Thursday, 5 September 2013

International report says collective punishment of Gaza has reached critical stage

Two months after the military coup in Egypt, the Gaza Strip continues to live through the worst shortages of medical equipment and fuel as well as difficulties on movement in and out of the Strip, a report issued by three international organisations said.

EuroMid Observer for Human Rights in cooperation with the Palestinian Return Centre in London (PRC) and Malaysian Consultative Organization (MAPIM) issued the report, 'Slow Death'. The report focused on the negative effects of the siege on Gaza which has led to severe shortages in the Strip.

According to the report, Gaza residents are facing "severe shortages" in their basic needs as well as healthcare equipment and medicines. It also said that all other sectors were suffering serious shortages.

The report said that food and fuel needs can barely be met as the Egyptian army has closed most of the tunnels used to smuggle in essential goods. more

No fuel deliveries to Gaza unless paid for in advance

The General Directorate of Petroleum in Palestine has ordered Gaza based petrol stations to pay cash when ordering their petrol supply otherwise the directorate will not provide them with any petrol. The directorate’s decision regarding petrol supplies has raised suspicions and complaints in Gaza which currently has no supply of Egyptian fuel after the destruction of the vast majority of the underground tunnels.

“I cannot take the risk of providing Gaza based petrol stations with their needs to the order of 150 million Shekels {Dh 150 million) and wait for a month or later to start collecting the money,” said Foad Al Shobaky, who heads the General Directorate of Petroleum in Ramallah in an interview with Gulf News.

He said that the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) does not have any control over Gaza which makes collecting money from fuel suppliers harder at a time when the Israeli company which supplies the petrol wants immediate payment.

“This is a high financial risk which would add financial hardships to the already sick Palestinian treasury,” he said. “My decision is final and will not be reversed.” more

Gaza's Arab enemies come out of the woodwork

By Lama Khater (pictured)
Suddenly, blood no longer holds any weight between brothers and no one affiliates with the common thread of Arabism. Talk of an Arab army's aggression towards Gaza is normalised and portrayed as an acceptable outcome in many Arab media outlets.

In an era of Arab degradation, in which many dictators have tightened their grip, the maximum limits of the tragedy have been reached when it comes to Palestinian officials' silence and inability to condemn the tragedy they are facing. Their inaction can be classified as an act of betrayal and active participation in the Zionist crime against Palestine and its people.

In this critical phase of the Arab Spring, which gives rise to tyrants who sow the seeds of hatred towards Palestine and Palestinian resistance in their attempts to cause incitement, the fruit of their efforts will be ugly. Tyrants will step on the bodies of the pure and destroy any positive signs in the Islamic world.

The Egyptian army is currently waging an unprecedented war with its blockade of the Gaza Strip. The media openly speaks of bringing Hamas to its knees; why? It is the only entity of the Palestinian resistance that functions outside the binds and limitations of the Israeli occupation.

All of this is being met with indifference by a wide range of the Arab public and Gaza's enemies creep out of the woodwork. This group of malicious and corrupt people are the same individuals who invested in the epidemics plaguing the Arab word and benefited from the Arab nation's weakened state and lack of will. They were bound to address some of their impulsive degradation towards Gaza so that they would be able to implement the same vices and grab the reins of authority. Dirt has been cast over the glimmer of hope cowering under the ashes of the revolutions.

The worst thing about all of this is the Palestinian Authority contribution to the aggression against Gaza. It claims that the consequences of such actions are positive because they are carried out by an Arab army, while the people of Gaza suffocate due to shortages of fuel, electricity and medicine. Thousands of travellers are in a log-jam at the Rafah border while the coup's authorities in Egypt and the aggressively uncaring PA in Ramallah do not give a fig about the severe consequences of the siege. more

Medics: Member of Hamas armed wing killed in mission

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- A member of the military wing of Hamas was killed on Thursday morning in a "Jihadist mission" east of Gaza city, medics said.

A Gaza emergency services official identified the al-Qassam Brigades member as Mohammad Lutfi Abed, 24, and said he was killed in a Jihadist mission. more