Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Politically, Hamas May Have Won

From IPS
Analysis by Adam Morrow and Khaled Moussa al-Omrani

CAIRO, Feb 3 (IPS) - Despite declarations of victory by Israel, the military assault on the Gaza Strip failed to achieve its stated aims, many analysts say. The assault, and even its exceptional brutality, may only have vindicated the notion of resistance among the Arab public.

"The steadfastness of the resistance in Gaza in the face of Israeli military power has resuscitated the idea of armed resistance," Gamal Fahmi, political analyst and managing editor of opposition weekly Al-Arabi Al-Nassiri told IPS.

Video news from Nottingham University occupation

Features the forceful eviction of peaceful sit-in at Nottingham University

UK supplies Israeli war machine

From the Guardian

Israeli drones in Gaza may have had British engines, ministers admit
Government unable to say whether aircraft used to target missile strikes had UK-exported parts

MPs are calling for a full account of arms exports to Israel amid growing concerns that British military equipment was used during the bombardment of Gaza – contrary to Israeli assurances and UK export guidelines.

The gases of the Israeli bombs in Gaza have spared no one

From FreeGaza
Ahmed told me on the phone about a new kids' game - until a few days ago, they amused themselves by relighting the fires, simply by kicking the fragments of white phosphorous bombs found scattered all over the Strip. The debris left by these devices with high chemical potential has very long-lasting inflammable properties. Even when picked up several days after their detonation, it still catches fire if shaken about. The Al Quds hospital paramedics speak of how they gave up trying to put out the fires provoked by these illegal bombs - their flames seemed to feed off the water being thrown at them.
(Translated from Italian by Daniela Filippin)

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Aid getting through despite the BBC

As of 27 Jan over £1m has been raised through the Disasters Emergency Committee. Keep giving.

From Student - apparently the UK's oldest student newspaper
BBC: Blind Blundering Controversy
The Red Cross, and the other 13 humanitarian agencies that the DEC umbrella group unites, currently operating in response to the crippling humanitarian disaster in Gaza, can better judge whether the aid will get through than a sedate corporate ‘fat cat’ sitting safely in a plush London office.

In fact Mark Thompson may be surprised to note that since the appeal launched, CARE has distributed fresh food, medical supplies, heaters, blankets and plastic sheeting to hospitals, families and feeding centres in Gaza, reaching more than 160,000 people; Save the Children have reached 44,000 people, delivering food (packages that are enough to feed a family of 7 for two weeks), water, baby kits - with thousands of nappies and hygiene kits. Oxfam are providing drinking water to 20,000 households per day and have provided 20,000 people with food. World Vision are providing food to 3,000 people and are preparing to distribute blankets, hygiene kits, food, and candles to more than 100,000. Tragically the need for basic water, food and medicine is greater than the supply and thus donations are urgently needed.

Aid ship heads to Gaza from Lebanon

TRIPOLI, Lebanon (AFP) — An aid ship bound for Israeli-blockaded Gaza and loaded with medical supplies, food, clothing and toys left the port city of Tripoli in northern Lebanon early on Tuesday.

On board the "Brotherhood Ship" were eight people including the former Greek-Catholic archbishop of Jerusalem, Monsignor Hilarion Capucci, who left Jerusalem in the 1970s after serving time in an Israeli jail for membership of the Palestine Liberation Organisation.

"We have decided to go ahead with this mission in solidarity with the people of Gaza so that they don't feel cut off from the world," organiser Hani Suleiman told AFP before the boat left Tripoli at around midnight.

"There is no reason whatsoever for Israel to prevent us from reaching Gaza," he added. "We have no rockets, no weapons, just aid for the people of Gaza."

The Togolese-registered Tali was headed first to Cyprus where authorities were to search the vessel to ensure transparency, before continuing on to the Gaza Strip.

37 schools destroyed or damaged by Israeli airstrikes

From AP
BEIT LAHIYA, Gaza Strip (AP) — The jewel of Gaza's bare-bones education system — a U.S.-style school on lush grounds overlooking the Mediterranean — is now a mound of broken concrete. The territory's only laboratory for genetic testing, at a Gaza university, lies in ruins.

With 37 primary and secondary schools destroyed or damaged by air strikes, and 18 others still serving as refugee shelters, learning in Gaza has become even more of a struggle.

Gaza militants fire Grad into Ashkelon for first time since Gaza op - Haaretz - Israel News

Self-defence is no offense. The IDF killed a Gazan 'militant'
yesterday although this was not reported very loudly in the west. No
doubt we will have more reports on the BBC of the terrible shock the
Israelis are being treated for in Ashkelon after the firing of this
Grad. It's what BBC laughingly calls 'balanced' reporting.

Haaretz story link below: