Gaza - biggest prison break ever

After six days of siege, you couldn’t help smiling, if not cheering, seeing, TV footage of Hamas knocking a ginormous hole in the wall that has cut Palestinians in Gaza off from the outside world, with 350,000 Palestinians going on a spending spree for fuel, medicine, and other supplies that have been cut off during the blockade.

As Al Jazeera points out below – “if Gaza is the biggest prison on the planet, this is the biggest jail break”.

In the US, it is a crime punishable by imprisonment, asset seizure, and law enforcement harassment (all without due process) to express "support" of Hamas in any way. Thus, the CNN anchor shows no interest in the justice of the situation and only seems concerned with the structural integrity of the wall itself. Instead of showing the Palestinians as human beings, they are filmed from a distance to obscure their humanity and the desperation of their plight. Note, too, the CNN reporter telling how he witnessed people coming back with “cartons and cartons of cigarettes,” declining to mention the food, fuel, medical supplies and other necessaries of life that Palestinians have also been bringing back into Gaza in bulk. I’m just surprised he never said he saw people staggering back intoxicated.

Compare if you will the coverage of the incident by Al Jazeera and CNN (also below)

I’m not gonna level the usual critical socialist cross hairs at this event and conclude “only under socialism…”, not least because Palestinians are too preoccupied with the daunting daily struggle for survival to organise and campaign for world socialism. For the moment, Palestinians, betrayed by their own "moderate" political leadership and, indeed, the entire international community in their struggle for ‘freedom’, have broken a siege imposed on them by an Arab government in collusion with Israel. To me it shows that people do have power and can prevail even in the face of overwhelming adversity. Maybe one day workers everywhere will wake up and realise that walls and frontiers and borders can be pulled down.

Meanwhile, Israel seems to continue to suffer from historical amnesia. One of the Nazi's favourite policies was to wall Jews in ghettos, depriving them of food, livelihood and access to medical care in an attempt to degrade them. The Israeli war machine uses just the same tactic in Palestine.

Writing for Counterpunch. Stanley Heller observes. “In 2000 the British firm British Gas Group (BG) discovered proven natural gas reserves of at least 1.3 trillion cubic meters beneath Gazan territorial waters worth an estimated $4 billion. A deal was being worked out with the a Palestinian investors group, but was put on hold due to the Western embargo of the Palestine Authority after the Hamas, victory. There has been some speculation that Israel has been so pitiless against Gaza not because of the relatively small loss of life caused by Palestinian missiles from Gaza, but because it wants Gazan gas to fuel the Israeli economy.”

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