Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Viva Palestina convoy to reach Turkey by Thursday en route to Gaza

An aid convoy to Gaza carrying medical supplies and clothes, which left Bradford at the weekend, was making its way through France yesterday.

The convoy, arranged by Viva Palestina Arabia, set off from Chambers Solicitors, in Grattan Road, Bradford, on Sunday. Campaigner Kevin Ovenden, who was due to join the convoy as it travels through Turkey in a week or so, said it was making its way through France towards Germany.

He said: “We hope it’s going to be in Turkey by Thursday and it’s picking up extra support, extra aid and vehicles en-route.” more

British-Danish company G4S defends providing security to Israeli prisons

On Tuesday, the British Danish Corporation G4S issued a statement to PNN in which they condoned their decision in providing services to Israeli Prisons which hold administrative detainees, alongside providing security and equipment to military checkpoints and police stations in the West Bank, Palestine.

Last week 12 Palestinian campaign groups signed a statement asking the international community to apply pressure by boycotting G4S and furthermore demanded accountability of all companies who continue to profit from the mistreatment and abuse of Palestinian political prisoners by the Israeli Prison Service.

In the statement issued by the BDS and Addameer Lawyers Association, they held G4S accountable after they had signed a contract with the Israeli Prison Authority in 2007 and specified which prisons G4S have provided services

"G4S provided systems for the Ketziot and Megiddo prisons, which hold Palestinian political prisoners from occupied Palestinian territory inside Israel in contravention of international law. The company also provided equipment for Ofer prison, located in the occupied West Bank, and for Kishon and Moskobiyyeh detention facilities, at which human rights organisations have documented systematic torture and ill-treatment of Palestinian prisoners, including child prisoners.[5] G4S continues to provide equipment to Israeli prisons."

They continued by stating that G4S have provided further services to the Israeli apartheid regime by providing equipment to checkpoints and terminals isolating the occupied territory of Gaza, which is in direct contravention and violation of international law. more

Gaza fishermen detained while working inside area designated by Israel

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Tuesday detained fishermen working off the coast of the Gaza Strip.

Local official Mahfouth al-Kabareeti told Ma'an that Israeli naval forces detained Nader Yousef Abu Simaan, 22, and his brother Hasan at sea and confiscated their equipment. The brothers, from al-Shati refugee camp, were fishing within the area designated by Israel, he added.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said forces detained fishermen from Gaza because they deviated from the designated fishing area.

They were transferred to the custody of security forces, she said. She could not immediately specify how many fishermen were detained. more