Enclosure of Gaza as a “Prison Territory”

by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky, via Global Research

Construction of New High Tech Surveillance Wall to Separate Gaza from Israel

Israeli media reports confirm the construction of a new high tech 65 km security and surveillance wall equipped with cameras and sensors “to separate Gaza from Israel” thereby reinforcing the enclosure of Gaza as a de facto “prison territory” with a population of more than 1.85 million.
This initiative constitutes the latest stage of a process started in 1994 with the establishment of the so-called Israel Gaza security barrier. As we recall the barrier was in part torn down during the Second Intifada in 2000 and was then rebuilt.
There has been virtually no coverage or analysis of this latest project.

“The ambitious project, budgeted to cost 3 billion shekhels ($850 million), will see an integrated wire fence, 6 to eight metres high, equipped with sensors and cameras built above the ground, over the 65-kilometre Gazan border, while heavy concrete slabs strengthened with iron rods will be built dozens of metres underground.”

The existing Gaza-Israel Wall

Screenshot Rafah Wall

The Jerusalem Post (June 23, 2017) heralds the newly proposed 65 km Gaza Fence and underground wall as “the biggest and most complex engineering projects Israel has undertaken and is unique even on a global scale”:

This underground wall will be equipped with sensors produced by the Israeli defense manufacturer Elbit Systems…
Above ground, a six to eight meter integrated wire fence armed with sensors and cameras will be erected. Observation, control and command centers will be built along its length and the entire barrier, above and below ground, will be linked online to a command center located in a rear military base in the vicinity.

observation towers, control and command centers will be built along the length of the wall, above and below ground, linked to a command center situated in a nearby military base.
Israeli construction and engineering firms will spearhead the project, with support from similar Chinese, Australian, French and South Korean firms. More than 1,000 engineers, construction workers and project management personnel from Israel and abroad, but excluding Palestinians, have been engaged for the work.
Tenders for the project, called for by the Israel Defense Ministry in collaboration with the Israel Defense Forces were awarded last month.

The social and economic impacts of this newly designed wall are devastating.
Remember the Warsaw Ghetto? Compare it to the Warsaw Ghetto:

400,000 Jews imprisoned in the Warsaw Ghetto, the largest Nazi ghetto in Poland.
1.85 million Palestinians imprisoned in the Gaza Strip “Prison enclosure”. An act of genocide and the “international community” remains silent:

Once the entire wall has been completed, it will seal off the Gaza Strip’s land border with Israel ‒ leaving only its Mediterranean maritime border as a possible route into Israel,”

…according to the Jerusalem Post’s Yossi Melman.

The original source of this article is Global Research. Copyright © Prof Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research, 2017


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Jul 3, 2017 5:17 PM

Rafah border crossing is the only point on the besieged Gazzah which is not petrolled by the Israeli forces directly. It’s controlled by Egyptian border police as part of the US$1.5 billion annual USAID Cairo receives since it recognized the Zionist entity in 1979. Hosni Musbarak’s hatred toward Islamist government of Hamas, Egptian Muslim Brotherhood and the Islamic Republic which supports Hamas, is welknown. Therefore, it would be naive to expect that the Rafah border crossing will ever remain open permanently.

Dead World Walking
Dead World Walking
Jun 29, 2017 10:49 PM

And the most perverse prison?
The infinitely high and dark walls inside the hubristic, psychopathic, paranoid minds of the Israeli hierarchy and their ilk.

Jun 29, 2017 10:14 PM

Is this now a duplicate (invisible lol) comment?
In 2005 Ariel Sharon oversaw the withdrawal of the settlers and the army in occupied Gaza, because, as Jeff Halper noted Israel’s attempts to “maintain a settler fortress-within a prison-within a fortress proved unsustainable.” (pg 178 of “War Against The People.”) “Rather than actually abandoning control over the territory, however, Israel merely replaced traditional ground-based occupation with “aerial occupation” – “invisible occupation,” “control without occupation” or, borrowing a term from the 1920s when the British first employed air power against recalcitrant elements in their Empire, “aerially enforced colonization.” Jeff quotes some interesting sources, include author Eyal Weisman, which I will one day investigate.
Jeff also notes that the wall building, for securocratic pacification purposes, has boomed. And with Israel, it’s good for the economy, as they sell all of this hellish garbage to other countries, including Russia. Countries that supposedly support the Palestinian cause, even Arab countries, do business with Israel, who they regard and accept as the regional hegemon. Just as the drone industry has taken off and, like the proverbial toothpaste once squeezed out of the tube, won’t be disappearing, so too, the security wall business is taking off. The gangster US-led Corporatocracy has every intention of continuing with business as usual and therefore must include this global pacification (of the people) element.

Jun 29, 2017 11:02 PM
Reply to  Arrby

Now we know where Trump will be getting his wall-building experience from.
Today Gaza; tomorrow Mexico?
Maybe the zionists will kindly donate some of their walls to the USA.

Greg Bacon
Greg Bacon
Jun 29, 2017 4:05 PM

Apartheid Israel will use this concentration camp fence to steal large chunks of Gazan farm land, just like the West Bank Apartheid wall did.
If you look at pics of Gaza City, and pics from cities in Syria and Iraq, you’ll notice the similarities; bombed-out buildings, no signs of life and and overall picture of extreme poverty, thanks to the savage air wars and bombing campaigns against Gaza by Israel and against Syria and Iraq by Zio-lackeys France, Britain and the USA.

Jun 30, 2017 12:57 PM
Reply to  Greg Bacon

It is not the land; but what is below the land and offshore. Nafeez Ahmed was fired from the Guardian for daring to draw attention to the fact that the annexation of Gaza was for the mineral rights: oil (in the West Bank and reputedly in the Golan Heights); but principally natural gas. Now the Zio-Likudniks are stealing resources that do not belong to them, depriving and further impoverishing the Palestinians. Those who endorse the ‘Two State’ solution are woefully ill-informed. Can you imagine an independent and wealthy Palestine, with a numerologically superior population surrounding Israel? Neither can the Zionists. I do not know the solution, but the continued Apartheid oppression of Palestine is an abomination against humanity (not to mention a premier cause of Islamic fundamentalism): a Crime Against Peace; and the disgrace of every politician that dare not speak its name. As for those who endorse it… read my mind!!!

Jun 30, 2017 4:11 PM
Reply to  BigB

As well as stealing Palestinian energy, Israel is also involved in the theft of Syrian energy in the Golan Heights.
Genie Oil & Gas Strategic Advisory Board advises management on strategic, financial, operational and public policy matters, and is comprised of the following membership:-
Michael Steinhardt (SAB Chairman), Wall Street investor and Principal Manager, Steinhardt Management LLC. Founder Steinhardt, Fine, Berkowitz & Co., and noted philanthropist.
Richard Cheney, 46th Vice President of the United States. Vice President Cheney also served as President and CEO of Halliburton Company and U.S. Secretary of Defense from 1989 to 1993.
Marry Landrieu, United States Senator from Louisiana from 1996 to 2014. Senator Landrieu served as chair of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. In her capacity as chair, she sponsored and passed the U.S.-Israel Energy Cooperation Bill. The bill fosters partnerships focused on developing resources such as natural gas and alternative fuels, on the academic, business and governmental levels, therefore allowing the start of the complete Annexation of the Golan Heights.
Rupert Murdoch, Founder and Executive Chairman of News Corporation, one of the world’s largest diversified media companies. News Corporation’s holdings include Fox Entertainment, Dow Jones and Company, the New York Post, HarperCollins and significant media assets on six continents.
Bill Richardson, Governor of New Mexico from 2003 to 2011. Mr. Richardson has served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (1997-1998), Energy Secretary in the Clinton administration (1998-2001), Chairman of the 2004 Democratic National Convention, and as Chairman of the Democratic Governors Association.
Baron Jacob Rothschild, OM, GBE, Chairman of the J. Rothschild group of companies and of RIT Capital Partners plc. Chairman of Five Arrows Limited. Lord Rothschild is a noted philanthropist and Chairman of the Rothschild Foundation.
Dr. Lawrence Summers, Charles W. Eliot University Professor and President Emeritus at Harvard University. Dr. Summers served as the 71st Secretary of the Treasury under President Clinton and as Director of the National Economic Council for President Obama.
R. James Woolsey, Director of Central Intelligence from 1993 to 1995 and as Under Secretary of the Navy from 1977 to 1979. Mr. Woolsey is co-founder of the United States Energy Security Council and is Chairman of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
Genie Oil and Gas (GOGAS) explore conventional oil in the Golan Heights through Afek Oil and Gas, and is or has been involved in the oil shale projects through American Shale Oil (AMSO), Israel Energy Initiatives (IEI) and Genie Energy Mongolia. 89% of GOGAS is owned by Genie Energy while Jacob Rothschild, Michael Steinhardt and Rupert Murdoch – among others – hold minority interests.
In February 2013, Israeli authorities awarded Afek Oil and Gas an exclusive 36-month petroleum exploration license to a 153-square-mile (400 km2) plot in the Golan Heights, which the UN recognizes to be Syrian territory. Afek subsequently conducted above-ground geophysical tests and based on its preliminary analysis, has applied for a ten well exploratory drilling program. South of Katzrin in the southern Golan Heights in 2015, Afek discovered a substantial amount of oil and natural gas reserves. The company drilled three exploratory wells: in May, Ness-5, just northwest of the Avnei Eitan and Nov moshavim and south of Kibbutz Natur and the town of Katzrin; in July, Ness-3, near the Bnei Yehuda industrial area; and, in September, Ness-6, located near the entrance of Moshav Kanaf, just southeast of Gamla. As of October 2015, an estimate of the volume of resources and to what extent they may be extractable is unknown.
Human rights groups have said the drilling violates international law as Golan Heights is an occupied territory
As can be seen, there are extremely powerful interests and individuals all involved collectively with the Israel Government in the organised theft of energy resources from both the Palestinian and Syrian people.
Genie’s presence in the Occupied Golan Heights may just provide an extra layer of explanation/understanding as to why both Israel and the USA are so intent on intervening in Syrian affairs.

Jun 29, 2017 3:40 PM

Perhaps we should start referring to Ghetto Gaza, rather than the Gaza “Strip”?

Angelique Weston
Angelique Weston
Jun 29, 2017 2:52 PM

It is less than three years since Egypt’s President offered Mahmoud Abbas substantial land in Sinai, thus quintupling the size of the Gaza Strip. Egypt also offered to allow all the ‘Palestinian refugees’ to settle in the expanded Gaza Strip and for this to become their homeland as a Palestinian state.
Abbas rejected the offer out of hand. In other words, Sisi offered Abbas a way to end the Palestinians’ suffering and grant them political independence. And instead of being the next winner of the Nobel Peace Prize by leading his people to a resolution of this decades-old conflict, Abbas said, “No, forget statehood. Let them suffer”.

Jun 29, 2017 3:38 PM

An extremely silly comment, for all kinds of reasons. Suffice it to say that the Palestinians have a homeland, to live in which they are entitled by any law worthy of the name. as to Abbas’s role in the matter the notion that he could decide whether or not to accept the “offer” indicates a crude orientalist outlook on your part: the people of Palestine cannot be bought and sold by ‘leaders’ imposed by “Israel.”
It is a sad commentary on the current condition of the people of the United States that, while bridges and roads are crumbling in their own land, vast sums, taken from their pockets, are being wasted on projects such as this one doomed to fail in the end. In the meantime serving as emblems of racist politics and narrow minded bigotry.

Jun 29, 2017 3:38 PM

According to http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Egypt-PA-deny-report-that-Sisi-offered-Abbas-land-in-Sinai-for-Palestinian-state-374785, the so-called Sisi “offer” is yet another example of hasbara fake news.
You must not let the false hasbara propagandists dictate how you think and what you believe.

Jun 29, 2017 3:44 PM

Where is the source for your statement ‘Abbas said, “No, forget statehood. Let them suffer”’?
I suspect it does not exist – just like your fake news.
See if you can prove me wrong – why don’t you?

Jun 29, 2017 2:45 PM

Reblogged this on Worldtruth and commented:
Mondoweiss and the Jewish monitoring group BT’selem have been trying to get this message out, but the western MSM just isn’t interested. It’s time for Britain to catch up with the US where Jews are up in arms over this issue, in opposition to the extremists Zionists. So when are the British Jews in opposition to the extremist and powerful Zionist Lobby going to have their voices heard instead of being silenced?