Palestine coverage through 10 Feb 08

Today’s selection provides articles covering the renewed Israeli decision to cut power to Gaza, renewed Israeli air strikes on Gaza killing over a dozen Palestinians in the period canvassed, and the admission by PA prime minister Fayyad that the PA has no expectation that a new accord will be reached with Israel during the remainder of the Bush presidency. Fayyad’s near exclusive concern with Israeli incursions into the West Bank, as opposed to what is happening in Gaza, speaks volumes of the PA strategy.

Of course, the humanitarian crisis and Israeli policy continues to be depicted in securitized terms in the English-language media, which can only bring itself to describe Israeli assassination-by-airstrike policies (known elsewhere by the more precise international law term of extra-judicial killing) and the cutting off of power to Gaza in the language of “defensive operations,” “retaliation” or as a “trimming” of supplies.

In other pieces, Gideon Levy details — as always — the suffering of Palestinians generally through a close portrait of the plight of one farming community, the Jordanian foreign minister calls on Israel to desist in creating “facts on the ground,” and Haaretz argues for opening the Rafah crossing. Shmuel Rosner, Haaretz’s correspondent on the US, gives McCain’s credentials as a pro-Israel candidate willing to get tough on Iran, while the Middle East Times provides an account of the ongoing hardships imposed on Gazan students. The effective Israeli bloackage of higher education for Palestinian students, especially those in Gaza, is rarely a source of much concern on American or European college campuses — would it be different if the Israelis labeled their policy of depriving Palestinians of access to education an “academic boycott”? The last piece in the selection considers international attention paid to the plight of a Bahraini delegation trapped in Gaza (of course, their “plight” is simply that they are suffering the indignity of being treated like Gazans).

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1. CUT SHORT
By Gideon Levy
Haaretz (Israel)
February 9, 2008

2. ISRAEL REDUCES POWER SUPPLY IN MOVE TO ‘DISENGAGE’ FROM GAZA
By Rory McCarthy
Guardian (UK)
February 9, 2008

3. PALESTINIAN PM SEES NO ’08 ISRAEL ACCORD
By Ed Stoddard
Reuters
February 8, 2008

4. ISRAEL TRIMS GAZA ELECTRICITY, PROMPTING WARNING FROM U.S.
By Isabel Kershner
International Herald Tribune
February 8, 2008

5. HIT BY ROCKETS, ISRAEL ATTACKS, KILLING 7
By Isabel Kershner
New York Times
February 8, 2008

6. McCAIN FOUND A TOOL WITH WHICH TO WOO CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICANS: ISRAEL
By Shmuel Rosner
Haaretz (Israel), Blog
February 8, 2008

7. OPEN THE RAFAH CROSSING
Editorial
In Haaretz (Israel)
February 8, 2008

8. GAZAN STUDENTS IN LIMBO
By Mel Frykberg
Middle East Times
February 7, 2008

9. ISRAEL MUST STOP CHANGING FACTS ON THE GROUND — FM
The Jordan Times (Jordan)
February 7, 2008

10. BAHRAINIS STRANDED IN GAZA APPEAL TO BE ALLOWED TO LEAVE
Agence France Press (AFP)
February 8, 2008

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