Wednesday, 27 January 2010

US Democrats call for lifting of Gaza blockade in 'unprecedented' move

54 members of the US Congress, in an unprecedented move according to MJ Rosenberg writing on the Huffington Post, are calling for the lifting of the inhuman blockade against the people of Gaza.
* Movement of people, especially students, the ill, aid workers, journalists, and those with family concerns, into and out of Gaza;

* Access to clean water, including water infrastructure materials,

* Access to plentiful and varied food and agricultural materials;

* Access to medicine and health care products and suppliers;

* Access to sanitation supplies, including sanitation infrastructure materials;

* Access to construction materials for repairs and rebuilding;

* Access to fuel;

* Access to spare parts;

* Prompt passage into and out of Gaza for commercial and agricultural goods; and

* Publication and review of the list of items prohibited to the people of Gaza.

In short, the courageous 54 want the blockade lifted.


Israel rejects international demands for Gaza War inquiry

Israel will not be following the Goldstone report recommendations and opening an inquiry into its Gaza war crimes. Now there's a surprise.
JERUSALEM: Israel will not set up a special panel to investigate last winter’s Gaza offensive, a Cabinet minister said Tuesday, rejecting a key demand of a UN report that accused the military of war crimes.

Information Minister Yuli Edelstein said Israel would submit a document to the UN later this week that deals only with Israel’s own investigations of its conduct during the three-week war. Those investigations have been conducted by the military, which has exonerated itself of any systematic wrongdoing. “To the best of my knowledge, there is no intention to create an investigative committee,” Edelstein told Israel Radio, saying he had checked with his colleagues in the Cabinet.