Thursday, 2 August 2012

Gaza power plant to function at full capacity, first time in six years

The Energy and Natural resources authority In the Gaza Strip, said on Thursday that it had managed to run the Gaza power plant in full capacity for the first time in six years.

Gaza Power Plant after bombarded by Israeli air force (Photo: Maan Images)

Ahmad Abu Omrein, director of the information center at the energy authority, said the Gaza power plant can provide the residents with electricity along the hour, as long as enough fuel is available.

He added that the plant will provide 100 Mega Watt during the night and 60 Mega Watt during the day due to lack of fuel supplies. The Gaza Strip need 600 thousand litters of fuel every day to run with full capacity. more

12,500 tonnes of Turkish food aid starts to arrive in Gaza says UNRWA

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A shipment of flour from Turkey arrived in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, a statement from the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees said.

The first shipment from Turkey will feed more than 129,000 families supporting 687,000 dependents. Around 12,500 metric tonnes of wheat flour worth $6.6 million will arrive in Gaza over the next eight weeks.

"The need for this aid is clear with food insecurity currently threatening 60 percent of Gazans," said Filippo Grandi, commissioner-general of the Palestine refugee agency UNRWA.

"Turkey’s support for UNRWA is a reflection of our support for Palestine refugees, especially those living in the impoverished Gaza Strip," said Sakir Ozkan Torunlar, consul general of Turkey in Jerusalem. more

CODEPINK protester victorious over AIPAC assailant

Rae Abileah at AIPAC's annual conference, 2011. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

From Mondoweiss
It is not every day that the voices for justice triumph over the actions of the rich and powerful, especially when it comes to the Israel-Palestine debate. That's why it is so important to acknowledge and celebrate the settlement just negotiated by CODEPINK activist Rae Abileah and her lawyers after suing American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) volunteer lobbyist Stanley Shulster.

It all started on May 24, 2011, when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in Washington, DC speaking before a joint session of Congress. Abileah, a 29-year-old Jewish woman who has traveled to the West Bank, Israel and Gaza, was in the audience. She became more and more appalled as she listened to Netanyahu’s speech and watched our congresspeople giving him a stream of standing ovations. "I couldn't watch this hero's welcome for a man who supports the continued building of illegal settlements, won't lift the siege of Gaza, and refuses to negotiate with the Palestinian unity government," said Abileah.

So Abileah did what most people would never have the courage to do. She got up and shouted: "No More Occupation! Stop Israeli War Crimes! Equal Rights for Palestinians!" And she unfurled a banner that read: "Occupying Land is Indefensible!"

She was immediately grabbed, violently pulled toward the floor, and gagged—not by the Capitol Police but by a member of the audience, Stanley Shulster, a retired attorney from Ashland, Oregon, who had traveled to Washington DC to attend the yearly conference of the Israel lobby group AIPAC. An online bio for Shulster revealed that he was an unpaid lobbyist, a volunteer in the Israeli Defense Forces, and a Navy veteran. In his bio Shulster bragged that he "grabbed the woman who heckled the Prime Minister while he was speaking."

Abileah was rushed to the hospital, where she was treated for neck and shoulder injuries. She subsequently had to undergo months of physical therapy, chiropractic care and other treatments to heal from these injuries.

But Abileah was also determined to pursue her attacker. She pressed charges and got a warrant for his arrest, and she filed a civil suit for damages. Thanks to the tenacity and generosity of her attorneys, they just reached a settlement in which Shulster was forced to pay her medical fees and issue an apology. In the joint statement issued by Shulster and Abileah, Shulster acknowledges that he "respects the right of Ms. Abileah to hold a different view on the Israel-Palestine conflict and believes she holds this view in good faith," and Abileah does the same. Both Abileah and Shulster recognize "the right, as Americans, to agree to disagree peacefully." This might sound like a common sense statement but coming from a man who works with the IDF and AIPAC, which routinely categorizes any critique of Israel as anti-Semitic, this is extraordinary. more

Hamas condemns attack on Fatah leader in Gaza

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas on Wednesday condemned the assault of a senior Fatah leader in the Gaza Strip the previous evening.

Yahya Rabah was leaving a restaurant in Gaza City when unidentified men approached him and beat him with bats, his relatives said.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri condemned the attack in a statement but said he was surprised at attempts to implicate Hamas in the incident.

Abu Zuhri called on police to investigate the assault. more