Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Racism in Israel as 400 children threatened with deportation for not being Jewish

Angry protests have taken place in Tel Aviv against the planned deportation of four hundred children of immigrant workers. Born in Israel and speaking Hebrew, the youngsters were never given citizenship because their parents are not Israeli or Jewish. Many people are questioning the government's drive to preserve what it calls 'the Jewish character of the state'.

IDF murderer of 13-year-old girl set free after saying he'd do it again - to a 3-year-old

Does the rule of law apply in Israel? Of course it does - the law that says an Arab life is worthless.
An Israeli army officer who fired the entire magazine of his automatic rifle into a 13-year-old Palestinian girl and then said he would have done the same even if she had been three years old was acquitted on all charges by a military court yesterday.

The soldier, who has only been identified as "Captain R", was charged with relatively minor offences for the killing of Iman al-Hams who was shot 17 times as she ventured near an Israeli army post near Rafah refugee camp in Gaza a year ago. more

Friday, 27 August 2010

Bil'in anti-apartheid wall campaign co-ordinator convicted of organising 'illegal marches' - protest now

One of the regular Bil'in protests - violently attacked by the IDF in typical fashion.

Earlier today [Thursday 26 Auugust], Abdallah Abu Rahmah, the coordinator of the Bil'in Popular Committee, was convicted of incitement and organizing illegal marches by an Israeli military court. The conviction concluded an eight months long political show trial, during which he was kept behind bars.

Persecuted for his key role in organizing the successful grassroots campaign against the wall and Jewish-only settlement on Bil'in's land, Abdallah was convicted based only on the forced testimonies of minors who were arrested from their beds at the middle of the night. not a single material evidence was presented during the entire trial.

We are now waiting for Abdallah's sentence, but he is facing years in jail. Now is the last moment act up on his case, and it is still not too late.

Last year, on the night of International Human Right Day, Thursday December 10th, at 2am, Abdallah Abu Rahmah was arrested from his home in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Seven military jeeps surrounded his house, and Israeli soldiers broke the door, took Abdallah from his bed and, after briefly allowing him to say goodbye to his wife Majida and their three children — seven year-old Luma, five year-old Lian and eight month-old baby Laith — they blindfolded him and took him into custody.

Help us send the message that Abdallah Abu Rahmah and the other prisoners of the popular struggle must be protected.

Abu Rahmah did not find himself behind bars because he is a dangerous man. Abdallah, who is amongst the leaders of the Palestinian village of Bil'in, is viewed as a threat for his work in the five-year unarmed struggle to save the village's land from Israel's wall and expanding settlements.

As a member of the Popular Committee and its coordinator since it was formed in 2004, Abdallah has represented the village of Bil'in around the world. In June 2009, he attended the village's precedent-setting legal case in Montreal against two Canadian companies illegally building settlements on Bil'in's land; in December of 2008, he participated in a speaking tour in France, and on 10 December 2008, exactly a year before his arrest, Abdallah received the Carl Von Ossietzky Medal for Outstanding Service in the Realization of Basic Human Rights, awarded by the International League for Human Rights in Berlin.

Last summer Abdallah was standing shoulder to shoulder with Nobel Peace laureates and internationally renowned human rights activists, discussing Bil'in's grassroots campaign for justice when The Elders visited his village. This summer, he may be sent to years in prison, exactly for his involvement in this campaign.

Abdallah's outrageous conviction today will be followed by a sentence in the coming weeks. The amount of pressure we will be able to generate in this time could influence Abdallah's sentence, but will also make clear to Israeli authorities that the repression of the popular struggle does have a political price.

Please use the below template letters we have prepared to ask your Minister of Foreign Affairs to send an official inquiry to the Israeli government about Abdallah. Demand that your country apply pressure on Israeli officials to release Abdallah Abu Rahmah and stop targeting popular struggle.

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Lebanese aid ship for Gaza delayed in port due to Greek and Cypriot pressure

Unfortunately, as we suspected the departure of the Lebanese aid ship Mariam has still not taken place. The Jerusalem Post says Greece and Cyprus have been 'forthcoming' in applying pressure to delay the sailing. Protests are needed in both countries to stop this obstruction of the Lebanese ships' blockade-busting voyage.
One of two Lebanese ships due to sail to Gaza in order to break Israel’s naval blockade postponed its departure again on Sunday, amid assessments in Jerusalem that there was now only a “low probability” that it would indeed depart. more

Gaza power plant back in operation after deal with PA on fuel payments

The Gaza Strip's sole power plant resumed generating on Wednesday after the territory's Hamas rulers reached agreement on fuel payments to the rival Palestinian Authority, both sides said.
"Fuel was introduced into the electricity plant today, allowing a second turbine to go into operation" and permitting electricity generation to resume, said Suheil Skeik, head of the Gaza power distribution company. more

Friday, 20 August 2010

Lebanon aid ship Mariam setting off for Gaza but Cyprus says it will turn it back

Hopefully this is not a false start, but organisers in Lebanon have announced that the aid ship Mariam, named after the Virgin Mary (formerly Julia ?), will be leaving for Gaza on Sunday. The ship has to sail via a third country due to the state of war that still exists between Lebanon and Israel, but the Greek Cypriot government, keen to protect its trade with Israel, is refusing permission for the vessel to dock at a Cypriot port. Protests need to be organised quickly in Cyprus to stop the government's collaboration with the Israeli attempts to stop maritime efforts to break the siege. At the press conference in Lebanon the authorities prevented the organisers from speaking to the media from the ship docked at Tripoli harbour. The ship is carrying 75 women activists, cancer medication, books and toys.
...on Thursday, the Cypriot ambassador to Lebanon told The Associated Press that the boat, the Mariam, will be turned back when it reaches Cyprus.

"We decided that such a ship will not be allowed to enter Cyprus and if such a Gaza-bound ship docks in a Cypriot port the crew and the passengers will be deported to their country of origin," Kyriacos Kouros said.
more at Haaretz

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Algerian aid ship sets course for Gaza

Algerian aid ship left port today destined for Gaza. Aboard are political and religious leaders. The vessel is carrying educational and medical supplies in addition to food. The ship will unload at the Egyptian port of El-Arish where the supplies will travel by road through the Rafah crossing. Egypt is reported to have agreed to the transshipment.

IDF officer sells laptops belonging to Mavi Marmara activists

Many of the personal possessions, such as laptops, supposedly 'confiscated' by Israel after the Mavi Marmara flotilla massacre are now turning out to have been stolen and sold on by IDF commandos. Now there's a surprise. And the first suspect is not just any old soldier but an officer holding the rank of first lieutenant. He sold the laptops on to other IDF officers. Between four and six laptops are believed to have been stolen. An Italian journalist has complained that his credit was used after being confiscated by the IDF onboard the Mavi Marmara.
Military Police arrested an Israel Defense Forces officer suspected of stealing laptop computers from activists aboard the Gaza-bound aid ship raided by Israeli commandos in May and selling them to other officers. more

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

IDF soldiers' trophy photos routine part of ongoing dehumanisation of Palestinians

On top of revolting t-shirts celebrating their war crimes, IDF soldiers routinely took photographs of their captives bound and blindfolded as in the pictres posted by one 'soldier' on facebook.
A former Israel Defense Forces soldier has raised a storm on the internet after posting photographs of herself posing next to blindfold Palestinian prisoners on Facebook.

Photographs uploaded by Eden Abergil from Ashdod and labeled "IDF – the best time of my life" show her smiling next to Palestinian prisoners with their hands bound and their eyes covered.

"That looks really sexy for you," says a comment posted by one of Abergil's friends on the social networking site, alongside a picture or the soldier smiling in front of two blindfold men.

From Haaretz

Al-Quds day protest London 4 September - break the siege of Gaza

The Annual Al-Quds Day Demonstration and Rally is confirmed to take place in London on Saturday 4th September 2010.

This is a major national event with thousands of people coming from up and down the country in support of Palestine and the Palestinian people. Stand with us, united for the Palestinian cause!

End the Siege.
End the Oppression.
End the Israeli Apartheid.

Date: Saturday, 04 September 2010
Time: 2.00pm
Place: Assembling at Marble Arch (nearest tube station Marble Arch) and marching to the US Embassy in Grosvenor Square for a rally).

Supporting organisations include: AhlulBayt Islamic Mission, Friends of Lebanon, Innovative Minds, Islamic Centre of England, Islamic Human Rights Commission, Islamic Student Association UK, Lebanese Community UK, Muslim Association of Britain, and Palestine Return Centre.

Join us to protest for the rights of the oppressed in Palestine!

IHRC is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

Please help IHRC by visiting http://www.ihrc.org.uk/catalog and making a donation or buying an item from our on-line store.

If you want to subscribe to the IHRC list please send an email to subscribe@ihrc.org

For more information, please contact the office on the numbers or email below.

Join the Struggle for Justice. Join IHRC.

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Israel makes second incursion into Gaza as mortars hit IDF troops

IDF is making its second incursion into Gaza, following a similar move yesterday. Today Israeli tanks fired shells near Khan Younis destroying a house - apparently the same house targeted yesterday. No casualties have been reported as yet. Mortar fire by Palestinians yesterday in response to the incursion led to the injury of two Israeli soldiers.

Monday, 16 August 2010

Viva Palestina announces September 18th departure date for land convoy to Gaza

Viva Palestina has announced that its land convoy will be leaving on 18 September. If you wish to join the convoy register here.
The terrible massacre aboard the Mavi Marmara on 31 May has brought a sea change in international opinion against the inhumane siege on the people of Gaza.

Far from deterring people from seeking to bring that siege to an end, the Israeli assault on the Freedom Flotilla is spurring on even more people to bring humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip and to end the blockade. Viva Palestina has organised three massive land convoys to Gaza in the last 18 months - all of which have delivered their aid - and participated in the latest flotilla. Over the last few weeks we have been discussing with partner organisations how to coordinate relief efforts by land and sea so as to have the maximum impact.

As a result Viva Palestina is launching "Viva Palestina 5 - a global lifeline to Gaza", a gigantic land convoy leaving London on Saturday, 18th September in conjunction with convoys leaving from Casablanca and Doha and timed to coordinate with a larger and even more international flotilla aiming to reach Gaza by sea at the same time as the land convoys reach by land.

Viva Palestina will be leading the Land Convoy, a Global Lifeline To Gaza, working in partnership with the International Committee to Break the Siege on Gaza and organisations from Europe, Turkey, Middle East, Australasia, India, South Africa and more.

Saturday 18 September will certainly be the first clear Saturday after the month of Ramadan. We are aiming, with the two other legs of the land convoy, to take 500 vehicles with aid to Gaza carrying medical equipment, educational supplies and the wherewithal to rebuild a destroyed mosque, a school for orphans and to construct a maternity facility in Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza. We will be supporting the international flotilla that is scheduled for the same time.

Important institutions are now calling for the end to the siege - the European Union, the United Nations, and major charities such as Oxfam. We are appealing for the widest and strongest participation in this latest effort, which will be all the stronger as it takes place in partnership with others who have a proven track record.

You can support the convoy in many ways, as outlined below, by fundraising, promoting it, or taking part yourself. Spaces for participants by land and sea will be limited and we urge you to sign up quickly and begin fundraising now to ensure you can take part.

We have drawn on the experience of the previous Viva Palestina missions to strengthen the organisational capacity and methods of this next one. So even if you have taken part before and want to do so again, please do carefully read through the information below and follow the registration and fundraising procedures.

Please also register for our e-mail bulletin to keep up to date as further information is sent out.

We would like to thank all those who have supported the previous convoys and flotillas and who responded so magnificently when the last one was so brutally attacked.

Now is the time to answer that atrocity with a flood of humanity towards the suffering people of Gaza.


Viva Palestina is also planning to support a new flotilla of aid ships to Gaza. No date has yet been fixed, but the organisations that brought together the Freedom Flotilla in May plus others are hopeful that it will coincide with the land convoys arriving in October.

A flotilla which will be stronger even than the great achievement in May will require a massive fundraising effort. And, as then, space aboard will necessarily be very limited. We hope to make a significant contribution to this initiative while building up a wide, international coalition of support for the land convoys, which are now underway.

The message from the besieged people of Gaza is loud and clear: Come in massive numbers, in a co-ordinated and organized way, by land and sea to deliver vital aid and to highlight the injustice of the siege.

To that end we are supervising the aid that we are taking to ensure it is of the highest quality and meets the needs the people of Gaza have identified. The Israeli government seems to regard Gaza as a junkyard: supporters of the Palestinian people believe that Gaza deserves no less than what we often take for granted in Western countries, including the movement of goods and people with neighbouring countries that is vital to the reconstruction of the economy.

That's why this global convoy to the Rafah crossing, which the Egyptian government has said is "open", is so vital.

Fascist EDL comes to the assistance of pro-Israel Ahava protesters

At the most recent protest against Ahava in Covent Garden, London, the zionist counter demonstrators were joined by the fascist, anti-Muslim, street fighting hooligans of the so-called English Defence League. Incredible but true. Thanks to Alex Seymour at palestinevideo for the video.

In a victory for the BDS movement four protesters who were charged with trespass for entering an Ahava store have been found not guilty. See the story at the International Solidarity Movement

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Irish ready to send another ship for second Gaza flotilla

A committee has been set up to help buy an Irish ship to sail in a second Freedom Flotilla to Gaza, it emerged last night.

The Irish Ship to Gaza Committee, which comprises a number of Irish anti-war and pro-Palestinian organisations, intends to send a convoy to the region in October...

...The Irish Ship to Gaza Committee includes the Free Gaza Movement (one of the main organisers of the original flotilla), the Irish Anti-War Movement, the Palestinian Rights Institute, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign, the Derry Friends of Palestine, Ireland to Gaza, the Belfast Friends of Palestine and the Trade Union Friends of Palestine.

Read more at the Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Church in Wales's Canon Morrison calls for lifting of Israel's Gaza siege

Canon Robin Morrison is a member of the Church in Wales International Strategic Affairs Group. Writing in today's Western Mail, a UK regional newspaper, he attacks Israel's moral hypocrisy, calling for the immediate lifting of the siege. People from Swansea (see video above) took part in the last Viva Palestina aid convoy. A mobile dental clinic donated by funds raised from local people was destroyed in Israel's recent war against the people of Gaza.

Israel, with its democratic claims, faces charge of moral hypocrisy

Aug 4 2010 by Our Correspondent, Western Mail

After David Cameron sparked a diplomatic row by describing Gaza as a “prison camp”, Church in Wales Canon Robin Morrison urges Israel to take heed of the criticism

THE Prime Minister, speaking during his recent foreign tour, boldly stated what many people have felt for some time. He accused Israel of turning Gaza into a prison camp and demanded that more provisions be allowed in.

The realities of life in Gaza were brought home sharply to people in Wales last year when a mobile dental clinic, funded by The clinic, emblazoned with the Welsh flag, was parked outside a family health care centre which was hit by a missile and devastated. Fortunately, the mobile clinic was not damaged and was able to continue its work delivering front-line medical care to people in more need than ever. The incident, however, highlighted the need for vital medical supplies in Gaza and people in Wales responded generously to the Church’s appeal, raising more than £70,000...

...If secular Zionism still claims a right to the land, over the Palestinians, then it should take the morality in its history more seriously. The possession of the land “flowing with milk and honey”, achieved through the conquest and destruction of other peoples, came from a sense of promise, calling and responsibility combined.ŠIt is that responsibility “to be a light to lighten the nations” which the actions of modern Israel has so discredited. more

Palestinian soldier killed and two injured after IDF shelling near Khan Younis

A Palestinian fighter has been killed and two wounded after the IDF shelled southern Gaza, east of Khan Younis. It's now been confirmed that an IDF officer was shot dead by a Lebanese army sniper. Someone should remind the IDF high command that the days of attacking Lebanon with impunity are over.
A Palestinian was killed and two others wounded shortly after midnight in an Israeli artillery shelling on an area east of the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Younis, medics and witnesses said Wednesday morning.

The witnesses said that the Israeli artillery targeted, with three shells, a group of militants east of the village of Abassan, killing one of them and wounding two. more

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Israel attacks Lebanon killing three soldiers and one journalist

Israel today killed three Lebanese soldiers and journalist Assaf Abou Rahhal from the Al-Akhbar newspaper, in the first major military clashes since the second Lebanon war four years ago. An Israeli helicopter fired missiles at a Lebanese army armoured personnel carrier in addition to shelling. Lebanon's President Suleiman has said Lebanon will 'stand up to Israel', while Syria has offered its full backing to the country in the face of the latest Israeli aggression. Hezbollah has warned that the resistance is ready and has its own 'target bank'.

[update 15:51 GMT+1]

IDF is reporting two commanders seriously injured in ambush by Lebanese army.

NYTimes reporting an IDF battalion commander has been killed.

Al-Jazzera is running a live blog here

Canadian boat to Gaza raising $300,000 for aid mission

Canadian Boat to GAZA
It's time to send a Canadian Boat to Gaza

Canadian civil society has a responsibility to fight the illegal Israeli blockade of Gaza and to expose the Canadian government's unjustified support for Israel.

The time has come to send a Canadian boat to challenge the blockade of Gaza, in coordination with similar international efforts.

We need to raise $300,000 (cost of boat and crew, not including aid to carry to Gaza) over the course of the coming couple of months. We need to approach Canadian public figures to be on the boat.

The blockade of Gaza goes two ways, it restricts bringing materials into Gaza and it does not allow anything to leave Gaza either. This, in addition to starving the population, denies the Palestinians of Gaza the ability to trade with the world, further suffocating them.

The Canadian boat, working with the Palestinians in Gaza, will aim to carry exports out of Gaza. Thus asserting their right to export, trade and provide for themselves rather than be at the mercy of international aid.

Together we'll break the siege


* Association Musleme de Montreal
* Canadian Arab Federation
* Canadian Islamic Centre
* Canadian Muslim Forum
* Canadian Peace Alliance
* Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid
* CodePink, Canada
* Educators for Peace and Justice
* Fredricton Islamic Association
* Gaza Freedom March
* Independant Jewish Voices
* International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN)
* Palestine House
* People for Peace, London
* Regroupement des Algeriens RAQ
* Women in Solidarity with Palestine (WSP)
* Zatoun and Beit Zatoun

To support the Canadian Boat to Gaza please make your cheque payable to:

(please write: "Canadian Boat to Gaza" in the remark field)

and mail it to:
Canadian Boat to Gaza
C.P. 92087, Portobello
Brossard, Quebec
J4W 3K8

Founded in 1994, Alternatives Action and Communication Network for International Development is a non-governmental, international solidarity organization.

See also a reply to a hostile editorial in the Calgary Herald by Ehab Lotayef , a spokesman for Canadian Boat to Gaza.

American Furkan Dogan killed on flotillla ignored because of Turkish heritage

Roger Cohen writes in the New York Times about the forgotten American, Furkan Dogan, killed on the flotilla - contrasting his lack of visibility in death to what might have been, if he wasn't a Turkish-American but had a surname of say Bradley or indeed Cohen. Glad someone in the mainstream US press has at last had the decency to highlight this blatant anti-Muslim/Turkish bias.
TROY, New York — The Dogans were a quiet family little noticed by their neighbors here in upstate New York. Ahmet Dogan had come to the area from Turkey to study accounting at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

He was a serious student; the Dogans did little entertaining. But when their younger son, Furkan, was born in 1991, the family threw a party and a neighbor recalled a toast “to the first U.S. citizen in the family.”

Furkan Dogan would live just two years in Troy, returning to Turkey with his family in 1993. But he was proud of his American passport and dreamt of coming back after completing medical school. Five Israeli bullets — at least two of them to the head — ended that dream on May 31. Dogan was 19.

The young American, who had just completed high school with excellent grades in the central Turkish town of Kayseri, had seen an online advertisement for volunteers to deliver aid to Gaza. The ad, from a Turkish charity called the Humanitarian Relief Foundation, or I.H.H, said the goal of the trip was to show that Israel’s “embargo/blockade can be legally broken.”

Little interested in politics, but with an aspiring doctor’s concern for Palestinian suffering, Dogan won a lottery to go.

How he was killed is disputed — as is just about everything concerning the Israeli naval takeover of the six-boat Gaza-bound flotilla — but his father suspects a video camera carried by his son may have provoked Israeli commandos.

O.K., enough said, that’s the start of the story you haven’t read about the short life of Furkan Dogan, an American killed by Israeli forces in international waters on the Turkish-flagged Mavi Marmara.

In truth I have not been to Troy but I do find the effacement of Dogan since his death almost two months ago at once offensive and instructive.

I have little doubt that if the American killed on those ships had been Hedy Epstein, a St. Louis-based Holocaust survivor, or Edward Peck, a former U.S. ambassador to Mauritania, we would have heard a lot more. We would have read the kind of tick-tock reconstructions that the deaths of Americans abroad in violent and disputed circumstances tend to provoke. (Epstein had planned to be aboard the flotilla and Peck was.)

I also have little doubt that if the incident had been different — say a 19-year-old American student called Michael Sandler killed by a Palestinian gunman in the West Bank when caught in a cross-fire between Palestinians and Israelis — we would have been deluged in stories about him.

But a chill descends when you have the combination of Israeli commandos doing the firing, an American with a foreign-sounding Muslim name, and the frenzied pre-emptive arguments of Israel and those among its U.S. supporters who will brook no criticism of the Jewish state.

Monday, 2 August 2010

Israel targets another Hamas commander as tension rises with rockets fired from Sinai

Another Hamas commander, this time Alaa al-Danaf, has been targeted by the IDF. An explosion early this morning destroyed his house and injured 40 people, mostly women and children.

Rockets were fired towards the Israeli resort at Eliat on the Sinai peninsula. One hit the resort, three landed in the sea and one hit the Jordanian town of Aqaba where unfortunately one person was killed.

Three Palestinians have been killed over the past few days in IDF attacks. No one has been injured or killed on the Israeli side.

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Peres says England's attitude towards Jews 'next big problem'

The Israeli establishment is really losing it. Last week in an interview with the Tablet, Shimon Peres accused the English of being Israel's 'next big problem', accusing the 'English' of being 'deeply pro-Arab and anti-Israel'. Peres obviously missed the Balfour declaration where the British ruling class set in train the road to the foundation of the settler state, or alternatively the Battle of Cable Street in the 30s when Jews and non-Jews united to drive Mosley's anti-semitic Fascist blackshirts out of the east end of London.

Or maybe Peres is hung up on the fact that it was the British colonialists that designed the flags, and carved out most of the national boundaries, of today's Arab states, leaving a supposedly 'Arabist' legacy in the foreign office. As usual the Zionists like to conflate hatred directed at Israel with anti-semitism directed at all Jewish people, as one and the same thing, which of course they are not.

Peres's comments, some of which are reproduced below, could well be directed at many among the ruling class of the UK but Peres foolishly doesn't differentiate - in fact he now sees the presence of the Muslim population as the new driver of anti-semitism, another lie to help him sleep better in his fantasy world where Israel is always right and everyone else is wrong, or worse - anti-semitic.
President Shimon Peres evoked the anger of Jewish parliament members and leaders in Britain when he said in an interview last week that England is "deeply pro-Arab and anti-Israel", adding that "they always worked against us".

Still there were some groups that backed the Israeli president and noted that the number of anti-Semitic incidents in the UK had risen dramatically in recent years.

In an interview to a Jewish website, Peres said, "There is in England a saying that an anti-Semite is someone who hates the Jews more than is necessary." His remarks came days after British Prime Minister David Cameron called Gaza a "prison camp".

Peres said England's attitude towards Jews is Israel's "next big problem".
"There are several million Muslim voters, and for many members of parliament, that's the difference between getting elected and not getting elected," he said.

"And in England there has always been something deeply pro-Arab, of course, not among all Englishmen, and anti-Israeli, in the establishment," he added, noting that in contrast, ties with Germany, France and Italy are "pretty good".

Peres' comments were made in an interview with historian Professor Benny Morris, and were published on the Jewish website Tablet.

Following Peres' comments, Conservative MP James Clappison, who is also the vice-chairman of Conservative Friends of Israel, said: "Mr Peres has got this wrong. There are pro- and anti-Israel views in all European countries. Things are certainly no worse, as far as Israel is concerned, in this country than other European countries."

Peres is asked by the interviewer whether Israel will survive. Clearly, not as long as it is based on the oppression of another people and the theft of their land. Simple but too hard for the zionists too take on as it goes to the heart of their raison d'etre.

Israel kills Hamas commander as airstrikes on Gaza continue

Israel killed Hamas commander Saed Al Bitran yesterday in their bombing runs across the Gaza strip. It's claimed the serious injury of a dozen people and the killing of one, was in retaliation for a rocket that landed harmlessly in Ashkelon about 10 miles from Gaza. So the IDF says their air strike was justified retaliation. Israel carried out a further strike, on the tunnels in the south this Sunday morning and one injury has been reported so far.

But countless Palestinians have been killed by Israel since the end of the recent war and not a single Israeli. In other words the Palestinians have plenty of reasons for retaliation while the Israelis have none.

This was Israel's first air strike on the centre of Gaza City in 18 months and marks an escalation, as the death of the Hamas commander will certainly be avenged. Perhaps Israel wants a little war to forestall the arrival of the flotilla and aid convoys in September?

A salafist group has now claimed responsibility for the rocket firest from Gaza that hit Ashkelon:
Gaza – Ma'an – A military group affiliated to the Salafi movement in Gaza claimed responsibility for launching a homemade project toward southern Israel on Saturday, a statement issued Sunday read.

The At-Tawhid and Jihad wing said the projectile was fired at 9:42 p.m. "in retaliation to the ongoing Israeli aggressions against the Palestinian people."