Thursday, 18 March 2010

German Jewish group sending humanitarian aid to Gaza in show of solidarity


Berlin : A leading German Jewish peace group which has repeatedly criticized Israel's policies in the occupied territories, is to ship humanitarian aid to Gaza this spring.

According to a press statement sent to IRNA in Berlin on Thursday, the German-branch of European Jews for a Just Peace in the Middle East (EJJP) is to deliver "urgently needed things like medicines, baby food, blankets, children's clothes and school material" to Gaza which remains under siege by Israel and Egypt.

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Ansar al-Sunna Brigade rocket hits kibbutz killing one


Rocket fire kills one in Kibbutz as EU's quasi foreign minister, Catherine Ashton, visits Gaza. Small Islamist group Ansar al-Sunna claimed responsibility for the attack. Hamas has been attempting to rein in rocket fire by other resistance groups. Israel, always keen to latch onto any excuse to try and kill Palestinians, has launched airstrikes in response.

Jordan calls for action against Israel on Jerusalem but fails to break diplomatic relations


"Not helpful" is all Obama has to say about the ethnic cleansing of East Jerusalem by its occupiers. So it is not surprising that hopes in Obama in the Arab world are evaporating quickly.

Which is why the king of Jordan is feeling the heat. He says Jerusalem is a red line not to be crossed:
AMMAN: Jordan’s King Abdallah on Wednesday demanded the international community take firm action to stop Israel’s actions in Jerusalem, saying the holy city is a “red line.”

Jerusalem is a red line and the world should not be silent about Israel’s attempts to get rid of Jerusalem’s Arabs residents, Muslims or Christians,” the king told Catherine Ashton, visiting EU foreign policy chief, according to a palace statement.

Jordan, which signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1994, “demands the international community take a firm, swift, direct and effective action to stop Israel’s provocative measures in Jerusalem, that seek to change its identity and threaten holy sites there,” he said. more
But if King Abdallah was serious about 'direct action' then he would surely break off diplomatic relations with Israel now.