Monday, 24 August 2009

Protest Israeli PM Netanyahu meeting Gordon Brown


Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is due to meet British prime minister
Gordon Brown tomorrow in Downing Street.

PROTEST 1.30-3pm TOMORROW, Tuesday 25 August opposite Downing Street (nearest
tube Westminster)

Please come to send a clear message to Gordon Brown:
# Israeli settlements block peace – they must be dismantled, not just frozen
# End Israel's siege on Gaza
# End Israel's ethnic cleansing in East Jerusalem

If you are unable to come to the protest, write to Gordon Brown to insist that
real peace means delivering justice for the Palestinians. The British
government must act to ensure Israel ends its numerous violations of
international law.

# Fax a letter to 10 Downing Street : 020 7925 0918.
# Email David Miliband at the Foreign Office reaquesting his office convey your
message to the Prime Minister:

Clashes in northern Gaza with IDF

Ma'an agency reports clashes between Popular Resistance Committees resistance fighters and Israeli forces in northern Gaza - no casulaties. The PA aligned news agency also claims that a three-month truce is being proposed by one senior Fatah leader with its Hamas adversaries
The Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) said that their fighters engaged in a 15-minute skirmish with Israeli troops in the northern Gaza Strip early on Monday morning.

Gaza's youth look to martial arts for strength to fight Israel

The appalling psychological damage done to young people in Gaza by Israel's war and on-going oppression has long been documented. Now there is new evidence in the shape of the rising uptake in martial arts classes as Gaza's youth increasingly look to ways of defending themselves and their families from the violence and indiscriminate terror of the 'most moral army in the world' - the misnamed Israel Defence Force:
A spokesman for Gaza’s kung fu and karate union says attendance at the classes has doubled since the Israeli offensive

SALIH AL-MASRI, a skinny nine-year-old in a red martial arts uniform, grits his teeth as he stands barefoot on shards of broken glass and recalls his family’s plight during the war in Gaza.“This sport makes me strong so I can defend myself, my family and my country from the Jews,” he says. “We ran away from our home during the war because we were afraid of the shelling,” he adds. “But after we returned I started coming here every day to train. Now I’m strong, and I’m not afraid of anyone.” Haunted by what they saw during the massive Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip at the turn of the year, growing numbers of children are flocking to martial arts classes across the devastated Palestinian coastal territory.

more at Pakistan's English language Daily Times

UN's OCHA report documents life in the Gaza hell hole

Download latest report from OCHA here
GAZA CITY, 23 August 2009 (IRIN) - A new UN report describes the devastating humanitarian impact of two years of Israel’s “unprecedented blockade on all border crossings in and out of the Gaza Strip”.

Released in August by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Jerusalem, the report details the rapid deterioration of livelihoods, food security, education, health, shelter, energy and water and sanitation inside Gaza.

“The blockade has ‘locked in’ 1.5 million people in what is one of the most densely populated areas on earth, triggering a protracted human dignity crisis with negative humanitarian consequences,” said the report.

Following the Hamas takeover of Gaza in June 2007, Israel closed all Gaza’s border crossings, and imposed import and export restrictions and a travel ban to and from Gaza.

Israel’s 23-day military offensive in Gaza, which ended on 18 January 2009, as well as internal conflicts between Fatah and Hamas, have compounded the suffering of the population, said the report.

more at IRIN