siege on Gaza

Israel, with Egyptian and western complicity, has waged a strangling siege on Gaza, keeping borders mostly closed and aid and the necessities of life banned from Gaza since Hamas was democratically elected in 2006. In the past year, the siege has grown more voracious, and coupled with Israel’s war on Gaza and its ongoing random attacks from air, land and sea, has devastated every sector of life in Gaza: healthcare, the economy, education…

Interview with Kevin Barrett

Kevin Barrett, Editor at Veterans Today, NoLiesRadio.org, interview Feb 18, 2014, Eva Bartlett on genocide in Gaza


Eva Bartlett arrived in Gaza with the Freedom Flotilla in fall, 2008…just in time to experience Israel’s Operation Cast Lead with its white phosphorous downpours, bombings of schools, ambulances, food factories, mosques, water and electrical infrastructure, sewage and pumping stations…everything on which life depends. Unfortunately, Operation Cast Lead was not that much of an anomaly; Eva quickly discovered that Israel is committing the well-defined crime of genocide by destroying the Gazans’ means of subsistence on an ongoing basis.

Eva Bartlett is on a speaking tour of the US describing her experiences living in Gaza.

Geopolitiks: Eva Bartlett of InGaza on Human Rights in Palestine

Feb 19, 2014, Media Monarchy & Geopolitiks

I had an enjoyable discussion with James Evan Pilato of Media Monarchy for his new series: Geopolitiks.

Eva Bartlett follows in the footsteps of Rachel Corrie.” As she continues her US speaking tour about human rights in Palestine, activist and journalist Eva Bartlett joins us for the second episode of Geopolitiks to talk about her years spent volunteering in Gaza documenting the various angles of life under siege, from the “peacetalks to Israeli war crimes and much more.

Observations from Occupied Palestine: Gaza

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first published at Crescent International, Eva Bartlett

[see Observations from Occupied Palestine, Part 1]

Unusually heavy torrential rains last month inundated much of Gaza, which was already reeling from a tight Israeli-Egyptian siege since 2006. Hundreds of thousands of people have been affected with more than 5,000 evacuated from their homes. Power outages of 20-22 hours daily, or complete days, have become the norm, affecting every facet of life in Gaza.

The Gaza Strip, a 40 km long, 12 km at its widest point, 365 square metre strip of land is host to 1.7 million Palestinians, two thirds of whom are refugees.

While Gaza’s suffering extends decades back, since 2006 much of the world has cut ties with Gaza, and since 2007 Israel, supported by Egyptian and Western powers, has enforced a full blockade on the Strip.

It is not merely an economic blockade, but rather a full lock-down on movement, goods, access to health care outside, and limiting the import of fuel, cooking gas, and medicines, to name some items, into the enclave. It impacts on every facet of life imaginable.

In November 2008, I joined a boat of European Parliamentarians sailing from Cyprus to the Strip, attempting to symbolically break the blockade. Apart from the act of solidarity, it was also my sole means of entering Gaza. With all but one border crossing controlled by Israel, and the remaining crossing by the complicit Mubarak rule in Egypt, entry by sea was the only option. However, the outcome was not certain: Israel also controls Palestinian waters.
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still flooded, still power-deprived

Dec 22, 2013, the IMEU

One week after torrential rains dropped 85 percent of Gaza’s annual rainfall in just two days, the An Nafaq neighborhood remains largely submerged. This footage from December 21, 2013 shows flooded homes and cars still underwater — scenes on par with those we showed you in this video from last week, also shot by IMEU’s Jehad Saftawi. As Bill Corcoran writes in this opinion piece from December 21: “Under any circumstances, recovery efforts after such a catastrophe would be difficult. But in Gaza, even the tools of disaster relief are subject to the restrictions of the blockade and border closure [imposed upon Gaza].”

see Ma’an article here

previous posts on Gaza flooding emergency:

solidarity with Gaza
Gaza: genocide, food insecurity, sewage flooding, and the usual IOF attacks on civilians
Israel refuses to allow construction material into besieged Gaza Strip
Open Christmas Letter to Pope Francis on Gaza
Updates Gaza flooding… and what you can do!
Gaza flooding updates (Ma’an news)
Gaza flooding, blockade-manufactured crises
Gaza drowning …and under power and media blackout
No Silent Night just A Silent World! [Jenny Graham]

solidarity with Gaza

Photo: ‎كارثة‎
*Awni Farhat

For those concerned about the sewage overflow, heavy rains, cold temperatures and siege-manufactured misery in Gaza, here are some links for solidarity actions/support:

[via Joe Catron]:  If you want to send money for disaster relief in Gaza, please consider the Palestine Red Crescent Society, always on the frontlines.

Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP-UK): “Our team in Gaza are working hard to source the most urgent medicines but without immediate help, these stock levels will drop even lower before the end of the year. It is staggering to think that as we approach the end of 2013, children, separated only by their ethnicity, are dying from a lack of basic medical care; medical care that is freely available to other children just a few miles from their homes.”DONATE HERE CONTINUE READING

Gaza: genocide, food insecurity, sewage flooding, and the usual IOF attacks on civilians

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Storm exacerbates sewage crisis in Gaza, Dec 20, 2013

On 13 November, more than 35,000 cubic meters of raw sewage overflowed when the Zaytoun pumping station failed, affecting 3,000 nearby residents. Just as the mess was being cleaned up, the area was again inundated — this time with approximately twice as much waste — when heavy rains fell over the Gaza Strip between 11 and 15 December.  CONTINUE READING