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Palestinians: Dying to Live Free

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They're guilty only of wanting to live free on their own land in their own country. Occupation harshness denies them. It's been that way for over 45 years.

During Operation Pillar of Cloud, nonviolent West Bank protests erupted. Israeli forces attacked them viciously. Arrests were made. Two protesters were killed in cold blood. Soldiers shot them at point blank range. They threatened no one. 

Dozens more protesters were injured. Israel uses rubber bullets, tear gas, stun grenades, other weapons, and at times live fire. Throughout the Territories, Israel wages war on freedom.

Palestine reflects occupation hell. West Bank communities are terrorized. Pre-dawn raids target residents. They happen multiple times daily. Beatings and arrests follow. Families are traumatized. No one's sure who's next. Perhaps some sleep with eyes wide open.

John Pilger calls Palestine the issue. Israel remains a longstanding problem. It's a rogue terror state. Everyone not Jewish is considered inferior.

Muslims are treated like subhumans. All rights are denied. 

Resistance is called terrorism. Freedom isn't tolerated. It never was in Occupied Palestine and isn't now. 

Israel's gulag is filled with thousands of non-believers. Their crime is wanting occupation harshness ended. It's their long denied right.

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Life in Occupied Palestine is daily hell. Institutionalized repression terrorizes Palestinians. They live in constant fear. They're economically strangled and collectively punished. 

Gaza remains under siege. Everything's in short supply or not available. Essential goods and services are restricted or prohibited. Denied construction materials prevent vital rebuilding.

Small amounts allowed international organizations require pre-approval. Getting it is burdensome and expensive. Farm products and other goods can't reach West Bank or foreign markets. 

Except for tiny amounts, Israel prohibits exports. Rafah Crossing when open for goods is woefully inadequate. 

Gazans depend heavily on its tunnel economy. Nearly half the civilian goods available enter that way. They're mostly construction materials.

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Israeli restrictions ban most goods. Some essentials are affected. Gaza's siege is imposed punitively. It has nothing to do with security. 

Hamas demanded it be lifted. It settled for uncertain easing. Expect Israel to renege on minimal concessions made. It's practically guaranteed. It happened many times before.

Other than for "exceptional (mostly medical) humanitarian cases," travel between Gaza and the West Bank is prohibited. It still is and much more. Besieged Gazans remain isolated.

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And if anyone wants to see to what extent, here's ... by Sister Begonia on Friday, Nov 23, 2012 at 8:52:29 PM
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