Friday, 26 February 2010

al-Qassam brigades push back attempted IDF incursion in southern Gaza


al-Qassam fighters have been confronting IDF incursion near Rafah. No injuries reported on Palestinian side.
GAZA, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) -- Islamic Hamas militants and Israeli soldiers clashed on Friday in east of the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah, Hamas armed wing al-Qassam Brigades and witnesses said.

The armed wing of the group, which controls the Gaza Strip, said in a leaflet faxed to reporters that its militants confronted an Israeli army force in the area with grenades and gunfire.

"We will defend our people and our fighters against any Israeli aggression by all means," said the group's leaflet, adding "our militants will keep guarding the Gaza Strip and protecting its population."

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Buy Viva Palestina's commemorative t-shirt - all funds raised go towards next convoy


Arabic translates as 'A Lifeline from Britain to Gaza'. Back shows route of convoy, Britain-Gaza. VivaPalestina3

A very special T-shirt in support of the third 'Viva Palestina' convoy which left London for Gaza on Sunday 6 December. Staffed by volunteers, carrying hundreds of thousands pounds worth of vital humanitarian supplies via a route which takes them through Northern Europe, Greece, Turkey, via Jordan and Egypt before finally crossing into Gaza. That crossing will be of huge symbolic importance. A year on from Israel's murderous assault on Gaza the third convoy of vehicles in a year arrives representing all that is best in popular internationalism. And every vehicle, many are fully-equipped ambulances, will be left in Gaza to carry out essential public services which have been devastated by the Israeli army and air force. All profits from the shirt help fund the convoy . Wear it with pride, be part of making history on the road to a free Palestine. Details of the convoy and its progress can be viewed at Viva Palestina. Available in sizes S-XL. GIFT WRAP with exclusive Philosophy Football wrapping paper and gift tag, personalise by writing your tag message in the 'special instructions' box on the payment page. BUY HERE

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Global day of action to boycott Israeli goods - 27 to 30 March


Join the Global BDS Day of Action: 27th to 30th March 2010

Following the call made by the Palestinian BNC for a day of Action on 30 March 2010, in solidarity with the Palestinian people and for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel, the PSC encourages all supporters of the Palestinian struggle to respond to this call and begin organising actions from the 27th to the 30th of March.

The BNC asks you to focus actions on:


* 1. Boycotting and divesting from Israeli and international corporations that sustain Israel’s apartheid, colonialism and occupation.
* 2. Taking legal action towards ending Israel’s impunity, including by investigating and prosecuting suspected Israeli war criminals in national courts and international tribunals;
* 3. Promoting and applying pressure to implement arms embargoes against Israel as well as a freeze or cancellation of free trade and other preferential agreements with it, as a crucial and urgent step towards full- fledged sanctions against Israel.
* 4. Launching academic, cultural and sports boycott actions against Israel and its complicit institutions.

Email info@palestinecampaign.org and let us know what you have organised so we can publicise via our website and networks. more at PSC

Lobby your MP NOW
(UK only) to stop import of settlement goods

Protest against jailing of Muslim youths for daring to take to streets during Gaza war


15 kids have been jailed so far for throwing placard sticks and the like. The majority of demonstrators were in fact not Muslims but the police have only rounded up young Muslims, in dawn raids as if they were terrorists. This is an outrage, especially given the fact that it was the police that were the ones using violence.
The protest will take place at 9.30am this Friday 26th February 2010 at: Isleworth Crown court, 36 Ridgeway Road, London, TW7 5LP (nearest tube: Osterley, Piccadilly line)

Gaza protestsThe Palestine Solidarity Campaign, British Muslim Initiative and Stop the War coalition have called a protest outside Isleworth Crown Court this Friday against the shocking sentences given to those who protested against Israel's assault on Gaza last year as a ‘deterrent' for future protesters.

Seventeen people - all Muslim - have already been given extremely harsh and disproportionate custodial sentences to the alleged offence of violent disorder. Last week, a 19 year old aspiring to be a dentist, was sentenced to a year in prison for throwing a water bottle in the direction of the Israeli embassy. Despite the judge's admission that the young man had an excellent character and the bottle thrown did not hurt anyone, wanted ‘to send a message of deterrent to the rest of the community'.


PUBLIC MEETING ON JAILING OF GAZA PROTESTERS
Next Tuesday March 2nd, 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm, Committee room 19, House of Commons (St Stephens entrance, allow plenty of time to get through security).Gaza protest

Confirmed speakers include:

Jeremy Corbyn MP; George Galloway MP; Ben Soffa, PSC; Andrew Murray, Stop the War; British Muslim Initiative and others.

Organised by Stop the War, PSC, BMI and supported by CND and Friends of Al-Aqsa

Two attempts were made to kill al-Mabhouh in recent years says Hamas


Dubai-based National newspaper reports Hamas claim that there were two attempts on Al-Mabhouh's life, one as recently as last year. He was admitted to hospital in May last year in semi-conscious state.
DUBAI // Mahmoud al Mabhouh faced two previous assassination attempts in recent years, Hamas officials said yesterday.

They said the Hamas operative was poisoned last year and, earlier, was the target of a shooting in Lebanon.

Dubai Police released a hospital report yesterday showing that al Mabhouh was treated at Rashid Hospital in May last year.

The report said al Mabhouh was suffering from dizziness and was half-conscious when he was admitted, but had no fever. X-rays showed a lung infection. He was treated with antibiotics and released on May 10.

“We always lived with the possibility that al Mabhouh could be killed at any time due to the sensitivity of his job,” said Osama Hamdan, a senior Hamas official in Lebanon and a relative of al Mabhouh. Another senior Hamas official said there had been at least two previous attempts on al Mabhouh’s life, one in Lebanon by shooting, the other in Dubai by poisoning.

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Mossad station being broken up by Dubai police - undermining future operations


BBC has an interesting article on the Mossad assasination of Mabhouh: Excellent base for operations against Iran - two of the gang has travelled there; Mossad underestimated the thoroughness of the Dubai police; Mossad's entire station in Dubai is now under threat.
Bruce Riedel, a former CIA officer who is now a senior fellow at the Washington-based Brookings Institution, says Wednesday's revelations did not change his opinion that Israel was behind the assassination in Dubai.

"This most likely was a Mossad operation. All the signatures - European passports, the way the team moved quickly to leave the country - cumulatively paint a pretty convincing case," he told the BBC News website.

Mr Riedel says it would have been highly unusual for the hit squad to have visited Dubai using the stolen identities last year just for reconnaissance, as the police claim, and that this may have been an attempt to eliminate the Hamas leader that had failed.

He also doubted that all of the suspects had been in the Gulf just for one mission.

"What the Dubai authorities are uncovering now is not just the assassination team, but probably the entire Mossad station," he explains. "Dubai would be a perfect place to carry out not just a one-off operation, but a long-term one against Iran."

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Egypt fortifies Gaza border with bullet proof watch towers


Egypt's dictator regime seems determined to cement its collaboration with the Israeli state by tightening the siege of Gaza. Shame on Egypt!
Egyptian Authorities have begun the installation of bulletproof watchtowers, replacing older wooden towers, along its border with the Gaza Strip.

The decision is attributed to the death of an Egyptian soldier stationed in an older wooden watchtower.

A total of 23 new towers have been prepared for installation; 13 – 16 will be installed along Gaza starting from international border marker #1, at the Mediterranean coast, until border marker #7, near the Kerem Shalom (Karem Abu Salem), 4.5 kilometers south of the Rafah Border Terminal.

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World Medicine acupuncturist heading out for Gaza to help trauma victims


BRIXHAM-based acupuncturist Sarah Horswell is heading into a war zone to help trauma victims, using her skills in alternative medicine.

The 34-year-old, who runs a practice from her home in Dashpers, is flying out to Gaza with the World Medicine charity on March 21.

She will spend two weeks in Gaza City using acupuncture to treat civilians who are suffering from post traumatic stress disorders, anxiety, depression, bereavement and shock...

...The charity works across the world where ever people are in need of treatment.

For more information visit www.worldmedicine.org.uk

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Fatah and Hamas dialogue talks stall as delegation barred from entering Strip


Possibilities of rapproachment following visit by Fatah official two weeks ago doesn't seemed to have lasted. No national reconciliation anytime soon as Fatah delegation apparently prevented from entering Strip.
RAMALLAH: A senior Fatah official on Thursday said that his movement canceled a planned visit of a delegation of seven Fatah leaders to Gaza Strip due to Hamas and Israeli obstacles.

Amin Maqboul, the Secretary General of Fatah's Revolutionary Council, told the Voice of Palestine Radio that the visit to Gaza Strip on Thursday was canceled "after Hamas informed the seven-member delegation that they are not allowed to inter Gaza Strip and after Israel did not the entry permits."

Maqboul said: "We heard positive statements from Hamas officials but the Hamas' internal security officer barred the delegation from interning the Strip." The Fatah official added that the visit aimed at "holding meetings with various Palestinian political factions, including Hamas movement."

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Man shot by IDF east of Gaza City


Gaza – Ma'an – Israeli forces operating east of the Ash-Shuja'iyeh neighborhood of Gaza City shot and wounded a Palestinian man, medics in the Ash-Shifa Hospital said.

Muawiya Hassanein, head of emergency and ambulance services in Gaza, said the unidentified man was moderately injured.

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