Saturday, November 15, 2008

Shutting the window on Gaza

11 days ago Israel closed it's border crossings into Gaza in response to Palestinian rocket attacks and is denying entry to foreign journalists. Peter Lerner, the Spokesperson for the coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories has said that the decision is not tantamount to a ban on journalists, but that they do not fall into the category of humanitarian aid workers, who are the only groups allowed in at this time.

the following taken from
U.N. spokesman Chris Gunness said the rocket attacks are intolerable.

"Of course Israel has legitimate security concerns and we respect that and we respect the right and indeed the obligation of Israel to take action," said Gunness.

But Gunness said that is not a justification for cutting off food supplies, and he demanded that the borders reopen immediately.

"Let's see this for what it is. Fifty-six percent of the Gaza Strip are children. Let us not cause suffering of innocent children," said Gunness.

Steven Gutkin, Foreign Press Association chairman had this to say,
"We consider it a serious problem for freedom of the press. We think that journalists have to be placed in a special category. A blanket ban on people going into Gaza should not apply to journalists,"

"We serve as the window for the world into Gaza,"

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