Thursday, January 22, 2009

How's that "ceasefire" going?

(Reuters) : Israel completes Gaza troop withdrawal
"Israel completed a troop pullout from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Wednesday, starting its relationship with U.S. President Barack Obama by leaving Palestinian land devastated by its 22-day offensive.
"We've redeployed on our side of the frontier and we will follow events closely," said Mark Regev, a spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. "If Hamas breaks the ceasefire, we of course reserve the right to act to protect our people."

Meanwhile, today : Israeli gunboat fire wounds 2 Gazans
"An Israeli gunboat firing off the shores of Gaza City has wounded a man and a girl.
The Israeli military says it was firing to deter a Palestinian fishing vessel that had strayed off-limits.
A shell fired by the boat hit a house in a beachside refugee camp. Another shell landed about 100 yards (meters) away in an empty area near a U.N. aid distribution center."

Yesterday Israeli troops shot and killed two Gaza farmers along the border - 28 year old Kassab and 18 year old Ibrahim. Amy Goodman interviews their surviving brother.

Israel has told the United Nations and other aid groups they must apply for project-by-project Israeli approval and provide guarantees none of the work will benefit Hamas, Western and Palestinian officials said.
Israel, the officials said, is also preventing the Western-backed Palestinian Authority from transferring cash to the Gaza Strip to pay its workers and others hard-hit by war.


Anonymous said...

You are not alone

Oemissions said...

Thanks for keeping up the Gaza issue. Its not just kids back to school, now that Obama is President.

Anonymous said...

The two Gazan farmers who were shot were Kassab (28) and Ibrahim (18) Shurrab. The youngest bled to death in his father's arms while the Israeli soldiers refused to allow any medical aid. Their brother told the tragic story to Amy Goodman on DemocracyNow!

Peace, babies.

Alison said...

Thank you, Anon. 3 Quarks Daily is a great site I haven't visited in a while. Difficult to get the idea across that there are Zionists who fight for Palestinian independence and a two-state solution even though it is rapidly becoming impossible. It's easier just to have one boogey man fits all, I guess. Plus full-on outrage against a clear target is somewhat seductive.

Oemissions, yes. And Obama is a worry too.

Waterbaby, thank you - I should have included their names - fixed.

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