Thursday, 16 July 2009

Israel defence dept says naval movements preparation for war with Iran

More details on the movement of Israeli naval ships through the Suez canal. The ships concerned are the exact same ones the UK has refused to sell some spare parts for.
Israel's recent deployment of warships across the Red Sea should be seen as serious preparation for an attack on Iran, an Israeli defense official told the Times of London on Thursday.

"This is preparation that should be taken seriously. Israel is investing time in preparing itself for the complexity of an attack on Iran. These maneuvers are a message to Iran that Israel will follow up on its threats," the official was quoted as saying.

Earlier this week, two Israel Navy gunboats openly sailed through the Suez Canal into the Red Sea.

The ships that passed through the Suez Canal on Tuesday were two Sa'ar 5 gunboats, the Hanit and the Eilat. This follows a similar incident in late June, when an Israeli Dolphin-class submarine passed through the canal, later returning the same way.

The move, apparently coordinated with Egypt, is seen as a warning message to Middle Eastern radicals, first and foremost Iran.

more at Haaretz

Israel prevents French diplomatic visit to Gaza

JERUSALEM, July 15 (UPI) -- Israel prevented French diplomats from entering Gaza to celebrate Bastille Day, because of Gilad Shalit's ongoing captivity, Israeli security officials said.

The diplomats should not be allowed to celebrate a holiday
of freedom and human rights while the kidnapped soldier remains in captivity, an official told Haaretz Wednesday.

More at

But what about the captivity of the other 1.5 million people in Gaza you may ask.

Viva Palestina US arrives in Gaza


UK hospitals raise funds for medical aid for Gaza

By Tyrone Marshall »

Staff from local healthcare services have been organising concerts to raise money to buy medical supplies and aid for the people in the Gaza strip.

John May, Paramedic, Kath Hill, Ambulance Technician and Karen Pennington, A and E Charge Nurse held two concerts to raise money for aid supplies to the poverty stricken Gaza strip.

The concerts were well attended by staff from both the Royal Preston and Chorley and South Ribble Hospital sites. They managed to raise over £1,000 and were helped with the running of the events by Dr Younes Bazza, senior staff grade doctor who earlier in the year, travelled with Ventas Humanitarian Aid to administer medical aid following the most recent conflict.

Dr Bazza, said: “I am delighted that the event was such a success, the money raised for medical aid will be greatly appreciated and is sorely needed.

“Hospitals in Gaza struggle to cope with the number of patients they are asked to treat and the training of clinicians is certainly not up to the standard enjoyed in the UK.

“I have experienced first hand the need for aid, and in particular for trauma medicine. During the most recent conflict the whole of the healthcare system in Gaza was damaged and it is important that we try and help in the rebuilding of it.”

Thanks to the Lancashire Telegraph