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Al-Khudari: Gaza, West Bank still under siege; Israeli allegations false

Oct. 4, 2008 11:17 A.M. (Updated: Oct. 4, 2008 11:17 A.M.)
Gaza - Ma'an - As they lifted the total blockade on the West Bank after the Jewish New Year, Israeli sources have claimed that the "siege has been lifted," but Jamal Al-Khudari, chairman of the Popular Committee Against the Siege issued a statement reminding the world that the siege, in fact, continues.

The Gaza Strip, reminded Al-Khudari, has been under siege for two years, with all crossing points closed for human traffic and about 15% of the needed goods for the 1.5 million living in the area.

Al-Khudari called Israeli announcements regarding cessation of closure "fabrications and allegations" aimed at easing international pressure on Israel and tricking the world into believing that Israel responded positively to international calls for lifting the siege.

On the contrary, said Al-Khudari on Saturday, there are one and a half million residents of the Gaza strip suffering from the burdens of the siege, while the West Bank population is suffering from the separation wall and the Israeli military checkpoints. In Jerusalem Israeli authorities are trying to create a purely Jewish city through excavations under the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and constant pressure on the Arab residents of East Jerusalem.

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