Monthly Archives: June 2012

Aid? Why Not Trade?

by Jeehan Alfarra

http://palinoia.wordpress.com/aid-why-not-trade/

I recognize the value of aid brought into Gaza and with all my heart appreciate the immense efforts undergone by all sincere conveyers and Palestinian solidarity figures to help the Gazan population. But right as Ken O’Keefe put it ” Bringing Aid… All that does is deal with the results of the problem, it does not deal with the root of the problem… We need to establish trade; once we establish trade, we can get raw materials in, the factories can be rebuilt, people can go back to work, the economy can be developed, Palestinians will have no need for aid! None.”
And that is precisely what I think more energy should be put into, and which I am most concerned with. Trade.

Gaza is more than capable of managing its own business once given the chance (freedom and self-control, that is), and Gazans are more than capable of establishing an efficient economy had the constraints imposed on them and the zionist chains restricting their movement and thought been lifted, and Israel has to stopp its policy of ‘keeping Gaza’s economy on the brink of collapse’. The siege of Gaza has not only prevented trade and prevented an adequate amount of decent goods from entering as well as leaving Gaza, but it has also immeasurably damaged Gaza’s various local professions.

Think of the IT industry in Gaza. In point of fact, Gaza is as advanced in Information Technology as a place could ever be- not in production due to obvious reasons, but in thought and study, maintenance, software, programming, and networking. Had Gazans been ‘permitted’, and I say the word not lightly at all, a better physical connection with the outside world, investments in this field can do so much. There are innumerable IT centers in Gaza concerned for the most part with advanced IT training, local and web networking, and web-design, i.e. things which the siege cannot solidly have a much negative effect on. Yet, power cuts still make even these locally handled matters fairly difficult. Border closures and the obstruction of trade led Palestinians in Gaza to turn to insecure means to bring into the strip as much of advanced technology as possible- a marked example is the tunnels- and also hindered, and blocked if you may, any viable advancement in production in this field. This suffocating strategy forces some IT experts in Gaza to get the hell out to be able to invest in themselves.

Gaza holds an EXPOTECH every year- it is not an EXPOTECH as you would think it should be, but hey at least Gaza tries with all its capacities and capabilities. The video is available here.

Put major matters aside. Think of something as simple as an advertising center. It may not be something so significant in a place like Gaza, you may say; however, the troubles undergone to produce a poster, a logoed t-shirt, a doctor’s stamp, a calendar, a file holder, a street sign, or a banner are ridiculous. The continuous power cuts which affect the computer-dependent design work, the lack of sufficient printing machines , and the lack of the desired, decent material are troubles that managers of advertising centers can’t get off their heads. So innocently I told the manager of an advertising center once, ‘well, you should manufacture your own machines’. His bitter laugh, later joined by mine, said all that can be said in response to me. If we have troubles producing a poster for the lack of material, how are we supposed to produce a machine! Haha… Yeah… Factories are something unusual in Gaza as it is almost next to impossible to have all the necessary components of bringing a certain product into being, and when you find factories, you would find that the entire manufacturing process depends on 3 or 4 machines which they have managed in some extraordinary manner to get into the strip. Not only that, but in owning a factory, you risk being an easy, potential target of an Israeli jet. Israel loves bombing factories under the claim that they are weapon caches (An example to this can be found in my first-hand account of the bombing of the tile factory next to my house during the 2008 offensive).
For my video on the difficulties advertising houses undergo, click here [not linked in original].

Think of entertainment as well! Music, playgrounds, amusement parks that were bombarded… etc

And the list goes on…

ECONOMY, people! ECONOMY…..

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Gaza-Built Boat to Sail from Gaza

author Friday May 18, 2012 08:54author by William Temple – IMEMC & Agencies

http://www.imemc.org/article/63518

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Canadians spearheading “Gaza’s Ark”

New project aims to initiate trade with Palestinians in the Gaza 

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L’Arche de Gaza – Construire l’Espoir

Le Bateau canadien pour Gaza (www.tahrir.ca/fr), en coopération avec des initiatives internationales aux Etats-Unis, en Australie et dans d’autres pays, lance une nouvelle action pour contester le blocus illégal et inhumain de Gaza, seul port méditerranéen fermé à la navigation.

Cette nouvelle initiative “L’Arche de Gaza“, construira un bateau dans la bande de Gaza, en utilisant les ressources existantes. Un équipage d’internationaux et de Palestiniens quittera les eaux de Gaza avec, à son bord, des produits palestiniens destinés à des acheteurs internationaux.

L’Arche de Gaza sera construit à Gaza par des Palestiniens disposant des ressources existantes et d’une assistance internationale.

L’Arche de Gaza, permettra de revitaliser l’industrie navale chancelante à Gaza, et d’assurer la transmission d’une expertise qui risque de se perdre auprès des nouvelles générations (autre conséquence du blocus)

Les accords commerciaux établis par l’intermédiaire de l’Arche de Gaza, entre les producteurs palestiniens et les sociétés ou ONG internationales, constitueront un débouché à l’exportation de produits de la bande de Gaza, en dépit du blocus.

L’Arche de Gaza fournira également une formation aux marins de Gaza en matière de maniement des technologies et équipements modernes de navigation, ce qui a également fait défaut en raison du blocus.

Bien qu’il soit amené à alléger de manière très modeste le grave problème du chômage à Gaza, en versant des salaires aux constructeurs du bateau et en procurant des opportunités commerciales aux Gazaouis, l’Arche de Gaza n’est pas un projet caritatif. C’est une action pacifique contre le blocus imposé à Gaza par Israël de manière unilatérale et illégitime.

L’Arche de Gaza est également solidaire des pêcheurs gazaouis entravés dans leurs activités, et privés de gagne-pain dans leurs eaux territoriales, en raison de ce même blocus que conteste notre campagne.

L’Arche de Gaza conteste le blocus en construisant l’espoir à Gaza même,  car nous sommes confiants dans le fait que les Palestiniens de Gaza sont en mesure de reconstruire leur économie par le biais d’un commerce international qui ne met en cause la sécurité de qui que ce soit.

Avec votre soutien, l’activité de l’Arche de Gaza débutera cet été.  Vous pourrez suivre sa progression sur le net grâce à des mises à jour régulières, (www.gazaark.org), ainsi que sur Facebook (www.facebook.com/GazaArk) et Twitter (@GazaArk).

Vous pouvez nous joindre par courriel à info@GazaArk.org

Gaza’s Ark – Building hope

The Canadian Boat to Gaza (www.tahrir.ca), in cooperation, with international initiatives in the US, Australia and other countries, is launching a new initiative to challenge the illegal and inhumane Israeli blockade of Gaza, the only Mediterranean port closed to shipping.

This new initiative: Gaza’s Ark, will build a boat in Gaza, using existing resources. A crew of internationals and Palestinians will sail it out of Gaza carrying Palestinian products to fulfill trade deals with international buyers.

Gaza’s Ark will be constructed in Gaza by Palestinian hands and expertise, with international assistance.

Gaza’s Ark will help revitalize the dwindling ship building industry in Gaza and help ensure the transmission of this disappearing expertise (another effect of the blockade) to the younger generations.

Through Gaza’s Ark and trade deals secured between Palestinian producers in Gaza and international businesses and NGOs a channel will be established to export Palestinian products from Gaza that are available despite the blockade.

Gaza’s Ark will also provide training to Gaza’s sailors in the use of up-to-date electronic sailing equipment and techniques which they have been denied for years as a result of the blockade.

Although it will help in a very limited manner to alleviate Gaza’s unemployment crisis by paying wages to the boat builders and providing business opportunities to traders, Gaza’s Ark is not an aid project. It is a peaceful action against the blockade which Israel unilaterally and unreasonably imposes on Gaza.

Gaza’s Ark also stands in solidarity with the Palestinian fishery in Gaza whose ability to operate in territorial waters and to derive a livelihood is threatened by the same Israeli blockade which our campaign is challenging.

Gaza’s Ark challenges the blockade by building hope on the ground in Gaza, and affirms our confidence that the Palestinians of Gaza can rebuild their economy through outbound trade that threatens no-one’s security.

With your support, the work on Gaza’s Ark will start this summer. You will be able to follow its progress with regular updates on the web (www.gazaark.org), on Facebook (www.facebook.com/GazaArk) and Twitter (@GazaArk).

You can reach us by email at info@GazaArk.org

Gaza’s Ark – Building hope

The Canadian Boat to Gaza (www.tahrir.ca), in cooperation, with international initiatives in the US, Australia and other countries, is launching a new initiative to challenge the illegal and inhumane Israeli blockade of Gaza, the only Mediterranean port closed to shipping.

This new initiative: Gaza’s Ark, will build a boat in Gaza, using existing resources. A crew of internationals and Palestinians will sail it out of Gaza carrying Palestinian products to fulfill trade deals with international buyers.

Gaza’s Ark will be constructed in Gaza by Palestinian hands and expertise, with international assistance.

Gaza’s Ark will help revitalize the dwindling ship building industry in Gaza and help ensure the transmission of this disappearing expertise (another effect of the blockade) to the younger generations.

Through Gaza’s Ark and trade deals secured between Palestinian producers in Gaza and international businesses and NGOs a channel will be established to export Palestinian products from Gaza that are available despite the blockade.

Gaza’s Ark will also provide training to Gaza’s sailors in the use of up-to-date electronic sailing equipment and techniques which they have been denied for years as a result of the blockade.

Although it will help in a very limited manner to alleviate Gaza’s unemployment crisis by paying wages to the boat builders and providing business opportunities to traders, Gaza’s Ark is not an aid project. It is a peaceful action against the blockade which Israel unilaterally and unreasonably imposes on Gaza.

Gaza’s Ark also stands in solidarity with the Palestinian fishery in Gaza whose ability to operate in territorial waters and to derive a livelihood is threatened by the same Israeli blockade which our campaign is challenging.

Gaza’s Ark challenges the blockade by building hope on the ground in Gaza, and affirms our confidence that the Palestinians of Gaza can rebuild their economy through outbound trade that threatens no-one’s security.

With your support, the work on Gaza’s Ark will start this summer. You will be able to follow its progress with regular updates on the web (www.gazaark.org), on Facebook (www.facebook.com/GazaArk) and Twitter (@GazaArk).

You can reach us by email at info@GazaArk.org

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