Israel Declares Gaza Stip "Hostile Territory", may cut off Water, Electricity (6)

1 Name: Unverified Source : 2007-09-19 11:45 ID:uygpbpt4
Israel to declare Gaza 'hostile'

**Israel is to declare the Gaza Strip a "hostile entity" in response to the continued rocket fire from Palestinian militants, Israeli officials say.
The decision could lead to Israel cutting off vital water, fuel or electricity supplies to the territory.

Palestinians say such a move would constitute collective punishment.

Public pressure for retaliation has grown since an incident two weeks ago in which a rocket landed in an Israeli army base, injuring some 69 soldiers.

Palestinian militant groups say the rocket fire is a response to Israeli military action in Gaza and the West Bank.

International law

Reports said Israeli officials hoped the new measures would put pressure on the Islamist movement, Hamas, which in June ousted its rivals Fatah to seize control of Gaza, to halt rocket attacks.

"The objective is to weaken Hamas," Defence Minister Ehud Barak said at the security cabinet meeting on Wednesday, an Israeli official told the Associated Press.

Mr Barak is also reported to have said that Israel was moving closer to a large-scale military incursion into Gaza.

"Every day that passes brings us closer to an operation in Gaza," he reportedly said.

Correspondents say that by formally declaring Gaza "hostile", Israel could argue that it is no longer bound by international law governing the administration of occupied territory to supply utilities to its 1.5 million inhabitants.

But the current position is that, under international law, Israel remains legally responsible for the coastal strip, despite withdrawing two years ago, because it still controls Gaza's borders, air space and territorial waters.**

2 Name: Unverified Source : 2007-09-20 01:13 ID:Lh8FN+PI

News for you Israel: Turning off their water and electricity won't stop the rocket attacks. How you convinced the US you were smart enough to handle a $300B gift is beyond me.

3 Name: Unverified Source : 2007-09-22 02:10 ID:FXIukFV5

lol, collective punishment

4 Name: Unverified Source : 2007-09-22 21:01 ID:uygpbpt4


I kinda agree. I can't imagine that this is going to work. I mean really, if you punish those who aren't responisble (the average palestinian) won't they hate you more? I mean I know I'd be able to see someone's point about other people after you make my life miserable. Or more likely, I'd just wanna punch you in the nose.

5 Name: Unverified Source : 2010-08-30 15:39 ID:S5qfHzpu

The Jews say "We were victims of international politics before. It's the reason to kill Arabian people now. We kill them like Germans killed us 60 years ago. We have that right".

6 Name: Unverified Source : 2010-08-30 19:23 ID:ts2344Rc

This is what happens when shit tons of money are invested in stupid people! Israel won't be around for much longer.

Gonna laugh my ass off when the Arabs overrun it.

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