Gov't Breaks Gaza Blockade Ahead of Supreme Court Discussion

The government has reneged on its blockade of Gaza even as Israel’s Supreme Court deliberates over the blockade in an emergency session.

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Trucks delivering aid
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The government has reneged on its blockade of Gaza even as Israel’s Supreme Court deliberates over the blockade in an emergency session.

The Gisha and Adalah human rights organizations petitioned the court to issue an injunction against the blockade, which cut fuel to Gaza’s electricity generator. Although the Gaza generator supplies only 25 percent of the area’s electricity, the petitioners claim the blockade has ignited a humanitarian crisis in Gaza and constitutes “collective punishment.”

Even at the height of the blockade, Israel continued to provide its full capacity of 70 percent of Gaza’s electricity via its regular electrical grid. It has yet to ever have cut Gaza's Arabs off from their Israeli-supplied electricity. Egypt provides 5 percent as well.

The State Prosecutor agreed Sunday to resume fuel shipments to Gaza, beginning immediately. “If the rocket fire continues, we will consider limiting the supplies again,” he warned, however.

Butane cooking gas and diesel fuel deliveries were resumed to the area last Tuesday, along with deliveries of medicine. Patients with exceptional medical needs have also been transported into Israel through one of the crossings throughout the blockade.

Shipments of fuel to power Gaza’s power plant, as well as other items such as cigarettes, were halted after massive rocket attacks by Gaza terrorists on the western Negev.

Friedmann: Not Sure Whether Our Court or Int'l Groups More Critical
Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann remarked at the weekly Sunday morning cabinet meeting that he is not sure whether it is easier to deal with international pressure or the State of Israel’s Supreme Court.

Clashes and Failed Closure Attempts at Border
Egyptian forces managed Sunday to close only parts of the border fence destroyed last week by Hamas terrorists in Gaza. Officers were equipped with electrified cattle prods and plugged holes in the remaining portions of the border fence with sand in order to at least block vehicles from entering and leaving the country. Pedestrians are still able to cross freely at multiple locations.

A statement by Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahem Aboul Gheit announced that Egypt planned to take steps to control the border as soon as possible but did not provide details.

Attempts by Egyptian forces on Saturday to reseal the border and hold back Gazans from entering Egypt resulted in violent clashes that left 38 Egyptian police wounded, several seriously. Egypt now says its forces have received permission to fire back at Palestinian Authority terrorists who continue their attempts to keep open the Gaza border with Egypt.

Some 200 meters of the Egypt-Gaza border fence at the Rafiah crossing were blown apart by Hamas, enabling tens of thousands of Gaza residents to flood into Egypt and stock up on cigarettes, gasoline, foodstuffs and anti-aircraft missiles, according to Hamas.

Egyptian forces claimed they arrested 20 terrorists from Gaza over the weekend. The terrorists were arrested, reportedly, as they attempted to bring weapons through the breach in the border fence.



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