Palestine coverage through 7 Feb 08

Today’s selection reprises what I think have been some of the better (or sometimes simply noteworthy) pieces since the end of last week. I begin with Darryl Li’s assessment of the situation in Gaza following his own visit there in January. Li was stuck in Gaza during one of the more severe of Israel’s closures, preventing even humanitarian deliveries or entry/exit by internationals from the area. His account of what he witnessed, written for the Israeli organization Adalah, is well worth the read.

The next couple of articles detail the ongoing killing of Gazans by Israeli air strikes and Israeli plans to ensure the total isolation of Gaza by establishing their own fence at the Egyptian-Gaza border. The Christian Science Monitor covers the Dimona suicide bombing as a renewed basis for Israeli construction of the Wall through annexation of Palestinian lands. Princeton’s Dan Kurtzer has a piece about negotiations in the “peace process” in the Lebanese Daily Star, which I
have included. Then there is the Israeli effort to externalize costs of occupation through a call for an international body to be made responsible for “resettlement” of Palestinian refugees.

Finally, the always excellent Amira Hass details recent Palestinian efforts to resist neoliberal economic policies imposed through occupation by engaging in collective action through a public sector strike. Still the most vibrant civil society in the Arab world.

1. FROM PRISON TO ZOO: ISRAEL’S ‘HUMANITARIAN’ CONTROL OF GAZA
By Darryl Li
Adalah Newsletter (Israel)
January 2008
http://www.adalah.org/newsletter/eng/jan08/Li.doc

2. ISRAEL PLANS EGYPT BORDER FENCE
BBC News (UK)
February 6, 2008
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7230955.stm

3. ISRAELI RAID KILLS NINE IN GAZA
BBC News (UK)
February 5, 2008
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7228566.stm

4. SUICIDE BOMBING REVIVES ISRAELI PUSH TO FINISH ITS WALL
By Ilene Prusher
Christian Science Monitor
February 5, 2008
http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0206/p06s02-wome.html

5. ‘THE PALESTINIAN DREAM IS OVER’
By Khalil Al Assali
Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
February 5, 2008
http://archive.gulfnews.com/region/Middle_East/10187530.html

6. GAZA BLOCKADE COLLECTIVE PUNISHMENT SAYS HRW EDITORIAL
The Palestine Chronicle
February 5, 2008
http://palestinechronicle.com/story-013108190950.htm

7. LOOKING AT PROCESS IN THE ARAB-ISRAELI NEGOTIATIONS
By Daniel Kurtzer
The Daily Star (Lebanon)
February 5, 2008
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=5&article_id=88709

8. UNSC FAILS TO FORMULATE GAZA STATEMENT
The Jerusalem Post (Israel)
January 30, 2008
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?c=JPArticle&cid=1201523788069&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

9. ARAB STATE POWER IS ON THE DEFENSIVE
By Rami Khouri
The Daily Star (Lebanon)
February 6, 2008
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=5&article_id=88724#

10. MK ELON: INT’L BODY MUST RESETTLE PALESTINIANS
By Etgar Lefkovits
The Jerusalem Post (Israel)
February 6, 2008
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1202246326980&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

11. DEMOCRATIC SUSPICION
By Amira Hass
Haaretz (Israel), Opinion
February 6, 2008
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=951534&contrassID=2&subContrassID=4

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