Sunday, 1 February 2009

Airstrike by IAF on Gaza City

No casualties reported. They hit an empty police station. Eight days until the Israeli election so probably just want to kill some more Palestinians so Olmert can play his hardman game.
update: tunnels also hit and a village in central Gaza.

A Lifeline for Gaza

A Lifeline for Gaza aid convoy will leave Britain on Saturday 14 February 2009. It has been initiated by George Galloway MP, who writes:

"We will not look away. The Palestinians in Gaza need our help now, just as they did when Israel's bombs and illegal weapons were dropping.

Thousands of people have contacted me to say that they have marched, cried at the television pictures and feel helpless in the face of the suffering.

That"s why I have launched a major initiative in response to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. I will be leading an aid convoy from London to Gaza leaving on 14 February and traveling through France, Spain, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt and through Rafah and into Gaza. It will bring material aid and raise the banner of Palestine in all the countries that we visit.

The convoy will be led by a British fire engine, ambulances, and many trucks full of practical aid given by the various communities in Britain."

For full details of the aid convoy, see the Viva Palestina website
Download flyer for printing here

update: the convoy now has enough medicines and all the London vehicles are now full. Lloyds-TSB have declined vivapalestina's application for a bank account. As a result alternative arrangements are being sought. You can still send cheques by post:
Lifeline for Gaza c/o Flat 6, 1-2 Bowling Green Place, London SE1 1YL. Please send your name and address so that vivapalestina can supply a receipt.

Gaza desperately short of food after Israel destroys farmland

From the Guardian
Officials warn of 'destruction of all means of life' after the three-week conflict leaves agriculture in the region in ruins.

Gaza's 1.5 million people are facing a food crisis as a result of the destruction of great areas of farmland during the Israeli invasion.

According to the World Food Programme, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation and Palestinian officials, between 35% and 60% of the agriculture industry has been wrecked by the three-week Israeli attack, which followed two years of economic siege.

More threats from Olmert the war criminal and his sidekick Livni

Israel vows "disproportionate" response to rockets

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert threatened on Sunday a "disproportionate response" to the continued firing of rockets into Israel from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

There have been sporadic rocket attacks by militants on southern Israeli communities and several Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip since a truce came into effect on January 18 following a 22-day Israeli offensive in the territory.

At least two rockets struck southern Israel on Sunday, causing no damage or casualties. A wing of al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, a group belonging to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction, claimed responsibility.
Also, the most recent rocket strikes have been claimed not by Hamas but by Fatah-linked Al-Aqsa Brigades.

Blair changes his tune

As they couldn't destroy Hamas Blair has now come to the view that they should be part of the process. Well that's very nice of you Mr Blair to allow the democratically elected representatives of the people of Gaza to represent their people. What a bunch of hypocrites these western leaders are... and the Egyptian, Jordanian and Saudi leaders as well for that matter. Egypt is installing sensors and cameras at the tunnels along its border with Gaza to do its bit to keep the population captive and oppressed.

CBS 60 minutes on Gaza

This is probably the most critical programme ever to show on US broadcast media on the true racist nature of Israeli society

Part one

Part two

The Independent -- Gaza counts the cost – and assigns blame

According to the UN between a third and two thirds of agricultural land has been destroyed by the Israelis. There is a desperate need for industrial scale equipment to tackle the devastation before reconstruction can even begin. The price of all foodstuffs has rocketed but most people don't have the money even for 'cheap' food. Price of meat has tripled. Why aren't UK and other western countries sending equipment to help? Because they don't care.

From the Independent
Gaza counts the cost – and assigns blame

Two weeks after an uneasy ceasefire ended Israel's 22-day offensive, Gaza is still struggling to come to terms with the cost of more than 1,300 Palestinian lives, more than 5,000 injuries and the total or partial destruction of some 20,000 homes. Last night Chris Gunness, chief spokesman for the UN...