The meeting produced a charter of five demands based on the common demands of the occupations.
They included demanding that universities withdraw all investment in the arms trade and create scholarships for Palestinians.
Cyprus unloads suspect cargo on Iran ship
A number of containers of ship found to be in violation of UN arms sanctions transported to warehouses of Cyprus National Guard.
Cyprus unloaded a cargo of banned weapons-related material on Friday off a ship from Iran found to be in violation of UN arms sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
A number of the ship’s containers, escorted by police, were transported to warehouses of the Cyprus National Guard, the Republic’s armed forces, a local news agency reported.
Diplomatic sources say the Monchegorsk is carrying conventional weapons. The cargo will be stored in Cyprus, a government statement said.
Irish trade unionists said this week that they plan to launch a boycott of Israeli goods in 2009. Meanwhile, Manchester University Student Union adopted a resolution supporting a boycott of Israel.
In moving ahead with plans to boycott Israel, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) says it is relying on "evidence" left in the aftermath of the Israeli invasion into Gaza in December.
It also said to be drawing from a "fact-finding mission" to Gaza by a dozen of its senior members more than a year ago. Leaders within the Irish Congress of Trade Unions are to hold a conference this year to act as "a springboard" for their campaign.
We learned recently that Edinburgh University have instructed security staff to be very strict on who can enter the building. A member of the occupying force from Strathclyde University came this morning to give us a talk but was turned away at the door by security staff.
As I write, a team of students is meeting with University staff to discuss our response to the University’s reply to our demands. We will update here when we hear back from them.
There will be a large meeting at some point this afternoon, time to be announced here as soon as it is arranged. more
Hamas is prepared to sign a deal next week for the release of abducted Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit as part of a long-term truce agreement between Israel and the Gaza Strip, the Arabic daily Al-Hayat reported on Friday.
According to the report, Hamas will cement the truce within the next few days and finalize the deal to free Shalit by Wednesday.
Gaza militants fire three rockets at Israel.
Palestinians: IAF strike caused casualties in Gaza
Palestinian sources in Gaza reported that an Air Force strike east of Khan Younis caused a number of casualties. The sources said at least one missile was fired at a motorcycle, but did not identify the target.
The IDF has not yet responded to the report. ynetnews
Palestinian youth shot to death
Hate in the Tunnel at the University of Rochester
As I walked through the tunnel of the academic quad on Monday I noticed that some of the advertisements for the event had been defaced. It is a custom for student groups to paint the tunnel to advertise for upcoming events or make various political statements. In preparation for the protest, students had used black paint and stencils to write “NO WAR IN GAZA” and peace symbols, as well as details about the place and time of the event.
I was shocked, however, to notice that someone else had defaced these statements with white paint, covering the words “WAR IN” so that the statement would read “NO GAZA.” There were also white Stars of David painted in various positions and even a giant “X” through one of the peace symbols. I took some pictures and walked away shaking my head.
Whether or not one agrees with Israel’s position it is obvious that such an act is supportive of military aggression. This person has not attempted to defend Israel’s actions as self-defense. Rather, the statement is that Gaza should not exist and that the deaths of all of the Palestinians has been justified. Also, the use of the Star of David comes off as hateful when displayed in this fashion.
It is a shame that this person has chosen to express their views in such a cowardly way. It pains me to imagine how some of the Islamic, Arab or Middle-Eastern students must feel when they see this kind of statement. I have shared these pictures here so that this negative reaction to last week’s event would not go unnoticed. more
EL-ARISH, Egypt (AFP) — Egyptian police on Thursday seized 2,200 tonnes of food and medical aid destined for the Gaza Strip and arrested two members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood responsible for the goods.
Hossam al-Shurbagi and Kamel al-Shaarawi, members of the Doctors Syndicate's committee for aid to Gaza and responsible for three warehouses that were raided in northern Sinai, were arrested, Shurbagi told AFP from in detention.
A security official said that the two were accused of illegally storing goods.
The occupation of UEA [University of East Anglia] has just ended, after a hectic 24 hours. The reason for ending the occupation have been two fold. Firstly, the uni authorities have shown a willingness to enter into negotiations over some of our demands (and have provided a letter in writing to that effect) and we will soon present the uni with a list of signatures (over 100 in total so far) in support of what we did, and our aims. The second reason was much less positive, we were told that the university could not guarantee that the occupation would not be forcefully evicted during the night (hands up who can spot the barely veiled threat). Because of this we are entering into negotiations with the university who should grant at least some concessions. Should they renounce this agreed position then it is indeed possible that direct action will flair up again more