Gaza "terrorist" cocktail recipe
by Refaat Alareer | |
Gazans become fighters in a battle imposed upon them. They are soldiers who do not want to be soldiers.
Submitted by: Refaat Alareer on Apr 11, 11 | 2:52 pm

Peering Through the Fence
by Mohammed Suliman | |
Holding their green passports in their hands, people were hustling there and back while, making weird gestures on their faces, others were nervously shouting over their phones. From afar, a baby was crying out load as his mother, lulling him, patted him on the back so as to hush him. She restlessly trotted to an officer in a blue uniform seated on a chair at the gate. The wretched mother talked to the officer who politely replied to her making signs which I construed as I-can-not-help-you. She pleaded with him, and he repeated the same gestures. The officer was a good man, and it seemed he really couldn’t help her. On the right side of the road leading to the gateway, two cafes crowded with customers who were none other than the very passengers who had gathered in one of these two cafés so as to protect themselves from the burning sun of July in this morning. More...
Submitted by: Refaat Alareer on Aug 03, 10 | 3:54 pm

Candle Light Dinner
by By Sameeha Elwan | | 27/01/10
Tonight, too, we’re having a romantic candle light dinner. Well, thanks to Israelis, of course.

Setting the candles on the table for dinner is not due to a special occasion. It’s the birthday of none of us tonight. In fact, candles have become more of a necessity for us, Gazans, than of a tradition. A real compassionate yet dangerous companion in our thick dark nights when we’re left with no electricity.
Submitted by: Refaat Alareer on Jan 27, 10 | 9:07 pm

One War Day
by Mohammed Suliman | | Dec, 14, 2009
As habitually, Hamza leaned back against the dark white-painted wall recently-spotted with the hands of his little nephews, nieces, and little cousins and whereon crevices of various lengths laid bleakly; he fought off all nudging thoughts which overrun him every now and then as if they conspired with the blasts hereabouts to preoccupy his mind when it looked peaceful for him to proceed on his reading. More...
Submitted by: Refaat Alareer on Jan 15, 10 | 3:54 pm

Gaza IFP's Speak of their experiences during the War on Gaza
by Refaat Alareer | | 16/02/2009
A phosphorous bomb that appeared, to the kids, like the hair of an ogre!

Submitted by: Refaat Alareer on Feb 16, 09 | 9:01 pm

A modest Proposal
by Refaat Alareer | | 01-08-2009
A modest Proposal

As far as Gaza is concerned, the only problem does not lie in Hamas, but the problem with Gaza is that it is full of Gazans. More...
Submitted by: Refaat Alareer on Feb 06, 09 | 9:41 pm

The Strangulation of Gaza
by Saree Makdisi | The Nation | 1 Feb 2008
The people of Gaza were able to enjoy a few days of freedom last week, after demolition charges brought down the iron wall separating the impoverished Palestinian territory from Egypt, allowing hundreds of thousands to burst out of the virtual prison into which Gaza has been transformed over the past few years--the terminal stage of four decades of Israeli occupation--and to shop for desperately needed supplies in Egyptian border towns.

Gaza's doors are slowly closing again, however. Under mounting pressure from the United States and Israel, Egypt has dispatched additional border guards armed with water cannons and electric cattle prods to try to regain control. It has already cut off the flow of supplies crossing the Suez Canal to its own border towns. For now, in effect, Suez is the new border: even if Palestinians could get out of Gaza in search of new supplies, they would have to cross the desolate expanses of the Sinai Desert and cross the canal, on the other side of which they would find the regular Egyptian army (barred from most of Sinai as a condition of the 1979 Camp David treaty with Israel) waiting for them. More...
Submitted by: antiprocon on Feb 02, 08 | 8:26 pm

The advancing ethnic cleansing
by Victoria Buch | Occupation Magazine | September 2007
“At the most general level, however, ethnic cleansing can be understood as the expulsion of an `undesirable` population from a given territory due to religious or ethnic discrimination, political, strategic or ideological considerations, or a combination of these” [Andrew Bell-Fialkoff, `A Brief History of Ethnic Cleansing`, Foreign Affairs 72 (3): 110, Summer 1993.]

The stage for ethnic cleansing of Palestinians has been set in the Occupied Territories, and ethnic cleansing is in progress. At present, this is the major project of the State of Israel. For an impartial person of medium intelligence, a tour of the Occupied Territories may be sufficient to understand this fact. The prime ethnic cleansing tool is, forever, Palestinian land grab in conjunction with settlement expansion. Various stages of annexation process are in evidence in the originally rural part of the West Bank, constituting sixty percent of its area. By now, nine percent of the West Bank land has been transferred to the direct control of the settlements [1]. A recent Peace Now investigation revealed that only twelve percent of this land is being used at all. `The state earmarks huge tracts for the settlements, out of all proportion to their size, in order to prevent Palestinian construction in those areas. Yet once an area is closed to Palestinians, the settlers begin seizing adjacent Palestinian lands, often privately owned, that lie outside their jurisdiction` [1,2]. According to B`Tselem, the Israeli human rights organization, already in 2002, 41.9% of the West Bank was assigned to the Israeli regional councils [3]. And for years, the entire rural Area C has been under administrative control of the so called `Civil Administration`, which, in close cooperation with other branches of the Israeli army and with the settlers, toils to make the life of its Palestinian residents as miserable as possible; the obvious objective being to make them leave [4,5]. More...
Submitted by: Mona Baker on Nov 27, 07 | 11:20 pm

Shalit seen as prisoner of war and bargaining chip
by Chris McGreal | The Guardian | 30 June 2006
The terminology alone reflects the gulf of views over the plight of Corporal Gilad Shalit. To Israelis, the teenage soldier was kidnapped by Palestinian terrorists and is a hostage just as much as foreigners held in Iraq. To Palestinians he is a prisoner of war - a legitimate target as a soldier in the uniform of an army that has killed dozens of civilians in the Gaza Strip in recent weeks - and a bargaining chip.
Then there is the difference of scale. In the Gaza town of Beit Hanoun, where the Israeli military dropped leaflets on Wednesday night warning its 42,000 residents that an assault was coming and to keep out of the way, they are baffled at the lengths Israel is going to over one man.

"Don't Israelis understand how many Palestinians are sitting in their prisons just for resisting the occupation?" said 60 year-old Khalil Naim, who has lost count of the number of Israeli attacks on his town in recent years. "For me, he [Cpl Shalit] is military. What was done was right. They have thousands of our prisoners in their prisons. The mistake will be if they are not behaving well with him. We want them to feed him and not hurt him." More...
Submitted by: Mona Baker on Jul 01, 06 | 10:17 am

Israel Confesses to its Crimes
by ? | Times of Oman | October 16, 2005
LAST week, the mass media discussed the proposal of the Military Prosecution Authority of the Israeli Army on the need to change names of senior officers and pilots to false ones when they set out on missions abroad, lest some European countries arrest them on the charges of committing massacres and war crimes. More...
Submitted by: LDavidson on Oct 17, 05 | 10:10 pm

Two-thirds of Israelis against more pullouts
by ? | Agence France Presse | October 14, 2005
More than two-thirds of Israelis are against any more pullouts from the West Bank until a final peace agreement with the Palestinians.
Submitted by: LDavidson on Oct 15, 05 | 1:52 pm

The house that became a war zone
by Chris McGreal | 4 October 2005 | The Guardian
The first soldiers to arrive on Khalil Bashir's doorstep in Gaza five years ago explained the new geography of his home in terms he understood only too well. His three-storey house was to be like the West Bank, the Israeli officer said, with its areas of divided security and administrative control.

The army designated the living room as "Area A", after the part of the occupied territories where the Palestinians have control, and told all three generations of the Bashirs, from 81-year-old Zanah to her five-year-old granddaughter, that they were confined there for most nights and sometimes for much of the day. It was the only part of the house they could still call their own.

The bathroom, kitchen and bedrooms were "Area B", where Palestinians administer themselves but Israel has security control. In the Bashir home that meant soldiers had priority and the family had to ask permission to cook or go to the toilet.

And then came "Area C", where the Israeli military government runs everything and the Palestinians have no authority. The soldiers warned the Bashirs that all of their home above the ground floor was Area C and if they ventured up the stairs they would be shot.

The Israeli army then set up a machine gun post on the terraced roof facing into Gaza's Deir al-Balah neighbourhood, surrounded it with sandbags, barbed wire and camouflage netting, and took over the lives of Khalil and Suad Bashir and their eight children. More...
Submitted by: Mona Baker on Oct 05, 05 | 1:38 pm

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