Claims Made at Oireachtas (Irish Parliment) Committee that Markets in Gaza are Not Short of Basic Produce Lack Credibility
13 March 2010
Assertions made by the former Israeli Ambassador to the UN, Mr Dore Gold, at today’s meeting of the Oireachtas Foreign Affairs Committee, that the food stalls and shops in Gaza are full and plentiful are not based on reality, the Committee has said.
Mr Gold claimed that he is not aware of any major shortage of produce or foodstuffs in Gaza’s markets or shops and suggested that the level of deprivation in Gaza is overstated. Mr. Gold attended today’s meeting to give an updated picture on the Middle East and to outline an Israeli perspective on the conflict.
Committee Chairman, Dr Michael Woods TD said;
“Shipments into Gaza remain at no more than a subsistence level for basic necessities and make no provision for reconstruction of commercial life. Any suggestion that the inhabitants of the Gaza Strip are not suffering intolerable humanitarian conditions is simply spurious.
Mr Gold claimed that food shortages don’t exist and that there is ample supply of goods in the shops. Unlike members of this Committee, Mr Dore has never been to Gaza and witnessed at first hand the ongoing humanitarian crisis there. A blatant misrepresentation of the situation on the ground is extremely unhelpful and Israel cannot ignore the obvious.
The Committee welcomes the suggestion that the Israeli government may allow a number of reconstruction and rehabilitation projects planned by the UN for many months to finally get underway. Gaza cannot recover without its ruined infrastructure being properly rebuilt.
We support the efforts being made by the Obama administration to freeze the extension of settlements and to encourage all sides to participate in proximity talks with a view to advancing the peace process.”
Mr. Dore is currently the President of the Jerusalem Centre for Public Affairs. According to this agency, it “focuses on the main issues affecting Israel's security and international standing in order to wage the war of ideas in global opinion and has developed and implemented an array of cutting-edge programs to present Israel's case to the world".
Those pictures prove nothing. I could take pictures of the rich people's houses up in the Oakland hills, but that doesn't mean that Oakland isn't mostly ghetto.
There is poverty everywhere. There are people starving on the streets just outside this office. It is ridiculous to claim there is nobody starving or in need of medical supplies in Gaza, where there has been so much violence and destruction.
And there is nothing there that says what year it is, and if it even is Gaza.
I could take a picture where I am and show you a starving beggar living in a hole in wall with a tin sheet as a roof... and then I could take a picture of a lavish palace with a bentley pulling out.. they would only be a hundred yards apart... welcome to the middle east in all of it's glory..
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MONDAY, APRIL 26, 2010
Norman Finkelstein: Israel's Extreme Gaza Destruction
joefriendly — April 25, 2010 — Norman Finkelstein makes a strong case that Israel's invasion and destruction of Gaza was deliberate hooliganism, excessive, inappropriate force, intended by their leaders, like Livni, to terroize Arabs. He points, in particular, to the UN Goldstone Report and testimonies of Israeli soldiers in Breaking the Silence, many of whom describe the level of Israeli firepower as "insane." Norman spoke April 22, 2010, at the invitation of the Arab Students Club at Brooklyn College, that boasts famous graduates Meir Kahane and Alan Dershowitz, and where he had his first teaching job after his Princeton PhD, until he was fired from their Political Science department because of his anti-Zionist views.
FIRED for anti-zionist views. And people worry about the fairness doctrine....ha!
How come Fox and talk radio can bash Arabs and Obama day and night? They don't get fired.
Freedom of speech my behind...it's all controlled by Israel. In OUR country!
Sick of it....really sick of it.
"I am positive that the most effective way of helping the people of Palestine is to focus now on setting up an “Independent International Court of Justice” to start a class action against the Israeli Government and in particular those responsible for war crimes or breaches of human rights.
Recently we saw the previous British Government under Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his pro Israeli side kick David Miliband attempt to stop anyone from taking action against visiting Israeli dignitaries who may be responsible for such crimes. If we can recall Tzipi Livni had to cancel such a trip to London when there was a distinct possibility of an attempted private arrest. We also saw a similar situation in Kuala Lumpur recently when someone attempted to serve notice on Tony Blair at a conference.
I would therefore like to see the vast sums of money that are currently donated put to better use in the formation of a London based “Independent International Court of Justice” specifically to fight for justice for the people of Palestine and its full sovereignty. We have seen such activity take place in Malaysia with the formation of the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission and the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal which is currently focusing on Iraqi war crimes and crimes against humanity."
Then we can get on board Patrick Leahy's call for a truth commission....or it never stops.
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