Thursday, 5 February 2009

Egypt still loyally enforcing siege for Israel and US - stops Hamas official taking funds into Gaza

Egypt stopped a senior Hamas official from carrying nine million dollars and two million euros in cash through the Rafah bordering crossing into Gaza on Thursday, a security official told AFP.
On Tuesday, Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad urged Israel to allow cash into the besieged enclave to ease its liquidity crisis....

....."We are trying to get cash in but Israeli authorities haven't authorised it so far," Fayyad told journalists in the West Bank town of Ramallah.

Israeli incursion today kills Palestinian man

Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian who tried to attack them with a hand grenade close to the Gaza border fence with Israel on Thursday, an Israeli army spokesman said.

The troops crossed the border into Gaza to check for a possible infiltrator and shot the man when they saw him trying to throw a hand grenade at them, the spokesman said. They later returned to the Israeli side of the border.

Like when they saw 'militants' when they shelled the home of Dr. Ezzeldeen Abu al-Aish, killing his three daughters and nephew.

Israel: Attack that killed Gaza girls ‘reasonable’
Officials say 'suspicious figures' were spotted at Palestinian doctor's home

Lebanese aid ship forced to Dock at Israeli port

From AFP
A Lebanese freighter that tried to deliver aid to Gaza in defiance of a blockade docked in the Israeli port of Ashdod under navy escort on Thursday after being intercepted at sea.

The boat was towed into the commercial port, surrounded by Israeli naval vessels before being steered to a military dock.

Strathclyde Uni occupation - Students march out victorious

Following the overnight continuation of our occupation and a hugely successful solidarity rally on the steps of the McCance, University of Strathclyde Principal Andrew Hamnett has conceded the following:

“1. We will not place any further orders with Eden Springs for operational reasons.

2. Funds for 1-3 scholarships.

3. Co-operation between students and management in posting Gaza Appeal on campus. Link on Uni website advertising Gaza Appeal.

4. Press Release reiterating Strathclyde Uni longstanding relationship with the University of Gaza.”

Strayhclyde Uni Occupation blog

Manchester University occupies after winning Emergency General Meeting vote

The University of Manchester Occupation in solidarity with Gaza

Over 150 University of Manchester students have occupied the main university administration building in a demand for a stronger and more proactive position from the university on the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza. The students have proposed a set of demands on the university’s Vice Chancellor Alan Gilbert, including a boycott of Israeli goods on campus, support for a day of fundraising with proceeds to the DEC fund, and that the university end research into manufacturing arms.

occupation blog announces sit-in and demands

Israeli war crimal flees Britain fearing arrest

An Israeli colonel, Col. (res.) Geva Rapp, involved in Israel's attack on Gaza
returned to Israel in haste last week, fearing arrest on
charges of war crimes during a visit to the UK. A meeting at
which he was due to speak - apparently to justify Israel's
mass slaughter of civilians in Gaza -- was cancelled due to a
demonstration outside demanding that he be arrested.

A loophole in British law allows private criminal complaints
of war crimes to be lodged against military personnel, even if
they are not British citizens and the alleged crimes were
committed elsewhere. Israel is working with the British
government to change the law.

Story at Jerusalem Post

Upcoming solidarity with Gaza events

A major boycott protest, organised by Palestine Solidarity
Campaign, will be held at the Agrexco HQ in Hayes, Middlesex.
Agrexco is one of the main despatch centres for Israeli
produced flowers. The next week is one of the busiest times
for the sale of flowers, with Valentine's day approaching.
What most people do not know is that many of the flowers sold
in Britain come from Israel. For full details of the Agrexco
protest, including available transport, and for other boycott
activities this Saturday, go to: PSC


A children's demonstration for the children of Gaza and for
all children of Palestine will take place outside 10 Downing
Street on Sunday 8 February, 1.30pm to 3.00pm. The protest is
organised by the Islamic Human Rights Commission and
Palestinian Forum of Britain and is supported by many other
organisations, including Stop the War Coalition.

Kensington and Chelsea Council have invited the Israeli
Ambassador for a diplomatic reception at Kensington Town Hall
on Monday 9 February, despite Labour councillors tabling a
motion calling for the invitation to be withdrawn. A
London-wide protest has been called outside Kensington Town
Hall, when the reception takes place at 5.30pm on 9 February.
The Israeli Ambassador should not be feted at diplomatic
receptions but expelled from Britain for the war crimes
perpetrated by the country he represents.
* Israeli Ambassador Protest, Monday 9 February 5.30pm
* Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, London W8 7nx

The Viva Palestina aid convoy, initiated by George Galloway MP
and supported by many organisations, including Stop the War,
leaves Britain on 14 February, taking the message "We will not
look away from Gaza" through France, Spain, Morocco, Algeria,
Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt, before reaching Gaza around 9
March. The convoy will bring clothes, medicines and other
essential resources to Gaza. There are 32 vehicles pledged so
far, including six ambulances. The response has been so high
in London that all the vehicles are now filled with donated
aid. Aid collections are still taking place outside London and
supporters are also encouraged to make donations For full
details of the Viva Palestina convoy and how you can
contribute, go to: vivapalestina

A benefit for Stop the War Coalition & Medical Aid for
Palestinians, with Yaaba Funk, LowKey and multi-percussionist Renu
THE CROSS KINGS 7.30-11.30pm £10/ £5 (+ donations), 126 York
Way, London N1 0AX. Tel 020 7278 8318 for travel and direction info
Video of LowKey in action:

Caryl Churchill, one of Britain's leading playwrights and a
long time supporter of Stop the War, has written a very short
play, called Seven Jewish Children: A Play for Gaza, which is
a ten minute history of Israel, ending with the bombing of
Gaza, from 6-21 February. There will be thirteen performances
at the Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, London. Admission
is free. There will be a collection for Medical Aid for
Palestinians at the end of the performance. For full details
and how to reserve a seat, see: Royal Court Theatre

Aberdeen protesters harangue BBC

From the Aberdeen Press & Journal
A GROUP gathered outside the Aberdeen offices of the BBC yesterday to protest at the organisation’s refusal to screen an aid appeal for Gaza.

John Connon, 53, is a council worker from Garthdee, and a member of Stop the War Coalition.

He said: “No one will come out and talk to us about the decision so we have been forced to stay outside and shout.

“What we are saying is that their decision not to show the appeal to protect their impartiality is unprecedented.

“We are threatening to continue with the protest at another time if need be.”

A BBC spokeswoman said: “We never comment on demonstrations of any kind but our reasons on the DEC decision remain.

“We are aware that others will feel differently, however we continue not to sacrifice our impartiality.”

The appeal was screened by Five, ITV, and Channel Four on January 22.

Jonathan Freedland in the Guardian - rallies against carnage might encourage antisemitism!

Would normally expect better from Freedland.
From Jews Sans Frontieres
Rallies for carnage might encourage antisemitism!
For a change I’d recommend folks to read the comments under a CIF piece. I think the story is there. The piece isn’t exceptional; it’s by Jonathan Freedland blaming the ‘liberal left’ for not being attentive enough to antisemitism during the Gaza invasion, something that has lead to an upsurge in antisemitism. He contrasted this to the ‘liberal left’ warning against islamophobia in the wake of 9/11 and 7/7

Miliband 'very cruel'

Mr Mohamed's brother, Dr Benhur Mohamed, said he had written to Mr Miliband asking him to help his brother.

Dr Mohamed said it was "very cruel" of him not to reply.

Speaking to the BBC, Dr Mohamed said he believed Mr Miliband had failed to protect his brother's human rights.

"I did write to Mr Miliband, but I didn't get any answer from him," he said. "I was truly begging him to do something about Binyam, that was my plea, but I didn't hear anything.

"I feel very sad. I feel betrayed. It's very cruel from a person who is elected by the people to protect humanity and freedom and the rule of law."

Dr Mohamed said his brother was a "quiet" and "helpful" person.

"He is very supportive and very considerate. He is not the kind of person who would want to hurt anybody," he said.

Israel fires on and storms Lebanese aid ship. Beats up crew and commandeers vessel

From M&C Middle East
The reports also said Israeli warships had opened fire on the ship after it entered Palestinian territorial waters.

Organizer Maan Bashour told Deustche Presse-Agentur dpa, that contact was lost with the ship after the Israeli soldiers stormed the vessel off the Gaza coast.

'I hold the Israelis responsible for the safety of the people on board the ship,' he said.

On Wednesday, Israeli gunboats fired at the ship 20 miles off the coast of Gaza, but the crew and passengers on board decided to continue their trip despite the threats.

From agencies
"They [Israeli navy] are opening fire towards the vessel ... there are Israeli soldiers who have actually boarded the vessel," said Salam Khoder, an Al Jazeera correspondent on board the ship.

"Three of them are pointing their weapons at us ... They are beating those on the vessel, they are beating and kicking us," Khoder said in a frantic voice before the telephone interview was terminated.
Jazeera said attempts to re-establish contact with Khoder had failed. It did not say how many people were on board the boat.

The organizer of the Lebanese delivery, Maan Bashour told reporters that the IDF had opened fire on the boat close to the Gaza shore. "The Brotherhood Ship was fired on by an Israeli military boat 32 kilometers off the coast of Gaza and they were asked to divert course,"

BEIRUT, Feb. 4 (Xinhua) -- Israel intercepted on Wednesday afternoon the ship which set off from northern Lebanon on Monday night to challenge the Israeli blockade on the Hamas-ruled enclave, local New TV reported.

The ship, carrying 60 tons of medicine, food, toys and books, was intercepted as it sailed towards Gaza this afternoon from Cyprus where the Cypriot authorities had cleared the way for the trip after searching the vessel to ensure transparency overnight Tuesday, said New TV.

The report gave no more details about the Israeli interception, but noted that eight people were allowed on board on Monday from Tripoli port in northern Lebanon, after a long-day negotiation between the trip organizers and Lebanese Transportation Minister Gazai Ariedy.

Among the eight are journalists from al-Jazeera TV and New TV, along with rights activists and former Greek catholic archbishop of Jerusalem, Monsignor Hilarion Capucci, who left Jerusalem in the 1970s after serving in Israeli jail.

The aid mission is organized by the Palestinian National Committee Against the Siege and the US-based Free Gaza Movement.

Carol Thatcher's racism and uncivilised British society

So Carol Thatcher doesn't think there is anything wrong with using racist language to describe an 'international black tennis player'. And now the right-wing media are up in arms to defend the right of racists to be openly racist - this is the meaning behind their attacks on 'political correctness' at the BBC.

It is really an attack on anti-racism. And this is all taking place in a country that is fond of occupying Arab and Muslim countries in the name of liberalism and civilisation. Please don't make me laugh. The royal scrounger and racist yob Prince Harry helped to open the door for Thatcher with his own racist diatribe against the 'natives'. Not too surprising from the Windsor given the royal family sells a doll modeled on the same racist caricature Thatcher likes at their Sandringham estate.

Only a few days ago the same media was asking if Britain would ever elect its own Obama. Given the establishment in this country and their fostering of the most backward attitudes of a minority of racists in the population it will be a long time coming. Perhaps there needs to be a civil war first - as in the US in the nineteenth century. Or perhaps we could get Obama to 'render' them to Morocco for a bit of righteous punishment.

I only wish the media had jumped up and down when the BBC refused to air the Gaza appeal. But then again reports indicate that the response to the Disasters Emergency Committee Appeal has been boosted by the publicity - not that that forgives the BBC of its inhumanity. They got it badly wrong on Gaza but right on Thatcher.