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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Dedicated to peace

"Despite Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza, major violations of human rights continue to result from its occupation of Palestinian territories, construction of barriers and expansion of settlements, according to the United Nations official monitoring that situation in his latest report to the General Assembly."

UN News Centre, 28 September

UPDATE: Amira Hass continues to expose Israel's true agenda:

"Next month, as is the case every October, the Palestinian Interior Ministry in Gaza will begin issuing 16-year-olds their first identity cards. Each 16-year-old will bring photographs and documentation to his school, which will pass them on to the ministry. And, just as it has every year since the Palestinian Authority was established, the ministry will pass all the information on to Israel's Interior Ministry. Despite Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian ministry still cannot issue identity cards unless Israeli clerks approve the applications."

11 Comments:

Blogger Iqbal Khaldun said...

Well written, again, Amira Hass. The Palestinian Authority is not accountable to the Palestinian people. It is accountable to Israel.

Israel's intentions are pretty clear on the ground. The Palestinian Authority will be the feudal middle manager of a Palestinian population that will either flee or remain desperate and without meaningful emancipation.

Of those that remain, some will be offered the 'luxury' to provide a cheap labour force for Israeli businesses. The entire population is already a captive market for Israeli goods (which includes Palestinian water sources now almost entirely controlled by Israel).

If you visit one of the main checkpoints (Qalqilya, Kalandia outside Jerusalem, Erez outside Gaza), you can see this master plan in action. Giant hangar-like structures are being built on the Israeli side. These will be used to process Palestinian wage-slaves on their way to Israeli factories and bathrooms.

All thanks to US-funding. Not to mention Australia's courageous, blanket political support.

Ant, get dem books of yours out on the street!

Wednesday, September 28, 2005 6:51:00 pm  
Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

Iqbal, well said.

PS Any chance of some of your terrific travel photos making their way into Ant's book? ;-)

Wednesday, September 28, 2005 7:29:00 pm  
Blogger anthony said...

"There are some 8,000 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, “whose treatment is alleged to fall well below internationally accepted standards,” according to the Rapporteur. In addition, he charges that freedom of movement is radically undermined by over 600 military checkpoints."

In relation to the Pal prisoners; there was an article in Time that clearly showed otherwise. Is Time just part of the Zionist conspiracy?

As for 'freedom of movement'- How can Israel protect its people without screening the Palestinians entering? Last time I checked- they have a desire to kill Jews.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005 9:08:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Iqbal's photos in my book? They are stunning, to be sure.
Watch this space....Not sure what my publisher would say about that...

Wednesday, September 28, 2005 11:56:00 pm  
Blogger Iqbal Khaldun said...

Hey more than happy for you to use my photos.

Anthony, that's just downright rubbish. I hope I just missed the sarcasm in your post.

1000s of Palestinians work illegally in Israel. On a daily basis they cross into Israel through the ranges avoiding the checkpoints. This is an open secret, even the Israelis know about it. Heck you can occasionally see people doing it from the roads so I'm guessing Israel's NATO-size military can too.

So if Palestinians were just Jew haters they could pretty much go blow up cafes and buses at will.

In terms of security, the checkpoints don't work because the soldiers are just kids with no real knowledge of processing people. Cars are randomly stopped and many soldiers struggle to identify Israeli visa stamps!

By the way as I type this Israel's F-16s are dropping sonic bombs every 30mins over Rafah. This has been going on since yesterday, non stop. Yes even at fucking 4am in the morning. What kind of sick 'security' measure is this exactly? The intent is clear. The aim is to terrify. Although sonic bombs are not explosive they produce a powerful shock wave akin to a weak earthquake. I'm staying at a hospital at present. I can hear kids crying down the hallway. Some windows in a school down the road just shattered.

Thursday, September 29, 2005 12:41:00 am  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

It is not a security measure. Perhaps you missed the latest news? Israel left Gaza. They are a nation unto themselves.

Shortly after gaining independance, they attacked Israel. Israel is merely fighting back.

Surely you agree that no sovereign nation can allow itself to be attacked without severe retribution? No tit for tat as it was regarding a rebellous civil population.

It is now war. Grow up.

Thursday, September 29, 2005 2:22:00 am  
Blogger anthony said...

"By the way as I type this Israel's F-16s are dropping sonic bombs every 30mins over Rafah. This has been going on since yesterday, non stop. Yes even at fucking 4am in the morning."

So what? It’s making you and others uncomfortable??!?
Have a whinge. Were those 30 rockets designed to make Israeli's uncomfortable? No they were intended to kill Jews.

Thursday, September 29, 2005 6:40:00 pm  
Blogger Comical_Ali said...

No i disagree with you anthony -- dropping bombs at 4am while cold blooded terrorists are in bed sleeping is cruel and heartless.

Better do it at a more appropriate time...maybe during buisness hours

Thursday, September 29, 2005 9:42:00 pm  
Blogger Comical_Ali said...

"Israel's intentions are pretty clear on the ground. The Palestinian Authority will be the feudal middle manager of a Palestinian population that will either flee or remain desperate and without meaningful emancipation.

Of those that remain, some will be offered the 'luxury' to provide a cheap labour force for Israeli businesses. The entire population is already a captive market for Israeli goods (which includes Palestinian water sources now almost entirely controlled by Israel).
If you visit one of the main checkpoints (Qalqilya, Kalandia outside Jerusalem, Erez outside Gaza), you can see this master plan in action. Giant hangar-like structures are being built on the Israeli side. These will be used to process Palestinian wage-slaves on their way to Israeli factories and bathrooms.

All thanks to US-funding. Not to mention Australia's courageous, blanket political support.
"


Oh no here come the facts: The Palestinians recieve the more international aid and money than any other group in history. From evil zionist Israel alone they get a whopping US$ 1 billion a year. They also get hundreds of millions of US from the EU and US a year! the late El-Presidento Arafat was recently named by Forbes magazine as one of the richest Despots in the world...richer than Queen Elizabeth of england and not far off from the late King Faud of Saudi Arabia. Recently, world leaders pledged billions more at the g8 summit. No group in history has ever recieved such priviligaed attention -- and beleive me there are groups who are far more deserving (and have suffered far worse - making the palesitnians look like the worlds bigget free loaders.)

So where the fuck has all that money gone? On expensive cars, nice villas in Europe and italian suits and Jihad, Jihad, Jihad?

A fraction of that money could have very easily gone to build the necessary infrastructure that would have provided jobs for Palestinians inside Gaza and Wbank itself. But no, instead it goes to fund a death culture of hate and Armani suits.

So as you acknowledge, the palestinians willingly cross over into hated enemy territory to find work and make a living. Here there is no grand zionist or American conspiracy. No one is forcing them, except their fucked up, incompetent and blood thirsty leaders.

Yes, yts all very easy to divert attention and blame the Jooz on all your misfortunes...even for spreading the black plague. At that rate you will never get anywhere. So good luck to you buddy.

Thursday, September 29, 2005 9:59:00 pm  
Blogger anthony said...

Iqbal,
Your profile says you live in Hebron. You claim to be able to “hear kids crying down the hallway”, presumably as a result of the Israeli strikes.

The problem I have is that Hebron is in the West Bank, and Rafah borders with Eqypt.

Your last post was from the West Bank, as well as the one before that, and of course Bethlehem before that. Oh, and another two before that. In fact, all your posts appear (at first glance) to be from the West Bank.

Now, my knowledge of weaponry is a little fuzzy- but I’m guessing if your are STILL living and staying in the West Bank, then the Jewish Israelis are also being ‘terrorised’ by the air strikes.

Friday, September 30, 2005 2:05:00 pm  
Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

Anthony, Iqbal is an Aussie travelling in Palestine. The location shown on his blogger profile may noy be up to date simply because he is on the road. Why not focus on the content of his comments, rather than attempting to smear his character, Waterton-style?

Monday, October 03, 2005 1:51:00 am  

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