Monday, December 1, 2008

This Genocide Will Not Be Televised: Cutting off aid to Gaza

Lloyds TSB has mysteriously called a halt to transactions involving the Palestinian charity Interpal. Why?

Abdurahman Jafar, Monday December 1 2008

(Graphic by Ben Heine)

"With an injection of up to £5.5bn of taxpayer funds you'd think Lloyds TSB would be far more transparent and accountable, but that's not the case.

The bank's increasingly anti-democratic activities took an alarming turn last week when, without warning or prior consultation, it delivered an abrupt notification to the Islamic Bank of Britain (IBB) to cease all dealings with British charity Interpal by December 8 2008 (the date was subsequently revised to 30 January 2009) or "all transactions into or out of Interpal accounts will be blocked and IBB will be at further risk of all its customer payments being suspended". Interpal is one of the few remaining sources of humanitarian assistance in an increasingly beleaguered occupied Gaza......

And it is perhaps the timing and implications of the move that may be cause for most concern. Since November 5 this year Israel has prevented all humanitarian supplies from entering the Gaza Strip. Last Thursday, the day after Lloyds TSB sent its notification, the UN announced that it had run out of food supplies and essentials in the Gaza Strip. The same day the Gaza-based Popular Committee Against the Siege reported that the Gaza electricity plant would stop operating at 6.30 pm due to fuel depletion."

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