Monday, February 26, 2007

Israel prevents all boats and fishing off the Gaza coast

Adding to the imprisonment effect mentioned in the previous post, new research by the Israeli human rights group B'tselem has found that Israel has forbidden all movement of boats and already beleaugered fisherman off Gaza's coast since June of 2006, an act that constitutes collective punishment for the capture of Gilad Shalit:

The prohibition has seriously harmed the fishing sector, which provides a livelihood for many residents of the Strip. Fishermen who violate the prohibition risk being shot at by Israeli Navy craft.

In addition to the use of gunfire, in recent months, Israeli forces have adopted a practice of harassing and humiliating the fishermen. B'Tselem learned of many cases in which Navy crews stopped fisherman in the open sea, ordered them under gunpoint to undress, jump into the cold water in their underwear, and swim to the Israeli vessel. The crew then took them to Ashdod Port for questioning. Following many hours, and sometime a full day, at the port, they were returned to their boat. In some cases, Israel returned the fisherman to the Gaza Strip via Erez Crossing.

In response to B'Tselem's inquiry, the IDF Spokesperson's Office stated that fishing off the coast of the Gaza Strip was restricted to six nautical miles (eleven kilometers) and that the restriction was imposed for security reasons. However, the fishermen who were apprehended by the Navy did not exceed the six-mile limit, and did not enter the northern and southern waters along the Gaza Strip, where Palestinian boats are prohibited.
Israel has the right and duty to protect its citizens from attacks emanating from the Gaza Strip, but its unofficial prohibition on fishing is unlawful inasmuch as it constitutes collective punishment.

(All pictures mine)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was just wondering, why do you call your blog unplugged?

12:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Maybe no fish,no food
But munnition and guns you do have enough don´t you? Always.
How many years are you feeling pitty for yourself and doing anything? Always blaming anyone else for your disgrace?
And you may keep this way,since you are not doing anything to make it better.Calling yourself refugees and at the same time many others Arab countries (which do not want you either)are growing and coexisting with Israel.
I did not read anything in your Blog,about the "incident" in Eilat last month.If you do behave like animals you are going to suffer as one.Why don´t you do anything to stop those incidents? You just do not talk about it,and you know why?Because you don´t care,like all the othes palestinians,you maybe even celebrated like always,but you wonder why Israel do not care for you. Why?

And you just sit there asking why borders are not open! They use to be,remember? And not so many years ago,
May G-d really help you all from your insanity,

*Maybe you won´t allow the publication of it,since you are moderating the comments but it´s enough for me YOU read this.

8:44 AM  
Blogger nuh ibn zbigniew gondek said...

As salaam alaikum.

Just another underhanded manipulation of industry and lifestyle. I suppose that everyone has a breaking point and if enough people get fed up and leave -- the secular powers in Israel get what they want...

Wa salaama,

nuh ibn

5:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Laila,

it must be exhausting at times to encounter all the combative commentary that you so likely do (such as the comment above). I always think it's very generous that bloggers allow such commentary to be posted, just for the simple fact that it's not an obligation to engage in debate. You host the blog, you maintain it, it's a form of your own self-expression, and it must be, at times, a release. And then, you get others venting -- venting critically and often violently -- in a place that is your own. As if there were not enough on your plate.

That's strong of you, to allow argumentative commentary. You don't owe anyone your time or space or mental energy on this blog. I marvel at your patience.

Take care.

2:52 AM  
Blogger Laila said...

Anony #1 : good questin. I'm not quite sure. when I made the move to spend more time in the US with Yassine (my husband) I played around with alternative twists to my blog title and my friend Helena (of Just World News blog) suggested the "unplugged". As in, without modification, let loose, no strings attached..and also to indicate that I'm now moving around more (not just plugged into Gaza, but now between the US and Gaza). Sort of a reflection of the state of Palestinians as a whole, "unplugged". Ok now you got me thinking too much about it..haha.

Plus I love Eric Clapton :)

2:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

..whine..complain...blame others...the arabs are their own worst enemys.....borat

4:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Laila... As the nice anonomous up there pointed out.. You know palestinians are not allowed to whine so quit it!!! Your jewish neighbours have the monopoly on it and don't like
ANY competition!!!

5:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's interesting to see you allow such ignorant, uneducated people to speak their minds on your own personal blog...I just hope one day these small people actually learn the reality of what is going on over in Palestine.

All the best.

10:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess you shouldn't have tried to slaughter the Jews back in the earlier part of the century, and shouldn't have ganged up on them and attacked them back in 1948. This is what results. Bummer, man.

6:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, I was wondering . . . what ever happened to all those greenhouses that the Jews left for you in Gaza? They were fully functional, and the Jewish families who worked them made a living from them. I know that they were left intact for you because Bill Gates, Jr. BOUGHT them for you.

Let's see . . .last I heard, the Muslims had destroyed the greenhouses and were digging tunnels to Egypt from them. So much for making a living that was HANDED to you for free.

You are the suckiest people on the face of the earth. And the world should give you a state? WHY??

6:02 PM  
Blogger eurofrank said...


The German Bishops who have a moral right to criticize the Israelis have objected to the wall.;jsessionid=HC4T30Q04YDQTQFIQMFCFFOAVCBQYIV0?xml=/news/2007/03/07/wbishops07.xml

6:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry for the problems, but, interesting pictures of the fisherman and boats. Are these guys a family, the green baseball cap guy and the black hat guy with the boys there? I think I see some family resemblance especially the boy wearing the red tank top and the two older men.

I'd be interested in hearing and seeing more about the lives of these sort of people. What kind of fish do they catch and where do they go in their boats and how do they live?

4:32 AM  

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