Thursday, 3 December 2009

Gaza Gateway site monitors crossings in challenge to Israel's misinformation

New website to provide weekly updates on the situation at the crossings in to Gaza. Israel claims it is letting more aid through but a visit to this site tells a different story.
Dear Gaza Solidarity Blogger,
I wanted to let you know about a new blog that Gisha – Legal Center for Freedom of Movement has launched in the last month. The blog ( provides facts and analysis about Gaza crossings and is updated every week with information about goods entering Gaza, as well as posts relevant to previous week's events.
I would be glad to share information with you and with you blog. We are available to answer questions and provide further information about the issues described in the weekly posts. It is, of course, possible to get RSS updates from the blog, join our mailing list and follow us on Twitter.
Best Regards,
Eliran Arazi
New Media Coordinator
Gisha – Legal Center for Freedom of Movement 


Viva Palestina convoy heads for Gaza on 6 December

Bethlehem - Ma'an - The Viva Palestina project will launch a third convoy of aid trucks from London to Gaza on the first weekend of December, the group announced Monday.

"Viva Palestina - Return to Gaza 2009" will see more than 100 vehicles carrying medical, humanitarian and educational supplies, head for the Gaza Strip via Egypt and the Rafah crossing. Previous convoys in February and July 2009 brought medical and school supplies.

According to a statement, the convoy aims to cross the Rafah border into Gaza on 27 December, the first anniversary of the start of Israel's Operation Cast Lead. The first day of the Israeli war on Gaza saw more than 200, mostly graduating police officers, killed in a series of airstrikes that continued through the night.

More at Viva Palestina's UK website

Zidane to vist Gaza as UN ambassador

etired international soccer star Zinedine Zidane is planning a visit to the Gaza Strip as part of UNICEF's efforts to promote regional peace in the Middle East, Ynet learned Wednesday.

The former French National Team midfielder is expected to visit the Strip in March 2010, as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Children's Fund.

“I'm thrilled to be appointed by the UN children's organization as an envoy to tour Gaza Strip. I will make every effort to give Gaza residents great big smiles on their faces.

"Gazans have suffered serious losses, damage, and injuries due to Israeli acts of violence,” Zidane stated


Shalit moved to Egypt reports Kuwaiti newspaper

There has been no response from Israel on this story about the possible movement of Shalit to Egypt, but if it is correct then a prisoner swap must be closer
JERUSALEM, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- A Kuwaiti newspaper reports kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit is being held in Egypt until a deal to secure his release is finalized.

Ahmed Jabari, head of Hamas's military wing in Gaza, and Hamas official Mahmoud A-Zahar reportedly accompanied Shalit, who was transferred to Egypt several days ago, al-Jarida reported.