Crisis in Egypt leaves more Gazans stranded

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As the political turmoil continues in Egypt, the number of people crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt continues to decline.

Now less than a hundred people are allowed to leave the tiny coastal enclave through the Rafah crossing compared to nearly 1500 people prior to the ouster of Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi.

Egyptian authorities also allow a maximum of two busloads of travelers to reach the Gaza Strip on a daily basis.

The situation is negatively affecting the people of Gaza especially students and patients.

There are hundreds of chronic patients in Gaza in need for urgent medical attention abroad due to lack of the necessary treatment in Gaza.

In mid-July Egypt temporarily reopened the Rafah crossing but thousands are still stranded in both sides of the Rafah crossing as the number of people allowed to leave Gaza has been declining day in and day out.

People were also dissatisfied by the treatment they receive at the Egyptian side of the Rafah crossing.

With the Holy month of Ramadan drawing to an end the number of people who would want to travel is likely to increase.

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip say there is no end in sight to their suffering amid the escalating political tensions in Egypt. Rafah crossing is the besieged Gaza’s only gateway to the outside world bypassing Israel.

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Israeli soldiers making “Rachel Corrie pancakes”

 The Electronic Intifada  Reported this first. Israeli soldiers had a “fun” time making what they called “Rachel Corrie pancakes.”Photos of the event were posted on the Facebook page of the “Heritage House,” a settlement in occupied East Jerusalem that houses so-called “lone soldiers,” men recruited from overseas to join the Israeli occupation forces.

Above the photos of young men, some in Israeli army fatigues or apparently carrying guns, is the caption “Afternoon of ‘Rachel corrie’ Pancakes and fun!”

Rachel Corrie is the young American woman murdered by an Israeli soldier who crushed her to death with a bulldozer as she tried to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian family home in the occupied Gaza Strip on 16 March 2003.

The depraved joke that these men were presumably making is a play on the English idiom “flat as a pancake.” Their celebration and joking about Rachel Corrie’s death is utterly vile and reflects the culture of dehumanization inculcated into Israeli soldiers.


Ben Packer, the director and rabbi of “Heritage House,” hit back at some negative comments about the images, posting this response:

In honor of the all the hate messages from the anti-Israel/Jewish crowd, one of our supporters has pledged $5 towards Israeli settlements (maybe for additional bulldozers) for each additional comment. keep’em coming anti-semites! We love our Israeli soldiers and will not back down in the face of those who attempt to endanger them!

Packer added, “Anti-Israel activists are all in a tizzy about these pictures! makes them even funnier!!!”

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EU bans financial support to Israeli settlements


The European Union has decided to bar all 28 member states from using any EU funds for projects in Israel’s illegal settlements. Also beginning in 2014, all bilateral contracts must include a clause stating that East Jerusalem al-Quds, the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and Golan Heights are not a part of Israel.

The directive will primarily affect research projects and financial grants.

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Egypt’s renewed crackdown on border tunnels making life difficult for Gazans


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Egypt’s renewed crackdown on tunnels on its border with Gaza is causing a severe shortage in gasoline in the coastal enclave. People in the Gaza strip are now going through a lot of difficulty to secure fuel for their motor vehicles.

Most gas stations in this tiny coastal enclave are either closed or partially operating. Motorists can be seen waiting many hours for their turn to reach the pump and fill their cars

Long hours of power outages have also forced people young and old to queue for long hours to fill canisters of gasoline to use in their small electrical generators.

Fuel importers blamed the lack of fuel on the unstable security situation on the Egyptian side of the border.

People in the Gaza Strip have been grappling with fuel and power shortages and this new situation is not making their lives any easier.

Tunnels have for long been considered as a life -line for Gazans who have been under a choking Israeli blockade for several years.

With the renewed restrictions on fuel supplies some Palestinians in Gaza say they feel abandoned by their Egyptian neighbors.

Gazans have been struggling under the Israeli blockade for several years, now people here say that the Egyptian crackdown on tunnels will only make things worse.

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Israel use banned weapons against Gazans


Reports by human rights organizations show that during the past years Israeli forces used drones, internationally banned weapons and other unknown substances during their attacks on the people of Gaza.

Banned weapons such as DIME which stand for Dense Inert Metal Explosives were first used against Gaza by Israeli forces in the summer of 2006.

DIME munitions result in a high proportion of amputations particularly legs.

Press TV spoke to a Gazan victim who now uses prosthetic limbs to walk.

A recent documentary film called the LAB by British Israeli director Yotam Feldman explores how Israeli weapons, military technology and know-how became more valuable because they have been field-tested in its wars and combat against Gaza.

During the last few years Israeli security exports reached an unprecedented level of seven billion U.S dollars a year making Tel-Aviv the fourth biggest military exporter in the world.

Al-Mezan Centre for Human Rights who has been documenting Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip for many years said Israel’s use of experimental and non-conventional weapons in the Gaza Strip is a premeditated war crime.

People here say they left at the mercy of Israeli practices as the international community watches in apathy.

According to experts the whole Gaza population and its environment, will suffer for many generations due to Israel’s testing of weapons in this tiny coastal enclave.

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UN envoy accuses Israel of imposing collective punishment on Gazans

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The United Nations has accused Israel of imposing collective punishment on over 1.7 million Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip.

U-N human rights investigator Richard Falk says the viability of Gaza needs urgent attention and cannot be left to the mercies of continuing Israeli occupation. 

Tel-Aviv has kept the tiny coastal enclave under a choking naval, land and air blockade for several years allegedly for security reasons. 

The Palestinian NGO network, which represents over one hundred and thirty civil society organizations, has demanded that Israel be held accountable for its grave violations. 

Echoing the U-N human Rights statement, the Popular Committee against Siege has also accused Israel of causing unemployment among Gazans by preventing the entry of raw materials to factories in Gaza. 

The commercial crossing that is controlled by Israel allows only limited amounts of goods into the coastal territory. 

During various Israeli military aggressions on Gaza, hundreds of factories were either partially or fully destroyed resulting in thousands of workers losing their source of income. 

Some factories in Gaza are partially operating by using raw material brought in via underground tunnels with Egypt. 

Factories that once used to employ hundreds of workers are now able to hire just a handful due to lack of raw material and essential spare-parts for their machines. 

With the world turning a blind eye to Israeli human rights violations it remains to be seen if the blockade will be fully lifted anytime soon

Amid Israel’s crippling blockade of the coastal enclave, rights groups blame the international community for their silence on the ongoing suffering of the people in Gaza. 

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Palestinians accuse Israel of trying to poison Gazan patients


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The ministry of health in Gaza has accused Tel-Aviv of trying to poison Gazan patients.

Officials said Israel, the sole provider for nitrous oxide gas used for anesthesia in the Gaza Strip’s operating rooms, has provided them with carbon dioxide gas posing as nitrous oxide. Four patients suffered cardiac arrest after inhaling carbon dioxide.

Nitrous oxide mixed with oxygen is given to patients to ease the pain and induce sleep prior to surgeries. According to experts replacing nitrous oxide with carbon dioxide causes cardiac arrest and could lead to death.

According to human rights organizations hundreds of Gazans have died in past years as a direct result to the choking Israeli blockade.Al Dameer Human Rights Association called for an international investigation to probe what it described as a new Israeli crime.

Health officials said that they have suspended the use of nitrous oxide for the time being.

With the ongoing Israeli blockade and Tel-Aviv’s inhumane practices, patients in the Gaza Strip say their health situation will only get worse.