Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Egypt allows aid into Gaza but still refusing to allow vehicles of Scottish medical convoy to enter

EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma'an) -- Egyptian authorities allowed 30 tons of medical aid into the Gaza Strip through the Rafah crossing, Egyptian Red Crescent director Jaber Al-Arabi said.

The aid was donated by the Egyptian doctors' syndicate.

Al-Arabi told Ma'an that 60 tons of meat donated by New Zealand's Islamic Relief Committee arrived in El-Arish on Tuesday and would be transported to Gaza on Wednesday.

He added that five tons of baby formula and food supplements for pregnant women would be transferred to the coastal enclave through the Rafah crossing on Thursday.

Meanwhile, four tons of British medical aid remains stuck at the crossing for the fourth day. Al-Arabi said Egyptian officials had authorized the delivery of the aid, but not the four vehicles transporting the goods. Maan

Settlers attack three Palestinian women as they drive to their home in Beit Rima

RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Armed Israeli settlers attacked three Palestinian women driving near Ramallah on Monday evening, the Palestinian Authority news agency Wafa reported Tuesday.

The women were driving to their home in Beit Rima, south of Ramallah, when residents of the illegal Hallamish settlement attacked the vehicle, eyewitness Awad Mashal told Wafa.

The settlers smashed a window of the car and aimed a gun at the women, the witness said.

Renad Mashal, 19, has been unable to speak since the incident and two other passengers, aged 22 and 24, were injured by broken glass, the report said. Maan

Press TV News: activists onboard US aid boat Audacity of Hope return from Gaza

Months of preparation, weeks in limbo and as charged as ever, the passengers of the US boat to Gaza have returned from the flotilla in high spirits.

Passengers aboard the Audacity of Hope, a name shared with President Barack Obama's memoir, recounted their experience aboard the ship as they were held in Greek ports for days on end without the support of the U.S. embassy.

The U.S. boat carried prominent figures like author and poet Alice Walker, peace activist Kathy Kelly and 86-year-old holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein.

The Audacity of Hope did not carry any humanitarian aid or basic necessities which the United States government could have considered material aid to terrorism, and possibly jailed the passengers for delivering them. Rather, they had letters of hope and solidarity to share with the people of Gaza.

Retired CIA officer and boat passenger Ray McGovern discussed information he received from a White House source regarding the U.S. government's stance on its citizens participating in the flotilla.

McGovern also emphasized U.S. monetary pressure on Greece to prohibit the flotilla from leaving Greek waters.

Yet passengers state they will continue to organize flotillas and bring international attention to the siege of Gaza.

Press TV

Seventh settler tunnel discovered in Jerusalem - leads to southern wall of al-Aqsa mosque

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)-- The Palestinian committee for the defense of Silwan revealed a new tunnel, the seventh of its kind in the area, extending from Ein Silwan compound to the southern wall of the Aqsa Mosque.

The committee noted that some Jewish sources declared they found a golden bell in the area which underlines the Israeli occupation's attempts to forge the history of the Arab holy city of Jerusalem through burying some antiquities underground and then alleging they made a historical biblical discovery.

It also pointed out that extremist Jewish settlers started recently to bury their dead inside and around Silwan neighborhood.

The Jewish settlers divide Silwan into two parts, the city of the living to the west of Al-Bustan neighborhood and the city of the dead to its east, which made the Palestinian natives besieged by settlement outposts and Talmudic gardens on one side and the graves of Jews on the other side, the committee stated. PIC

Report on killing of Turkish flotilla activists delayed again by UN - no reason given

(Reuters) - The United Nations on Monday confirmed that the release of a U.N. report on a deadly Israeli raid that killed nine Turks aboard a pro-Palestinian activist ship last year would be postponed until late August.

U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky gave no specific date for the much-delayed report, which Israeli officials said on Sunday was now expected on August 20, a Saturday.

U.N. officials had originally suggested the report by a four-man inquiry panel could be finalized in February, then April and most recently, in late July.

Asked about the latest statements by Israeli officials, Nesirky told reporters: "The members of the flotilla panel agreed to delay finalizing the report until later in the month of August." He gave no reason for the delay.

The U.N. report on the May 2010 Israeli raid on the Mavi Marmara as it tried to breach the blockade on the Gaza Strip at the head of an aid flotilla has become a headache for Israel, which has been resisting Turkish demands for an apology. more

European boycott activists set to deliver coup de grace to Israel's Agrexco as it faces bankruptcy

From Mondoweiss

The BDS movement in Europe appears to be going for a knockout. A coalition of 23 organizations from across Europe issued a "Political declaration after the Forum against Agrexco" outlining their campaign against the Israeli agricultural giant which is half owned by the Israeli Government and responsible for 60-70% of the agricultural produce grown in Israel’s illegal settlements. Here is a press release:

Facing a bankruptcy hearing in a Tel Aviv court Tuesday, Israeli export company Agrexco has been beset by bad headlines in recent months. Now its problems look set to worsen, after Palestinian solidarity groups from across Europe joined forces to escalate a boycott campaign.

A new coalition on Thursday promised to “put an end to Agrexco’s presence in Europe”. Twenty-three groups signed a declaration saying they had established a mechanism to coordinate boycott campaigns and court actions against the exporter.

“We are putting potential buyers on notice: any company investing in Agrexco will be targeted by boycotts all over Europe,” said Saqer Nazzal who represents the Palestinian Union of Professional Associations on the secretariat of the Palestinian Boycott Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC).

The alliance of European groups such as the French Coalition contre Agrexco have set Saturday 26 November as a pan-European day of action against the company. more