In de Gazastrook zitten anderhalf miljoen mensen gevangen op een strookje grond van ongeveer 5 km breed en 40 km lang. In Egypte kwam vorig jaar een einde aan de westerse dictatuur van president Mubarak. Tijdens de “Arabische Lente” opende Egypte het Suezkanaal voor Libië en Iran. Dat gaf Libië de mogelijkheid om olie te exporteren naar India en China, terwijl voor Iran de weg naar Europa open ging. Libië werd daarop vakkundig geëlimineerd. Egypte heeft echter ook de grens van Gaza op een kier gezet, niet voor goederen, want Israël heeft vrijwel alle import verboden, en evenmin voor de inwoners, maar slechts voor mensen die de Gazastrook willen bezoeken. De documentaire filmer Ross Kemp ging er kijken, hij kwam thuis met een spannende, boeiende, informatieve, ontroerende en indringende documentaire.
Egypte leverde ook altijd aardgas aan Israël, maar in april van dit jaar werd dit contract door Egypte opgezegd. Er was toch al geen levering meer mogelijk, omdat de pijplijn voortdurend werd gesaboteerd. Ook had Israël de gasrekening al in geen maanden betaald. Het gas is van Egypte, maar de pijplijn is eigendom van buitenlandse investeerders, waaronder de Israëlische zakenman Yosef Maiman. Schade aan de pijplijn is voor hun rekening, maar zij geven Egypte de schuld van het “veiligheidsprobleem”. De huidige aanval op Gaza gaat waarschijnlijk niet over Hamas en wat Qassam raketten, maar over die pijplijn!
Haaretz, 22 april 2012: Egypt cancels natural gas deal with Israel
Ampal, Israeli businessman Yossi Maiman’s company, controls 12.5% of EMG, which sells Egyptian gas to customers in Israel, primarily the Israel Electric Corporation. It exports the gas by means of a pipeline that runs through Sinai. That pipeline has been attacked more than 14 times since the popular uprising that ousted longtime Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak.
Before the sabotage, Egypt supplied about 40 percent of Israel’s natural gas, which is the country’s main energy source.
De huidige president van Egypte, Mohamed Morsi, heeft de aanval op Gaza onmiddellijk scherp veroordeeld. Er zijn nu internationale besprekingen gaande met Morsi en Egypte. Voor het oog van de wereld gaan deze uitsluitend over mensenrechten, maar het zou me niets verbazen als men Egypte in ruil wil dwingen tot het herstarten van de gasleveranties aan Israël. Natuurlijk kan men Morsi dan de militaire middelen verschaffen voor het bewaken van die pijplijn in de Sinaï, dit in ruil voor een lening van het IMF aan de Egyptische staatskas, tegen rente uiteraard!
Dat de situatie in Gaza met de dag triester wordt, dat is in de politiek niet van belang! Het gaat alleen over de winsten die men kan maken met het verspillen van energie. Mocht u meer willen lezen, dan staat onder deze documentaire een lijst van artikelen over Gaza waarin het woord PIPELINE niet voorkomt. Ze staan in omgekeerde volgorde, de oudste is van 3 dagen geleden en staat onderaan.
Gaza Documentary | Ross Kemp duurt 45 minuten.
By Mark Perry
November 17, 2012 “Daily Beast” —
Gerson Baskin’s entry in these pages—”Assassinating The Chance For Calm”—has given the readers a valuable insight into the workings of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But as Baskin himself knows, this is not the first time that “calm” has been assassinated.
In July of 2002, I was an integral part of a small team working to end the second Intifada. I was the lone American on the team, the only one who was not an intelligence officer, and the only one with a direct line to Yasser Arafat and the senior leadership of Fatah. Our task was to gain the approval of Palestinian factions for a draft ceasefire that would end attacks on Israelis not living in the Occupied Territories. My job was to actually draft the ceasefire and serve as liaison with Arafat’s envoy in the process—Hani al-Hassan.
“I Think it Has Got to do With Iran, Actually.”
Chief Rabbi Caught Off Guard With Comment on Israel’s Attack On Gaza
By Alan Hart
November 16, 2012 “Information Clearing House” –
There was a fascinating moment on BBC Radio 4’s Thought For The Day this morning when Britain’s Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks, answered a question honestly because he thought he was off the air. That was enough to cause a craven BBC (dictionary definition of craven – “cowardly”) to apologize for the fact that one its presenters had caught him off-guard. So what did he say?
By Gush Shalom
November 16, 2012 “Information Clearing House” –
The name chosen for the new war in Gaza is “operation Cloud Pillar”. A far more appropriate name would have been “Operation Short Memory” Said former Knesset member Uri Avnery, Gush Shalom activist. “Prime Minister Netanyahu is counting on the public’s short memory. Netanyahu counts upon people forgetting that dozens and even hundreds of “liquidations” had been carried out and they did not solve any problem – always there was somebody replacing those who were killed, and more than once the new one was more capable and more radical. Netanyahu counts on people not remembering that four years ago Israel went to war on Gaza, killing 1300 civilians in three weeks – which otherwise did not make any significant change in the situation. Netanyahu counts on people failing to remember that just yesterday morning the media reported on people in the communities of the South heaving a sigh of relief at the complete cessation of missiles from Gaza.
“Air strikes are bombing everything that moves. Everything that moves in the streets is being bombed and attacked”
Report from Rafah by Palestinian journalist Mohammed Omer, who says, “One thing that we ought to talk about here is the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip. This is a situation of targeting a population of civilians, exactly like Israel is shooting in a fishbowl. And there is no shelter, and there is nowhere to run for the general population. Gaza is living in a very dire situation.”
November 16, 2012 – JERUSALEM, Nov. 16 (UPI) —
Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil said Friday he witnessed “a disaster” in Gaza after Israeli attacks against rocket-firing militants.
The Israeli military attacked at least 130 targets and militants returned fire with 11 rockets launched from Gaza, the BBC reported. At least 20 Palestinians and three Israelis have died since Israel began its offensive Wednesday. The Israeli army began drafting 16,000 reservists after the government authorized the call-up of 30,000 troops. Qandil visited the Council of Ministers building and a hospital in the city of Gaza, the BBC said “What I am witnessing in Gaza is a disaster and I can’t keep quiet. The Israeli aggression must stop,” he said.
The US was once part of the international consensus against extra-judicial assassinations. Now it is a leader in that tactic.
By Glenn Greenwald
November 15, 2012 “The Guardian” —
Israel’s escalating air attacks on Gaza follow the depressingly familiar pattern that shapes this conflict. Overwhelming Israeli force slaughters innocent Palestinians, including children, which is preceded (and followed) by far more limited rocket attacks into Israel which kill a much smaller number, rocket attacks which are triggered by various forms of Israeli provocations — all of which, most crucially, takes place in the context of Israel’s 45-year-old brutal occupation of the Palestinians (and, despite a “withdrawal” of troops, that includes Gaza, over which Israel continues to exercise extensive dominion). The debates over these episodes then follow an equally familiar pattern, strictly adhering to a decades-old script that, by design at this point, goes nowhere.
By Jim Lobe
November 15, 2012 “Information Clearing House” – WASHINGTON –
Israel tops the list of the world’s most militarized nations, according to the latest Global Militarisation Index released by the Bonn International Centre for Conversion (BICC).
Israel’s main regional rival, Iran is far behind at number 34. Indeed, every other Near Eastern country, with the exceptions of Yemen (37) and Qatar (43), is more heavily militarized than the Islamic Republic, according to the Index, whose research is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development.
Singapore ranks second, followed by Syria, Russia, Jordan, and Cyprus, according to the Index, which is based on a number of weighted variables, such as the comparison of a country’s military budget with its gross domestic product (GDP), and the%age of the GDP it spends on health care.
Six of the top 10 states, including Israel (1), Syria (4), Jordan (5), Kuwait (7), Bahrain (9), and Saudi Arabia (10) are located in the Middle East, while yet another of Iran’s neighbors, Azerbaijan, made its first entry into the militarized elite at number 8.
November 15, 2012 “RT” —
The latest attacks by Israel against Gaza have been condemned as a violation of international law. However the US and UK have given their unwavering support to the new strikes on Gaza.
US President Barack Obama “reiterated US support for Israel’s right to self-defense in light of rocket attacks from Gaza” in a phone call to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday.
Meanwhile UK Foreign Secretary William Hague also stepped forward in Israel’s defense, claiming that Hamas “bears principle responsibility” for the Israeli attacks on Gaza.
Israel has now reportedly hit over 200 “targets” in Gaza, killing 13 and injuring over 120 people.
By Ali Abunimah
November 15, 2012 “Electronic Intifada” —
Today, 3 Israelis were killed as a result of rocket fire from Gaza. This came after Israel had killed 13 Palestinians, including 3 children and a woman, and injured 115, including 26 children and 25 women since yesterday, 14 November. This will be presented by Israel – and sympathetic or careless world media – as another justification for Israel’s attacks on Gaza to stop rocket fire. But this narrative is false.
Where there was calm and an effective truce, Israel chose to shatter it, bringing about the current deadly escalation. In general, Palestinians fired rockets, or attacked the Israeli army, as a response to Israeli attacks, seeking to avoid escalation and publicly embracing a truce. Take a look at the sequence:
By Alan Hart
November 15, 2012 “Information Clearing House” –
I imagine I am not the only one who feels the need to vomit (dictionary definition – “to throw up the contents of the stomach through the mouth”) when Israel’s Goebbels justifies the Zionist state’s ferocious and monstrously disproportionate attacks by air and sea on the Israeli-blockaded Gaza Strip, the prison camp which is home to 1.5 million besieged and mainly impoverished Palestinians. The Israeli to whom I am referring is, of course, Australian-born Mark Regev, the prime minister’s spokesman, for which read spin doctor. The more I see and hear him in action, the more it seems to me that he makes Nazi Germany’s propaganda chief look like an amateur.
Pictures Of Children Killed and Injured By Israeli Attack On Gaza November 14, 2012
“A time comes when silence is betrayal.” – Rev. Martin Luther King
“There is no moral symmetry; there is no moral equivalence, between Israel and the terrorist organizations in Gaza. The terrorists are committing a double war crime. They fire at Israeli civilians, and they hide behind Palestinian civilians. And by contrast, Israel takes every measure to avoid civilian casualties.”