Wednesday, 9 March 2011

al-Qassam Brigades fighter killed on mission in southern Gaza

The Al Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, issues a press release stating that one of its fighters was killed in what was described “a mission in southern Gaza”.

The Brigades identified the fighter as Abdul-Hamid Nasser Abu Ghali, 20, from the Rafah refugee camp, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. more

New York University Israel Club invites Mavi Marmara attacker to 'peace' event

From Mondoweiss
The New York University Israel Club, called Gesher, is organizing an "Israel Peace Week" to counter Israel Apartheid Week. One of the events features an Israeli soldier who took place in the attack on the Freedom Flotilla last May. more

Gaza's popular resistance committees claim Egypt to life siege as ambassador promises 'big changes'

There are strong signs that Egypt will be ending its policy of backing the Israel/US siege of Gaza. Today resistance groups are claiming big changes are afoot. This is probably based on the statement by the Egyptian ambassador to the Palestinian Territories, Yasser Othman, on Tuesday in which he said to expect "big changes" in Egyptian policy.
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- "There are indicators from Egypt that a new stage will begin in the recent history of injustice for the people of Gaza," the spokesman of a coalition of armed Palestinian factions in Gaza said Wednesday.

Speaking for the Popular Resistance Committees, Mohammad Al-Briem (Abu Mujahed), said he believed that the new government in Egypt would "reject the siege ... and restore brotherly relations between the Egyptians and Palestinians." more

Sufa crossing - closed since 2008 - opened for 'test' gravel import in surprise move

An unexpected move following outrage over the announcement of the permanent closure of Erez crossing. Sufa crossing hasn't been operational since 2008
ive hundred tons of gravel for UNRWA construction projects were transported into Gaza late Tuesday night through a crossing terminal closed by Israeli forces in 2008, in a move that sides said was unexpected. more

Karni crossing closure defended by Israel as 'good for security and Gaza imports'

Israel trying to defend the indefensible. The closure of the Karni crossing - the main route into Gaza for heavy vehicle - will increase the amount and cost of aid that can reach the Strip.
The recent transfer of traffic at the Karni border crossing to the nearby Kerem Shalom Crossing will enable greater security for Israeli personnel and allow the Gaza Strip to import more materials more efficiently than before, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) said Tuesday.

Maj.-Gen. Eitan Dangot told reporters at a press briefing at the Erez crossing on Tuesday that “when there is a terror regime there [in Gaza] and they are preparing themselves to attack Israel, each time we open Karni twice a week, we would deploy thousands of soldiers to secure the lives of people on our side. As a result of these security threats, we had to move the operations to Kerem Shalom.” more

Flotilla activists call on countries to warn Israel and protect their own citizens

The Freedom Flotilla Coalition called on the states of participating activists to ensure the boats' safety from Israeli aggression at a meeting in Amsterdam.

The group plans to sail to Gaza in May.

Campaigner Amin Abu Rashed noted that the international community condemned Israel's raid of a Gaza flotilla on May 31 2010, when Israeli forces killed 9 passengers and injured dozens more. more