Monday, 25 January 2010

UNRWA says Gaza in state of psychological and physical collapse

From Voice of America
The U.N. Relief and Works Agency says Gaza is in a state of physical and psychological collapse.

The Israeli blockade of Gaza has been going on for 30 months. The U.N. Relief and Works Agency, which cares for one million Palestinian refugees in Gaza, says the territory is receiving only 20 percent of the goods it got before the blockade was imposed.

UNRWA says the ongoing blockade of Gaza's borders has caused the private sector to collapse and unemployment and poverty to rise to unprecedented levels.


Israel says it will keep parts of West Bank 'for eternity'

Quite why anyone still has any hopes of the so-called peace process delivering anything other than more humiliation and oppression for the Palestinian people should have been clear for all to see on Sunday (24 Jan). US 'peace' envoy Mitchell met Netanyahu for talks. Netanyahu made it clear to the US politician that Israel intends to hold on to the West Bank 'for eternity'.
rime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged on Sunday that Israel would keep parts of the West Bank forever, planting trees in a settlement bloc to reaffirm a land claim long rooted in Israeli government policy. “Our message is clear: We are planting here, we will stay here, we will build here, this place will be an inseparable part of the state of Israel for eternity,” Netanyahu said in the Gush Etzion enclave.

Speaking after meeting US President Barack Obama’s Middle East envoy in occupied Jerusalem, Netanyahu vowed Israel would also keep its two biggest West Bank settlements, Maale Adumim and Ariel.


Lebanese protest Egypt's steel wall of shame

From the English language Daily Star in Beirut. A new organisation to protest the building of the wall and the participation of Arab-owned building contractors, called the Campaign to Stop the Wall of Shame, was formed in Lebanon last Thursday.
BEIRUT: A protest outside the Egyptian Embassy in Beirut on Sunday descended into violent clashes with riot police, causing at least three injuries. Some 200 people, mobilized by the Union of Lebanese Democratic Youth (UDLY), gathered for the third time in as many weeks to protest Egypt’s decision to construct an underground steel wall along its border with the besieged Gaza Strip.

Palestinians often use tunnels to smuggle food, medicine and construction materials into the Strip, which has been under Israeli blockade for four years.

Protesters with Palestinian keffiyeh scarves wrapped around their heads unfurled a giant Palestinian flag. One poster read: “The high one built the high dam, the low one built the low dam,” with the former referencing former Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser who built the Aswan Dam...

...On Thursday, the newly-formed movement The Campaign to Stop the Wall of Shame held a conference in Beirut to condemn the role of the Arab Contractors construction company in the building of the wall.

Mubarak seeks to justify his Gaza wall crime

Words of wisdom from dictator of Egypt, Mubarak. His attempts to justify his collaboration with Israel in the starving of Palestinians will convince no-one, except maybe the policemen he was talking to.
"The works and reinforcements on our eastern border are a matter of Egyptian sovereignty. We do not accept a debate on the issue with anyone," Mubarak said in a speech to mark Police Day.

"It is the right of the Egyptian state, and even its duty, its responsibility. It is the right of every state to control and protect its borders," he added.

Khaled Meshaal, exiled leader of the Palestinian Hamas movement which has controlled Gaza since June 2007, recently called on Egypt to halt construction of the barrier.

"What we do not accept, and will not accept, is that we take our borders lightly, or that our territory is violated or that our soliders or installations are targetted," Mubarak said.

"We continue with the construction and reinforcements on our border, not to please anyone, but to protect our national security from violations and from terrorist acts such as those in Taba, Sharm el-Sheikh, Dahab and Cairo," he added.