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Israeli Nazis Close Border on the Basis of Race:
"All Palestinian laborers were ordered back to the territories (Feb. 15, 2001), and the (Israeli) government said it is going to review the policy of allowing in Palestinians to work in the country. The decision was made during an afternoon security assessment at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv . The Israeli Army (IDF) also imposed a full general closure on the West Bank and Gaza Strip, barring all Palestinians from entering the country. The closure will be in effect for an indefinite period." (Jerusalem Post, Feb. 15, 2001). Hoffman's comment: Here is the Talmudic double-standard -- if the US or any European country closed its borders to any people of another race, the outrage from Jewish groups and media outlets would be thunderous -- but Israelis can antiseptically bar a whole nation of Palestinian "goyim" with impunity.
Israeli Nazis Make Life for Palestinians Hell on Earth
White flags of surrender flew over the Palestinian village of Mawasi yesterday in a desperate attempt to ward off the threat of Israeli army bulldozers flattening its 23 houses.
Rahmana Juraniyeh, a mother of six, said: "It's a sign of peace. We put up the flags to protect our homes. We only want to live in peace with the Israelis." Army bulldozers have been moving ever closer to the houses and fruit orchards in the village on the Gaza Strip coastline over the past few days.
Date palms have been dug up within 200 yards of the road. Fields of peas, peppers and aubergines, and their irrigation pipes, have been trampled flat. Villagers say the army arrived last week and on two occasions during the weekend told them to evacuate "for security reasons".
The Israeli civil administration for the occupied territories denies that it had plans to destroy the houses, dismissing the villagers' fears as merely "rumour". After American and British diplomats voiced their concerns, the army withdrew the bulldozers.
Houses are bulldozed almost every day in the Gaza Strip to ensure the security of the 5,000 Jewish settlers who live among the one million Palestinians in the area. The few roads that settlers use to pass through Palestinian areas are surrounded by a wasteland of flattened earth and broken concrete.
Acres of orchards have been destroyed. But the destruction of 23 houses in one operation would have been too much for the rest of the world to swallow. Many countries would have seen it as a sign that the army had been unshackled by the election of the Right-wing leader Ariel Sharon as Prime Minister.
Ibrahim el-Jaabari, headman of the settlement, said: "The soldiers have become stronger and more arrogant since Sharon was elected. We have lived peacefully with the Israelis for 50 years. They have nothing against us.
"If any boy so much as throws a stone at an Israeli car I will break his arm. They are using the conflict as a pretext to get rid of us." Though the villagers have had a reprieve, they feel it is only a matter of time - or the death of another settler - before the bulldozers return.
Mr el-Jaabari said: "We are expecting them at any hour. But we will die in our houses rather than give up our land." While their houses remain standing, the noose of an Israeli blockade is still tightening. The villagers are not allowed to take food to their homes except for what the women can carry on their heads.
Two donkey carts set off from the Palestinian-run town of Khan Younis yesterday with sacks of flour, bottles of cooking gas and flagons of cooking oil. They were turned back by Israeli soldiers at gunpoint, with threats to open fire.
The flour and gas bottles did not make it through the checkpoint, but women took the cooking oil off the carts and hoisted it on to their heads for the rest of the journey. The farmers are desperate. Israel has closed off all export routes from Gaza, so the area is awash with unsold tomatoes and strawberries.
The Daily Telegraph (London, England). Feb. 13, 2001
About 50 Palestinians were injured Feb. 13, 2001 when the Israeli army used heavy weapons against the Khan Younis refugee camp. Officials at the camp's Nasr hospital said 38 people, many of them women and children, were injured. Twelve other Palestinians were treated for wounds at Amel hospital.
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