Monday, 28 January 2013

Essential legal resource for activists in the US: The Palestine Solidarity Legal Support Initiative

Palestine solidarity activists now have the backing and support of major civil rights and legal organizations if they are harassed, intimidated, singled out, or pressured to shut down activism campaigns across the US.

The Center for Constitutional Rights, in conjunction with the National Lawyers’ Guild and the Student Speech Working group coalition, has launched the Palestine Solidarity Legal Support Initiative ( that is geared to “track incidents of repression and provide legal support to advocates facing legal and other challenges to their activism,” according to a press release.

In addition, the Center for Constitutional Rights says that “Attorneys familiar with the issues that activists face will respond to questions related to Palestine solidarity organizing and to requests for advice and legal assistance. The initiative also provides advocacy support, as well as trainings and other resource materials.” more

Qatari fuel for Gaza halted due to Egypt unrest

EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) -- Qatari-donated fuel to Gaza has again been suspended due to the security situation in Egypt, security sources said Sunday.

Officials said the last delivery, of 235,000 liters of fuel, crossed on Wednesday, but transfers were since halted until further notice.

Unrest in Port Said, Suez and Ismailiya caused the suspension in deliveries, the security officials said. There is also a financial dispute between the Egyptian border authority and Egypt's petroleum authority over the payment of truck delivery fees, the officials added. more

Official: Gaza security to release detained journalists

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The public freedoms committee, a body set up to implement national reconciliation, has secured agreement from Gaza's security services to free journalists recently detained in the coastal strip, a representative said Monday.

The detention of six reporters in Gaza over two days last week raised concern about a setback in the reconciliation process.

As part of the 2011 deal, Hamas in Gaza and the Fatah-led government in the West Bank agreed to stop media harassment and politically-motivated arrests.

The committee of public freedoms held a meeting in Gaza City Monday morning for the first time in around a year.

Committee representative Khalid al-Batsh, who is also a senior leader in the Islamic Jihad movement, said Gaza’s internal security service had agreed to release the jailed journalists. Some were already released on Sunday night, he said. more