From Gaza, homemade rockets landed in Sderot, prompting Israel to attack and again hermetically seal the borders, cutting off Gaza's ability to fuel Gaza's main power station. Israel's latest blockade's intended action is to put more strain on the Palestinian government to control its borders and ultimately Hamas. Just last week, the White House was trumpeting President Bush's ability to reignite Peace talks, but a Bush led initiative never had a solid coalition to get the two sides back to serious negotiations in a well lit room. The UN's Secretary General weighed in on Israel's action to harshly punish all of Gaza for the actions of several snipers after Israel launched retaliatory strikes killing two Hamas militant leaders and capturing four others. (David Buimovitch/AFP/Getty Images)
The organisation has criticised Israel's decision to close border crossings into Gaza, preventing aid deliveries to the 1.5 million people living in the territory, saying on Saturday that the move could provoke a humanitarian crisis.
"Such action cuts off the population from much-needed fuel supplies used to pump water and generate electricity to homes and hospitals," Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, said.
The Palestinian Energy Authority said two turbines at the plant had shut early on Sunday and the plant would be closed within 24 hours.
The Energy Authority said more than a million Gazans would be affected by power outages, which would also hit hospitals, sewage works and food refrigeration systems.
But Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Arye Mekel said the situation was not as bad as the Palestinians made out.
"They have an interest in exaggerating," he said. (AFP)
Well, minimizing another's pain and suffering is not going to win the hearts and minds of third parties. This week, the UN rights forum is holding a special meeting to discuss this issue, not the Bush White House that was so interested in brokering its version of peace last week amidst all the photo ops.
A few years ago, an Israeli journalist went to Palestine to understand and listen to the stories. This heartfelt book is the result of her journey and received richly deserved praise for telling a story through the yes of those who live in the blotches of territories known as Palestine. From Wendy Pearlman is the book, Occupied Voices: Stories of Everyday Life from the Second Infitada.