamas' education minister rejected a travel request by the teenager's parents for "social and cultural reasons." It also accused Hamas of breaching the parents' right to educate their children as they choose.

Hamas would not confirm the order, much as it has in the past with similar orders travel bans on Gaza residents.

But the parents of 15-year-old Aboud Alshatari said their son was traveling to the border Wednesday when Hamas police turned him away, saying the Education Ministry refused to let him leave Gaza. Alshatari was slated to attend school in North Carolina.

The ban comes a day after a network of aid groups in Gaza criticized Hamas for forcing aid workers and employees of civil society groups to register with them before traveling for work outside the Gaza Strip. And last week, Hamas shut down the U.S.-financed International Medical Corps after it refused to submit to a Hamas audit.

The Iranian-backed Hamas overran Gaza from the secular Palestinian Fatah party in bloody street battles in 2007. Since then, Hamas has slowly imposed its radical interpretation of Islam on residents of the Gaza Strip — a world view that is even more stern than what traditionally religious conservative Gazan's follow.

Other Hamas crackdowns include trying to ban male barbers from cutting women's hair and forbidding women from smoking in public and outlawing scantly clad female mannequins.

Hamas Bans Gaza Students Studying Abroad - ABC News
 
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Who, what, when, where, and why.

The question is why?
 

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Khaled Abu Toameh: What About Hamas's Siege Of Gaza? :clap2:

As Israeli naval commandos raided the flotilla ship convoy that was on its way to the Gaza Strip, Hamas security officers stormed the offices of five non-governmental organizations, confiscated equipment and documents, and ordered them closed indefinitely. Ever since it seized control over the Gaza Strip in the summer of 2007, Hamas has imposed a reign of terror on the local population in general and its critics in particular. Hamas has brought nothing to the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip other than death and disaster.

The raid on the NGOs in the Gaza Strip, which received little coverage in the media, is seen by many Palestinians as part of Hamas's ongoing crackdown on political opponents and human rights organizations. Further, Hamas's recent decision to ban municipal elections in the Gaza Strip is yet another violation of one of the basic rights of its constituents.

Hundreds of Palestinians have been arrested by Hamas's security forces for daring to speak out against the state of tyranny and intimidation in the Gaza Strip. Over the past three years, dozens of Fatah officials and members have either been thrown into prison or killed. Under Hamas, the Gaza Strip is being transformed into a fundamentalist Islamic entity resembling the regimes of the Ayatollahs in Iran and the Taliban in Afghanistan.

While there is no ignoring the fact that Hamas originally came to power in a free and democratic election in January 2006, this does not give the movement the right to impose a social, intellectual, political and economic blockade on the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Instead of searching for ways to improve the living conditions of the 1.5 million Palestinians of the Gaza Strip, Hamas is busy enforcing strict Islamic rules on the population, such as Hamas policemen, for example, often stopping men and women who are seen together in public to inquire about the nature of their relationship.

Since the kidnapping of IDF soldier Gilad Schalit in 2006, more than 3,500 Palestinians have been killed, many of them during Operation Cast Lead which followed the firing of rockets at Israel. The kidnapping of Schalit and the rocket attacks have made the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip pay a very heavy price. If Hamas were really serious about ending the blockade on the Gaza Strip and helping the poor people living there, it would have accepted at least shown some pragmatism in dealing with the outside world.

Hamas could have, for instance, accepted the international community's demand to renounce terrorism and honor all previous agreements signed between the Palestinians and Israel. Moreover, it could have allowed representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross to visit Schalit. Hamas, however, is more interested in clinging to power than in serving its people; and in light of increased calls for lifting the blockade following the flotilla incident at sea, the movement's leaders in Syria and the Gaza Strip are now convinced that they are marching in the right direction.

The flotilla incident came at a time when Hamas appeared to be losing its popularity among Palestinians, largely due to the deteriorating economic situation in the Gaza Strip. It also came at a time when even some of Hamas's supporters were beginning to criticize the movement, especially over its decision to demolish scores of "illegal" houses in the southern Gaza Strip and the execution of criminals and "collaborators" with Israel. It is one thing to help the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, but it is another thing to help Hamas. Those who wish to deliver aid to the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip can always find better and safer ways to do so - either through Israel or Egypt. But those who only seek confrontation with Israel in the sea are only emboldening Hamas and helping it tighten its grip on the people of Gaza Strip.

Internation Musing: Istanbul, Amsterdam, Delhi, Portland, Utrecht, The Hague and Thessaloniki.: What About Hamas's Siege of Gaza? (by Khaled Abu Toameh)
 
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Ever since it seized control over the Gaza Strip in the summer of 2007, Hamas has...
In the summer of 2007 Hamas was the elected government in office.

Seized control???

Your source is all wet.
 

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Ever since it seized control over the Gaza Strip in the summer of 2007, Hamas has...
In the summer of 2007 Hamas was the elected government in office.

Seized control???

Your source is all wet.
Gaza Strip banks close in protest of Hamas cash seizure :lol: :clap2:

Move follows Hamas seizure of $250,000 in cash; West Bank official for the Palestinian Monetary Authority says Hamas police committed 'armed robbery.'
Gaza Strip banks close in protest of Hamas cash seizure - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News
 
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Ever since it seized control over the Gaza Strip in the summer of 2007, Hamas has...
In the summer of 2007 Hamas was the elected government in office.

Seized control???

Your source is all wet.
Gaza Strip banks close in protest of Hamas cash seizure :lol: :clap2:

Move follows Hamas seizure of $250,000 in cash; West Bank official for the Palestinian Monetary Authority says Hamas police committed 'armed robbery.'
Gaza Strip banks close in protest of Hamas cash seizure - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News
Those funds were supposed to be dispersed but were held up by the illegal government in the West Bank for political reasons.

Hamas seized control of Gaza in 2007 in a brief civil war with forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Why did Abbas have forces in Gaza? Security forces should be under the minister of the interior not the president.
 

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In the summer of 2007 Hamas was the elected government in office.

Seized control???

Your source is all wet.
Gaza Strip banks close in protest of Hamas cash seizure :lol: :clap2:

Move follows Hamas seizure of $250,000 in cash; West Bank official for the Palestinian Monetary Authority says Hamas police committed 'armed robbery.'
Gaza Strip banks close in protest of Hamas cash seizure - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News
Those funds were supposed to be dispersed but were held up by the illegal government in the West Bank for political reasons.

Hamas seized control of Gaza in 2007 in a brief civil war with forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Why did Abbas have forces in Gaza? Security forces should be under the minister of the interior not the president.
:lol: :clap2:
Palestine Press Agency: Hamas arrested and beat a group of women holding a protest at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in central Gaza City on Saturday.

The women were celebrating the 46th anniversary of Fatah's first terror attack.

"Witnesses said that members of Hamas attacked the women with batons, tore up their flags and took the women to a detention center, shouting curses and insults."
http://www.palpress.co.uk/arabic/
 
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The women were celebrating the 46th anniversary of Fatah's first terror attack.
Terror attack is not a term that is used by Palestinians.

It is an Israel name calling thing.
 

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The women were celebrating the 46th anniversary of Fatah's first terror attack.
Terror attack is not a term that is used by Palestinians.

It is an Israel name calling thing.
US State Department: Terrorist Designation of HAMAS Operative Muhammad Hisham Muhammad Isma'il Abu Ghazala

The State Department has designated Muhammad Hisham Muhammad Isma’il Abu Ghazala under E.O. 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism. This action will help stem the flow of finances to Abu Ghazala by prohibiting U.S. persons from engaging in transactions with him and freezing any assets he may have under U.S. jurisdiction.
Designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization since 1997, HAMAS has carried out attacks – such as suicide bombings, rocket launches, improvised explosive device attacks, and shootings – against civilian targets inside Israel

Terrorist Designation of HAMAS Operative Muhammad Hisham Muhammad Isma'il Abu Ghazala
 
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The women were celebrating the 46th anniversary of Fatah's first terror attack.
Terror attack is not a term that is used by Palestinians.

It is an Israel name calling thing.
US State Department: Terrorist Designation of HAMAS Operative Muhammad Hisham Muhammad Isma'il Abu Ghazala

The State Department has designated Muhammad Hisham Muhammad Isma’il Abu Ghazala under E.O. 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism. This action will help stem the flow of finances to Abu Ghazala by prohibiting U.S. persons from engaging in transactions with him and freezing any assets he may have under U.S. jurisdiction.
Designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization since 1997, HAMAS has carried out attacks – such as suicide bombings, rocket launches, improvised explosive device attacks, and shootings – against civilian targets inside Israel

Terrorist Designation of HAMAS Operative Muhammad Hisham Muhammad Isma'il Abu Ghazala
It is an Israel name calling thing.
And Israel's toadies in our state department.
 

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