Saturday, 17 November 2012

Thousands protest outside the Israeli Embassy in London

Palestine Solidarity Campaign said in a press releae, over 3000 protesters crammed into the street opposite the Israeli Embassy in London today (17 November) to condemn Israel's attack on Gaza.

The protest, organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Stop the War Coalition, British Muslim Initiative, Palestinian Forum in Britain and CND, heard speakers reflecting the diversity and strength of public opinion in support of Palestinian rights.

Glyn Secker from Jews for Justice for Palestinians received huge applause when he spoke to the crowd – Glyn also acted as captain of the Jewish Boat to Gaza which attempted to break the blockade on Gaza in 2010 and was violently intercepted by Israeli forces.

Sarah Colborne, Director of Palestine Solidarity Campaign, said: "We are insisting that the British Government uphold international law and human rights and tells Israel to end its war now. 39 Palestinians have been killed so far and over 390 have been wounded. Israel's war on Gaza has to stop."

Manuel Hassassian, the Palestinian General Delegate to the UK, told the crowd: "What is our crime? It is to want freedom and an end to the occupation, blockade and abuse of our human rights. When will Israel understand that we are people seeking our freedom and our self-determination?

Jeremy Corbyn MP said: "Where else would the EU tolerate the imprisonment of elected Parliamentarians? We need to see the end of the EU's preferential trade agreement with Israel and we need to see an end to the arms trade with Israel. Yet the West are standing idly by whilst civilians are being bombed. more

Medics: 5 killed in Gaza airstrikes - total death toll reaches 46

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Israeli warplanes struck sites across the Gaza Strip on Saturday evening with medics saying five Palestinians were killed.

Samahar Qidih, 30, was killed when Israeli forces shelled her home east of Khan Younis, south Gaza, medics said.

Ali Bin Saed, 25, and Muhammad Aydat were killed in an airstrike on Juhor al-Dik in central Gaza, medical officials told Ma'an.

Three other Palestinians were injured and evacuated to Al-Aqsa Martyrs hospital in Deir al-Balah.

Another two Palestinians were killed in an airstrike on Al-Musaddar in central Gaza, medics said. Their identities were not immediately clear. Medics said two others were injured in the strike.

Israeli jets also hit the home of Hamas military leader Izzidin al-Haddad in the Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza City, and seven people were injured. more

Hamas military wing 'prepared for ground invasion'

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas' military wing said Saturday that it is prepared to confront a potential Israeli ground invasion in the Gaza Strip, Hamas affiliated websites said.

The Al-Qassam Brigades are prepared to begin operating the moment Israeli forces enter Gaza, the websites said, adding that the group is ready for fighting on the ground.

The Al-Murabiteen units are the major divisions to face any Israeli offensive, with the group consisting of five brigades across Gaza divided into sub-groups and further sub-divisions.

These units will be responsible for defending the border areas and preventing Israeli forces from further penetrating the Gaza Strip.

The Istishadiyeen, or suicide bombers, are responsible for recruiting both male and female volunteers and preparing them for operations, the sites said. more

5 killed in overnight airstrikes - death toll rises to 39, Tunisia foreign minister vists

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – Israeli warplanes bombed the central Gaza Strip refugee camp al-Mughazi and killed three members of Hamas' military wing early Saturday, a Ma'an reporter said.

Another Israeli airstrike killed a woman and a child in Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip.

The deaths and injuries came amid a massive Israeli air assault targeting the Gaza Strip that damaged the headquarters of the government and a police station.

Despite the violence, Tunisia's foreign minister Rafik Abdessalem arrived in the coastal enclave early Saturday in a show of Arab solidarity, heading to a hospital to visit the wounded. The Tunisian official also visited the office building of Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh that was destroyed by an Israeli air strike in Gaza City.

Israeli missiles also destroyed the home of Hamas leader Suleiman Salah in Jabaliya refugee camp. more