Thursday, 4 October 2012

Statement from Free Gaza movement disowns twitter post link to anti-semitic video

A TWEET from the Free Gaza TWITTER account was posted several days ago that had a link to a lecture titled, "Zionists Ran the Holocaust and the Concentration Camps." This TWEET did not come from Free Gaza, and does not represent FG's position in any way whatsoever; in fact we condemn its content. It came from Greta's private Facebook page and was shared to a group of people who were discussing the evils of propaganda and racism. For some reason, Facebook connected our Free Gaza account to her personal Facebook account, and the link was posted.

Greta has added, "I apologize that I did not watch the video before hitting SHARE on Facebook. I was in a rush to get to a book event and simply reposted. The fault is completely mine. I personally apologize for not watching the video before sharing it on Facebook. Free Gaza had nothing t do with the post at all. "

The Free Gaza movement is a human rights group that is an expression of citizen nonviolent, direct action, confronting Israel's ongoing abuses of Palestinian human and political rights and will continue to challenge Israel's illegal siege on Gaza. In the future, we will work to ensure that material posted from our account relates only to FGM's activities, including Gaza's Ark. more

Thousands join Islamic Jihad 31st anniversary rally in Gaza

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Tens of thousands of Islamic Jihad supporters gathered in al-Kateba square in Gaza City on Thursday to celebrate the 31st anniversary of the movement's founding.

The event also marked the 17th anniversary of the assassination of Islamic Jihad's founder Fathi al-Shiqaqi.

Islamic Jihad secretary-general Ramadan Shallah addressed the crowds and called for a new national strategy.

"The Palestinian project of establishing a state on the 1967 borders through negotiations has obviously failed," Shallah said.

Nineteen years of failed negotiations have created a crisis which cannot be resolved by insisting on more negotiations, or through non-violent resistance, he added.

Shallah said Islamic Jihad supported all methods of resistance, and would not rule out armed struggle from the Palestinian agenda.

He said regional revolutions were "a double-edged sword": they gave hope to Palestinians, but Arab countries were too embroiled in domestic concerns to help the Palestinian cause. more

Gaza crossing closed as workers protest treatment

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) The Erez crossing crossing into the Gaza Strip was closed Thursday as Palestinian transport workers went on strike in protest of mistreatment by Gaza security forces.

Merchants and patients were stranded at the crossing from early in the morning, a Ma'an reporter said.

The striking workers, members of the Palestinian transport sector, said they were protesting the Gaza security forces' apparent decision to begin searching workers in the area. more

Israel vows to block Gaza-bound ship - due to arrive within two weeks

ISRAEL HAS vowed to block a ship carrying European pro-Palestinian activists from reaching Gaza, in the latest effort to break Israel’s maritime blockade on the Hamas-ruled territory.

Organisers issued a communique saying they had received clearance in La Spezia, Italy, to set sail, and the SV Estelle, sailing under a Finnish flag, will reach Gaza in about two weeks. However, Israeli officials said the navy was on alert and the vessel would be intercepted.

“This is the same old, same old,” Israeli foreign ministry spokeswoman Ilana Stein said. “The organisers know that they are not going to be allowed to reach Gaza, and are just trying to make noise.”

SV Estelle set sail in June from Sweden and has stopped at a number of European ports trying to drum up support.

About 17 activists, mainly Swedes, are expected to join the attempt to reach Gaza.

The ship is carrying humanitarian aid and equipment for the “Gaza Ark” project – a Canadian initiative that hopes to build a Gaza-made ship to transport goods from the coastal strip.

Last month 78 Irish parliamentarians, including TDs, MEPs, Senators, MLAs and MPs from both North and South, signed a statement in support of the ship and condemning Israel’s maritime blockade. more