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Banned from leaving Gaza, Palestinian group rocks out at border

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Smacked with a travel ban after Israel denied permits to leave Gaza through the northern Erez crossing, the musical group Dawaween performed a protest concert on the strip’s border with a windswept demilitarized buffer zone and chain-linked fence in the background.

Dawaween was billed to play the annual Palestine International Festival for Dance and Music, which ran between late July and mid-August with stages in Jerusalem, and cities across the West Bank.

Three days before their act was to go on, Dawaween was handed bad news. Only two of the 11 members of the group were approved by the Israeli civil administration for transit to Jerusalem via Erez to attend their concert.

Forbidden to leave Gaza as a group, Dawaween erected a stage in the town of Beit Hanoun adjacent to the border crossing they would have used. They hooked up generators and plugged in their instruments and speaker system just outside the gates of the first of three checkpoints stretching across a mile and a half of fenced in security posts.

Over the past year, Israel has steadily decreased the number of exit permits given to Palestinians in Gaza. In the summer of 2015 permissions peaked with around 6,000 Palestinians leaving per month in non-medical and business instances. Today that number has dropped in half.

The other crossing, Rafah into Egypt, has remained mostly closed since 2014. It was open for less than 20 days during all of this year.

(Photo: Mohammed Asad)

(Photo: Mohammed Asad)

(Photo: Mohammed Asad)

(Photo: Mohammed Asad)

(Photo: Mohammed Asad)

(Photo: Mohammed Asad)

(Photo: Mohammed Asad)

(Photo: Mohammed Asad)

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About Mohammed Asad

Mohammad Asad is a photo journalist based in the Gaza Strip where he has covered three wars, and nearly a decade of blockade. He is the 2015 winner of the United Nations World Humanitarian Summit photography “Spirit of Humanity” award, and the 2014 winner of the Abdel Razzaq Badran Photography Award, among other accolades

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  1. chocopie
    chocopie
    September 9, 2016, 3:34 pm

    Just one more reason to support BDS.

    No people anywhere should be locked into a ghetto.

    • Abe Bird
      Abe Bird
      September 11, 2016, 6:31 am

      You’re right, although Gaza is not quite a ghetto. But I wonder why we blame Israel for that? Why not balming Egypt that acts the same policy against Hamas/Gaza? Why to force Israel to freely open it’s border with her enemy entity?

      As we are talking another 900 trucks full of food, medicine, cloths and building matterials enter Erez border gate today (daily). Gazans have permission to travel out from Gaza to West Bank if the environment is calm and safe. 23,000 Gazans entered Israel since January to get the best medical treat they could in Israeli hospitals for half the price. Most Gazan cancer, heart disease and other patients prefer to leave Gaza for treatment in Israel and not in Egypt or some European country. I think the Gazan people are telling the truth with their feet.

      • amigo
        amigo
        September 11, 2016, 8:29 am

        “As we are talking another 900 trucks full of food, medicine, cloths and building matterials enter Erez border gate today (daily). Gazans have permission to travel out from Gaza to West Bank if the environment is calm and safe. 23,000 Gazans entered Israel since January to get the best medical treat they could in Israeli hospitals for half the price – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2016/09/banned-leaving-palestinian/#comment-172525“abe bird

        Wouldn,t care to back that up with a link or two ???.Oh , links to zionist controlled orgs are looked upon here with a certain level of –well –suspicion.I had CAMERA and MEMRI in mind.

        We,ll wait.

        ” I think the Gazan people are telling the truth with their feet.abe bird

        We await to see what you use to tell the truth.Obviously you are flying too high to see the facts on the ground.

      • talknic
        talknic
        September 11, 2016, 7:31 pm

        Abe Bird September 11, 2016, 6:31 am

        ” … I wonder why we blame Israel for that? Why not balming Egypt that acts the same policy against Hamas/Gaza?”

        Israel is the Occupying Power power Gaza, not Egypt. The Occupying Power dictates when the border crossings of Occupied Territories are open and closed, when what who goes in and comes out

        ” Why to force Israel to freely open it’s border with her enemy entity?”

        Uh? Israel maintains it has never declared any borders, not that one can believe Israeli propaganda http://www.trumanlibrary.org/whistlestop/study_collections/israel/large/documents/newPDF/49.pdf

        “As we are talking another 900 trucks full of food, medicine, cloths and building matterials enter Erez border gate today (daily) … … … “

        Substantiate all your claims or shut it … thx

  2. eljay
    eljay
    September 9, 2016, 4:20 pm

    The bad: Palestinian musicians in Gaza wish to travel to not-Israel to attend a Palestinian music festival with other Palestinian musicians. They are barred from travelling to not-Israel by Israeli Occupation, Oppression and Execution Forces.

    The good: The “Jewish State” didn’t assassinate them as they performed their impromptu set.

  3. DaBakr
    DaBakr
    September 9, 2016, 5:07 pm

    zionist (or ‘zionazi’) says: let them through. no big deal. though they could have just as easily applied to leave through the other arab muslim nation that borders gaza. or maybe they did and the story is only focused on bds israel. not bds egypt

    • eljay
      eljay
      September 9, 2016, 8:52 pm

      || DaBakr: … they could have just as easily applied to leave through the other arab muslim nation that borders gaza. … ||

      Instead of cowering behind whataboutism, a strong Zio-supremacist would defend and take pride in the hateful and immoral actions of his (war) criminal and religion-supremacist state.

      Your weakness makes Captain Israel weep…  :-(

    • talknic
      talknic
      September 9, 2016, 8:59 pm

      DaBakr ” they could have just as easily applied to leave through the other arab muslim nation that borders gaza. “

      They have to apply to Israel because it is the Occupying Power over Gaza, not Egypt.

      Like all shills for the Zionist Colonization enterprise, you’re full of bullsh*t

      • Talkback
        Talkback
        September 10, 2016, 4:27 am

        talknic: “They have to apply to Israel …”

        If that would be the case the Gazans couldn’t and wouldn’t bribe the Egyptians which they do. Egypt has virtually sealed the crossing since the terrorist attacks in the Sinai in October 2014 which killed 31 army and police soldiers.

      • talknic
        talknic
        September 11, 2016, 8:24 pm

        @ Talkback September 10, 2016, 4:27 am

        // “They have to apply to Israel …”//

        “If that would be the case the Gazans couldn’t and wouldn’t bribe the Egyptians which they do.”

        Makes no sense at all. They’re more likely to bribe Egypt to get into Egypt than the Occupying Power

        Egypt is not the occupying power. Egypt must comply under the Egypt/Israel Peace Treaty. The Occupying Power orders borders/crossings into and out of Occupied Territories open and/or closed.

        Likewise under the Peace Treaty, Israel must prevent hostile agents entry into Egypt from territories occupied by Israel, so again Israel, the Occupying Power, orders borders/crossings into and out of Occupied Territories open and/or closed.

        ” Egypt has virtually sealed the crossing since the terrorist attacks in the Sinai in October 2014 which killed 31 army and police soldiers”

        A) The crossing itself is not in Egypt.
        Egypt only controls its side of the border, AFTER the crossing.
        Egypt destroyed EGYPTIAN homes to create a buffer zone entirely on the EGYPTIAN side of the Palestine/Egyptian border https://www.google.com.au/?client=firefox-b#q=Egypt+clears+Gaza+border+area+to+create+security+buffer
        Egypt did not destroy any Palestinian homes in Gaza

        Israel, the Occupying Power over Gaza, destroyed Palestinian homes in Gaza to create an Egypt/Gaza buffer zone entirely in Gaza

        B) (1) attacks on military are not terrorism (2) do you really think Israel wouldn’t do false flag ops to preserve it’s precious Zionist Colonization enterprise?

      • echinococcus
        echinococcus
        September 12, 2016, 1:08 am

        They have to apply to Israel because it is the Occupying Power over Gaza, not Egypt.

        Lawyerly bullshit. Because the Egyptian government, bought with my tax dollars, is a collaborationist slave that signed –and observes– a totally despicable clause in a treaty imposed by the US.

      • Talkback
        Talkback
        September 14, 2016, 10:18 am

        “Makes no sense at all. They’re more likely to bribe Egypt to get into Egypt than the Occupying Power …”

        They are bribing Egypt to be amongst the few Egypt lets through.

        “The Occupying Power orders borders/crossings into and out of Occupied Territories open and/or closed. ”

        I’m not sure about that. Even EUBAM hasn’t been reinstalled, yet, or has it?

        “B (1) attacks on military are not terrorism (2)”

        Not sure about that either since Egypt is not in war with Palestine and is not its occupier. You can’t just attack military only because its military.

      • talknic
        talknic
        September 14, 2016, 10:54 am

        @ Talkback

        //“The Occupying Power orders borders/crossings into and out of Occupied Territories open and/or closed. ”//

        “I’m not sure about that”

        Israel, the Occupying Power is in ultimate control over what who and when passes in and out of the territories it occupies

        “Even EUBAM hasn’t been reinstalled, yet, or has it?”

        No. It hasn’t

        // attacks on military are not terrorism //

        “Not sure about that either since Egypt is not in war with Palestine and is not its occupier. You can’t just attack military only because its military.”

        Never the less, it’s not terrorism

    • Talkback
      Talkback
      September 10, 2016, 4:24 am

      DaBakr: “though they could have just as easily applied to leave through the other arab muslim nation that borders gaza”

      Sure, applying is as easy as applying for anything unter Jewish settler’s control. But to get a permission is as hopeless as getting any permission from Jewish settlers.

  4. Ossinev
    Ossinev
    September 11, 2016, 11:50 am

    “23,000 Gazans entered Israel since January to get the best medical treat they could in Israeli hospitals for half the price. Most Gazan cancer, heart disease and other patients prefer to leave Gaza for treatment in Israel and not in Egypt or some European country. I think the Gazan people are telling the truth with their feet”

    Just a thought but could this claim if it is true have anything to do with the fact that your beloved JSILis bombed to bits most of the hospital and medical facilities as the nurses and surgeons were being used as “medical shields”

    • annie
      annie
      September 11, 2016, 12:34 pm

      Most Gazan cancer, heart disease and other patients prefer to leave Gaza for treatment in Israel and not in Egypt or some European country.

      it’s my recollection gazans cannot get radiation treatment for cancer in gaza because of the blockade, because israel will not allow cancer treatment there. once when i visited and took a tour of a hospital in gaza, the doctors showed us a room full of radiation equipment but said the necessary components to run the machines were blocked by israel from entering gaza. how sadistic is that? and what about the chemo? doesn’t it make sense doctors in gaza would be able to administer these drugs themselves, if israel did not blockade gazans from importing the medicine?

      Gazans entered Israel since January to get the best medical treat they could in Israeli hospitals for half the price.

      what a joke is this? denying palestinian doctors the right to treat cancer patients in their own hospitals and then claiming it’s 1/2 the price for gazans to get treated in israel than traveling to a foreign county!!!

      • MHughes976
        MHughes976
        September 11, 2016, 4:15 pm

        What joke indeed! Are we to regard the blockade as a health improvement programme for residents of Gaza? I did once speak to a British doctor, a man of some distinction, who had worked in Gaza, and said to me that no one who went near the place could be blind to what was really going on. However, none so blind as those who won’t see.

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