Monday, 2 July 2012

Pink Floyd's Roger Waters urges US Presbyterian Church to divest from Israel


By Roger Waters
On Tuesday, I will be visiting Pittsburgh to perform my Pink Floyd hit "The Wall" at Consol Energy Center. By coincidence, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) has gathered this week in Pittsburgh.

One issue the Presbyterians will be debating is whether to take action in support of Palestinians living under Israeli occupation in the West Bank, under siege in Gaza and as second-class citizens in Israel under the rule of the apartheid government there.

I write in support of those Presbyterians who would like their church to divest its holdings in three U.S. companies -- Motorola Solutions, Hewlett-Packard and Caterpillar. These companies profit directly from Israel's illegal occupation of the West Bank and suppression of the Palestinian people in both the West Bank and Israel itself. more

Vote registration suspended in Gaza as Hamas accuses Fatah of planning fraud on West Bank


BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Hamas leader Mahmud Zahhar on Monday defended his party's decision to suspend voter registration in the Gaza Strip, accusing Fatah of planning electoral fraud.

Zahhar told Voice of Palestine radio that Fatah planned to commit election fraud, adding that the Central Elections Commission was dominated by Fatah members, effectively allowing the party to supervise the electoral process.

The CEC was due to start registering voters in Gaza on Tuesday but Hamas suspended its work on Monday.

Zahhar also said there had been an increase in summons and arrests of Hamas members in the Fatah-run West Bank and that security forces of the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority were preventing Hamas meetings.

Hamas must be allowed to operate freely in the West Bank, Zahhar said. more

Israeli airstrikes pound Gaza, civilians injured

(Hadeel Haddad (2) was one of the first children killed in the latest round of Israeli attacks in Gaza)


The Gaza Strip was besieged by airstrikes from the Israeli military once again Monday morning. Conflicting reports from Israeli and Palestinians sources leave the total number killed or injured unknown.

The densely populated Gaza Strip witnessed yet another day of airstrikes and bombings from the Israeli military and air force on Monday. Israeli military sources report that the attacks were launched against Palestinian militants known to be in a neighborhood south of Gaza City.

Ma’an News Agency initially reported that no Palestinian civilians were injured in the attack, though it had nothing to report on whether or not alleged militants had been killed or injured. Other reports from the Palestine News Network reveal that an unconfirmed number of civilians were harmed in the early morning air raid.

Israeli military sources have claimed that the airstrikes were a success but it has not released the names of its targets. As is often the case the Israeli military claims that all victims of its attacks are militants – either including women, children and other non-participants as so-called ‘militants’ or ignoring them entirely. more