Gaza’s lidande

Svensk media vägrar ju att uppmärksamma lidandet och den kollektiva bestraffning av civilbefolkningen i Gaza. Men notera vilka det var som slog sig in till Egypten. Svältande och sjuka människor desperata på jakt efter mediciner. Varför tillåts Israel föra krig mot 20 månader gamla bebisar medan världen tittar på?

Och varför har Israelerna glömt sin historia?

Läs berättelsen på engelska om revolten i Sobibor och fundera på betydelsen av att stänga in en hel befolkning bakom murar och taggtråd med. Jag gör inga jämförelser med nazister och Israeler, bara med människosynen. Eller har arabiska liv mindre värde än judiska? Gaza är inget dödsläger men ett konsentrationsläger med över en miljon innevånare. Och innan någon pratar om Hamas attacker mot Israel läs om det Hudna förslag som Hamas 2006 gav Israel. Vilket både Israel och världen i övrigt ignorerade.

Pause for Peace – New York Times

We Palestinians are prepared to enter into a hudna to bring about an
immediate end to the occupation and to initiate a period of peaceful
coexistence during which both sides would refrain from any form of
military aggression or provocation. During this period of calm and
negotiation we can address the important issues like the right of
return and the release of prisoners. If the negotiations fail to
achieve a durable settlement, the next generation of Palestinians and
Israelis will have to decide whether or not to renew the hudna and the
search for a negotiated peace.


https://www.sobibor.info/

Shortly after Yom Kippur in 1943,
a group of Jewish prisoners in the Sobibor extermination camp,
determined to live rather than die, began devising a plan for
a revolt. A couple of days later, during the afternoon of 14
October 1943, one of the most daring displays of Jewish
resistance during the Holocaust began—the escape from Sobibor.

Gulf Times – Qatar’s top-selling English daily newspaper – Gulf/Arab World

RAFAH, Egypt: Abu Abdullah
wanted only one thing when he crossed through the shattered wall into
Egypt – a vaccine for his baby boy that can’t be found in the
neighbouring Gaza Strip.

“He’s 20 months old and
should have had his German measles jab five months ago, but you can’t
find it anywhere in Gaza because of the Israeli blockade,” he says,
cradling his child while the pharmacist searches for the precious
liquid.
Abu Abdullah is among an estimated 700,000 Palestinians who
have crossed the border from the isolated enclave since the towering
concrete wall separating the Gaza Strip from Egypt was blown up Tuesday
night.
Most come for petrol, cigarettes, cooking oil and other
staples, but Abu Abdullah says that once he has the vaccine, he’ll be
going back without any of the products he could sell on the lucrative
black market at home.
“Once I have the jab, I don’t need anything else from here, just my son’s health.”

White-bearded
pharmacist Hajj Khalil sits outside his store, dumbfounded by the rush
on his stocks which have left its shelves virtually empty, like those
of many others in the divided border town of Rafah.
“They want everything because there’s nothing in Gaza,” he says.
“The
only things I have left are beauty products. Antibiotics sold out the
quickest. Now I’ve sold everything and I’m waiting for more stocks to
come from Cairo.”
Hundreds of parents of young children, others
pushing elderly relatives in wheelchairs, push through the thronging
crowds of Palestinian shoppers on Rafah’s main Salaheddin Street to get
medicine.
“I did $5,000 worth of business yesterday, more than I
make in a month normally, says a pharmacist who gives only his first
name Mohamed.
“I give a discount to people who are obviously poor.
The most popular drugs are for cancer therapy, hypertension, sclerosis
of the liver.
“Some Palestinian ambulances came through yesterday bringing victims of the intifada to be treated here.”
Dr Yussef Musallam has come from Gaza City with $1,000 to spend on drugs to take back to his pharmacy.
“I’m
going to buy all the drugs I can, we have nothing in Gaza because of
the siege. In spite of the tunnels, the siege hit us badly. I’ve got
$1,000, which is everything I have.
“It used to take one day to ask
for drugs from the Israelis but since the siege, it takes one month, if
they allow it at all, they refuse a lot of orders.”
Even before the
complete lockdown imposed by Israel last Thursday, the World Health
Organisation was expressing alarm at Gaza’s deepening isolation and
accused Israel of putting lives in danger by not allowing dozens of
patients to leave for treatment.
The UN agency said last month that
23% of requests in October for treatment in Israel were refused,
compared with 17 % in September and 10% in June, when Hamas seized
control of Gaza from forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud
Abbas.

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4 svar på Gaza’s lidande

  1. ckrantz skriver:

    Enligt flertalet både Israeliska och Egyptiska medier var det på personlig order från Mubarak som de egyptiska gränspoliserna drogs tillbaka när övergångarna sprängdes. De Egyptiska gränspoliserna verkar heller inte försöka så ivrigt att pusha palestinerna in i gaza igen heller. Mubarak kunde ju skicka armen och stridsvagnar. Muren var förövrigt Israelisk.

    Israel kunde valt att förhandla med Hamas men gjorde det inte. Precis som bombningarna mot Libanon antogs det räcka med en Israelisk styrkedemonstration för att tvinga fram en underkastelse. Israel har all rätt att slå tillbaka mot väpnande grupper men det är inte självfösvar att svälta ut 1 miljon människor. 20 månaders bebisar är knappast terrorister.

    Vad tycker du om att det stora antal medlemmar i det Israeliska säkerhets etablissemanget som förespråkat förhandlingar med Hamas. T ex föredetta Mossad chefen Efraim Halevy. Han är en av många realister, inte ideologer i Israel. Tyvärr finns inte dessa vid makten.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ephraim_Halevy
    He is known as a hard-headed pragmatist on issues involving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, willing to ruffle feathers on the right and the left, unlike many others in the intelligence establishment who are known to take more extreme ideological positions on these issues.

    Halevy believes that Israel should negotiate with Hamas. Israel should take up Hamas’s offer of a long-term truce and try negotiating, because the Islamic movement is respected by Palestinians and generally keeps its word, he said. He pointed to the cease-fire in attacks on Israel that Hamas declared two years ago and has largely honored. “They’re not very pleasant people, but they are very, very credible,” Halevy said. [1]

    Efraim Halevy 2:
    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/QA.jhtml?qaNo=125
    If Israel supports the policy of democratization in the Arab world, then it must accept the results of freely held elections in the Palestinian territories. Democratic elections do not entail a guarantee of victory by one particular party and therefore one must assume that there is a possibility that Hamas will play a role in the political life of the Palestinian Authority and Israel will be powerless to prevent this from happening. Hams today represents between 30 and 40 percent of the Palestinian population. These 30 to 40 percent are much more cohesive than the ”silent” 60 percent of Fatah and its associates. Therefore, realistically, we must envisage a situation in which Hamas will be sitting at negotiating tables and will continue to be a political force in Palestinian society. There is no point in Israel having to discuss what response it will fashion to what will be celebrated as ”an Arab victory.” Israel is one of the most powerful nations in the Middle East, powerful in terms of its defense and military capabilities, powerful in terms of its economic and social successes, powerful in terms of its international networking with the economies of the world, and powerful in terms of the degree of internal national solidarity despite the many divisions that characterize Israel’s society. Rather than cringe in the face of ”an Arab victory” Israel must exhibit its superior capacity to move resolutely towards a reconciliation with the peoples of the region out of a position of inner conviction and strength.’

    http://www.debka.com/headline.php?hid=4965

    Announcing that Egypt would not expel the hundreds of thousands of Gazan Palestinians who continue to crossed the broken border fence into N. Sinai, President HosniHosni MubarakMubarak redeployed his special border force from the Gazan border to points south of El Arish, Bir Lahfan and Abu Aweigila. This step effectively handed over to the control of Hamas-led Palestinian terrorist organizations and al Qaedal a northernnorthern SinaiSinai enclave of roughly 855 sq, km., twice the area of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

    Early Thursday, Jan. 24, American forces and equipment withdrew from the Multi-force Organization base at Al Gura northeast of al Arish. This force monitors Sinai’s demilitarization under a key clause of the Egypt-Israel peace treaty. Washington and Cairo are discussing evacuating the entire base and its 400 multinational personnel. The Egyptian high command was informed that Hamas had begun moving some of its elite units to its new stronghold. Egyptian forces are not capable of contending with this strength or the hundreds of thousands of Gazan Palestinians on the move between Gaza and Sinai since Hamas blew up the concrete border fence Tuesday.

    Israeli officials continue to treat the crisis as a problem for Egypt to address, rather than emanating from Israel’s failure to pre-empt Hamas’ well-laid plan with timely and appropriate military action. Senior military sources told DEBKAfile that Hamas’ strategic feat is irreversible. By demolishing the 10-km concrete barrier dividing the Gaza Strip from EgyptianEgyptian SinaiSinai, Hamas has acquired a new stronghold outside Israel’s military reach while their missiles and guns retain access to Israeli targets from the Gaza Strip.

  2. ckrantz skriver:

    Enligt flertalet både Israeliska och Egyptiska medier var det på personlig order från Mubarak som de egyptiska gränspoliserna drogs tillbaka när övergångarna sprängdes. De Egyptiska gränspoliserna verkar heller inte försöka så ivrigt att pusha palestinerna in i gaza igen heller. Mubarak kunde ju skicka armen och stridsvagnar. Muren var förövrigt Israelisk.

    Israel kunde valt att förhandla med Hamas men gjorde det inte. Precis som bombningarna mot Libanon antogs det räcka med en Israelisk styrkedemonstration för att tvinga fram en underkastelse. Israel har all rätt att slå tillbaka mot väpnande grupper men det är inte självfösvar att svälta ut 1 miljon människor. 20 månaders bebisar är knappast terrorister.

    Vad tycker du om att det stora antal medlemmar i det Israeliska säkerhets etablissemanget som förespråkat förhandlingar med Hamas. T ex föredetta Mossad chefen Efraim Halevy. Han är en av många realister, inte ideologer i Israel. Tyvärr finns inte dessa vid makten.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ephraim_Halevy
    He is known as a hard-headed pragmatist on issues involving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, willing to ruffle feathers on the right and the left, unlike many others in the intelligence establishment who are known to take more extreme ideological positions on these issues.

    Halevy believes that Israel should negotiate with Hamas. Israel should take up Hamas’s offer of a long-term truce and try negotiating, because the Islamic movement is respected by Palestinians and generally keeps its word, he said. He pointed to the cease-fire in attacks on Israel that Hamas declared two years ago and has largely honored. “They’re not very pleasant people, but they are very, very credible,” Halevy said. [1]

    Efraim Halevy 2: http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/QA.jhtml?qaNo=
    If Israel supports the policy of democratization in the Arab world, then it must accept the results of freely held elections in the Palestinian territories. Democratic elections do not entail a guarantee of victory by one particular party and therefore one must assume that there is a possibility that Hamas will play a role in the political life of the Palestinian Authority and Israel will be powerless to prevent this from happening. Hams today represents between 30 and 40 percent of the Palestinian population. These 30 to 40 percent are much more cohesive than the "silent" 60 percent of Fatah and its associates. Therefore, realistically, we must envisage a situation in which Hamas will be sitting at negotiating tables and will continue to be a political force in Palestinian society. There is no point in Israel having to discuss what response it will fashion to what will be celebrated as "an Arab victory." Israel is one of the most powerful nations in the Middle East, powerful in terms of its defense and military capabilities, powerful in terms of its economic and social successes, powerful in terms of its international networking with the economies of the world, and powerful in terms of the degree of internal national solidarity despite the many divisions that characterize Israel's society. Rather than cringe in the face of "an Arab victory" Israel must exhibit its superior capacity to move resolutely towards a reconciliation with the peoples of the region out of a position of inner conviction and strength.'

    http://www.debka.com/headline.php?hid=4965

    Announcing that Egypt would not expel the hundreds of thousands of Gazan Palestinians who continue to crossed the broken border fence into N. Sinai, President HosniHosni MubarakMubarak redeployed his special border force from the Gazan border to points south of El Arish, Bir Lahfan and Abu Aweigila. This step effectively handed over to the control of Hamas-led Palestinian terrorist organizations and al Qaedal a northernnorthern SinaiSinai enclave of roughly 855 sq, km., twice the area of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

    Early Thursday, Jan. 24, American forces and equipment withdrew from the Multi-force Organization base at Al Gura northeast of al Arish. This force monitors Sinai’s demilitarization under a key clause of the Egypt-Israel peace treaty. Washington and Cairo are discussing evacuating the entire base and its 400 multinational personnel. The Egyptian high command was informed that Hamas had begun moving some of its elite units to its new stronghold. Egyptian forces are not capable of contending with this strength or the hundreds of thousands of Gazan Palestinians on the move between Gaza and Sinai since Hamas blew up the concrete border fence Tuesday.

    Israeli officials continue to treat the crisis as a problem for Egypt to address, rather than emanating from Israel’s failure to pre-empt Hamas’ well-laid plan with timely and appropriate military action. Senior military sources told DEBKAfile that Hamas’ strategic feat is irreversible. By demolishing the 10-km concrete barrier dividing the Gaza Strip from EgyptianEgyptian SinaiSinai, Hamas has acquired a new stronghold outside Israel’s military reach while their missiles and guns retain access to Israeli targets from the Gaza Strip.

  3. Christofer skriver:

    Hur ställer du då dig till att det är Egypten som försöker trycka tillbaka hamasanhängarna som försöker ta sig in i landet? Uppenbarligen så vill inte ens araberna själva ta i de så kallade palestinierna utan föredrar att dumpa över ansvaret på Israel.

    Varför har man annars valt att behålla en mur mellan Egypten och Gaza? Israels motivation att stoppa terrorister från att ta sig in i landet via Gaza är ju i allafall lätt att förstå sig på.

  4. Christofer skriver:

    Hur ställer du då dig till att det är Egypten som försöker trycka tillbaka hamasanhängarna som försöker ta sig in i landet? Uppenbarligen så vill inte ens araberna själva ta i de så kallade palestinierna utan föredrar att dumpa över ansvaret på Israel.

    Varför har man annars valt att behålla en mur mellan Egypten och Gaza? Israels motivation att stoppa terrorister från att ta sig in i landet via Gaza är ju i allafall lätt att förstå sig på.

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