Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Israel determined to stop flotilla 2 reaching Gaza 'at all costs'

Looks like Israel is planning another massacres on the high seas. Why is the world allowing Israel to kill (or threaten to) with impunity? So Israel won't talk to peace activists and they won't talk to the new unity caretaker government because it contains 'terrorists'.
The Israeli Defence Forces’ broadcast reported Wednesday noon an official's comments that the country would prevent the second freedom flotilla from reaching Gaza “at all costs". Apparently the IDF plans to use 'new methods' to stop the flotilla that avoids killing those on board.

The source said that a consensus emerged during the meeting of the Ministers Committee on Security Affairs Wednesday on the necessity of maintaining a strict and complete blockade on Gaza, even if this entails using armed force in preventing the flotilla from entering the strip. more

Palestinian national unity talks successful as Hamas and Fatah bury differences

News is emerging from Egypt that Hamas and Fatah have managed to reconcile their differences at the national unity talks being held in Cairo. If this is confirmed it is another blow to Israel's strategy of divide and rule. Guardian now reporting that the two sides are to form a caretaker government. Unclear what, deal, if any has been made about who controls the rival security apparatuses.
[update 16:34 GMT] The New York Timse says the news has been confirmed by Wafa, the official Palestinian news agency. Guard
CAIRO (AFP) -- Delegations from rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas arrived in Cairo on Wednesday to hold Egyptian-mediated reconciliation talks, Palestinian sources said.

The teams were to meet Egypt's new spy chief Murad Muwafi, whose predecessor Omar Suleiman tried unsuccessfully to bridge a split between the two groups that has left Gaza and the West Bank ruled by rival administrations.

The delegation of the Islamist movement Hamas which rules the Gaza Strip includes senior members from the territory and its Damascus-based deputy leader, Mussa Abu Marzuk. more

Second explosion at Egypt's El-Arish gas terminal shuts all oil exports to Israel

An explosion shortly after the start of the Egyptian revolution was blamed by the government on a technical fault which at the time wasn't particularly believable, and the news today of an explosion totally cutting all gas exports confirms Israel's worst fears: if the government doesn't stop selling discounted gas to Israel - providing 40% of the country's needs - then someone else will and is. Egyptian courts recently ruled that the exports of gas at below market prices should cease, but the judges have been overruled by the military.
An explosion has rocked a natural gas terminal near Egypt's border with Israel, forcing the shutdown of the country's export pipeline, according to security officials.

It was the second incident in the past month on the al-Sabil terminal near the town of El-Arish, 30 miles (50km) from the border. On 27 March gunmen planted explosives at the terminal, which failed to detonate. more

US activists face down veiled death threats from Israel that label siege-busters as 'terrorists'

Israel's threats against Freedom Flotilla 2 aka Stay Human (renamed in honour of slain Italian pro-Palestine activist Vittorio Arrigoni) are unfortunately not idle ones given the murder of nine people on the Mavi Marmara.
US human rights advocates who are planning to sail their boat - The Audacity of Hope - this spring as part of an international flotilla in solidarity with the people of Gaza will not be deterred by implied threats of violence by the Israeli government, say the boat's organizers.

The Israeli media recently reported that that country's UN ambassador, Meron Reuben, asked the international organization to stop the flotilla, which is expected to include some 12 boats carrying a thousand nonviolent civilians from dozens of countries. Reuben characterized the activists as "terrorists" with ties to Hamas, the Islamist party that rules Gaza, who are "willing to become martyrs."

Jane Hirschmann of the US Boat to Gaza, which is organizing the US participation in the flotilla, said that the Israeli charges "are absurd and would be laughable if it were not for the fact that last year, the Israeli military boarded a Turkish boat with aid for Gaza and killed nine unarmed civilians, including an American."

The use of "the language of anti-terror", retired US Col. Ann Wright, one of the people who will be on the boat and who was on the 2010 Gaza Freedom Flotilla which was attacked by the Israeli military, said, is a "not very subtle threat against the nonviolent human rights activists who will be aboard The Audacity of Hope and our partner ships. We have no ties to Hamas or any political party. We are sailing in peace, we are sailing unarmed, but be assured that, despite these threats, we are definitely sailing."

Press contact: Felice Gelman

The official site of the US leg of the Freedom Flotilla - Stay Human is: here