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Critical Health Issues in Gaza

  Critical Health Issues in Gaza - by Stephen Lendman

 

Since locked down and isolated by Israel, Gaza's experienced systemic crisis. Its health system especially was gravely harmed. 

 

Many services and life-saving treatments aren't available. Accessing it elsewhere is uncertain and tenuous. Treating chronic illnesses is jeopardized by inadequate medicines and proper equipment.

 

Flotilla to Cuba Gets US Protection, Flotilla to Gaza Gets US Prosecution Demand

U.S. Protects Free Speech for U.S. Citizens on Flotilla to challenge human rights violations in Cuba, but wants to prosecute those on Gaza Flotilla to challenge Israeli human rights violations

By Ann Wright

I guess considering the U.S. policy toward Cuba over the past 50 years, it should come as no surprise that the US Coast Guard would protect the right of “free speech” of US citizens participating in a flotilla of boats challenging Cuban human rights violations.

Organized by a group called Democracy Movement, On December 10, 2011, 50 protesters in six boats, including an 85-foot vessel and a small security craft with about a dozen members of the media, sailed from Key West to explode fireworks off Cuba to mark International Human Rights day.

Treating Palestinians Lawlessly

  Treating Palestinians Lawlessly - by Stephen Lendman

 

December 11 marks the 63rd anniversary of UN Resolution 194, mandating that:

 

Critical Health Issues in Gaza

  Critical Health Issues in Gaza - by Stephen Lendman

 

Since locked down and isolated by Israel, Gaza's experienced systemic crisis. Its health system especially was gravely harmed. 

 

Many services and life-saving treatments aren't available. Accessing it elsewhere is uncertain and tenuous. Treating chronic illnesses is jeopardized by inadequate medicines and proper equipment.

 

Italian City Council votes to condemn Pizzarotti for involvement in Israeli Apartheid railway

Rho City Council (Milan) approves resolution condemning Pizzarotti
The Italian company condemned for involvement in the Israeli high-speed railway that crosses the occupied Palestinian territories

To sign in support: http://stopthattrain.org/?p=503
 
 
On 30 November, the City Council of Rho, in the province of Milan, approved a resolution expressing "moral and political condemnation of Pizzarotti & C. S.p.A. for its participation in the project for the construction of the A1 Jerusalem - Tel Aviv railway".

Stop That Train - Fermiamo la Pizzarotti

Denying Palestinians Fair Access to Water

  Denying Palestinians Fair Access to Water - by Stephen Lendman

 

Water is essential to life. Denying it is criminal.

 

Water and sanitation are recognized as indispensable human rights. In July 2010, the General Assembly's Resolution 64/292 affirmed it. It called on member states and international organizations to:

 

Israeli-Style Justice

  Israeli-Style Justice - by Stephen Lendman

 

Accused Israelis face charges in civil courts. Military tribunals try Palestinians. Virtually everyone is guilty by accusation. A new study says so. More on that below.

 

International Solidarity Day with Palestine

  International Solidarity Day with Palestine - by Stephen Lendman

 

Established by the UN in 1977, International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is observed on or around November 29.

 

The date commemorates November 29, 1947, the date UN Resolution 181 was adopted, despite Palestinian opposition. 

 

Palestinian Unity: A Threat, Says Israel

  Palestinian Unity: A Threat, Says Israel - by Stephen Lendman

 

Palestine is sovereign territory. In 1987, Law Professor Francis Boyle drafted its Declaration of Independence. On November 15, 1988, the Palestine National Council (PNC) adopted it, affirming Palestinian statehood.

 

70 delegates including Parliamentarians from 11 Countries Issue Appeal for the End of the Siege of Gaza-No US Congresspersons involved

By Ann Wright

70 delegates from 20 countries, including Parliamentarians from 11 countries, this week have seen the disastrous effects of the 22 day Israeli attack on Gaza two years ago and the five year naval and land blockade on Gaza.  The trip was organized by the Council for European Palestinian Relations (www.cepr.org).

Two members from the European Parliament (one each from Ireland and Portugal), four national Parliamentarians from Chile,  three from Malaysia, two from Ireland and one  Parliamentarian from Scotland, Pakistan, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay,  Ecuador, Brazil and Morocco, traveled to Gaza. The delegation was led by former British government minister Claire Short.  A retired Ambassador from the Netherlands and a former U.S. diplomat were also on the delegation.

Due to the extreme influence of the pro-Israeli lobby in the United States, no US Congresspersons were on the delegation.

Gaza: Good News and Bad

  Gaza: Good News and Bad - by Stephen Lendman

 

First the good. On November 22, the International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC) said a "Freedom Spring" convoy arrived through Rafah's border terminal, connecting Gaza and Egypt.

 

Israeli Settlers Attack Palestinians with Impunity

  Israeli Settlers Attack Palestinians with Impunity - by Stephen Lendman

 

Palestinians are doubly cursed. Israel's military attacks them regularly. During the past week alone, Israeli air strikes killed four Gazans, wounding another 14.

 

Al-Nabi Saleh village residents participating in a peaceful demonstration were assaulted. Two injuries were reported, including a child. Israel's navy arrested three Palestinian fishermen, confiscating their boats.

Israel Steps Up Police State Crackdowns

  Israel Steps Up Police State Crackdowns - by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel never embraced democratic values. More than ever today that's true. Many Jews understand. As a result, they're voting with their feet and leaving.

 

Gideon Levy remarked that "(i)t's really an irony of history, because Israel was established to become a shelter to the Jewish people. Now Europe becomes a shelter for the Jews living in Israel."

 

100 person International Delegation going to Gaza, November 21-25, 2011

Council for European Palestinian Relations (CEPR)

Brussels/London – November 18, 2011

The Council for European Palestinian Relations (CEPR) prepares to leave for Gaza with its largest international delegation yet. Delegates include renowned politicians from countries in South America, Asia, Africa and Europe; as well as, two outspoken Members of European Parliament – Ms. Marisa Matias and Mr. Paul Murphy.

On 4 November 2011, Mr. Paul Murphy was detained onboard the Irish boat, MV Saorise, by Israeli authorities in international waters. Along with other activists, he himself was detained for a week for having tried to help break the Gaza blockade.

Retired United States Army Colonel and former U.S. diplomat Ann Wright will accompany the delegation.  She visited Gaza three times in 2009 and was on the 2010 and 2011 Gaza Freedom Flotillas.

Gaza's Suffocating Siege

  Gaza's Suffocating Siege - by Stephen Lendman

 

In early November, the Gisha Legal Center for Freedom of Movement published a report titled, "Scale of Control: Israel's Continued Responsibility in the Gaza Strip."  

 

It explained little changed after its alleged 2005 "disengagement."

We Teach Life, Sir!

Israeli soldiers abducted me for filming them

From Mazim Qumsiyeh:

I was finally released.  Israeli soldiers abducted me while filming an
attack on villagers of Al-Walaja.  The attack started with dynamiting their village lands near their houses, a process that already shook and cracked houses and injured some residents before (see
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCDNg_ScDtU).  The villagers were speaking
with soldiers demanding paperwork and telling them that court cases are
pending and to stop blowing up their lands.  Instead the soldiers arrogantly pushed and shoved and as they tried to arrest one young man, a group of Israeli soldiers and native Palestinians fell off the side of the bulldozed area of the route of the apartheid wall.  Outside of camera views, Mustafa was beaten repeatedly in the car (I was hit twice) by a mean young Israeli soldiers who said he hated Arabs.  The video we have of our abduction is at http://youtu.be/v_GE16wmcAo and still pictures can be seen here http://www.flickr.com/photos/activestills and here http://chroniquespalestine.blogspot.com/


 

After the US government (under the Yolk of the Israel lobby) cut funding for UNESCO, people of the world and other governments should step up to the plate and donate to this institution. You can do so here:
http://www.unesco.org/donate  Or mail your
donation in US dollars or Euro checks to: UNESCO, Treasurer - BOC/TRS - 7
place de Fontenoy - 75352 PARIS 07 SP - France
 
Letter to Mr. Carl Bildt, Swedish Foreign Affairs Minister by Majed
Abusalama (23 y.o. young man from Jabalia Refugee Camp)
http://www.facebook.com/notes/majed-abusalama/letter-to-mr-carl-bildt-swedish-foreign-affairs-minister/10150383295939435 
 
The Lesser of Two Evils - The Catholic Monastery of Cremisan Chooses Not to
Support Villagers
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YV3s0_I3Tk

The Russell Tribunal on Palestine: South Africa Session

  The Russell Tribunal on Palestine: South Africa Session - by Stephen Lendman

 

Launched on March 4, 2009, "The Russell Tribunal on Palestine (RToP) seeks to reaffirm the primacy of international law (to settle) the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (by focusing on) the enunciation of law by authoritative bodies (and) address(ing) the failure of application of law even though it has been so clearly identified." 

 

Israel Assaults Freedom Waves to Gaza Activists

  Israel Assaults Freedom Waves to Gaza Activists - by Stephen Lendman

 

A previous article explained the following:

 

On November 2, two vessels blocked last summer from reaching Gaza sailed again from Fethiye, Turkey.

 

UPDATE ON FREEDOM WAVES POLITICAL PRISONERS

Freedom Waves to Gaza
Palestine Office @PALWaves
7 November 2011 

[RAMALLAH] Of the 27 human rights defenders captured during Israel’s illegal takeover of the Freedom Waves to Gaza vessels on Friday, 4 November, 20 remain in Givon prison and the whereabouts of one is unknown.

Israeli officials have been claiming that all 27 people aboard the MV Tahrir and MV Saoirse have been released or are awaiting deportation. This is not true. Freedom Waves can confirm that six people have been released or deported. These are Majd Kayyal (Palestinian from Haifa), Lina Attalah (Journalist from Egypt), Casey James (Journalist from the US), Aimane Zoubir (Journalist from Morocco), Captain George Klontzas (Greece) and Captain Zacharias Stylianakis.

Israeli Hijacking of Gaza Freedom Waves Boats “Violent and Dangerous”

Activists Badly Treated by Israeli Authorities
By Ann Wright

A press release from Irish Ship to Gaza (www.irishshiptogaza.org) reported that National Coordinator Fintan Lane was able to make a phone call Sunday afternoon, November 6, 2011, from the Israeli prison in which he and 13 other Irish citizens are being held.

Israeli attack on freedom waves ships “violent and dangerous”

Lane told the Irish Ship to Gaza team in Dublin that “the takeover of the MV Saoirse was violent and dangerous. Despite very clear protests from the occupants of the two boats that they did not want to be taken to Israel, they were forcibly removed from the boats in a violent manner. The whole takeover took about three hours.”

Update from Flotilla

Date: Friday, November 4, 2011, 9:01 AM

thanks so much
We are 65mi from Gaza
Excited to have gotten this far and ever hoping to make it all the way!
Banners are  hung, flags waving, people puking and still no sign from the IDF.
A bit unsettling but that goes with the territory.
Spirits continue to be high  as we zig zag with the Irish ship.
Weather continues to hold and we hope to arrive before sunset as we go 10mph and it is  11am here.
Full throttle ahead, Gaza here we come!
Kit Kittredge
 
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BREAKING: Israeli authorities have made contact with the Tahrir - two Israeli boats were sighted to the left of the Tahrir - Ehab from Canada spoke to the Israelis on the radio, they asked for the Tahrir's final destination, the first response from Ehab was: 'The conscience of humanity' and when they repeated the question again asking for final destination he said, 'The betterment of mankind'. 

Since then we have lost all communication with the boats. Please remain on alert for further actions, but in the meantime here is what you can do:

1. Check these websites for updates:  US to Gaza, Irish Ship to Gaza and Canadian Boat to Gaza. Look for twitter hashtag #Freedomwaves.
 
2. Spread the word far and wide – send this alert to your contacts.
 
3. Call the State Department  and the White House- demand that they take immediate action to ensure the safe passage of these boats and to put an end to the siege of Gaza.
 
Call the State Department:
      Secretary of State Hillary Clinton 202-647-5291
      U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro 011-972-3-519-7575
      Office of Israel/Palestinian Affairs Paul Sutphin 202-647-3672
      Office of Consular Affairs, Kim Richter 202-647-8308
 
 Call the White House: 202-456-1414
 Email President Obama at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact
 
Onward,
-Alli and CODEPINK DC
 
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URGENT: ACTION NEEDED NOW!

 

Boats to Gaza Stopped by Israeli Warships

 

At 7:43 am (east coast time) ground support crew lost contact with two ships, the Saoirse of Ireland and the Tahrir of Canada, carrying 27 civilian passengers, medical supplies and letters of support for the people of Gaza. On board the Tahrir is one American, Kit Kittredge.

 

At 7:30 am  the Tahrir was interrogated, via radio, by the Israeli Navy.  The ships were approximately 48 nautical miles off the coastline, well into international waters.  Asked by the Israeli Navy for their destination, Canadian activist Ehab Lotayef replied, "The conscience of humanity."  When they repeated the question, asking for final destination, Lotayef said, "The betterment of mankind."
 

Now is the time to act. Call the State Department and the White House and tell them to press the Israelis to ensure the safety of those aboard the two ships!

 

Call the State Department:

  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton 202-647-5291
  • U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro 011-972-3-519-7575
  • Office of Israel/Palestinian Affairs Paul Sutphin 202-647-3672
  • Office of Consular Affairs, Kim Richter 202-647-8308

and the White House: 202-456-1414

 

We urge you to organize support actions in your area today. Send the information to our webmaster at bio190d@gmail.com - it will be posted immediately.

 

For those of you in the NYC area an emergency support vigil will take place from 5pm to 6:30pm today - Friday, November 4th across the street from the Israeli Consulate at 800 2nd Avenue between 42nd Street and 43rd Street. Denise Rickles, with Code Pink NYC, will be the point person for this support rally. She can be reached at deniserr@msn.com

Please bring appropriate signs with you such as:
END THE SIEGE OF GAZA NOW!
OCCUPY WALL STREET NOT GAZA
END U.S. FUNDING OF ISRAELI ATTACKS

 



GET ON BOARD THE U.S. TO GAZA CAMPAIGN

VISIT
WWW.USTOGAZA.ORG

BOATS SAILING NOW TO GAZA! SPREAD THE WORD.

Israel and the US outsourced the siege of Gaza to Athens last summer by preventing 8 boats in the Freedom Flotilla 2-Stay Human from sailing from Greek ports to Gaza. Despite this we were able to bring world-wide attention to the blockade of the Gaza Strip. Our efforts in Greece only fueled our determination to challenge the imprisonment of the people of Gaza. We said we would continue to sail and so we are!!!
 

Oumou Sangaré: Honor Palestinian women and your music. Cancel your concert in Israel.

Below is a letter sent by BDS Italy to Malian singer and women's rights advocate Oumou Sangaré. 

Out-of-Control Israeli State Terror

  Out-of-Control Israeli State Terror - by Stephen Lendman

 

Having friends in high places in Washington lets Israel get away with murder. 

 

On October 31, Ma'an News said continued Israeli air strikes so far killed 12 Gazans. Others were wounded, some severely.

 

Netanyahu Threatens Gazans with Death

  Netanyahu Threatens Gazans with Death - by Stephen Lendman

 

Throughout its history, Israel had belligerent, racist prime ministers, none worse than Netanyahu. He talks peace but mocks and spurns it. 

 

His extremism heads Israel toward the brink. His worst ever government enrages global millions. Eventually, Israel may end up isolated and universally vilified as a pariah state. 

 

Living Under Israel's Boot

  Living Under Israel's Boot - by Stephen Lendman

 

Like occupied people everywhere, Palestinians understand oppression better than experts. Ask them. They'll explain.

 

In Gaza, it means living under siege and Israeli air, land and sea attacks. West Bank communities face day and night incursions. 

 

Israeli Settlement Construction Jeopardizes Palestinian Statehood Plans

  Israeli Settlement Construction Jeopardizes Palestinian Statehood Plans - by Stephen Lendman

 

Palestinians want and deserve long denied full UN de jure membership and official statehood recognition, including all rights granted other members.

 

On September 23, Abbas formally petitioned the Security Council. Normally it reviews applications for a maximum 35 days. Whether or not America vetos Palestine's bid is irrelevant. It solely recommends. Only the General Assembly admits new members.

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