Friday, 6 February 2009

How Hamas beat Israel - from Russia Today

Glasgow University in occupation tonight in solidarity with Gaza

More soon

An increasing number of Jewish people are breaking from Zionism, and not just some Hasidic Jews who have always been against Israel (pictured)

A great picture - to remind us all that just because Israel says it speaks for all Jews it doesn't mean it is actually true.

UNRWA suspends Gaza aid

reported in Haaretz
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) on Friday said it is suspending humanitarian aid in Gaza until further notice, after Hamas seized control of its warehouses and stole 200 tons of food and supplies.

Shame on the UN for jumping to Israel and the West's tune.To repeat - Hamas won the election. They are the legitimate government of the strip.

Viva Palestina convoy update

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51 vehicles have now been pledged

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Dockers boycott Israel

From the Morning Star

SOUTH African dock workers have refused to unload ships carrying goods from Israel in solidarity with the Palestinians.

South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) general secretary Randall Howard said that if any Israeli ship docks its cargo in Durban, union workers won't unload it.

Pics from Manchester University Occupation on flickr

Staying strong in Manchester occpation despite initmidation - pics here

Belgium has frozen weapon exports to Israel

Press TV

Jordanian nurse 'disappears' at Rafah crossing while doctors stranded

From People's Daily China
A Jordanian nurse disappeared as he was entering the Rafah crossing border with Egypt, local daily The Jordan Times reported on Friday.

The nurse, identified as Salman Masaeed, was one of a group of Jordanian nurses who volunteered to work in Gaza to help treat thousands of Palestinians injured during a 22-day Israeli onslaught on Gaza, the press quoted a source who requested anonymity as saying.

It is believed that he was arrested by the Egyptian authorities, said the source, adding that Masaeed, however, remained behind his colleagues who had left for Egypt.

Meanwhile, Jordanian doctors dispatched by the Jordan Medical Association remained stranded on Rafah border on Thursday, reports said. They were trying to enter Gaza to join their colleagues volunteering in hospitals there.
Also in the Jordan Times

Israelis forced mother to choose which of her children would die

An eyewitness account of the horrors of the aftermath from Barbara Lubin of the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) full story on Pakistan Daily
I met a mother who was at home with her ten children when Israeli soldiers entered the house. The soldiers told her she had to choose five of her children to “give as a gift to Israel.” As she screamed in horror they repeated the demand and told her she could choose or they would choose for her. Then these soldiers murdered five of her children in front of her. The concept of “Jewish morality” is truly dead. We can be fascists, terrorists, and Nazis just like everybody else.

AP: Turkey has launched a probe into whether Israel's offensive in Gaza counts as "genocide, torture and crimes against humanity"

From AP, reported on Haaretz
The Ankara chief prosecutor's office said Friday that the investigation was opened after an Islamic human rights organization filed an official complaint against Israeli leaders, including the president, prime minister and foreign minister.

The prosecutor's office said the rights organization has also asked for the Israeli officials be detained if they step foot in Turkey.

Israeli officials are going to have real problems trying to work out where they can go on their foreign holiday without getting arrested.

University of Rochester leads the way in America

An opinion piece from Campus Times - the university newspaper

The U.S. assault on Palestinian peace and democracy
by Ryan Acuff, Students for a Democratic Society

The United States supports the occupation by giving Israel, a swath of land the size of New Jersey, more political, military and economic support than any other country in the world ($2.5 billion a year in direct handouts, according to Congress). The United States clearly has the leverage to end the occupation and the power to completely transform the Israel-Palestine conflict peacefully. more

University of Rochester in New York now in occupation - the movement spreads

more soon

Update: Stop the War national student activists meeting this saturday

Tony Benn and George Galloway to join the speakers
The last two weeks have seen an extraordinary wave of solidarity action for Gaza on UK campuses, with student occupations at 22 universities and colleges so far.

The students' demands have been for the universities and
colleges to provide scholarships for Palestinian students, to
send books and unused computers to Palestine, to condemn the
Israeli attacks on Gaza and to disinvest from Israel,
specifically from investing in BAE, which supplies arms to

A victory for these demands has been won in the majority of
universities and colleges which took action. More occupations
are likely to follow on other campuses.

Stop the War has organised a student activists' meeting in
London on Saturday 7 February, at which the speakers will
include Tony Benn, George Galloway MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP and
Lindsey German, national convenor of Stop the War.

The meeting is open to everyone who wants to build an active
anti-war movement on campus. Please publicise the meeting as
widely as you can.


'Brotherhood Ship' passengers beaten. Aid ship 'diverted'

From Al jazeera
Israeli forces seize Gaza aid ship

The Israeli navy has captured and diverted a ship from Lebanon carrying more than 60 tonnes of aid to the Gaza Strip.

Al Jazeera's correspondent aboard the Al-Ikhwa (The Brotherhood) ship said the navy first opened fire, then five Israeli soldiers boarded the ship, beating and threatening the passengers.

"They are pointing guns against us - they are kicking us and beating us. They are threatening our lives," Al Jazeera's Salam Khoder said.

Action Palestine student conference - Solidarity with Gaza!

Programme below and more details here

After Gaza: Continuing the Struggle on Campus

Day One Saturday 21st Feb

11.00am-11.30am: Registration and refreshments

11.30 – 13.00: Introduction to Action Palestine & feed back on the work of Palestine student societies

13.30 – 15.00: Workshops 1 (2 at the same time):

1. Strategies for Effective campaigning

2. How to run your society; internal structure, membership retention and external coordination.

15.15 – 16.45: Workshops 2 (2 at the same time):

1. Strategies for Effective campaigning

2. How to run your society; internal structure, membership retention and external coordination.

5.00pm-6.45pm: History of the Palestinian National Liberation Movement (organised by SOAS PalSoc and Nakba60)

Chair: Gilbert Achcar (School of Oriental and African Studies)

Bashir Abu Manneh (Barnard College, New York)
Fadle Naqib (University of Waterloo)

Roger Heacock (Birzeit University)

Khaled Hroub (University of Cambridge)

7.30 – 9.30: Evening social

Day Two Sunday 22nd Feb

10:45am-12:45pm: Social and Economic History of Palestinian Resistance (organised by SOAS PalSoc and Nakba60)
Chair: Roger Heacock (Birzeit University)

Musa Budeiri (Birzeit University) (tbc)

Penny Johnson (Birzeit University)
Ahmad Sa’di (Ben Gurion University)

Lori Allen (University of Cambridge)

Refreshments 12.45 – 13.15

13.15 - 14.00 (Role play debate) topic tbc, teams need to register in advance

14.15 – (until close) Elections & Motions

Discussion about future plans and campaigns, as well as the general direction for the student movement will take place in the form of motions. Any delegate can submit a motion. The motions deadline is Saturday 14th Feb. Amendments will be accepted up until the start of this session. A copy of all motions will be distributed to all delegates five days before conference. The election of the National Action Palestine Committee will also take place.

(end of previous session) - 6:00pm Roundtable discussion: The Meaning of Gaza: History Reconsidered in Times of Catastrophe
(organised by SOAS PalSoc and Nakba60)

Chair (tbc)

Karma Nabulsi, Saleh Abdel-Jawad, Gilbert Achcar, Norman Finkelstein, Ilan Pappe

200 students defy police and University authorities in Manchester

From ManUni occupation blog
After acknowledging the students’ right to protest on the first day (Wednesday), the Vice Chancellor of the university Alan Gilbert has tried to intimidate the students into abandoning their protest without even addressing their demands.

The university security forcefully removed at least 5 of the students occupying the main administration building in the University of Manchester. Those students were joined with several other students to occupy the Post Room in the same building.

A large number of police were called on the scene, and the students inside the administration building had to deal with several intimidating messages as the university refused to deal with any of their demands and ordered them to leave the occupied building.

The students held out and they are still in occupation and are an even more strong position now, with two occupied spaces not only one!!! And more importantly, the student population reception to the occupation has been amazing, with more students joining the action and demonstration of support outside the building continuing till midnight on Thursday!

Call the Vice Chancellor Alan Gilbert, to complain about the university’s treatment to the peaceful protest - Tel: +44 (0)161 306 6010

Send a complaint by email to the university and the Vice Chancellor, to complain about the treatment to the peaceful protest - Email:

Good to see students occupying strategic uni buildings and not just lecture theatres. This is a more traditional sit-in route - winning a motion at an EGM so it's much bigger and official union policy.

Israeli blockade stops aid to Gaza

Socialist Worker

by Simon Assaf

Israel and its Egyptian ally are continuing to hamper the entry of desperately needed humanitarian goods into the Gaza Strip after Israel’s assault on the Palestinians there.

Israel blocked education materials from the United Nations (UN) and water purification equipment donated by the French government from reaching the Palestinian people last week.

Despite French pleas the vital equipment never made it across the border. To add to the insult, Israeli troops then fired on a French diplomatic convoy returning from Gaza.

Manchester University Occupation - police called in move to evict occupiers fighting for solidarity with Gaza


and if you can’t come:


UNI +44 (0) 161 306 6000
+44 (0)161 306 6010

POLICE 0161 872 5050

Press Statement from Strathclyde University - another victory for UK students' on-going campaign of solidarity with Gaza

Dr Peter West, Secretary to the University of Strathclyde, said: "The University expresses its deep concern about the plight of the people of Gaza. We are particularly aware that the infrastructure of Higher Education has been damaged, making it particularly difficult for Palestinian students to pursue their studies.

"The University has made a number of undertakings: it will fully support the students in their efforts to raise funds for the rebuilding of Gaza and it will set up a scholarship scheme for Palestinian students, similar to the scheme already offered to students from Rwanda. It will encourage universities across Scotland to take part in this scheme.

"The University’s support for the area is not new. In 2005, the University won a £2.8m contract from the European Commission to develop e-learning with partner institutions in Gaza and the West Bank, Jordan, Turkey, Egypt and Lebanon. The two-year project aimed to reach people who have no access to universities because of either cultural or actual physical barriers.

"We have also committed to developing a sustainable approach to providing water to our staff and students which does not involve buying bottled water on a large scale. For this, and other operational reasons, the University will no longer be purchasing water from Eden Springs."

Resistance fires rocket at Israel after yesterday's Israeli attack that left one person dead

A rocket fired from the Hamas-run Gaza Strip landed in southern Israel on Friday but there were no casualties or damage, the Israeli military said.

Brotherhood aid ship crew and activists released but no aid let through by Israelis

No weapons were found aboard the ship, an Israeli army spokesman said.

It was the first apparent attempt by a foreign ship carrying aid to reach the Palestinian territory since Israel ended its 22-day offensive against Hamas in Gaza two weeks ago.