Sunday, 27 July 2014

Turkey's IHH to send freedom flotilla 2 to Gaza - says with Turkish troops this time

The Turkish humanitarian relief organisation (IHH) is currently organising a "Freedom Flotilla II" which will carry humanitarian aid to the besieged Gaza Strip, IHH chairman Bulent Yildrim said Thursday.

In statements to Gulf Online, Yildrim said that his organisation has embarked on legal procedures and paperwork required to obtain a permit for the trip. As soon as a final permit is issued, the IHH along with other international organisations will immediately set up the convoy.

The chairman of IHH, a major organiser of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla I, said that Turkish army troops will accompany the ships to protect it from any potential attack, pointing out that his organisation demanded the government to provide protection for them as Turkish citizens. more

Israel rejects UN and Hamas proposal for 24hr humanitarian ceasefire

Haaretz - 4:04 P.M. Israel rejects UN and Hamas proposal for a humanitarian pause in fighting in the Gaza Strip, a senior Israeli official says. more

Hamas agrees to 24-hour Gaza humanitarian truce starting 2 p.m.

GAZA CITY (AFP) -- Hamas on Sunday belatedly said Palestinian factions had agreed to a 24-hour humanitarian truce, shortly after Israel announced a resumption of hostilities in Gaza following a day-long pause.

"In response to the UN's intervention request to monitor the situation ... it has been agreed between the resistance factions that a 24-hour humanitarian truce will start from 2:00 pm," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in a statement.

Zuhri said the ceasefire would take place ahead of the three-day Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan and is expected to fall on Monday.

There was no immediate reaction from Israel, and strikes continued to hit Gaza, including inside Gaza City. more

Two Palestinians beaten by Jerusalem racist mob

Two Palestinian youth were reportedly assaulted by a Jewish mob in Jerusalem, on Friday evening, according to Haaretz. Israeli forces vandalized the premises of public institutions, Saturday, in Al-Bireh.

Amir Shwiki and Samer Mahfouz, both 20 years old and from Beit Khanina, were apparently attacked with iron bars and baseball bats while walking to a Light Rail station, following the evening Ramadan meal.

"A man came from the direction of Neve Ya'akov (a Jerusalem neighborhood)," Samer told Haaretz. "He said give me a cigarette. I told him I don't have any, and he heard I'm Arab and went away, coming back with his friends, maybe 12 people. They had sticks and iron bars and they hit us over the head."

The two were seriously wounded and lost consciousness during the beating, upon which they were hospitalized in Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem, Jerusalem. more

Video: A global hip-hop call for Israel boycott

The ongoing slaughter in Gaza has brought a great many artists, musicians and celebrities out in support of Palestine. This is nothing new. In fact, every major Israeli offensive seems to grow the number of artists willing to speak up and stand against the crimes of the apartheid state.

But there’s support, and there’s solidarity. Both are of course welcome. But there’s a difference between expressing one’s outrage at a crime against humanity and outwardly answering the call from those who seek to end those same crimes. The track above is a solid attempt to do the latter.

What sticks out about “Boycott Israel,” and what allows it to work on a certain level, is the basic internationalism that the lineup itself embodies. The track is primarily from Don Martin, one-third of Norwegian hip-hop group Gatas Parlament, who for twenty-plus years have been something roughly akin to Norway’s version of Public Enemy. Martin’s bandmate Elling Borgersrud once ran for public office as a member of the far-left Red Electoral Alliance.

It also features what can reasonably be called a global consortium of militant hip-hop notables: well-known Peruvian-American rapper Immortal Technique, El Tipo Este of Cuban duo Obsesion, Parisian rapper Tonto Noiza, and Jonnesburg-based Tumi Molekane. As if to drive the globalism home, each artist raps in their native tongue.

Generally, it’s impressive that the whole track is built around informing listeners of the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions without sounding like a pamphlet (though it sometimes comes close).more

Resumed Israeli strikes kill 6 Palestinians in Gaza

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Six Palestinians were killed and several others were injured Sunday in Gaza after Israeli forces resumed attacks, an official said.

Ashraf al-Qidra told reporters that two Palestinian men were killed in al-Nuseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.

He identified the two as 27-year-old Ibrahim Khalil Dirawi and 24-year-old Alaa Nahid Matar.

Additionally, an Israeli attack on Khan Younis killed Issam Abu Saadah and Hazim Abu Shamalah in the al-Zanna area.

He said later that two Palestinians were killed east of Khan Younis in an Israeli airstrike on a motorcycle. more