Gaza is coming home

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Spotted this on my walk home from work yesterday – corner of Whitney and Trumbull, New Haven, CT.

Posted in Gaza

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  1. Citizen says:

    Background on the sign:
    link to thestruggle.org

    The Middle East Crisis Committee
    Box 3626
    Woodbridge, CT 06525

    203-934-2761

  2. I don’t believe there is any legal way that Israel’s own border policies can be dictated internationally. It is genuinely their business.

    But, the ports and airspace are a different matter. The ability to construct and maintain a functioning port still requires a state that is accepted internationally (not necessarily requiring Israeli consent, but that will inevitably be a strong concern).

    That Hamas only gave up shelling civilians a few months ago, does not support their claims to function as a responsible state. They would have to declare their statehood, and it be accepted internationally.

    Its another element of international law, another real one.

    • Mooser says:

      “I don’t believe there is any legal way that Israel’s own border policies can be dictated internationally.”

      Well, well, well, look who is ready to reject legality, now that Israel has been created by the UN.

      Really Richard, you could find a much less expensive and destructive asylum for your disturbed son. Reminds me of that short period when the newly-invented herion was used as a “cure” for morphine addiction.

      • aparisian says:

        Mooser,
        Israeli is opportunistic, history showed us how they betrayed the British when they got what they wanted, same with the UN as you mentioned above. Not to forget how they treat the US these days.

    • Chaos4700 says:

      I don’t believe there is any legal way that Israel’s own border policies can be dictated internationally. It is genuinely their business.

      GENEVA CONVENTIONS. If Israel’s military occupies another country, they apply.

      Israel occupies Palestine. Therefore, the Geneva Conventions apply.

      That Hamas only gave up shelling civilians a few months ago, does not support their claims to function as a responsible state.

      Israel has never given up shelling civilian populations. Where does that put Israel on the spectrum of responsible states?

    • aparisian says:

      Witty you keep repeating the same lies and propaganda and you make me vomit, be intellectually honest because you became a pariah guy and make everyone sick here.

      “But, the ports and airspace are a different matter. The ability to construct and maintain a functioning port still requires a state that is accepted internationally (not necessarily requiring Israeli consent, but that will inevitably be a strong concern).”

      Wrong Israel by firing at fishermen in the occupied territories is an act of war because Gaza is not Israel, its OCCUPIED under international law.

      Even if Gaza is a hostile entity from Israeli point of view, The blockade constitute a collective punishment because the sanctions are collective measures that do not sufficiently distinguish between civilians and military which is a severe violation of the laws of war, its a war crime.

      and btw i would send you back the following:

      That if Israel only gave up shelling civilians a few months ago, does not support their claims to function as a responsible state.

    • eljay says:

      >> [Palestinians] would have to declare their statehood, and it be accepted internationally.

      Israel’s internationally accepted borders would make an ideal starting point for Palestine’s borders. So…where exactly are Israel’s internationally accepted borders these days?

    • Citizen says:

      Funny, Richard, that’s what Hitler said too, and he proceeded to act accordingly, looking for more lebensraum for his myth-inspired people.
      That’s called a policy sans borders in the name of borders.

    • robin says:

      Say something coherent. What are you arguing?

      Either Israel is in control of Gaza and denying its people all the rights and protections of citizenship, or it is simply making war on a defenseless land. You cannot have it both ways, as in “Gaza is not Israel, but controlling Gaza’s flow of goods is legitimately Israel’s prerogative.” Which do you see it as, oppression or aggression?

      And I don’t think you want to argue that shelling of civilians should preclude recognitions of statehood.

  3. marc b. says:

    and speaking of Gaza, there is some interesting information coming to light regarding the decision of the Canadian Minister of Immigration’s to refuse entry for Galloway when he was scheduled to speak at various locations in that country in Spring 2009. is this the way a democracy behaves, i ask rhetorically?

    link to rabble.ca

    • potsherd says:

      It’s the way a Zionist Occupied State behaves. While no one was looking, the government of Canada was subverted.

      • Chaos4700 says:

        It went conservative. That’s what conservatives do — they subvert the greater good of government for short term payoffs and bribes.

        • eljay says:

          Canadian politicians of all stripes, and not just Conservatives, are declaring their undying love and devotion to Israel and the “existential threat” it faces at the hands of Iran and Hitler…I mean, Ahmadinejad (who, quite frankly, is absolutely shitty when it comes to public relations).

        • MHughes976 says:

          In the course of our UK General Election campaign there will be a foreign affairs debate between candidate Prime Ministers on Thursday. I would certainly expect some strong commitment to the security of Israel, maybe with some nods in the direction of relieving suffering in Gaza, mitigated with blaming most things on Hamas.

  4. rmd says:

    Insist Israel let Palestinians trade, work and travel freely

    They might be getting ahead of themselves there. Maybe the US should first stop insisting that Egypt cooperate with Israel in preventing Palestinians from trading, working and traveling freely.

    • potsherd says:

      Given that the US is the one who has insisted that Egypt maintain the blockade in the first place, that would be quite a switch!

      otoh, Obama has just cut aid to Egypt, so maybe he won’t be funding the Iron Underground Wall

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  11. eGuard says:

    Hold on, Gazans. Tony Blair is coming to the rescue. At least his office does. “The Office of the Quartet Representative [That's not Tony Blair himself, mind you] welcomes Israel’s step to allow the entry of several essential items for the repair of Gaza’s housing, water and sanitation infrastructure, telecom industry, and electricity distribution network. All of these sectors are vital for the welfare of the general population and particularly the private sector.” ‘several essential items’. Thank you, Tony Blair’s office.

    • eljay says:

      >> [That's not Tony Blair himself, mind you]

      He’s too busy licking boots and sucking @ss to speak.

    • Chaos4700 says:

      You know, they really couldn’t find a better representative of weak-kneed, leash-bound, unlikeable, two-faced utter failure than Tony Blair to represent the farce that is the US/Israel run peace process. I’ll bet the British people are happy to have him off ruining some other country.

    • eGuard says:

      It also includes 10 trucks per day of clothing and shoes, some of which had been held up in containers at the Ashdod port warehouses for many months, sustaining some damage as a result.

      Again. Thank you Tony Blair’s Office, for praising this achievement. By the way, stuff being damaged while in containers in Ashdod – could you prevent that next time please? Thank yo Mr Office of Tony Blair. Of course it would be great still if it were only nine trucks per day, we both know. So there’s a lot of trade ahead. Let’s go go go.

      • potsherd says:

        The Gazan merchants who ordered the clothes now say that they have been ruined in storage and will have to be destroyed.

        • Chaos4700 says:

          Wasting material (and lives) appears to be a special talent of Tony Blair’s. Or at least, facilitating such when he gets his marching orders to do so.

        • eGuard says:

          Oh please, you all. Leave Mr. Tony Blair alone. It was only his Office giving just a compliment. He nor his Office (with Dr. Head of Mission), had anything to do with it. Now stop erasing and smearing Blair’s achievements. btw, eight trucks per day would be OK too.

  12. eGuard says:

    OQR [Office of the Quartet Representative] Head of Mission Dr. Robert Danin said “this is a positive step forward.
    So the Office [not Tony Blair himself] has a Mission, the Mission has a Head, (a Dr. no less you know) and this Head knows a “positive step forward” when he sees one. He has earned his 2010 money already.

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