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Thursday, April 27, 2006

No humanitarian crisis in Gaza

The Israeli Supreme Court - once again interfering in an area in which they ought not to have jurisdiction - at least reached the right conclusion today. Sort of....

The court concluded that there is no 'humanitarian crisis' in Gaza and that the state is making maximum efforts to keep the Karni crossing open and enable cargo trucks to cross over between the Gaza Strip and Israel. As a result, the petitioners, who included the Gaza-based Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, represented by Gisha, the Center for the Legal Protection of Freedom of Movement, took the advice of Supreme Court President Aharon Barak and withdrew their petition.

But Gisha attorney Sari Bashi told The Jerusalem Post that the petitioners also accepted the court's invitation to petition again if they concluded that there was a humanitarian crisis and that they would closely monitor the situation in the Gaza Strip.

Under an agreement on movement and accessibility signed on November 15, 2005, Israel undertook to allow 400 trucks per day to use the Karni crossing by the end of 2006.

The inability of Palestinian farmers to export their produce could force the farmers to lay off their workers, and to either destroy or donate their produce. Personally, I think they ought to donate it to the 'Palestinian people' rather than endanger Israeli soldiers by forcing them to keep the crossing open.

The state's representative, attorney Aner Hellman, argued that there was no humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip and that the government is doing its best to keep Karni open, but that Palestinian terrorists target the facility for attacks and the Palestinian Authority does nothing to stop them.


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