Friday, 5 June 2009

Islamic University of Gaza launches appeal for funds

Islamic University of Gaza was targeted by Israel during its 22-day war against the people of Gaza. The university is appealing for funds to aid reconstruction.
KUALA LUMPUR, June 5 (Bernama) -- The board of trustees of the Islamic University of Gaza where two buildings were destroyed in an aerial attack by the Zionist regime last December has appealed for aid from Malaysians for reconstruction.

Board director Dr Jamal Naji El-Khoudary said US$15 billion [should this be million? - GS] was needed to rebuild the two buildings.

He spoke to reporters after a news conference, held in conjunction with the commemoration of the "An-Naksah" (1967 War), organised by the Palestine Centre of Excellence (PACE) at the headquarters of the Jamaah Islah Malaysia (JIM), here. more
Students at 28 universities in the UK held sit-ins in solidarity with Gaza and in most cases secured funding for scholarships in addition to a commitment from their instiutions' authorities to send surplus educational equipment to Gaza. Gaza Solidarity intends to publish a round up of where we are at with these shipments and the difficulties caused by the continuing siege being imposed by Israel. Israel has banned the importation of books into Gaza!

Settlers in new Obama settlement provocation

Bethlehem - Ma'an/Agencies - Israeli settlers established a new illegal West Bank outpost on Thursday, dedicating it partly to US President Barack Obama.

The settlers, calling themselves the "Land of Israel Loyalists," named the outpost Oz Yehonatan, near Binyamin, but were calling part of it the "Obama Hut," according to the Israeli news agency Ynet.

And according to a report from Israel's Arutz Sheva news agency, the outpost was named "in recognition of the president’s actions, which have led to a dramatic increase in the number of outposts being built throughout Judea and Samaria [the West Bank]."

Meanwhile on Thursday, Obama firmly rejected Israeli settlements built on seized Palestinian land in the West Bank. "The United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements." "This construction violates previous agreements and undermines efforts to achieve peace. It is time for these settlements to stop."

Israel abducts six Gaza fishermen

The Israeli navy has abducted six Gazan fishermen in its on-going campaign of intimidation and violence aimed at crippling the only source of high protein food available to the people of Gaza. Israel also has its eye on stealing the energy deposits that have been located inside Gazan territorial waters.
Gaza, June 4, (Pal Telegraph) - Gazan territorial waters - At around 9 am, six Palestinian fishermen were abducted by the Israeli Navy whilst fishing in Palestinian territorial waters.

The fishermen are reported as being; Adham Al-Habil - 21, Mohammed Al-Habil - 21, Ahmed Al-Habil, Maher Abu Sultan - 25, Mohammed Al Arayshi, and Sadam Bakar.

The fishermen embarked from Gaza port at 8 am, in a trawling vessel owned by Abu Adham. At around 9 am when they were 3 miles from shore, and 0.5 km south of the "K" area (a designated no-fishing area in the Oslo Accords), they reported that an Israeli gun boat had approached, fired at them, and demanded that they turn off the boats engine. Communication with the fishermen was then lost. More at The Palestine Telegraph

Goldstoneshocked by extent of destruction in Gaza

Justice Goldstone who is leading the war crimes investigation in the Gaza Strip is planning to hold four days of public hearings and has reported that his team has already visited 14 locations including the Red Crescent hospital and spoken to 70 eyewitnesses.

At a press conference yesterday he expressed his shock and sadness at the extent of the damage wrought by Israel's 22-day war.

His team of 15 investigators plans to leave in early July and is scheduled to publish the report in September. Goldstone deplored the fact that Israel is not cooperating with the inquiry. more