Israel’s "Invisible Hand" in Gaza

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Israel’s "Invisible Hand" in Gaza
By: Alan Johnston, BBC News-Gaza
17 January 2007
 

Although Israel withdrew from Gaza more than a year ago, its control over the lives of Palestinians there is in some ways even tighter than before, a new report by an Israeli human rights organisation says.

In the days after Israeli troops and settlers pulled out of the territory, the then Israeli leader, Ariel Sharon addressed the United Nations.

He declared "the end of Israeli control over and responsibility for the Gaza Strip".

But a study by Gisha challenges that claim. The organisation says it aims to "protect the fundamental rights of Palestinians living in the Occupied Territories by imposing human rights law as a limitation on the behaviour of Israel’s military".

"Israel continues to control Gaza through an ’invisible hand’," the organisation says, in a detailed, 100-page report.

"In contrast to the rhetoric used to describe the disengagement plan, Israel has not relinquished control over Gaza but rather removed some elements of control while tightening other significant controls."

Gisha argues that this means that Israel still has extensive legal obligations for the wellbeing of the territory’s population that are not being met.

It says: "Gaza residents know that significant aspects of their lives - the ability to exit or enter Gaza, the supply of medicine, fuel and other basic goods, the possibility to transport crops to export markets, the ability to use electric lights - depend on decisions made by Israel’s military."

The report begins by referring to the continued, overt military pressure on Gaza.

Until the ceasefire declared in November, Israeli air raids, artillery fire and armoured incursions led to the deaths of hundreds of Palestinians.

This was all part of the army’s confrontation with militant groups - like the Islamic Jihad organisation - which are based in Gaza.

On an almost daily basis they launch crudely mad

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