Blackout in Besieged Gaza City
The Gaza Strip’s only power plant has shut down as Israel’s blockade has dried up fuel supplies. Tonight Gazans are living in darkness as the second of the plant’s two working turbines was switched off on the third day of a crippling Israeli blockade of the territory. “At least 800,000 people are now in darkness,” Derar Abu Sissi, general director of the plant, said.
Sunday’s shutdown has prompted fears of a humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip. This catastrophe is affecting hospitals, medical clinics, water wells, sewage treatment plants, water facilities, factories, homes- all aspects of life. Palestinians said the worst affected could be the health sector, with hospitals failing to provide services in the absence of electricity.
Food supplies have dwindled, thanks to Israel’s blockade. And now there is no bread. Bakeries stopped operating because they did not have power or flour. Gazans are protesting in the streets-asking for bread.
Israel’s targeting of a Hamas government office on Jan. 18, which caused serious casualties at a nearby wedding party was a “war crime” and those responsible should be punished, a United Nations official said yesterday. John Dugard, UN special rapporteur on the human rights situation in the occupied territories, slammed the killing of Palestinians in other attacks and the closing of border crossings.
“The killing of some 40 Palestinians in Gaza in the past week, the targeting of a government office near a wedding party venue with what must have been foreseen loss of life and injury to many civilians, and the closure of all crossings into Gaza raise very serious questions about Israel’s respect for international law and its commitment to the peace process,” Dugard said in a statement.
“Those responsible for such cowardly action are guilty of serious war crimes and should be prosecuted and punished for their crimes,” Dugard said.
When U.S. government offices are closed, and the media is not paying attention, during special holidays-in this case Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday-Israel often takes full advantage to attack the people whose land it surrounds and occupies. Call your local news desk or the telephone numbers below. Don’t let Israel continue to get away with war crimes.
WRITE OR TELEPHONE THOSE WORKING FOR YOU IN WASHINGTON AND DEMAND THAT THIS CARNAGE STOP-AND THAT YOUR TAX DOLLARS NO LONGER BE USED TO MAKE IT POSSIBLE:
President George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20500
White House Comment Line: (202) 456-1111
Fax: (202) 456-2461
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
Department of State
Washington, DC 20520
State Department Public Information Line:
Washington, DC 20510
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
E-Mail Congress and the White House:
CONTACT THE EMBASSY OF ISRAEL TO DEMAND THAT IT STOP ESCALATING THE DEADLY CYCLE OF VIOLENCE:
Embassy of Israel
3514 International Dr., NW
Washington, DC 20008
For more info, contact: [email protected]
GAZA’S CRISIS REQUIRES AN URGENT HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE
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Every day, the news from Gaza continues to pour in – news that highlights the urgent humanitarian crisis for the people of Gaza. Following a week in which more than 30 Palestinians were killed by invading Israeli military forces and many times that number – including many children – were wounded by the ongoing bombing raids and invasions, and just one week after George W. Bush’s meetings with Mahmud Abbas and Ehud Olmert, Israel ordered all border crossings into Gaza closed as it continued its deadly attacks on more than 1.5 million Palestinians already denied food, clean water, electricity and medical supplies.
On Saturday alone, 40 military tanks entered Jabalya refugee camp in northern Gaza and began destroying Palestinian homes. Gaza’s power plant reports that it has fuel for only two more days of operations. The people of Gaza – 80% of them refugees – stand amidst a military occupation, constant attacks and a humanitarian crisis.
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