Friday, 28 August 2009

Spanish activists protest at basketball match with Israel

Protest for Palestine at Spain versus Israel basketball match yesterday

more (Spanish)

Israel makes Ramadan arrests at al-Aqsa

Nothing is sacred in occupied Palestine as far as the Zionists oppressors are concerned. By the way 'Israeli Arabs' are Palestinians although I appreciate Israel would like to wipe them off the map.
5 detained during Ramadan prayers at Temple Mount

Some 90,000 Muslim worshippers attend prayer session in Jerusalem's Old City; beefed up security forces arrest five Palestinians and Israeli-Arabs, some of whom carried knives

Five people were arrested during the first Friday prayers of Ramadan at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City. The detainees, Palestinians and Israeli-Arabs, were taken in for questioning by security personnel.


Rabbis continue with monthly fast for Gaza

Sixty-two rabbis from the liberal streams of American Judaism are participating in a monthly "Jewish Fast for Gaza" which, according to their manifesto (crafted by one of the project's coordinators, Rabbi Brant Rosen) "seeks to end the Jewish community's silence over Israel's collective punishment in Gaza that has resulted in a humanitarian crisis of overwhelming proportions.

Why the fast? In Leviticus we read: "Do not stand idly by when your neighbor's blood is being spilled" (19:16).

The other project coordinator, Rabbi Brian Walt, is pleased by the response in support of the Fast for Gaza, pretentiously named Ta'anit Tzedek. He writes: "It has been incredibly heartening to find so many rabbis willing to participate in this initiative. It takes a lot of courage. I hope that this is one small step in breaking the Jewish community's silence over what is happening in Gaza.


Oxfam worker escapes Gaza prison

Oxfam, Gaza City from Rob S on Vimeo.

Oxfam’s Mohammed Ali reflects on his first weeks living in the UK after working under fire in his homeland for the past 2 years.

The moment I left Gaza I felt like I’d been let out of prison. It’s like the feeling a bird must have when all of a sudden, after years of living in a cage, someone opens the door. It flies away into the world, finally able to go where it wants and explore new things. That is how I feel as I write these words from a desk in Oxford.

I’ve now been here in the UK for nearly two weeks. It still feels like a dream! I waited two years to leave and I can’t believe I’m finally here. I keep thinking I’ll wake up back in Gaza, trapped, and unable to escape the misery we have all endured there since the Israeli blockade began two years ago.


Three dead after tunnel collapses

There has been another deadly tunnel collapse, this time resulting in the death of three people... and it's not just Israeli bombing that is to blame. Egypt, to its great shame, has been pumping sewage and gas into the tunnels and even throwing in explosives.