Collectively Punished

Israeli blockade leaves the Gaza Strip in the dark.

Much of the Gaza Strip is in darkness tonight as Israel continues to block shipments of industrial diesel fuel into the besieged territory. Israel began the blockade last week, in retaliation to Palestinian rockets fired from within Gaza. In a statement issued today, the Israeli Defense Ministry claims that despite the blockade, Gaza is receiving enough power from Israeli and Egyptian grids to operate at 75 percent capacity.

Within Gaza, however, the story is different. Most of the strip has been hit with “a total power blackout,” according to Sameh Habeeb, a photojournalist and peace activist living in Gaza. He adds that Israel has also announced a comprehensive closing of already-blocked borders, making any delivery of fuel to Gaza’s sole power plant impossible.

Habeeb describes the collective mood within the territory as “an amalgamation of fear, sadness and frustration.” He goes on to say that within Gaza, “no one is allowed to move or travel. We are always awaiting another bad day.” Despite efforts by the Free Gaza Movement with the cooperation of the Popular Committee Against Siege (PCAS), an international committee of activists and politicians that has been sending siege-breaking boats into the territories, Israel has refused to end its policy of collective punishment. It was only at the behest of Tony Blair, former British prime minister and present envoy of the Middle East Quartet, that Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak agreed to allow for a “limited resumption” of supplies into Gaza. Article 33 of the Geneva Convention explicitly forbids collective punishment, yet Gaza’s 1.5 million citizens are in darkness, paralyzed with fear at this very moment. When is the world going to organize in support of the millions of innocent Palestinians held captive by Israeli policy? When are Americans going to demand that our government stop bowing to lobbies, and revoke Israel’s carte blanche in the Middle East?

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Anonymous

which is why israels collective punishment is unjust, because average Palestinians don't control what the minority terrorists do. but they are still commiting violent acts against civilians and adding fuel to their own peoples oppression

Anonymous

which is why israels collective punishment is unjust, because average Palestinians don't control what the minority terrorists do. but they are still commiting violent acts against civilians and adding fuel to their own peoples oppression

Ronald

It's a damn good thing tine Palestine's fellow Muslim countries are good enough friends willing to help them out by taking them in away from all this, resolving this issue once and for all. Oh, wait, they're not. This was never about the Palestinians at all. This is a pissing contest for retards to see which "holy" book is more true, the Bible or the Quran. But it's so great that Adbusters cares so much for Palestinians. 30 000 children starve to death each day, but what does Adbusters decide to write about? A reduction of electricity being sent to a country after some people launched rockets. They so aren't racist, and are totally unbiased and fair humanitarians.

Ronald

It's a damn good thing tine Palestine's fellow Muslim countries are good enough friends willing to help them out by taking them in away from all this, resolving this issue once and for all. Oh, wait, they're not. This was never about the Palestinians at all. This is a pissing contest for retards to see which "holy" book is more true, the Bible or the Quran. But it's so great that Adbusters cares so much for Palestinians. 30 000 children starve to death each day, but what does Adbusters decide to write about? A reduction of electricity being sent to a country after some people launched rockets. They so aren't racist, and are totally unbiased and fair humanitarians.

Anonymous

Israel terrorizes ALL Palestenians in retaliation to the actions of a FEW Palestenians. That is the definition of collective punishment. Collective punishment is a violation of the Geneva Convention. Israel is in violation of the Geneva Convention. Its a simple f-ing syllogism. Where is the accountablity???

Anonymous

Israel terrorizes ALL Palestenians in retaliation to the actions of a FEW Palestenians. That is the definition of collective punishment. Collective punishment is a violation of the Geneva Convention. Israel is in violation of the Geneva Convention. Its a simple f-ing syllogism. Where is the accountablity???

Amni

I invite anyone who dismisses the treatment of Palestenians as anything less than a humanitarian crisis deserving of the world's attention to get out from behind your computer and go visit. Spend two days in that territory and then tell me that Adbusters' attention should be focused elsewhere.

Amni

I invite anyone who dismisses the treatment of Palestenians as anything less than a humanitarian crisis deserving of the world's attention to get out from behind your computer and go visit. Spend two days in that territory and then tell me that Adbusters' attention should be focused elsewhere.

insomnia320

Gaza was handed back to the arabs, in much the same way as the Warsaw Ghetto was created, a safe little haven for the jews to keep arabs in their place, and then to say how nice we israelis are giving back a bit of stolen land, now the israelis respond to a little firecracker fired into a stolen piece of land with total blackouts, dying children, misery and inhumanity on a vast scale. As for youth culture anywhere, many young people say they have never heard of the holocaust, are they deaf? blind? its the only thing we hear about as far as WW2 goes. Now, if those suitcases left in the museum had been Louis Vuitton, if those shoes had been Adidas, pairs or not, if those spectacles had been from Specsavers, well, we would have a whole enlightened youth, no kidding. Better they don't know about the holocaust or they might make connections with Israel, and then those little acts of genocidal politics from Israel might make them rise up, youth that is. Doubt it. Lay back and buy is more like it.

insomnia320

Gaza was handed back to the arabs, in much the same way as the Warsaw Ghetto was created, a safe little haven for the jews to keep arabs in their place, and then to say how nice we israelis are giving back a bit of stolen land, now the israelis respond to a little firecracker fired into a stolen piece of land with total blackouts, dying children, misery and inhumanity on a vast scale. As for youth culture anywhere, many young people say they have never heard of the holocaust, are they deaf? blind? its the only thing we hear about as far as WW2 goes. Now, if those suitcases left in the museum had been Louis Vuitton, if those shoes had been Adidas, pairs or not, if those spectacles had been from Specsavers, well, we would have a whole enlightened youth, no kidding. Better they don't know about the holocaust or they might make connections with Israel, and then those little acts of genocidal politics from Israel might make them rise up, youth that is. Doubt it. Lay back and buy is more like it.

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