Sunday, 31 January 2010

UN blames Palestinian Authority for not paying to supply Gaza power plant

GAZA, (PIC)-- The UN office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs (OCHA) held the Palestinian authority (PA) in Ramallah responsible for Gaza electricity crisis, saying that the PA refrained from paying for industrial fuel used to operate the only power plant in the Gaza Strip.

In its weekly report, the OCHA noted that since the European union’s commitment to fund fuel for the Gaza power plant expired in November 2009, the PA in Ramallah has assumed responsibility for funding.

It said that there are 40,000 people, who live without electricity at all times due to damage incurred to electricity networks during the Israeli military aggression on Gaza.

According to its report, the Gaza energy authority warned that fuel reserves are available for a few additional days and, if no more fuel is delivered in the next days, the power plant will completely shut down.

Israel in PR stunt for Haiti while deliberately flooding Gazan refugee camps

The hypocrisy of Israel sending rescue teams to Haiti while engaging in collective punishment of the people imprisoned in Gaza is quite sickening. Netanyahu brazenly claims it helps Israel to have 'a clean image'. I don't think anyone is fooled. The latest outrage committed against Gazans is the deliberate flooding of refugee camps following the opening of a dam without coordination with the Palestinian side..
So let us get this straight: it is imperative to give Israelis singular credit in saving Haitian children, while ignoring the fact that last year’s assault on Gaza killed hundreds of children and maimed thousands more, not to mention the 360 Lebanese children slaughtered during Israel’s 2006 offensive.

With the American media locked in fierce competition as to who could lavish the most praise on the Israeli military for saving Haiti, another disaster was brewing in Gaza. Israeli officials opened the Al-Wadi dam east of Gaza in the wake of torrential rainfall in the region, flooding the refugee camp of Al-Nusseirat, Johr al-Deek village and al-Mughraqa, a suburb of Gaza City. Villagers provided eyewitness accounts that Israeli forces stationed in the area opened the dam without warning and without coordination with Palestinian civil agencies. Media outlets from Brunei to China to Iran reported the disaster.

According to China’s Xinhua news agency, Israel had constructed the dam to hoard rain water, depriving Gazan farms and villages of this precious resource for years. As the dam was opened, houses that had been built along the dried-up ditch were inundated with flood waters, displacing approximately 100 Gazan families and drowning cattle and poultry. Palestinian Civil Defence Chief Yousef al-Zahar stated “…what happened was a deliberate act by Israel.”


Assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh will 'move battle outside Palestine'

China news agency describes the assassination of al-Mabhouh as murder and Hamas has made it clear that it will seek revenge by also extending the war of liberation beyond the Palestinian territories.
GAZA, Jan. 30 (Xinhua) -- Hamas officials as well as observers expected on Saturday that the assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a senior Islamic Hamas movement commander in Dubai on Jan. 20, " would sooner or later move the battle between Hamas and Israel outside the Palestinian territories."

They said the ambiguous assassination of al-Mabhouh might be "a new turn" in the military confrontation between Hamas and Israel, that could develop to mutual avenge attacks in some Arab and foreign countries. Hamas has directly accused the Israeli Mosad ( foreign intelligence) for being behind his death.

Observers close to Hamas said that the movement hasn't yet expressed full commitment to a declared ceasefire with Israel after last winter's "Cast Lead" Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip, adding that al-Mabhouh's murder in Dubai "would oblige Hamas to respond to his killing."

Mustafa al-Sawaf, a Gaza-based political analyst, specialized in Hamas affairs expected that "Hamas response to the killing of al-Mabhouh, who has a high-ranking position in Hamas armed wing, would be equal to an assassination of a senior Israeli leader."