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Editorial: Talking peace while strangling Gaza

Posted by uscsjp on October 1, 2007

Socialist Worker–September 28

ISRAEL HAS declared war on the 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza Strip–and the U.S. government has given its blessing. That’s the reality behind the media’s dishonest talk of “negotiations” and “breakthroughs.”

The U.S. has already backed Israeli sanctions that have turned Gaza into the world’s biggest open-air prison, with an economy in collapse, hunger and malnutrition on the rise, and poverty engulfing 87.7 percent of the population.

The justification for Israel’s murderous policies was the democratic election of the Islamist Hamas party to lead the Palestinian Authority in January 2006–a few months after Israel unilaterally withdrew its settlements from the territory.

Now, the Israeli cabinet has declared Gaza a “hostile territory,” and Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, in Israel to broker “peace” negotiations, said Hamas “is indeed a hostile entity. It is a hostile entity to the U.S. as well.”

In fact, Israel already treats every Palestinian as an enemy–whether they be fighters or civilians, men, women or children.

According to the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem, which uses statistics conservatively, Israeli security forces killed 668 Palestinians in Gaza between September 1, 2005 and July 25, 2007. Of these, more than half–359 people–“were not involved in any hostilities at the time they were killed,” the organization reported. Some 126 of those killed were children or teenagers. In the same period, just four Israeli civilians were killed as a result of rockets fired from Gaza. (article continued)

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