After 40 years of the most brutal occupation in the modern history of the world, after every attempt of genocide against the local population, the government of Israel voted today to declare the Gaza Strip an "enemy entity," approving among other things the disruption of power and fuel supplies to the Strip.
They also decided not to disrupt the water supply to the besieged nation.... how humanitarian of them..... like the water will reach it's destination without the pumps that have been turned off???
All I can say is It's terrible if it' s done to Jews (the world would be outraged!), but acceptable if the Jews do it? (the world remains complicitly silent.)
The report on the situation can be read here....
Ministers declare Gaza 'enemy entity', vote to disrupt power, fuel
By Barak Ravid, Haaretz Correspondent, and News Agencies
The security cabinet on Wednesday voted to declare the Gaza Strip an "enemy entity," approving among other things the disruption of power and fuel supplies to the Strip, as a response to the ongoing Qassam rocket fire at Israeli communities. The ministers decided, however, not to disrupt Gaza's water supply.
Hamas said in response that Israel had effectively declared war on Gaza.
The security cabinet unanimously approved a number of sanctions to be imposed on the Gaza Strip should the rocket fire on southern Israel continue. The steps are designed to create "civilian levers" that will pressure Gaza's Hamas rulers to bring the rocket fire to a halt.
A statement released by the Prime Minister's Office after the meeting said that Hamas bore responsibility for the "hostile activity" emanating from the territory where the Islamic movement had seized power in June.
"Hamas is a terrorist organization that has taken control of the Gaza Strip and turned it into hostile territory," the statement said. "This organization engages in hostile activity against the State of Israel and its citizens and bears responsibility for this activity."
"The objective is to weaken Hamas," Defense Minister Ehud Barak said during the meeting, according to one participant. Barak also said that Israel is moving closer to a
large-scale military operation in Gaza. "Every day that passes brings us closer to an operation in Gaza," Barak was quoted as saying. He said an array of options would be considered before a major invasion.
The PMO statement also said that there would be restrictions on "the passage of various goods to the Gaza Strip," but stressed that all steps "will be enacted following a legal examination, while taking into account both the humanitarian aspects relevant to the Gaza Strip and the intention to avoid a humanitarian crisis."
Hamas said called the move an attempt to coerce the Palestinians into accepting Israel's demands for a U.S.-sponsored regional summit expected to be held in two months.
"They aim to starve our people and force them to accept humiliating formulas that could emerge from the so-called November peace conference," Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said.
"It is a declaration of war and continues the criminal, terrorist Zionist actions against our people," he said.
A minister in Abbas' government also condemned the decision. "It is collective punishment against the people of Gaza, and discourages serious political discussion," said Ashraf Ajrami. ◄continue►