Gazans Choked in Israeli Noose

Despite promises, Israeli occupation still hasn't ended
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 28, 2008 1:17 PM CST
Israeli soldiers gather at a staging area on the Israel-Gaza Border. Over 280 Palestinians have been killed and more than 600 people wounded since Israel's Gaza offensive began.   (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
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(Newser) – If the latest Israeli attacks against Gaza prove anything, it’s that the Israeli occupation isn’t over, Peter Beaumont writes in the Guardian. “To be in Gaza is to be trapped. Without future or hope, limited to a few square miles,” the columnist says. “Its borders, land and sea, are defined largely by Israel.”

Three years after Ariel Sharon vowed to withdraw from Gaza, Israel continues to tighten the noose around its 1.5 million residents, Beaumont argues, locking them behind walls and fences, leaving them to scrounge for medical care. But Israel may succeed in achieving what Hamas and Fatah have failed to do: uniting Palestinians against a common enemy.