Friday, 1 May 2015

Hamas prevents workers union march in Gaza to mark May Day

The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) denounced the decision of the Hamas-run security forces in Gaza, to prevent a procession marking International Workers’ Day, on Friday, May 1, 2015.

The DFLP said the decision is a violation to the Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Expression, and an assault on public and union freedoms, and rights.

It said such attacks and violations harm the unity of the Palestinians, and just act on boosting more isolation and fragmentation of the Palestinian people, their political factions, and impact the Palestinian steadfastness and determination to resist the illegal Israeli occupation, and siege.

The DFLP also said that such violations cast doubts on the seriousness of Hamas to regain national unity, and a unified leadership to challenge Israel’s illegal occupation, and violations.

“The DFLP hereby denounces the political arrests, and assaults, carried out by the Hamas security forces in the Gaza Strip, and also by the security forces in the West Bank,” the statement reads, “The Workers Union has an unalienable right to defend the rights of the working class, and to lead the struggle for their rights.”

“Defending the workers, their rights and freedoms, is an essential part of the alternative strategies that combine resistance with political activities,” it added, “We will continue our activities, rejecting unjust policies and violations, until achieving the rights of all workers in Palestine.”

It also called on the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority in Gaza to void its recent decisions that imposed higher taxes on the workers, and called on the “National Unity Government” to implement all decisions of the Central Council, and to resolve all issues, in addition to implementing a comprehensive development plan in the Gaza Strip. more

'Freedom Flotilla III' expected to sail to Gaza this summer

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Three ships are prepared to embark to the Gaza Strip this summer in a humanitarian mission called "Freedom Flotilla III," the coordinator of the international coalition to break the siege on Gaza Berawi Zaher said in a statement Friday.

He explained in a press statement that the departure time and launch locations of the fleet will not be released in effort to prevent Israeli authorities from exerting pressure on countries involved in the operation.

Final logistical arrangements for the flotilla are to be made in Greece next month.

The flotilla campaign is organized by the Freedom Flotilla Coalition in effort to bring relief to the 1.8 million Palestinians living under blockade in the Gaza Strip.

The coastal enclave has been under severe economic and military blockade by Israel since 2006, the strip sealed on three sides by Israel and the south end of the strip facing frequent closure by Egypt.

"The humanitarian situation in Gaza is more critical than ever and is worsening by the day. Media apathy and inaction by most governments puts the burden on civil society organizations, as ourselves, to take the lead in challenging the blockade," FFC stated at the time.

"Our flotillas will continue to sail until the illegal blockade of Gaza is permanently lifted."

A range of political, religious, economic and public figures are expected to participate in the flotilla, including former Tunisian President Muncef al-Marzouki. more