Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Video: Survivors of airstrike say bombs continued to fall as civilians raised white flags

The video above interviews two survivors of the Israeli attack on the al-Shoja’iya neighborhood east of Gaza City. Here is a summary published by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights over the weekend on what took place in the neighborhood:
Over the past 72 hours, the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) have escalated their aerial and ground attacks against the Gaza Strip. Five Palestinian civilians, including 3 children, have been killed, and 52 others, including 6 women and 12 children, have been wounded. Four of these deaths and 38 of the injuries resulted from an Israeli attack on a football playground in al-Shoja’iya neighborhood east of Gaza City. Additionally, 2 members of the Palestinian resistance were killed, and some civilian facilities were destroyed or damaged.

Hamas' Haneyya: Israeli threats will never intimidate us

GAZA, (PIC)-- Gaza premier Ismail Haneyya said, during an inspection tour of those wounded in the Israeli aggression on Gaza, that Israeli threats to assassinate political figures “will never intimidate us or break our will.”

He told a press conference on Tuesday after a tour of the Shifa hospital in Gaza city that the Israeli attacks on the Palestinian people and resistance would not demoralize them.

The premier said that his government acted on more than one track to bridle the aggression and sent messages to the UN Security Council, the Arab League, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation demanding immediate action to halt the aggression.

He said that the government held those organizations responsible for any harm done to the Palestinian people as a result of the Israeli aggression.

Haneyya described as a massacre the Israeli shelling of a family mourning tent last Saturday in which four civilians were killed and 20 others injured. more

Rubble Recycling: Rebuilding Gaza Strip

Recycling has become one of the most important fields of business in the Gaza strip. The strip benefits from it economically because of the elevated and mounting unemployment in the area; and prominently because it requires a relatively small start up capital.

“Many people especially those who don’t have enough capital or cannot take loans tend to move towards the recycling industry since its material is available easily and can be resold,” Ali Abu Shahla, an economic analyst said.

A group of Gazan women are overcoming problems of soaring unemployment, while achieving self-empowerment and raising environmental awareness, all with rather unconventional resource garbage.

With funding from the non-government organisation ‘Supporters of Palestinian Environment’ a project has been launched that trains and assists 24 women in creating craft items for sale out of household garbage.

The 45-year-old project manager, Kamelia Hadad said: “We provide lessons with the necessary instructions and tools to equip young women, guiding them to use spare materials in their house to create any means of art that may be sold in order to make a living.”

Women in this group modify old macaroni and straws into wonderful pieces of art and sell it; they also use extra pieces of wood and paper to make remarkable picture frames. more

Fighter dies of wounds suffered in Saturday airstrike

Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip reported, Tuesday, that a resistance fighter died of wounds suffered last Saturday during the latest wave of Israeli military escalation against the coastal region.

Dr. Ashraf Al-Qudra, spokesperson of the Ministry of Health in Gaza, reported that Mohammad Ziyad Qanoa’, 20, succumbed to serious wounds suffered during an Israeli bombardment targeting Tallet Al-Mintar area, in Gaza.

The Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, issued a press release stating that Qanoa’ was one of its fighters, and vowed fierce retaliation. more

Israel launches airstrikes on Gaza, no injuries

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israel launched three airstrikes on the Gaza Strip overnight Monday, Israel's army said, as border violence continued for a fourth day.

Israeli warplanes fired at a site belonging to the al-Qassam brigades in the northern Gaza Strip, and targeted an open area in the northwest of Gaza, Ma'an's correspondent said.

Strikes also targeted the al-Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza. No injuries were reported.

Israel's army said it "targeted a weapon storage facility in the central Gaza Strip, as well as two launching sites in the northern Gaza Strip," a statement said.

One rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip at around 6 a.m., an Israeli army spokesman said. more

Gaza students launch 'boycott Israel' campaign

Malaka Mohammed, an English literature student at the Islamic University of Gaza (IUG), is the president of the university’s English Language Club for female students. Under her leadership, the club of 15 members has embarked this fall on the Gaza Strip’s first campus-based boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign targeting Israel. “After knowing that there was something called BDS, I made up my mind to do something,” Mohammed said. “So when we had our first meeting, I proposed that we boycott Israeli goods at IUG.”

Student BDS activism in the Gaza Strip began with the January 2009 launch of the Palestinian Students’ Campaign for the Academic Boycott of Israel (PSCABI), part of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI). For nearly four years, the student campaign has organized at campuses across the coastal territory, mostly in support of the academic and cultural boycott of Israel.

But the IUG club’s activities are the first BDS-specific effort in the Gaza Strip based within a particular university, or opposed primarily to the purchase of Israeli products by Palestinians. “We have a special condition here in the Gaza Strip,” Haidar Eid, an English literature professor at Gaza City’s Al-Aqsa University, said. “We have been under a medieval siege since 2006. Often, we can hardly get alternative products. So we understand when people buy Israeli goods because they have no other choice.” more