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Forgotten GAZA: Largest Prison on Earth.

J. Abizeid

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http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-...sit-to-gaza-end-the-blockade.premium-1.470901

Chomsky in first visit to Gaza: End the blockade

The Jewish-American intellectual and staunch critic of Israel is in Gaza to attend a conference at Gaza's Islamic University over the weekend.

By Haaretz | Oct.19, 2012


Noam ChomskyPhoto by AP

Jewish-American linguist Noam Chomsky traveled to the Gaza Strip on Thursday to attend a conference at Gaza's Islamic University. Chomsky called on Israel to put an end to the blockade on the Hamas-ruled costal enclave, the French news agency AFP reported. Chomsky entered the Gaza Strip from the Egyptian side of the Rafah Crossing as a member of an academic delegation that is scheduled to partake in a conference at the Islamic University over the weekend. This is Chomsky's first visit to Gaza.
According to Jamal Khudari, a member of Gaza's legislative council and head of the Islamic University's administrative staff, Chomsky said that "The Palestinian people have a right to live peacefully and in freedom."
In a broadcast from the university on Palestinian television Chomsky said "Our trip to Gaza was very difficult, but we arrived here and I saw several things which I hoped before to see."
Khudari told AFP that Chomsky is scheduled to lector at the university on the Arab Spring and foreign policy in the Middle East on Saturday, as well as, meet with members of several Palestinian human rights organizations.
"We organized a program for him to tour refugee camps," Khudari told AFP.
Chomsky, 84 is a professor emeritus at the Department of Linguistics & Philosophy at MIT and one of the most influential intellectual figures alive today. He spent a few months in the 1950s in Kibbutz Hazorea, in the Western Jezreal Valley. He is known as a staunch critic of Israeli and American foreign policy.
In 2010, he was barred entry to Israel when he tried to enter from Jordan en route to lector in a university in Ramallah. Israel's refusal to allow Chomsky to travel to the West Bank received considerable coverage in the foreign press and blogosphere.
 
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    http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/declassified-report-reveals-israel-set-calorie-limit-gaza

    Declassified report reveals Israel set calorie limit for Gaza



    Palestinian men stand behind a net where migrant quails are snared on the beach of Khan Yunis in southern Gaza Strip on September 25, 2012. Palestinians erect hundreds of meters of yellow silk nets along the coastline in the Gaza Strip to hunt migratory birds, mainly quails, which start arriving to the coasts of the Mediterranean in the second half of September of each year. AFP PHOTO/ SAID KHATIB

    Published Wednesday, October 17, 2012

    Israel's Health Ministry devised nutritional “red lines” to help the military decide on how much food to import to Palestinians during the most stifling periods of its blockade on the Gaza Strip between 2007 and 2010, a secret presentation released by court order Wednesday showed.
    The presentation, named “Food Consumption in the Gaza Strip—Red Lines” shows that food imports to Gaza were cut by nearly 75 percent, from 400 trucks per day to 106 by the start of the blockade. Tables compiled by the Health Ministry dictated that 2,279 calories per person would be the needed intake to avoid malnutrition in Gaza, and assorted food groups to be imported accordingly.
    According to Britain's National Health Service, the average man needs 2,500 calories to maintain his weight and a woman requires 2,000.
    However, the presentation does not take into account consumption disparity among Gazans, assuming that all would consume equally within the minimal rations. In reality, rich Gazans bite into a significant portion of the allowed intake, leaving poor Gazans much lower amounts than designated minimal calorie levels, a likely cause of a UN outcry about Gaza, calling the besieged strip a “humanitarian crisis.”
    In 2008, the International Committee of the Red Cross revealed a “progressive deterioration in food security for up to 70 per cent of Gaza's population,” forcing people to cut household expenditures to “survival levels”.
    “Chronic malnutrition is on a steadily rising trend and micronutrient deficiencies are of great concern,” said the ICRC report.
    Wikileaks has published diplomatic cables revealing that Israel told US officials in 2008 it would keep Gaza's economy “on the brink of collapse”.
    Israel's Defense Ministry has denied that the document, ordered by a Security-Political Cabinet decision in September 2007, was ever used. However, then Defense Minister Matan Vilnai has expressly stated that 106 trucks—the exact number prescribed by the presentation—were carrying food into Gaza during the time of the siege.
     
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    http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/netanyahu-endorses-report-says-west-bank-occupation-legitimate

    Netanyahu endorses report that says West Bank occupation legitimate



    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during his annual meeting with European Union member state ambassadors on October 16, 2012 in Jerusalem. (Photo: AFP - Gali Tibbon)

    Published Wednesday, October 17, 2012

    Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has endorsed procedural portions of an advisory report in favor of illegal settlement building in the occupied West Bank, Israel Radio reported Wednesday.
    Pending approval by a ministerial committee, the move eases settlement planning and construction procedures, legalizes outpost building, and makes lax West Bank property purchasing laws.
    The announcement comes as Netanyahu gears up for early elections he called for this month, which analysts have deemed a sure victory for the incumbent. Netanyahu is running for a second re-election, something that has only been achieved so far by Israel's first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion.
    The report's committee, known as the Levy committee after the former Supreme Court judge who headed it, was appointed by Netanyahu in January 2012 to investigate the legal status of unauthorized West Bank settlements.
    It concludes that Israel's presence in the West Bank is not an occupation, and that all Israeli settlements are legal under international law, findings that fly in the face of a consensus by most in the international community, notably the EU, that deems all Israeli settlements illegal. Netanyahu, however, has refrained from upholding political aspects of the report, restricting his endorsement to operational parts.
    Israeli settlements have been responsible for consuming an overwhelmingly disproportionate amount of resources, greatly impoverishing indigenous Palestinians who are currently in the throes of fiscal crisis. Settlers also routinely harass and lethally assault Palestinians, oftentimes under the protection of the Israeli army.
    Israel's opposition has been up in arms about Netanyahu's endorsement, arguing that it will only further isolate Israel from the international community.
     
    J. Abizeid

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    Israel 'set calorie limit' for Gaza Strip

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    J. Abizeid

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    http://gulfnews.com/opinions/columnists/gaza-siege-a-bomb-waiting-to-explode-1.1091213

    Gaza siege: A bomb waiting to explode




    By 2020, the population density will put an intolerable strain on drinking water and electricity supplies
    One of the most urgent tasks for the international community in 2013 must surely be to lift Israel’s cruel siege of Gaza, now entering its sixth year, and end the misguided boycott of its Hamas government.
    There is hardly a more flagrant example of injustice in the world today than the situation of the 1.6 million inhabitants of this hugely overcrowded Strip — many of them refugees driven out of Palestine by the new Israeli state in 1947-48. They must be allowed to live a normal life — to travel, to manufacture, to trade, to educate their children — free from the constant danger of Israeli air strikes.
    A French scholar, Jean-Pierre Filiu, a professor at the prestigious Institute of Political Science in Paris, has published an important 400-page history of Gaza, from ancient times to the disturbed present. His Histoire de Gaza is the most comprehensive book ever written on the subject and should be read by all those concerned with the long agony of the Palestinians in their struggle for statehood.
    It is impossible in a short article to do justice to Filiu’s sweeping narrative, meticulous research and detailed findings, but it is perhaps worth pointing out that he lays blame for the as yet unresolved and indeed worsening crisis on three main actors — first and foremost on Israel, concerned only with its own security and brutally indifferent to Palestinian life; secondly, on Fatah and Hamas, those old rivals, still locked in a fratricidal struggle as if unaware that their national cause is slipping away before their eyes; and thirdly, on the humanitarian aid provided by the international community which has kept Gaza’s population alive but has also, paradoxically, prevented Gaza’s economic development and its efforts at self-sufficiency.
    Statistics about Gaza make grim reading. In the five years, June 2007 to June 2012, nearly 2,300 Palestinians were killed and 7,700 injured by Israeli forces, two thirds of them during the murderous ‘Cast Lead’ offensive of winter 2008-9. Over a quarter of Palestinian fatalities were women and children.
    In the same period, 37 Israelis were killed and 380 injured in attacks from Gaza, 60 per cent of them military personnel. Some 35 per cent of Gaza’s farmland and 85 per cent of its fishing waters are totally or partially inaccessible due to Israel’s siege.
    Projections are equally gloomy. The UN has warned that living conditions in the Strip could become unbearable by 2020 – a mere seven years away. The Gaza population is expected to reach 2.1 million by then — a density of more than 5,800 people per square kilometre — putting an intolerable strain on supplies of drinking water and electricity.
    Over 90 per cent of the water from the Gaza aquifer is unsafe for human consumption without treatment. Damage to the aquifer, the major water source, is in imminent danger of becoming irreversible. Some 90 million litres of untreated and partially treated sewage are dumped in the sea each day. The UN says there will be a demand by 2020 for 440 additional schools — 85 per cent of schools already run on double shifts — as well as 800 hospital beds and more than 1,000 doctors.
    When Hamas won the Palestinian legislative elections in January 2006, Israel closed the Erez terminal to Gazan labourers, who had made up some 70 per cent of the Strip’s work force. When the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was captured by Palestinian fighters, Israel shut down the Karni terminal, the main crossing for goods, and prevented the use of the Rafah terminal for passenger traffic.
    And when Hamas seized control of the Strip from Fatah in June 2007, Egypt, in turn, shut the Rafah terminal. In January 2008, having already cut food supplies in half, Israel announced a total blockade on fuel to Gaza by both land and sea. Gazans abandoned cars for donkeys. As the siege intensified, employment in Gaza manufacturing fell from 35,000 in 2006 to 860 by mid-2008.
    With no electricity, no food and no water coming from outside, the Gazans built clandestine tunnels to Egypt. From a few dozen in 2005, the number of tunnels grew to at least 500 by 2008, and to some 1,500 today, becoming Gaza’s primary source of imports. But the cost in lives has been heavy.
    Since 2007, at least 172 Palestinian civilians, most of them child workers, have been killed in the tunnels, and 318 injured. For the latest information on Gaza’s predicament, I would recommend two remarkable articles in the summer 2012 issue of the Journal of Palestine Studies: Nicolas Pelham’s Gaza’s Tunnel Phenomenon: the Unintended Dynamics of Israel’s Siege and The Politics of International Aid to the Gaza Strip by Tamer Qarmout and Daniel Béland.
    What is to be done about this scandalous situation? This coming year will either see Barack Obama back in the White House or his place taken by his Republican rival, Mitt Romney. One or the other will need to address the simmering Arab-Israeli conflict, which erupts periodically into violence, poisoning relations between the West and the Arab and Muslim world.
    As Jean-Pierre Filiu says in his final words, Gaza, “the womb of the fidayin and the cradle of the intifada,” lies at the heart of Palestinian nation-building. “Only in Gaza will peace between Israel and Palestine take on sense and substance...”
    Some hope for a breakthrough lies in the coming to power of Egypt’s new President Mohammad Mursi, a leader who has already given proof of his independence and resolve. Speaking in Turkey on October 15, Mursi pledged to keep open the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt. “Egyptians,” he declared, “can never stand by helplessly when they see the people of Gaza under siege.” There is talk of opening the Rafah crossing to two-way trade and establishing a free-trade zone straddling the border. But, for the moment, this remains little more than a project as Mursi has to balance his pledge to the Palestinians with his concern about security in Sinai, as well as with his need to avoid putting Egypt’s delicate relationship with Israel under too great strain.
    Mohammad Al Baradei, an unsuccessful Egyptian presidential candidate and former director–general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, used to say that Mubarak’s collusion with Israel in enforcing the siege was a stain on the forehead of every Egyptian, indeed of every Arab. In truth it is a stain on the conscience of the international community which has allowed Israel’s blockade to continue unchallenged and unpunished.
    Israel is due to hold elections next January, which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is widely expected to win. A fresh parliamentary mandate would give him freedom to break the stalemate of the past. It would provide a unique opportunity to free Israel from the burden of hate and guarantee its long-term future by making peace with the Palestinians — and with the entire Arab world.
    By demonstrating real statesmanship, Netanyahu has the chance to win a place in history next to that of the founders of the Jewish state.
     
    J. Abizeid

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    http://news.antiwar.com/2012/10/18/israel-threatens-aid-ship-seeking-to-deliver-food-to-gaza/

    Israel Threatens Aid Ship Seeking to Deliver Food to Gaza

    Ambassador Demands UN Intervention to Prevent Food From Being Delivered

    by Jason Ditz, October 18, 2012



    The Finnish-flagged Swedish aid ship Estelle is looking to near the Gaza Strip in the next few days, capping off a summer-long sail around Europe to raise awareness for the blockade. The ship is loaded with food aid. Which has Israelis typically furious, but none moreso than Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor, who penned a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon claiming the Swedes on board the ship were less moral than Viking raiders and demanding international military intervention to prevent the food from being delivered.
    This has sparked some criticism, claiming Prosor’s bellicosity is drawing undue influence to the single ship, while Israeli officials say they intend to militarily keep the ship away from the Gaza coast, as they so often have with past ships.
    But that military action is going to happen under considerably more scrutiny than it normally would have because of both Prosor’s letter and this week’s revelation that the Israeli military has been trying to limit the number of calories of food allowed into the Gaza Strip.
     
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    http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/israel-embarks-gaza-bound-ship


    Israel embarks Gaza-bound ship


    In this photo taken on October 16, 2012 the Finnish ship SV Estelle is seen during an operation off the southern Greek island of Gavdos, south of Crete. The Israeli navy on October 20, 2012 boarded a boat carrying pro-Palestinian activists and parliamentarians seeking to breach Israel's naval blockade on Gaza, a statement from the military said. "A short while ago, Israeli navy soldiers boarded Estelle, a vessel which was en route to the Gaza Strip, attempting to break the maritime security blockade," it said, indicating the Finnish-flagged vessel was being led to the southern Israeli port of Ashdod. AFP PHOTO/STR

    Published Saturday, October 20, 2012

    A ship carrying pro-Palestinian activists seeking to breach Israel's crippling blockade on Gaza has come under attack shortly after being approached by Israeli vessels, a spokeswoman told AFP on Saturday.
    Estelle's media coordinator Mikael Loffgren told Al-Jazeera the soldiers who embarked the ship were masked.
    "The Estelle is now under attack -- I have just had a message from them by phone," Victoria Strand, a Stockholm-based spokeswoman for the Ship to Gaza Sweden campaign told AFP.
    "Some time ago, they said that they had military ships following them, but we don't know exactly what they mean" when they say they were attacked, she said of the vessel.
    The Estelle is a part of the Free Gaza Movement, which is dedicated to breaking the Israeli blockade of Gaza, notably through sea channels with the Freedom Flotilla Coalition.
    Last week, a declassified document revealed that Israel had put Gaza on steady diet during the most violent stages of its siege between 2005 and 2008. Ostensibly to avoid malnutrition in the strip, Israel's Health Ministry devised a nutritional "red line", a minimal calorie intake the Israeli army would guarantee as it cut imports to Gaza by nearly 75 percent.
    n 2008, the International Committee of the Red Cross revealed a “progressive deterioration in food security for up to 70 per cent of Gaza's population,” forcing people to cut household expenditures to “survival levels”.
    “Chronic malnutrition is on a steadily rising trend and micronutrient deficiencies are of great concern,” said the ICRC report.
    The siege continues to leave the strip in economic tatters, with unemployment running rampant, and some resorting desperately to self-immolation in recent weeks to protest rapidly declining living conditions.
    The Israeli military confirmed that navy vessels were in the vicinity of the MV Estelle but denied the ship had been attacked or boarded.
    "The Israeli navy has attempted to make initial contact with them, but they have not answered and nothing further has happened at this stage," a spokeswoman said.
    Asked whether any attempt had been made to stop or board the Estelle, she said: "Not at the moment."
    However, an Israeli military source had previously told The Jerusalem Post that the navy was preparing to intercept the boat, and a foreign ministry spokeswoman told the newspaper Israel would not allow the vessel to reach Gaza. Israel justifies its crippling siege of the Gaza Strip as a means to prevent weapon smuggling.
    The boat's cargo, listed on the flotilla's website, includes cement, wheel chairs, crutches, toys, musical instruments and 300 footballs.
    Responding to Israel's UN ambassador Ron Prosor's letter to the UN urging the world body to stop the flotilla, the activists said they welcomed further inspections of their cargo by the UN.
    "What we refuse to accept is something which also the UN and the majority of the international community oppose: the illegal and in a humanitarian perspective devastating siege of the Gaza Strip," they said in a statement.
    In addition to its humanitarian cargo, the boat is also carrying a number of activists, including five European lawmakers from Spain, Sweden, Greece and Norway.
    "The claim for bread, independence, freedom and democracy is not only by peoples facing military occupation or expansionism. It now concerns all of southern Europe...a red thread links Greece to other countries and people who fight," said Dimitris Kodelas, one of the Greek politicians on board.
    The passengers have undergone non-violent training in case Israel's military boards the vessel. They have signed a pledge to act peacefully even if their lives are threatened, a statement on the group's website says.
    The first Freedom Flotilla in May 2010 ended in tragedy when nine Turkish nationals were killed by Israeli commandos boarded the Turkish-flagged Mavi Marmara, the lead ship, as it tried to break through the blockade. Some were shot at point-blank range, according to Turkish investigations.
    A Turkish court prosecutor called for nine life sentences for four senior Israeli commanders each over the killings. If found guilty, the court could issue arrest warrants against them.
    A second attempt to break the blockade in mid-2011 with a coalition of ships setting sail from Athens failed after Greek authorities intercepted the boats, banning their departure and towing back into port those who tried to leave.
    According to Amjad al-Shawwa, director of the Gaza network of NGOs, the activists are demonstrating that "the Palestinian people are not facing this Israeli blockade alone as there are free people in the world who stand by their side and support them as they demand freedom, justice and human rights.”
    Muhsin Abu Ramadan, chairman of the board of Gaza NGOs, said the activists were risking their lives by confronting Israel's naval blockade of Gaza because they opposed tyranny and oppression.
    "The Gaza Strip has the right to a safe water passage and to be freed from this blockade. Those activists are the ones who expose the Israeli violations," Abu Ramadan said.




    This photo released by the Israel Defense Forces, shows the Swedish-owned, Finnish-flagged boat, Estelle as it near the waters off the Gaza Strip Saturday Oct 20, 2012. Israeli naval vessels thwarted the advance of a pro-Palestinian boat attempting to reach Gaza on Saturday in defiance of Israel's blockade of the territory, the military said. (AP Photo/IDF)

     
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    Qatar ruler set for landmark visit to Gaza

    BBC News

    The Emir of Qatar is due to arrive in the Gaza Strip - the first head of state to visit since the Islamist group Hamas came to power there in 2007.

    Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani is expected to launch a $254m (£158m) construction project to help rebuild the war-torn Palestinian territory.

    Qatar has become one of Hamas's main benefactors since it fell out with its financial backers Iran and Syria.

    The Palestinian Authority expressed reservations about the emir's visit.

    Sheikh Hamad will fly to Egypt and cross into Gaza by car amid tight security.

    The Hamas interior ministry said it had a "well-prepared plan" to protect the emir, deploying thousands of security personnel and blocking roads to Gaza City's stadium, where he is expected to address a crowd.

    Earlier, the Israeli military said a soldier had been wounded by a bomb explosion along Israel's border fence with Gaza, near Kissufim.

    Reconciliation

    The visit is a sign of the increasing ties between the Gulf state and Hamas, the BBC's Jon Donnison reports from Gaza.

    Qatar, one of the richest countries in the Arab world, has become an important source of revenue for Hamas in the aftermath of its fallout with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

    In February, Hamas announced that its political leadership had been moved from Syria to Egypt and Qatar, because it could no longer effectively operate because of the unrest in its long-time ally.

    The political bureau of Hamas had been based in Damascus since 1999, and relations appeared to be good until anti-government protests erupted throughout Syria in March 2011.

    Hamas initially neither publicly endorsed the Syrian government's handling of the uprising nor repudiated it.

    Analysts said the Sunni Islamist movement was torn between risking the financial backing of Syria and its ally, Iran, and supporting Syria's majority Sunni community, which has borne the brunt of the crackdown by the Alawite-dominated security forces.

    But in February, the head of the Hamas government in Gaza, Ismail Haniya, declared his support for "the heroic people of Syria who are striving for freedom, democracy and reform".

    Qatar, meanwhile, was the first Arab nation to call publicly for military intervention in Syria to topple the government.

    It was the main Arab player in the Nato-led coalition in Libya and has played a major part in trying to resolve regional conflicts.

    The country maintains cordial relations with both the US and Iran, and - even more unusually for an Arab state - with both Hamas and Israel.

    Most recently, Qatar has been involved in the reconciliation process between Hamas and its long-time rival faction, Fatah, which dominates the Palestinian Authority and is in power in the West Bank.

    Hamas, which won parliamentary elections in 2006, ousted forces loyal to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Gaza during clashes in 2007 and set up a rival government.

    In response, Israel tightened its blockade on the coastal territory, which has had a crippling effect on Gaza's economy.

    A spokesperson for Mr Abbas said the Palestinian Authority welcomed Qatar's efforts to help the people in Gaza but also stressed "the necessity to preserve the legitimate representation of the Palestinian people".

    Mr Abbas called on Sheikh Hamad to "urge Hamas in Gaza to go for reconciliation and to end this split".
     
    Oran-gina

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    L 'Émir du Qatar est sur place ! Ils sont prêt à lui lécher les bottes et voir plus .. Ça donne envié de vomir les gens qui changent de face comme ça .. L'argent n'a pas d'odeur, le front populaire de gauche fait de la résistance mais ses partisans sont lynchés par les islamistes comme des malpropres !!! Pas de démocratie et pas d'honneur ..
     
    J. Abizeid

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    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/24/w...-makes-historic-visit-to-gaza-strip.html?_r=0





    October 23, 2012

    Qatar’s Emir Visits Gaza, Pledging $400 Million to Hamas


    JERUSALEM — The emir of Qatar on Tuesday became the first head of state to visit the Gaza Strip since Hamas took full control of it in 2007, the latest step in an ambitious campaign by the tiny Persian Gulf nation to leverage its outsize pocketbook in support of Islamists across the region — and one that threatened to widen the rift between rival Palestinian factions.
    The emir, Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, pledged $400 million to build two housing complexes, rehabilitate three main roads and create a prosthetic center, among other projects, a transformational infusion of cash at a time when foreign aid to the Palestinian territories has been in free fall. The sheik, his wife and the Qatari prime minister led a large delegation that entered Gaza from Egypt and sped in a convoy of black Mercedes-Benzes and armored Toyotas through streets lined with people waving Qatari and Palestinian flags.
    “Today you are a big guest, great guest, declaring officially the breaking of the political and economic siege that was imposed on Gaza,” Ismail Haniya, the Hamas prime minister, told the emir and his cohort as they sat on sofas in a white shed in the southern town of Khan Yunis, where they plan to erect 1,000 apartments. “Today, we declare the victory on this siege through this blessed, historic visit.”
    In the West Bank, allies of Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, who has struggled to preserve his own legitimacy, warned that the visit set a dangerous precedent of Arab leaders’ embracing Mr. Haniya as a head of state and thus cleaving the Palestinian people and territory in two. “We call on the Qatari prince or his representative to visit the West Bank too!” blared a headline on an editorial in the leading newspaper Al Quds.
    The visit signaled just how much the region had changed for Hamas since the advent of the Arab Spring. Where Egypt under President Hosni Mubarak once allied with Saudi Arabia to squeeze Hamas by keeping the border largely closed, Egypt under a new Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi, opened the crossing to allow the Qatari ruler through. But the visit also reflected the unique foreign policy that has allowed Qatar to straddle competing worlds, bankrolling political movements like Hamas, deemed a terrorist organization by the United States, while maintaining strong links to Washington.
    Sheik Hamad, who has ruled Qatar since 1995, has gradually transformed the tiny nation into a regional powerhouse, relying on its immense wealth to extend its influence. That has been especially true in the past two years, as Qatar has played decisive roles in the revolutions in Libya and Yemen and the isolation of the Syrian government.
    Qatar allied with the West in helping oust Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi in Libya, while financing Islamists on the ground. In Egypt, it has close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. In Syria, it provides cash and weapons to Islamists battling President Bashar al-Assad, and at the same time it hosts a large United States military base that affords it protection in a volatile neighborhood.
    “Qatar is a secure little kernel with huge resources that has chosen to use those resources in foreign policy,” said Paul Salem, director of the Beirut-based Carnegie Middle East Center. “They have no constraints. They can take any position anytime anywhere.”
    But eight months after Doha, the Qatari capital, hosted the signing of a reconciliation agreement between the Hamas leadership and Mr. Abbas, the deal has not come to fruition in the form of national elections. On Tuesday the emir’s visit drove a deeper wedge between Hamas and Fatah, the party of Mr. Abbas, and raised alarm in Israel.
    Hamas has refused to reject violence or recognize Israel, which also considers it a terrorist organization, and has struggled lately to control more militant Islamist groups within Gaza. Since the uprising began in Syria in March 2011, Hamas has closed its offices in Syria, its primary patron, and tried to establish a close and direct connection to Mr. Morsi of Egypt, who was a leader within the Muslim Brotherhood before his election.
    Yigal Palmor, a spokesman for Israel’s Foreign Ministry, declared that the emir had “thrown peace under the bus,” noting that his visit came a few hours after an Israeli soldier was severely wounded when a bomb exploded along the border with Gaza. Southern Israel has faced what he described as “a steady drizzle of rockets” in the last few weeks.
    “It helps Hamas entrench themselves in Gaza, not to yield one inch to the P.A., and enhancing the division and the reality of two de facto states,” Mr. Palmor said. “Most of the money that he’s pouring in Gaza will go to Hamas pockets, directly or indirectly. You think that will encourage them to hold national elections?”
    The Qatari projects dwarf the roughly $300 million in foreign aid that analysts estimate Gaza receives annually. They come as international donations to the Palestinian Authority have nose-dived, from a peak of $1.8 billion in 2008 to less than $700 million this year, according to a World Bank report. The shift is part of a broader financial crisis that has caused the delayed or partial payment of government salaries three months running, the focus of violent street protests in the West Bank last month.
    Nathan Thrall, an analyst with the International Crisis Group, said a critical question was whether rumored visits to Gaza by other regional heads of state would follow Qatar’s. He said that Cairo’s role in brokering the visit was an important signal in the evolving relationship between Gaza and Egypt, and that Hamas was hoping it would help reverse the so-called “West Bank-first model of attempting to promote prosperity in Ramallah and austerity in Gaza.”
    “The message that Hamas wishes to convey is ‘We are the future; the P.A. is disintegrating,’ ” he said. “The argument Hamas is hoping to make is that this is the beginning of a sort of Gaza-first model: Arabs ignoring a failing P.A., and supporting Gaza with sums of money that Europeans, even if they wanted to, couldn’t match.”
    The six-hour visit ended with a large rally at the Islamic University in Gaza City, where the emir and his wife received honorary doctorates.
    Speaking at the university, he called on Palestinian leaders to repair their rift, which he said “was more painful than the Israeli aggression” and left them “without peace negotiations or a resistance and liberation strategy.”
     
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    If Qatar makes the money to rebuilding Gaza, rather than more weapons and faux resistance, I think it will be a positive development. The Palestinians handled Gaza completely wrong way since the Israeli withdrawal in 2005... Gaza should have been an example of peaceful rebuilding, and the resistance should have focused on West Bank. But the Palestinians did the exact opposite, fighting from Gaza and surrendering in WB.
     
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    القناة العاشرةالاسرائيلية : هنية أمر بوقف اطلاق الصواريخ ضد "اسرائيل"

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    J. Abizeid

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    http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/israel-airstrikes-kill-four-palestinians-injure-eight


    Al Akhbar English

    Israel airstrikes kill four Palestinians, injure eight



    A Palestinian man reacts in front of a hospital morgue following an Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip October 24, 2012.
    Published Wednesday, October 24, 2012

    Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip in Palestine killed four people and injured eight since late Tuesday, in an escalation of violence sparked by an Israeli incursion into Gaza Tuesday.
    The offensive follow Qatari Emir Hamad's landmark visit to Gaza Tuesday, the first by a head of state since Hamas took control of the strip in 2007.
    Israeli warplanes struck Rafah Wednesday morning, killing Muhammad al-Sheikh, 32, a member of the Popular Resistance Committee's military wing, the Nasser Saladin Brigades. One other person was injured in the strike.
    At midnight Tuesday, an airstrike on Beit Lahiya in northern Gaza killed Ismail lal-Tally, a member of Hamas' al-Qassam Brigades, and injured three others, Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra told Ma'an.
    A separate overnight strike northwest of Beit Lahiya killed Loai Abed al-Hakeen Abu Jarad, 24, and Yousef Abu Jalhoum, al-Qidra said. One other person was seriously wounded.
    The strikes came hours after Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine fighters claimed responsibility for an attack that wounded an Israeli soldier on the Gaza border. Hamas security sources said it was carried out after Israeli soldiers mounted an incursion into Gaza territory.
    Palestinian witnesses corroborated Hamas' claims, according to agencies.
    Witnesses in Gaza said at least 10 rockets had been fired at Israel on Wednesday, although Israeli police put the figure at 40. Israeli paramedics said three people sustained shrapnel injuries as a result of the rockets, which also damaged a house.
    Israel Defense Minister Ehud Barak told Israel Radio Wednesday that "if we need a ground operation there will be a ground operation. We will do whatever necessary to stop this wave of violence."
     
    J. Abizeid

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    http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/gaza-sees-lull-israeli-violence-after-egypt-brokered-truce

    Gaza sees lull in Israeli violence after Egypt-brokered truce



    Relatives of Palestinian Hamas fighter Ismail al-Tili mourn as a boy cries while looking at his body (unseen), during his funeral in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip, on October 24, 2012. (Photo: AFP - Mahmoud Ham)

    Published Thursday, October 25, 2012

    Israel refrained from air strikes Thursday as an informal truce brokered by Egypt appeared to take hold following two days of violence along the Gaza border.
    Israel conducted a number of air raids on the coastal enclave over Tuesday and Wednesday, killing four Palestinians and injuring eight. Palestinians retaliated by launching dozens of rockets into Israeli towns.
    Palestinian officials said the exchange of fire was sparked by an Israeli incursion into Gaza, hours after Qatar's Emir Hamad's landmark visit to the largely besieged strip.
    Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine fighters claimed responsibility for an attack that wounded an Israeli soldier on the Gaza border. Hamas security sources said it was carried out after Israeli soldiers mounted an incursion into Gaza territory.
    Palestinian witnesses corroborated Hamas' claims, according to agencies.
    Israel re-opened a main crossing into Gaza Thursday after closing it the day before, according to Palestine's Ma'an news agency. It is expected to permit 167 truckloads of medical aid, clothes, shoes, fruit, and livestock to enter.
    An Israeli military spokeswoman said the last known rocket was fired from Gaza on Wednesday at 1800 GMT.
    An Israeli defense official said no formal agreement had been reached with Hamas, the Islamist faction which controls the Gaza Strip, although Egyptian defense officials had been instrumental in restoring calm.
    "The Egyptians have a very impressive ability to articulate to (Hamas) that its primary interest is not to attack and use terror against Israel or other targets," Israeli defense official Amos Gilad told Israeli Army Radio.
    But he added that there was no direct agreement with the Islamist faction.
    "It can be said categorically that there is no agreement with Hamas, there has never been and there will never be. ... The only thing that has been set and said is that there will be calm. We are not interested in an escalation," Gilad added.
    An Israeli military spokeswoman said 86 projectiles had been fired over the border between Tuesday and Wednesday and that the Iron Dome system had intercepted eight of them. Several homes had been damaged by Palestinian rockets.
     
    J. Abizeid

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    http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/israeli-airstrike-kills-gaza-man



    Israeli airstrike kills Gaza man




    Published Sunday, October 28, 2012

    One Palestinian was killed and another critically wounded Sunday morning in an Israeli strike on southern Gaza.
    The two men, who were reportedly members of Hamas’ Izzedin al-Qassam Brigades, were on a motorbike near the southern town of Khan Younis when they were hit.
    Israel confirmed the airstrike, claiming the attack was in response to Palestinian fire on Israeli tanks that had crossed into Khan Younis earlier that morning.
    Palestinian fighters launched at least four rockets into southern Israel later on Sunday in retaliation for the killing.
    Israeli forces frequently cross into Gaza, prompting retaliatory fire from Palestinians.
    The latest fighting took place following a three-day lull in violence after an Egyptian brokered truce went into force at midnight on Wednesday.
    The agreement was aimed at ending a 72-hour spike in cross-border fighting, which began on Monday, with Israeli strikes killing eight Palestinians.
    The fighters responded by firing more than 100 rockets across the border, seriously wounding two Thai workers.
     
    J. Abizeid

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    http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/israel-launches-overnight-airstrikes-gaza


    Israel launches overnight airstrikes on Gaza


    Palestinians inspect the damage to the construction site of a house after an Israeli air strike near Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip on 29 October 2012. (Photo: Reuters - Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)

    Published Monday, October 29, 2012

    Israeli warplanes bombarded Gaza overnight Sunday causing heavy material damage but no injuries or deaths, one day after an Israeli airstrike killed a man in the coastal enclave.
    The Israeli airstrikes hit several Hamas sites near the southern town of Khan Younis and in the northern town of Beit Hanoun, according to Ma’an news agency.
    Another airstrike destroyed a building site east of the Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza while another missile hit an empty area south of Gaza City, the Palestinians agency added.
    Hamas retaliated with a barrage of rockets overnight, causing no injuries or damage, "in response to the continued Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip," the Islamist group said in a statement.
    The man killed Sunday morning was reportedly a member of Hamas’ Izzedin al-Qassam Brigades. He and another Hamas member were on a motorbike near Khan Younis when they were hit by an Israeli airstrike.
    Israel claimed the attack was in response to Palestinian fire on Israeli tanks that had crossed into Khan Younis earlier that morning.
    The incidents followed a three-day lull since an upsurge in violence last week in which Israel killed at least seven Palestinians.
    Egypt brokered an unofficial truce between Israel and Hamas late Wednesday, after three days of airstrikes on the coastal enclave.
     
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    عاجل - اسماعيل هنيه: أمير قطر وعد بإحضار نادي برشلونة الاسباني لزيارة قطاع غزة .

    تكبييير ..الله اكبر ولله الحمد ..تحررت فلسطين يا جماعة ..
     
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    Israel detains seven in violent West Bank raids


    Palestinians are treated for tear gas inhalation following violent Israeli raids in the West Bank on 30 October 2012. (Photo: AFP - Hazem Bader)

    Published Tuesday, October 30, 2012

    Israeli soldiers detained seven Palestinians during violent overnight raids in the southern West Bank that left several injured.
    The army spokesman told the Ma'an News Agency that five Palestinians were detained in the Hebron district and two were arrested in Bethlehem.
    Witnesses in al-Fawwar refugee camp in Hebron said soldiers ransacked the home of Mohammed al-Najjar, a former prisoner and reportedly a member of Islamic Jihad, and assaulted him in front of his family before shackling and detaining him.
    Meanwhile, Israeli soldiers raided the home of Gamila Hassan al-Shalaldeh in Hebron and detained her and her 20-year-old son Ragheb al-Salaymeh early Tuesday morning.
    And in the south Hebron Hills, witnesses reported seeing 47-year-old Said Rabbah being beaten then arrested by troops. They said his 20-year-old daughter Maryam was also beaten, but not arrested. She was allegedly taken to hospital in the nearby town of Yatta for treatment.
    During a pre-dawn raid in Beit Ummar village just north of Hebron, soldiers arrested Wahid Abu Marya, 45, who spent years in Israeli prisons over his ties to Islamic Jihad, witnesses said.
    They said dozens of troops had surrounded his house at around 3am and opened fire when he initially ignored calls to come out, causing part of the house to collapse. He was then arrested.
    Soldiers later fired tear gas at youths in the village who were pelting them with stones, an AFP correspondent said. Several of them were treated for tear gas inhalation.
    An Israeli military spokesman told Ma'an that Israeli soldiers and border police staged a joint operation in Beit Ummar "to prevent terror activities."
    He said one suspect barricaded himself in his home and that forces used "a number of means to pressure him" to come out. The man was eventually arrested and taken for questioning by security forces.
    The army official did not confirm that soldiers demolished the man's home.
    Meanwhile on Monday, Israeli forces detained three Palestinian teenagers, Palestinian officials said.
    Odai Barqan, 13, Abed Ghaith, 13, and Mohammad al-Razem, 14, were accused of painting on a Jewish settler's car. Palestinian officials told Ma'an that Barqan and Ghaith were later released but al-Razem remains in detention.
     
    HannaTheCrusader

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    Well this time these palestinos deserve what they are getting

    Let Hamas and fateh save them, they both sold them out tfehhhhhhhhh
     
    Stormie

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    Well this time these palestinos deserve what they are getting

    Let Hamas and fateh save them, they both sold them out tfehhhhhhhhh
    Maybe Hamas and Fateh sold the cause but I'm certain the new generation will fight the occupation, even by hands. Your kind is looking for an excuse to insult Palestinians but the new generation will not dissappoint us. Tfeeeeh million times on such trash

     
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