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Submitted by Ali Abunimah on Mon, 03/03/2014 to Electronic Intifada
5th March 2014 | International Solidarity Movement, Charlie Andreasson | Gaza, Occupied Palestine
Published on 27 February 2014
Written by Alternative Information Center (AIC)
A new report addressing Israeli violations in access-restricted areas in the Gaza Strip reveals that the Israeli-imposed no-go zone in the coastal strip along the border with Israel prevents Palestinian farmers from accessing 35 percent of the agricultural lands and is estimated at 17 percent of the total land mass of the strip.
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The Palestine General Federation of Trade and Labor Unions protested at the Rafah crossing to demand its permanent reopening and an end to the Egyptian military restrictions along the border with Gaza.
Gazan workers who make up most of work force in coastal enclave have been hit with high unemployment following the Egyptian military crackdown on tunnels which are considered as Gaza’s lifeline amid the choking Israeli blockade. Now that most of tunnels are either destroyed or closed workers demand that Rafah be used also as a commercial crossing to allow badly needed goods into the besieged territory.The Egyptian military has maintained tight restrictions on nearly 1.8 million Gazans following the ouster of Egyptian president Mohammad Morsi last July.
The continued Egyptian military’s restrictions at Rafah have only exacerbated the already tight and inhumane Israeli blockade in place since 2007. Gazans blame the international community and especially Arab countries’ silence for their suffering.Analysts say the Israeli apartheid regime and the Egyptian military seem to be working hand in hand in blockading the people of Gaza. The Egyptian military has kept the Rafah crossing closed most of the time since the ouster of Egyptian president Mohammad Morsi last year. Many people here believe the Egyptian military is acting as Israel's proxy in maintaining the blockade.
Border Crossing after it was opened for two days last week. Chairman of Crossings and Borders, Maher Abo Sabha, appeals to Egyptian authorities for opening the crossing permanently to alleviate sufferings of Palestinian people in Gaza Strip. He states, there are ongoing communications with Egyptians to open the Crossing for humanitarian cases.
Egyptian military often closes Rafah border crossing, which is the only outlet for Palestinians in Palestinian enclave.
The Egyptian army has demolished ten more tunnels under the border with the Gaza Strip, which has been under an Israeli blockade for the past 79 months.
The tunnels were destroyed on Saturday as a part of the military-appointed government’s campaign of tightening the noose around the Palestinians living in Gaza.
The Egyptian army has destroyed hundreds of tunnels since it ousted the country’s first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, in a coup in July last year.
The tunnels are the only lifeline for Gazans living under the Israeli siege. Palestinians use the tunnels to bring essential supplies, such as foodstuff, cooking gas, medicines, petrol, and livestock, into the Gaza Strip.
9th February 2014 | International Solidarity Movement, Charlie Andreasson | Gaza, Occupied Palestine
I have seen her standing there more then once, at the edge of the port, looking out over the boats in the harbor and then towards the horizon. And for a short second, I have seen myself, when as a child I took my bicycle down to the harbor just to stand at the pier and gaze, for a long, long time, at the boats that disappeared beyond the horizon, and wonder what was beyond that line. And I have briefly asked myself if she does the same. But she is not a child, she is a young, adult woman. A strong woman. (Photo by Charlie Andreasson)
We are pleased to announce that Gaza's Ark is now back in the water*, having had its hull thoroughly cleaned, overhauled and painted. Well done to the boat building team in Gaza!
You can see photos in our photo album and the video below.