Israel is doing everything to separate Gaza, West Bank, by Israeli writer Amira Hass

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    May 23, 2012 6:29 AM GMT
    Israel wants Hamas rule in Gaza because it guarantees the disconnect between the Strip and the West Bank.
    from COGAT's website, which boasts that "8,411 traders from the Gaza Strip entered Israel for work meetings; most of them even visited Judea and Samaria, in order to strengthen the economic and trade links among Gaza, Israel and Judea and Samaria."

    So why is it that traders are okay but university students are not? Because Israel is under American and international pressure to ease up on the economic side of the siege of Gaza (which costs foreign donor countries and their taxpayers a bundle), but not to respect Gazans' right to study in the West Bank, and because no Israeli university is alarmed by the prohibition.

    Like the State of Israel, the Hamas education ministry doesn't like it when Gazan youth go to the West Bank or overseas. And for good reason: Political and religious indoctrination ebbs when horizons open up. If Israel genuinely wanted to weaken Hamas rule, it would respect freedom of movement, which has been restricted since 1991.

    And that is the elephant in the room: Israel wants Hamas rule in the Gaza Strip because it guarantees the disconnect between the Strip and the West Bank. The Oslo Accords stipulate that the West Bank and Gaza Strip are a single geographic entity, and Israel did everything possible to separate them. Fatah and Hamas, whose competition deeply harms the Palestinian struggle for independence, followed the Israeli script perfectly.

    The justices are set to contend today with the explicit argument that these five students pose a security threat to Israel. Will they ignore the elephant this time and acknowledge that the state's claim is fundamentally indefensible?

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    May 23, 2012 2:21 PM GMT
    SxyDrkHair saidAmira Hass is the only Jewish Israeli journalist who has lived full-time among the Palestinians, in Gaza from 1993 and moved to Ramallah since 1997.

    She knows what she is talking about.




    Can you imagine that LIL'AIPAC (W4) on your topic about Nakba calls such writers for the Jewish site Haaretz, 'spammers' for being quoted. These Israeli Lobby AIPAC apologists like him and a few others here on RJ just hate to see the facts come out in direct contradiction to Israeli Propaganda that keeps the Occupation and Settlements going.

    It was fine when they bombarded this site with Propaganda but when we expose the truth from their own Jewish writers on their own Jewish Israeli News sites, its more than they can stand. LOL Facts are such stubborn things to dispute with their AIPAC propaganda.