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End the Gaza Siege - by Stephen Lendman

Millions worldwide demand it. So does the Arab League, according to an Al Jazeera June 13 report quoting Amr Moussa, Arab League secretary-general, saying:

"This blockade....must be lifted and must be broken and the Arab League decision is very clear in this regard."

On June 13, Moussa commented after visiting Gaza for talks with Hamas Prime Minister, Ismail Haniyeh, Haaretz reporting he's the highest Arab official to do so since Hamas' 2006 election, after which an Israeli/West embargo followed, then the June 2007 siege.

Moussa entered through Rafah after Egypt reopened it following the Freedom Flotilla massacre, saying it will continue indefinitely.

According to Haaretz:

"Palestinian and Arab League officials said (his) visit (aimed to give) momentum to reconciliation talks between Hamas and Fatah."

Hamas Health Minister Basim Naeem said it indicated that "the boycott between Gaza and the Arab nation was broken, (and that the trip would) be the start of a practical plan to lift the blockade....once and for all, in a complete and comprehensive way."

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Mousa said he didn't come to support one political faction over the other, but to meet Palestinians and end their suffering, conditions in what UNRWA Commissioner General, Filippo Grandi, calls the "largest open-air prison in the world."

An outrageously different view came from New York Times writer Ethan Bronner in his June 11 article, headlined "Gaza Through Fresh Eyes," saying:

"For some, it's the relative modernity....For others, it's the endless beaches with children whooping it up. But for nearly everyone who visits Gaza, often with worry of danger and hostility, what's surprising is the fact that daily life, while troubled, often has the staggering quality of the very ordinary."

Human rights activists and 1.5 million Gazans know otherwise - decades of occupation misery, worsened by the humanitarian crisis under siege, what none of them call "ordinary," what no legitimate journalist would ever say. None report for the major media, specializing in disinformation and "junk food news," why Project Censored highlights a "truth emergency," especially about Occupied Palestine or Israeli criticism, censored and not allowed.

Mahmoud Abbas Wants It Both Ways

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On June 10, Haaretz quoted him contradicting himself in two separate reports, first saying (after meeting with Obama at the White House) he's against lifting the siege because it would bolster Hamas, then reversing himself, saying:

The Palestinians' main demand is "to end the blockade on Gaza," adding he believes that "the entire world stands with us....I don't have a passport or nationality. I want my grandson to live a normal life. This week I spoke by phone with one of Hamas' leaders. Elections will be part of the reconciliation" process, one he's used his position to subvert as a willing Israeli-Washington agent against his own people.

After Israel's June 2007 siege, Tel Aviv and Washington armed him to control the West Bank, supplant Hamas in Gaza, and act as Israel's enforcer. As a result, suspect everything he says about reconciliation after years of confrontational opposition. His roots aside, he's no Palestinian friend. He's a quisling president, a duplicitous self-serving liar, in office months beyond his term, refusing to step down or call elections until "we (Fatah and Hamas) sign an agreement," then he'll "immediately" set a date, he says, what he's avoided so far without authority.

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