Friday, February 03, 2006

A Palestinian farmer in Beit Lahiya holds a picture perfect strawberry, several tons of which have gone to waste this month in the face of an ongoing Israeli economic closure of Gaza. Posted by Picasa


Blogger Shlofn Riz said...

Apparently an alternative was provided by Israel and rejected by the PA:

It's not all black and white.

6:20 PM  
Blogger Laila said...

if you bothered to read the link I provided to the article i wrote for aljazeera in length on the subject, it addresses this issue.

6:30 PM  
Blogger Shlofn Riz said...

I didn't notice the aljazeera article was in english at all, I quite expected it to be arabic only. My fault.

6:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Walls, crossings, can be demolished. What goes up by the hand of human beings can come down very easily. It has to do with good will from both,the Palestinians and the Isarelis. As long as there is violence coming from one side the answer will be violence by the other side........and the ones that pay are the people, the plain people who only want to work and live in peace with each other...................

8:55 PM  
Blogger ratttu said...

i suppose the problem with exporting through egypt is that the alarish port is quite small, so produce would have to go all the way to Ismailiya or further... which really would not make any sense. Agrigultural export from Gaza was always done through Israel and it would be complicated to shift the whole operation through Egypt, also vs. European clients... but I'm just guessing here, maybe you could say more about why is it that the crossing to Egypt can't be used for export/import.

3:41 AM  
Blogger Abu Shaar said...

I, for one, am sick to death of the justifications for collective punishment, which is, you know, a war crime.

A bunch of children whining
"See what you made me do!" while they terrorize and maim and kill real children

11:34 PM  
Blogger Raul Mandel said...

Is it really practical to rely on Israel for exports, in either the short or the long term? It seems much better if Gaza can somehow establish its own port facilities. I imagine the Europeans would be only too glad to cut out the Israeli middlemen and reduce costs on their end. I hope a solution can be worked out that eliminates dependence on Israeli 'goodwill.'

3:26 AM  
Blogger Laila said...

believe me, that is what Palestinians in Gaza want-their own port, freedom of access to export and import goods, less dependence on Israel, etc. I'll start with the last first-Sara Roy put it best in her book, "the de-development of the Palestinian economy", in which she talks about the intentional Israeli policy of debilitating the Palestinian economy and making i dependent on the Israeli one, as a lever of power and control.

As for the port, this is something Palestinians have been asking for-a sea port project was frozen in 2001, especially most rcently since the Israeli disengagement, but the Israeli government has not agreed to this. So we remain under their "mercy" nad having o deal with the only commercial crossing-Karni. There are some goods that do come through Egypt's Rafah Crossing, mainly Egyptian goods, but as Rattu pointed out, its not equipped to be a commercial port.

2:14 PM  

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