Israel launched three air strikes on what it says are smuggling tunnels that connect Gaza with Egypt – Palestinian doctors say four people were injured from the strike. The attack came in response to five mortar shells fired by Gaza’s armed wing of the Hamas Party into Southern Israel. Meanwhile, the United Nations has hinted that it may reconsider war crimes investigations into Israel’s three-week attack on the Gaza strip. Gaza residents continue to live out the repercussions of those attacks. Rami Almeghari reports that tens of thousands of residents still lack running water.
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Security and the recent war in Gaza top the agenda as Israelis cast their votes this week but what about the role played by Israel’s former foe and current ally in the south - Egypt. As the conflict raged in Gaza, Egypt refused to open its borders. Egyptian streets boiled with anger as people demonstrated not just against Israel, but also against their own government. So did Cairo really side with Israel against its Muslim neighbours? Lucy Ash investigates the behind-the-scenes role played by Egypt and its President Hosni Mubarak in the Gaza crisis and she reports from the Rafafh border which has become such a key symbol of this conflict.
The Israeli war-machine continues to mercilessly pound Gaza into submission despite the ceasefire. Longtime critic of the American Imperial Project, Noam Chomsky, provides the necessary political and historical context to understand the US-Israeli onslaught on the people of Gaza and suggests a new way forward in the struggle for Palestinian self-determination. Noam Chomsky spoke at the Palestine Cultural Center for Peace in Boston on 1/21/09. Filmed by Paul Hubbard. Available on Youtube.