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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

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

Gazans to get soap starting next week, Israeli crossing officials announce

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on April 4, 2009

Israeli crossing authorities earlier changed a decision banning dried pasta and dates, after reports surfaced that the basic foodstuffs were regularly refused entry into the coastal area. A top level American delegation to Gaza, including US Senator John Kerry, visiting a month after the reports were released finally pressured Israel into changing the policy.

For full article, visit http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=36863

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

Gazan women face rise in abuse

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 31, 2009
Insharar al-Atar (second left) says she forgives her husband for his aggression because she knows what he is going through

Insharar al-Atar (second left) says she forgives her husband for his aggression because she knows what he is going through

He has beaten her so badly she has problems with her eyes, her teeth and her shoulder.

She says he grabs her by her long hair and drags her around before hitting her. He is also violent with her three children, aged five, three and nine months. Baby Ahmad lies asleep in her arms as we sit talking in a small room at the women’s clinic.

For full article, visit http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7968421.stm

Sahar (who wanted her family name omitted), aged 36, divorced her husband in February due to the physical and psychological abuse she endured leading up to and during the war. “He beat me severely and I was fainting from the stress,” said Sahar.

“He forced me to engage in sexual intercourse against my will.” Sahar brings her two-year-old daughter to the Palestinian Centre for Democracy and Conflict Resolution (PCDCR) to visit the daughter’s father.

For full article, visit http://www.imemc.org/article/59694

Israeli blockade prevents EU cash from reaching Gazans

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 30, 2009

Israel’s refusal to allow cash into the Gaza Strip is preventing the payment of Italian-sponsored social welfare benefits for 24,500 Palestinian families facing hardship, indended to be ready Monday.

For full article, visit http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=36762

Richard Falk: My Expulsion from Israel

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 28, 2009

To avoid an incident at the airport, Israel could have either refused to grant visas or communicated to the UN that I would not be allowed to enter, but neither step was taken. It seemed that Israel wanted to teach me, and more significantly, the UN a lesson: there will be no cooperation with those who make strong criticisms of Israel’s occupation policy.

After being denied entry, I was put in a holding room with about 20 others experiencing entry problems. At this point, I was treated not as a UN representative, but as some sort of security threat, subjected to an inch-by-inch body search and the most meticulous luggage inspection I have ever witnessed.”

For full article, visit http://www.palestine-pmc.com/details.asp?cat=4&id=3930

Blockade on Gaza Strip claims 312th Palestinian victim

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 24, 2009

“The most recent Palestinian to die is 46-year-old Hayat Suleiman Khalil of Gaza City, a cancer patient who passed away after being prevented from traveling abroad for treatment, in spite of the fact she had all the papers need to travel.”

Source:  http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=36653