Friday, 23 July 2010

Palestinian children take on the Israeli army as settlers steal their water

Children take on IDF.. A violent Israeli incursion into the embattled Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh is met by a children’s protest that disrupts the army’s tactics and visibly upsets the soldiers. Nabi Saleh has been waging a popular struggle to stop settlers from the nearby colony of Chalamish from stealing their spring and annexing privately owned Palestinian land. The Israeli army arrives each week to violently suppress the villagers’ protests.

Thanks to Palestina

Spaniards sue Israel for crimes against humanity as two more ships to sail for Gaza

Two Spaniards who were aboard the Freedom Flotilla are suing members of the Israeli government for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Expect this to be the first of many.

A message from Gaza Solidarity to Israeli government functionaries: be very careful where you travel, you might get arrested.
Madrid - Two Spanish activists who were on board the aid flotilla raided by Israeli troops on May 31 on Friday sued Israel for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Nine Turkish activists were killed in the attack.

Manuel Tapial and Laura Arau - two of the three Spaniards who were on board the ships - lodged a complaint against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, six members of his cabinet and a senior military officer at Spain's National Court.

Tapial said his aid association would send two Spanish-flagged ships to Gaza in an attempt to break Israel's blockade.

Johnny Rotten defends Israel tour with his own brand of anti-Arab racism

The not so anti-establishment John Lydon, ex-frontman for the Sex Pistols, is proving himself to as rubbish at politics as he is at music. Unlike other prominent artists, Lydon is going ahead with a tour of apartheid Israel. In defence of his move he displayed his anti-Arab racism and ignorance in his interview with the UK's Independent newspaper:
"I really resent the presumption that I'm going there to play to right-wing Nazi jews," he tells me. "If Elvis-fucking-Costello wants to pull out of a gig in Israel because he's suddenly got this compassion for Palestinians, then good on him. But I have absolutely one rule, right? Until I see an Arab country, a Muslim country, with a democracy, I won't understand how anyone can have a problem with how they're treated."
For more on John Lydon's rotten politics go to Reading PSC

Mavi Marmara to be returned to Turkey as isolated Israel backs down

Israel has decided to return the Mavi Marmara and two other flotilla vessels. The Israelis had originally demanded, illegally as always, that the owners of the vessels make a binding undertaking not to mount any further aid missions to Gaza. The owners, to their credit, refused.
Israel will return the Turkish aid ships on which its troops killed nine activists in May, Israeli officials said on Friday, in what appeared to be a new bid to repair frayed ties with its former ally.

Turkey, once a rare Muslim friend of Israel, withdrew its ambassador and suspended joint military exercises after the May 31 raid on the ships taking aid to Gaza. Ankara has also demanded an apology, something Israel has resolutely refused.

While Israel lost a powerful ally in the region, Turkey also rallied outraged Arab and Muslim nations and while doing so staked its claim to a leading role in the Middle East under its AK Party government which has its roots in political Islam.

Talks to return the Mavi Marmara cruise ship and the two other flotilla vessels had been held up by Israel's demand that the owners sign undertakings not to mount new aid missions to the Hamas-run Palestinian territory.

"A decision was made yesterday to allow the ships to leave without further conditions. Turkey has been informed. They will leave soon," an Israeli official said. more