Tuesday, 20 July 2010

This Ramadhan don't break your fast with Israeli dates

Ramadan is a time of year when we remember those who are less fortunate than ourselves. When we break our fasts with dates, it would be an affront to us all if these dates were the produce of Illegal Israeli settlements built on land stolen from Palestinians.

Israeli produced Medjoul dates are grown in the Jordan Valley within Illegal Israeli settlements. They form a large part of the agriculture from these settlements and they are exported all over the world. Purchasing these dates means that you are actually helping Israeli settlements to continue to exist.
Israelis will claim that Palestinians are allowed to work on the land of these settlers and therefore they are provided with jobs and a boycott will harm them. In actual fact, these Palestinians are employed for paltry wages, and they are required to do the back-breaking work that the Israeli settlers will not do themselves. This means the Israeli settlers reap the rewards for the harvests while doing very little of the work themselves.

Palestinian children are employed by these settlers, and they are forced to work long hours under a hot baking sun for small sums of money. This exploitation means that these children miss out on an education.
Most of these dates are exported to Europe.


Soldier who killed pro-Palestine activist Tom Hurndall released after only six years in prison

Israel is a democracy with an independent and fair-minded judiciary didn't you know? In another blow to Israel's carefully cultivated image as an outpost of 'western values' in a sea of Arab/Muslim backwardness, the soldier who murdered British activist Tom Hurndall is to be released from prison after only six years - he was only sentenced to eight in the first place. Naturally the conservative-liberal UK government, stuffed as it is with friends of Israel, despite Clegg's supposed Palestinian sympathies, will say and do nothing by way of protest.
The family of British activist Tom Hurndall have said they are angry that the Israeli soldier who killed him is to be released early from prison.

Taysir Hayb will be freed next month after serving six years of his eight-year sentence, after a ruling yesterday by the Kastina military court in southern Israel.

Hurndall was shot in the head in April 2003 as he was helping Palestinian children to cross a street in the Rafah area of Gaza.

"We have barely had time to process the news. We all feel angry and shocked," Hurndall's sister Sophie told Israel's Haaretz newspaper.

Hayb was convicted of Hurndall's manslaughter in 2005 after claiming he was shooting at an armed Palestinian. He later admitted that was a lie. more

European Union urged by charities to call for total lifting of Gaza siege

The European Union's timidity in the face of the US/Israeli axis is on show again today, as NGOs, including Amnesty International, demand EU foreign policy chief Ashton does more than offer more warm words about 'easing' the collective punishment of Palestinians that this illegal siege entails.
A group of non governmental organisations have written to the EU High Representative claiming that Israel’s decision to ease the blockade of the Gaza Strip is not enough to rebuild the area’s economy.

The 19 organisations, including Amnesty International UK, Christian Aid, and War Child UK, asked Catherine Ashton to press for restrictions on Gaza to be lifted completely.

The letter, sent as Baroness Ashton visited Gaza and Israel, called on Israel to totally end the ban on exports from Gaza, allow free movement of people and ensure access to Gaza’s agricultural land and fishing grounds. more