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"Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it."
Rumi

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 Palestine’s Ambassador to the UN address the Security Council : Names and Faces of Victims of Gaza.

I don’t think that Palestine should be represented in the UN yet and don’t agree with  most of the attitudes of Palestinian authority as the majority of Palestinians but this video shows a speech on the human level ( I disagree with the last part though) 

'we're not just figures , they had a name , dreams and a life '

This is a great example of the failure of the official Palestinian discourse to address the root causes of the perpetual suffering for the Palestinian people. This dinosaur is showing the “world” what they have been seeing LIVE on their TVs and computer screens. As far as I am concerned, listing the names of the martyrs is doing nothing at all. They only sound like some foreign names to most delegates, who are listening out of politeness but not necessarily out of interest. They know what is going on. Their governments know very well what the zionist butchers are doing. We know they will do nothing to help. Mansour is merely playing the diplomatic game, which is devoid of any meaning. Lip service is all this is. 

You and your boss do not represent me. In fact, you are part of the problem, with your futile negotiations and convictions in the UN, its promises and commitments.

Palestinian Pundit: A Debate on Gaza: Ali Abunimah of Electronic Intifada vs. J.J. Goldberg of the Jewish Daily Forward

We host a debate on U.S. media’s coverage of the Israel-Gaza conflict and the roots of the crisis with two guests: Ali Abunimah, co-founder of the website Electronic Intifada & author of the new book, “The Battle for Justice in Palestine”; and J.J. Goldberg, editor-at-large and columnist at the newspaper, The Jewish Daily Forward. Abunimah and Goldberg discuss news headlines that ignore the massive Palestinian toll, whether the ceasefire should address the Gaza blockade, and the history of the conflict. …”

8 Surprising Celebrities Outraged by Israel's Assault on Gaza

Hollywood is not known as a bastion of pro-Palestinian sentiment. There has not been any hugely successful mainstream, major motion picture that accurately depicts the plight of Palestinians. Actress Vanessa Redgrave was harshly condemned for her remarks that criticized Israel in the 1970s.

But that may be changing. Since Israel’s most recent assault on the Gaza Strip began 15 days ago, a growing number of celebrities in the television and movie business and other fields have spoken out, mostly on social media, about Israeli attacks. Their missives have been amplified by their audiences who retweet and share the critical messages.

The images of dead Palestinian civilians, including many innocent men, women and children, is badly damaging Israel’s largely positive image in the United States. And while the U.S. government is still staunchly supporting the attack on Gaza, which has killed more than 600 people, the growing number of celebrities speaking out in protest may signal that mainstream American opinion is shifting—albeit slowly—towards more sympathy for Palestine. That could have an important impact on discourse and U.S. policy towards Israel in the long-run.

Here’s a rundown of 8 celebrities who have recently expressed outrage or skepticism at the Israeli assault.

1. Selena Gomez. The 22-year-old actress and singer has appeared in popular movies for children like Spy Kids and was a guest star on the TV show Hannah Montana. She also attracted attention for dating pop star Justin Bieber.

On July 18th, she attracted attention for a starkly different reason: an Instagram post that read:“It’s about humanity. Pray for Gaza.” A firestorm erupted around her, with celebrity news site TMZ asking whether Gomez was “pro-Hamas.” Unlike other stars—Rihanna and NBA player Dwight Howard—she did not delete her message, though she followed up on it with another Instagram post that read: “And of course to be clear, I am not picking any sides. I am praying for peace and humanity for all!”

2. Jon Stewart. While the “Daily Show” host hasn’t exactly expressed outright criticism of Israel’s attack, his episode last week addressed the notion that the people of Gaza should evacuate to safety. “Evacuate to where? Have you fucking seen Gaza? Israel blocked this border, Egypt blocked this border. What, are you supposed to swim for it?”

Stewart followed up on that segment with another one this week that pointed out the deeply contentious nature of criticizing Israel. In the segment, right after Stewart mentioned Israel, “Daily Show” correspondents started screaming at him and attacking him, with one calling him a “self-hating Jew.”

3. Rob Schneider. This movie star and comedian has sent out messages on Twitter deploring the impact that Israel’s assault has had on the civilians in Gaza. “The ugly inhuman siege of Gaza has had it’s deadliest day today,” he wrote on July 20. The next day, he said: “To not be outraged at the killing of children is to risk your very soul. #Gaza.”

4. Rosie O’Donnell. The big news about Rosie is that she’s returning to ABC’s “The View.” But her return to the limelight hasn’t meant that she has stepped away from voicing political opinions.

On July 22, she retweeted a message sent by this reporter broadcasting an act of civil disobedience carried out by Jewish New Yorkers outraged at Israel’s attacks on Gaza. She also sent out a few of her own messages on Gaza the same day. One linked to an interview where Palestine Liberation Organization executive committee member Hanan Ashrawi, who told ABC: “It’s nothing short of a massacre, a deliberate massacre. War crimes committed daily. But now there is a deliberate shelling and bombing and destruction of whole areas, of residential areas.”

Another said: “thank u jonathan demme,” with a link to that Oscar-winning director’s comments criticizing Israel.

5. Mia Farrow. This mega-celebrity is everywhere. She’s a UNICEF ambassador, was named as one of the most influential people in the world by TIME and has been in numerous films.

She has broadcast many messages of support for the people of Gaza since the operation began through her Twitter account. Most of them document the civilian toll the assault on Gaza is taking. “Ambulances are supposed to be protected in conflict zones but Israel has hit 10 and bombed 2 hospitals,” one message sent yesterday read.

6. Mark Ruffalo. This actor appeared in the movie The Avengers in 2012, playing the Marvel Comics character The Hulk, and has played roles in many other films. He’s also a well-known activist who particularly focuses on the harmful effects of fracking. But he’s also speaking out on Palestine.

On July 17, he tweeted: “Israel destroys el-Wafa hospital as staff evacuates all patientshttp://mondoweiss.net/2014/07/hospital-evacuate-patients.html …” In response to criticism of that post, he doubled-down: “Sorry, I thought blowing up Hospitals was something that all human beings could agree was off limits.”

7. John Cusack. This actor has never shied away from politics—and Gaza is no exception. OnJuly 19th, he tweeted this resolute message: “I have been to Israel and Palestine &bombing civilians is not self defense.”

8. Anthony Bourdain. The celebrity chef and foodie first visited the Gaza Strip last year for his CNN show, and the result was a deeply humanizing portrait of the Palestinian people and their food and culture. He has since followed up on that with statements in support of Palestine.

One of the most devastating attacks in Gaza occurred last week, when four Palestinian boys playing soccer on a beach were killed by an Israeli strike. The New York Times’ Tyler Hicks published a widely-circulated photo of a Palestinian rescuring an injured civilian while one of the dead boys lay on the beach. Bourdain tweeted that photo and said: “Maybe it’s the fact that I walked on that beach—and have a small child that makes this photo so devastating.  #Gaza.”

Or maybe, it’s just being a human being.

Window Into Palestine: Give it up for Rula Jebreal MSNBC’s Sole Palestinian Voice & Takes on Pro-Israeli Gov’t Bias at Network & in US Media

What in the fuck, Rula Jebreel? You talk like an American, not a Palestinian. Calling yourself a “liberal democrat” isn’t representative of Palestinians, and neither is your support for Palestinian “moderates” vs. the “nightmare” of Hamas.  Most Palestinians do not agree with Hamas’s Islamist discourse, yet they still support resisting the occupation. People are being killed by the minute. This is the issue. Not “empowering moderates”!

"We in the media have a mission"! Really? You genuinely think that your MSM/liberal media can be different when it comes to Palestine? Don’t you realize that US mainstream media is owned by the zionists? Wake up. 

You want Israel to empower and create a moderate leadership? What planet do you live on? It’s as if the 20 wasted years of the Oslo joke never happened! I really do not know where you belong when you say “we”. Is it the Americans? Israelis? “Moderate Palestinians”? smh

So much for being the sole Palestinian voice in msnbc.

Jews sans frontieres: Amira Hass on the failures of Abbas's leadership

Much of Hamas’ confidence comes from the Palestinian public, who see it standing up bravely for the national cause while Mahmoud Abbas plays the diplomatic supplicant.

By Amira Hass | 03:28 20.07.14 

Shock and paralysis have taken hold of the political world in the Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization, in light of the continued Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip and the enormous concern over the fate of 1.8 million people living in the small enclave.

Condemnations by spokesmen for the PLO and the PA, calls to donate blood to Gaza and the establishment of a government emergency fund are “expressions of solidarity” – as if the residents of the Gaza Strip are a different people. These are not the steps of a leadership whose people are in mortal danger.

People in Gaza and the West Bank are shocked that senior leaders in the PLO and the PA – first and foremost PA President Mahmoud Abbas, or at least those closest to him – did not take the first obvious step of going to the Gaza Strip when the bloody conflict first broke out. This failure, critics say, has helped turn the conflict, as far as the world is concerned, into a face-off between Hamas and Israel, and not part of the policy of occupation and oppression of the entire Palestinian people.

On the organizational level, the bloody conflict required an immediate meeting of the temporary unified leadership (consisting of members of the PLO executive committee and heads of the organizations that are not members of the PLO, first among them Hamas and Islamic Jihad). The forming of this body was agreed on as far back as the reconciliation accord in Cairo in 2005. In fact, the united leadership should have met right after the Shati agreement (the April accord regarding the establishment of a reconciliation government headed by Rami Hamdallah).

The fact that it did not meet is a failure or evidence that Abbas’ heart was not in the national consensus government to begin with. Abbas ascribes great importance to negotiations with Israel and his connections with the United States, while it is becoming clearer to ever-widening circles in the PLO and Fatah that the obligation to build a unified leadership trumps everything else.

Hamas and Islamic Jihad’s cease-fire conditions sound very logical and moderate to Palestinians, among them members of the PLO’s factions, including Fatah. The secretary of the PLO executive committee, Yasser Abed Rabbo, has said as much. Hamas’ demand to lift the siege highlights the lack of interest the PLO and Fatah leadership have in raising the struggle over the closure and segregation of the Gaza Strip. Abbas’ involvement in the failed Egyptian cease-fire initiative based on “quiet for quiet” is now considered a dangerous missed opportunity, whose costly price was more human lives. Another high price was paid in presenting the Palestinian president as a “mediator” instead of the leader of a people, thus deepening the internal rift. Abbas’ talks over the past few days with Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders come too late and do not ameliorate the bitter impression.

On the other hand, members of the PLO do not want a full-on confrontation with Egypt or to seem like they are getting involved in its internal affairs – that is, taking a stand on the oppression of the Muslim Brotherhood. Traditionally, the PLO’s factions have been suspicious of the Muslim Brotherhood as a supranational political body that uses religion. Fatah, in particular, claimed for years that Hamas’ ideology and its politics of military confrontation are not motivated by a national agenda, but rather by that of the Brotherhood.

The small left wing eschews the kind of society to which Hamas aspires. But in recent weeks, it has become clear that Hamas has been able to present a challenge to Israel greater than any Israel has ever faced from a Palestinian organization – and, in the opinion of the Palestinian public, for justifiable reasons. This has also impressed those who despise Hamas’ political-religious path, as well as those who are not blinded by worship of the armed struggle.

The failures in the conduct of the PLO factions, including Fatah – particularly since the outbreak of this round of bloodshed – are not a local and temporary issue. Rather, they show ongoing failures, some of which are connected to the character of Abbas’ rule. In recent years he has managed to minimize any democratic process of consultation and joint decision making in Fatah, the PLO and the Palestinian Authority. The secular political factions, among them Fatah, have been sidelined as irrelevant, while Hamas and Islamic Jihad are increasingly regarded as leading the struggle against the occupation in the name of the Palestinian people. According to key people in the political factions, there must be a real change in the quality, course of action and discourse of the PLO. Otherwise a vacuum will be created that, at best, will be filled by nationalist Islamic groups, and at worst will invite social, political and security chaos.

Finally, Israel is alienating the US mainstream media

my-sacred-inspirations:

PLEASE ANY HUMAN WITH A HEART PLEASE READ!

Letter from Norwegian hero doctor who is in Gaza right now 
Dr. Mads Gilbert MD PhD

Dearest friends -
The last night was extreme. The “ground invasion” of Gaza resulted in scores and carloads with maimed, torn apart, bleeding, shivering, dying - all sorts of injured Palestinians, all ages, all civilians, all innocent.

The heroes in the ambulances and in all of Gaza’s hospitals are working 12-24hrs shifts, grey from fatigue and inhuman workloads (without payment all in Shifa for the last 4 months), they care, triage, try to understand the incomprehensible chaos of bodies, sizes, limbs, walking, not walking, breathing, not breathing, bleeding, not bleeding humans. HUMANS!

Now, once more treated like animals by “the most moral army in the world” (sic!).

My respect for the wounded is endless, in their contained determination in the midst of pain, agony and shock; my admiration for the staff and volunteers is endless, my closeness to the Palestinian “sumud” gives me strength, although in glimpses I just want to scream, hold someone tight, cry, smell the skin and hair of the warm child, covered in blood, protect ourselves in an endless embrace - but we cannot afford that, nor can they.

Ashy grey faces - Oh NO! not one more load of tens of maimed and bleeding, we still have lakes of blood on the floor in the ER, piles of dripping, blood-soaked bandages to clear out - oh - the cleaners, everywhere, swiftly shovelling the blood and discarded tissues, hair, clothes,cannulas - the leftovers from death - all taken away…to be prepared again, to be repeated all over.

More then 100 cases came to Shifa last 24 hrs. enough for a large well trained hospital with everything, but here - almost nothing: electricity, water, disposables, drugs, OR-tables, instruments, monitors - all rusted and as if taken from museums of yesterdays hospitals.But they do not complain, these heroes. They get on with it, like warriors, head on, enormous resolute.t

And as I write these words to you, alone, on a bed, my tears flows, the warm but useless tears of pain and grief, of anger and fear. This is not happening!

An then, just now, the orchestra of the Israeli war-machine starts its gruesome symphony again, just now: salvos of artillery from the navy boats just down on the shores, the roaring F16, the sickening drones (Arabic ‘Zennanis’, the hummers), and the cluttering Apaches. So much made and paid in and by US.

Mr. Obama - do you have a heart?

I invite you - spend one night - just one night - with us in Shifa. Disguised as a cleaner, maybe.

I am convinced, 100%, it would change history.

Nobody with a heart AND power could ever walk away from a night in Shifa without being determined to end the slaughter of the Palestinian people.

But the heartless and merciless have done their calculations and planned another “dahyia” onslaught on Gaza.

The rivers of blood will keep running the coming night. I can hear they have tuned their instruments of death.

Please. Do what you can. This, THIS cannot continue.

Mads
Gaza, Occupied Palestine
Mads Gilbert MD PhD
Professor and Clinical Head
Clinic of Emergency Medicine
University Hospital of North Norway

Mr. Obama - do you have a heart?

I invite you - spend one night - just one night - with us in Shifa. Disguised as a cleaner, maybe.

I am convinced, 100%, it would change history.

Nobody with a heart AND power could ever walk away from a night in Shifa without being determined to end the slaughter of the Palestinian people.

But the heartless and merciless have done their calculations and planned another “dahyia” onslaught on Gaza.

7 Nobel Laureates Among 64 Public Figures Calling for Arms Embargo Against Israel - International Middle East Media Center

The letter reads as follows:

"Israel has once again unleashed the full force of its military against the captive Palestinian population, particularly in the besieged Gaza Strip, in an inhumane and illegal act of military aggression. Israel’s ability to launch such devastating attacks with impunity largely stems from the vast international military cooperation and trade that it maintains with complicit governments across the world," read the statement.

“Israel’s military technology is marketed as “field-tested” and exported across the world. Military trade and joint military-related research relations with Israel embolden Israeli impunity in committing grave violations of international law and facilitate the entrenchment of Israel’s system of occupation, colonisation and systematic denial of Palestinian rights.”

"We call on the UN and governments across the world to take immediate steps to implement a comprehensive and legally binding military embargo on Israel, similar to that imposed on South Africa during apartheid," the letter concluded.

Nobel peace laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu from South Africa was one of the signatories. He was a major opponent of apartheid practices in South Africa, and has compared Israeli policies toward Palestinians with those of the South African government under the racist apartheid system.

The other Nobel laureates who signed the letter were Betty Williams, Federico Mayor Zaragoza, Jody Williams, Adolfo Peres Esquivel, Mairead Maguire and Rigoberto Menchu.

Two Israeli academics, Ilan Pappe and Nurit Peled, joined international colleagues in calling for an arms embargo against Israel.

Full list of signatories:
Adolfo Peres Esquivel Nobel Peace Laureate, Argentina, 
Ahdaf Soueif author, Egypt/UK, 
Aki Olavi Kaurismäki film director, Finland, 
Alice Walker writer, US, 
Archbishop Desmond Tutu Nobel Peace Laureate, South Africa, 
Betty Williams Nobel Peace Laureate, Ireland, 
Boots Riley rapper, poet, arts producer, US, 
Brian Eno musician, UK, 
Caryl Churchill playwright, UK, 
Chris Hedges journalist, Pullitzer Prize 2002, US, 
Cynthia McKinney politician, activist, US, 
David Palumbo-Liu academic, US, 
Etienne Balibar philosopher, France, 
Federico Mayor Zaragoza former Unesco director general, Spain, 
Felim Egan painter, Ireland, 
Frei Betto liberation theologian, Brazil, 
Gillian Slovo writer, UK/South Africa, 
Githa Hariharan writer, India, 
Giulio Marcon MP (SEL), Italy, 
Hilary Rose academic, UK, 
Ilan Pappe historian, Israel, 
Ismail Coovadia former South African ambassador to Israel, 
James Kelman writer, Scotland, 
Janne Teller writer, Denmark, 
Jeremy Corbyn MP (Labour), UK, 
Joanna Rajkowska artist, Poland, 
Jody Williams Nobel Peace Laureate, US, 
John Berger artist, UK, 
John Dugard former ICJ judge, South Africa, 
John McDonnell MP (Labour), UK, 
John Pilger journalist and filmmaker, Australia, 
Judith Butler philosopher, US, 
Juliane House academic, Germany, 
Karma Nabulsi Oxford University, UK/Palestine, 
Ken Loach filmmaker, UK, 
Kool AD (Victor Vazquez) musician, US, 
Liz Lochhead national poet for Scotland, UK, 
Luisa Morgantini former vice president of the European Parliament, Italy, 
Mairead Maguire Nobel Peace Laureate, Ireland, 
Michael Mansfield barrister, UK, 
Michael Ondaatje author, Canada/Sri Lanka, 
Mike Leigh writer and director, UK, 
Naomi Wallace playwright, screenwriter, poet, US, 
Noam Chomsky academic, author, US, 
Nurit Peled academic, Israel, 
Prabhat Patnaik economist, India, 
Przemyslaw Wielgosz chief editor of Le Monde Diplomatique, Polish edition, Poland, 
Raja Shehadeh author and Lawyer, Palestine, 
Rashid Khalidi academic, author, Palestine/US, 
Richard Falk former UN special rapporteur on Occupied Palestinian Territories, US, 
Rigoberta Menchú Nobel Peace Laureate, Guatemala, 
Roger Waters musician, UK, 
Ronnie Kasrils former government minister, South Africa, 
Rose Fenton director, Free Word Centre, UK, 
Sabrina Mahfouz author, UK, 
Saleh Bakri actor, Palestine, 
Sir Geoffrey Bindman lawyer, UK, 
Slavoj Zizek author, Slovenia, 
Steven Rose academic, UK, 
Tom Leonard writer, Scotland, 
Tunde Adebimpe musician, US, 
Victoria Brittain journalist, UK, 
Willie van Peer academic, Germany, 
Zwelinzima Vavi secretary general of Cosatu, South Africa

Haaretz: Is Israel Committing War Crimes in Gaza?

screwyoursunshine:

Palestinians inspect the damage at a metal workshop targeted by an Israeli air strike on June 17, 2014 in Gaza City. Photo by AFP

The data indicating that many of the casualties in Gaza are civilians raises the prospect that Israel has committed forbidden actions. There’s a fine line between war and war crimes.

The latest round of fighting in Gaza once again raises questions about what measures are permissible and what are forbidden in times like these. Legal discussion of the subject is based on three main principles: the principle of distinction which requires to distinguish between civilians and combatants and to attack only combatants and military targets; the duty to take precautionary measures to avoid hurting civilians; and if a military target is being hit but civilians are liable to be harmed, this is illegal unless the harm to civilians is proportionate to the concrete and direct military advantage expected to result from the attack.

Clearly, the first principle is not being followed by Hamas, which is indiscriminately firing rockets into Israel with the intention of harming the civilian population. It’s easy to say and prove without going into a complicated discussion that with this rocket fire Hamas is committing war crimes. The positioning of the rockets and rocket launchers in the midst of a civilian population is also unacceptable, and if Hamas is using civilians as a human shield, this is a war crime.

But bear in mind that it’s not just deliberate targeting of civilians that is prohibited. Strikes that by their nature will indiscriminately harm civilians, or civilian objects, alongside military targets, are also forbidden. Moreover, military strikes aimed solely at a military target but which hurt civilians may be prohibited if precautionary measures were not taken, or if the amount of expected civilian casualties is not proportionate.

Although each instance must be separately and carefully examined, the data that indicates that many of the casualties in Gaza are civilians, combined with some reports about the circumstances in which these civilians died, raises the prospect that Israel has committed forbidden actions, some of which could possibly be defined as war crimes. The quantity of these cases makes it very difficult to absolve them based on arguments of “inaccuracy” or “error.”

According to the figures published to date, more than a fifth of the dead in Gaza are children, and many more are civilian noncombatants. Certain instances are particularly troubling: The deaths of eight Palestinians who were watching the World Cup at a café appears to be an attack on a civilian target. For even if a Hamas or Islamic Jihad militant being targeted by the army was in the café, a strike on a crowded civilian café ostensibly seems to be an indiscriminate attack on a civilian target.

Another example is the late-night bombing of a residential building in Beit Hanoun, which killed five members of the Hamad family, including a 16-year-old girl. Although the target – the sixth person killed in the strike – was an Islamic Jihad commander who lived there, this case also sets off a warning light as being an attack on a civilian target. Even if the IDF’s claim that the building was being used as an Islamic Jihad command center (and was therefore a legitimate military target) is accepted, the strike still caused disproportionate harm to civilians.

This was published only a week into the war on Gaza. Already, Ha’aretz is restating the official Israeli claims about war crimes committed by the resistance in the GS (being savagely attacked). Once it does that, it turns to entertaining the mental exercise about whether Israel may have committed “forbidden actions”! Ha’aretz deliberately mixes up the concepts of Jus ad Bellum and Jus in Bello, and views Israeli military action as legitimate in principle, but questionable in action. That’s liberal zionism for you.

 

(via aboriginalnewswire)

donia-alshetairy:

النسخة الملونه من 48 ..
لا حول ولا قوة الا بالله…التاريخ يعيد نفسه أكثر من 60 عاما مرت واﻷمة لم تراوح مكانها ..ولكن الوضع أسوء والخزي أكبر.

1948 all over again, and in color

bremont:

Roger Waters UN Address – Nov 29, 2012 – YouTube

Roger Waters, speaking on behalf of the Russell Tribunal, delivers a very nicely put speech in front of delegates on International Day of Solidarity with the…

erkekbeyni:

Pink Floyd Roger Waters - Song for Palestine

Palestinian human rights leader: ‘Cast Lead was a joke compared to this’ | +972 Magazine

Israel reduces Gaza imports

Israel reduces Gaza imports

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israel has reduced the amount of goods allowed to be shipped into the Gaza Strip for two days in a row, a Palestinian official said Monday.

Raed Fattouh, an official responsible for the entry of goods into Gaza, told Ma’an that Israel only allowed 150 truckloads of goods into the Strip via Kerem Shalom crossing on Sunday and Monday, down from the usual 350-450.

Only a limited quantity of diesel fuel for Gaza’s sole power plant has been allowed, and only a small amount of gasoline, Fattouh added.

Israel has maintained a severe economic blockade on the Gaza Strip’s 1.7 million residents since 2006.

The blockade has severely limited the imports and exports of the Gaza Strip and has led to frequent humanitarian crises and hardship for Gazans.

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Also, the Palestinian Ministry of Health reported that the Israel prevented a truckload of medicine from entering the GS for two days. Keep in mind that Israel is OBLIGATED, by International law,  to allow entry of many necessary “goods” to the GS.