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Aid Rots outside Gaza

Posted in Egypt and Palestine, The Blockade, The Gaza Strip by beyondtheborder on April 17, 2009

Hundreds of thousands of tonnes of aid intended for the Gaza Strip is piling up in cities across Egypt’s North Sinai region, despite recent calls from the United Nations to ease aid flow restrictions to the embattled territory in the wake of Operation Cast Lead.

Food, medicine, blankets, infant food and other supplies for Gaza’s 1.5 million people, coming from governments and non-governmental agencies around the world, are being stored in warehouses, parking lots, stadiums and on airport runways across Egypt’s North Sinai governorate.

For full article, visit http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=46504

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Israel shuts down Gaza crossings

Posted in The Blockade, The Gaza Strip by beyondtheborder on April 15, 2009

The Israeli military decided to close three key crossing points into the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, blocking deliveries of food, fuel, and other vital goods.

For full article, visit http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=37125

Egypt confiscates fuel meant to be smuggled into Gaza

Posted in Egypt and Palestine, Internal Palestinian Affairs, The Blockade, The Gaza Strip by beyondtheborder on April 15, 2009

Egyptian sources reported on Tuesday that Egyptian border policemen located and confiscated 19.000 liters of fuel that were meant to be smuggled into the Gaza Strip via underground tunnels between Gaza and Egypt.

For full article, visit http://www.imemc.org/article/59949

Haniyeh: Hamas willing to accept Palestinian state with 1967 borders

Posted in Activism, Palestine and the International Community, The Blockade, The Gaza Strip by beyondtheborder on April 12, 2009

The Hamas leader spoke at a meeting with 11 European parliamentarians who sailed from Cyprus to the Gaza Strip to protest Israel’s naval blockade of the territory. Haniyeh told his guests Israel rejected his initiative. Clare Short, who served in the cabinet of former British prime minister Tony Blair, asked Haniyeh to repeat his offer. He said the Hamas government had agreed to accept a Palestinian state that followed the 1967 borders and to offer Israel a long-term hudna, or truce, if Israel recognized the Palestinians’ national rights.

In response to a question about the international community’s impression that there are two Palestinian states, Haniyeh said: “We don’t have a state, neither in Gaza nor in the West Bank. Gaza is under siege and the West Bank is occupied. What we have in the Gaza Strip is not a state, but rather a regime of an elected government. A Palestinian state will not be created at this time except in the territories of 1967.”

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1035414.html

Sinn Fein leader visit Gaza demands siege to be lifted

Posted in The Blockade, The Gaza Strip, Videos by beyondtheborder on April 8, 2009

Adams told reporters that” what happened in Gaza was wrong” he added that” Gazans have the right to leave in harmony and security.” The Irish official also said “Israel must know that Gaza residents have rights”.

Regarding the ongoing siege on the Gaza strip Israeli is imposing since June of 2006, Adams commented” Israel should open all crossings, allow all supplies into Gaza and facilitate the travel of patients and end the siege.”

For full article, visit http://www.imemc.org/article/59841

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The Sinn Féin leader, who met Hamas members when he last visited the Middle East in 2006, said he regretted the Israeli government’s refusal to meet him.

“As the leader of a party which was censored and demonised and whose members were killed, I see dialogue between all sides as key to building a successful peace process,” he said.

“So I will meet with all sides and urge all sides to end all armed actions and to engage in meaningful dialogue.

For full article, visit http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/northern_ireland/7989676.stm

Oscar-nominated animator makes film on sealed Gaza

Posted in The Blockade, The Gaza Strip, Videos by beyondtheborder on April 7, 2009

Yoni Goodman, director of animation for the Academy Award-nominated film, “Waltz with Bashir”, has created a new animated short film on the closure of Gaza together with the human rights group, Gisha. It’s 1:34 minutes long.

Hear Yoni Goodman talk about the process of making his new animated film on the closure of Gaza together with the human rights group, Gisha.

About Closed Zone

Despite declarations that it has “disengaged” from the Gaza Strip, Israel maintains control of the Strip’s overland border crossings, territorial waters, and air space. This includes substantial, albeit indirect, control of the Rafah Crossing.

During the past 18 months, Israel tightened its closure of Gaza, almost completely restricting the passage of goods and people both to and from the Strip.

These policies punish innocent civilians with the goal of exerting pressure on the Hamas government, violating the rights of 1.5 million people who seek only to live ordinary lives – to be reunited with family, to pursue higher education, to receive quality medical treatment, and to earn a living.

The effects of the closure were particularly harsh during the military operation of Dec. 2008 – Jan. 2009. For three weeks, Gaza residents had nowhere to flee to escape the bombing.

Gisha – Legal Center for Freedom of Movement calls on the State of Israel to fully open Gaza’s crossings and to allow the real victims of the closure – 1.5 million human beings – the freedom of movement necessary to realize their dreams and aspirations.

Source: http://sphr.org/v3/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=376:oscar-nominated-animator-makes-film-on-sealed-gaza&catid=23:featured-stories&Itemid=110

UN to Israel: Ease ‘devastating’ Gaza blockade

Posted in The Blockade, The Gaza Strip by beyondtheborder on April 4, 2009

“It’s wholly and totally inadequate,” John Ging, head of the UN Relief and Works Agency in Gaza, said about the amount of goods Israel permits into the territory, where some 1.5 million Palestinians live.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1076282.html