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2 Jun 2010

From the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign

(1st June 2010, 3pm) Yesterday’s Israeli attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla in which up to 19 human rights activists were murdered in international waters has not deterred the Irish cargo ship the MV Rachel Corrie which is currently en route to Gaza and hopes to arrive this Saturday. Meanwhile the fall-out from the attack has pressured Egypt into opening the Rafah Crossing.

In the Dail, an all party motion which calls upon the government to ensure the safe passage of the MV Rachel Corrie and calls for the blockade of Gaza to be lifted is expected to be passed at around 7pm this evening. The IPSC welcomes this motion and hopes the Israeli government … Continue reading

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1 Jun 2010
First Hand Accounts from the Gaza Flotilla Raid, Including Free Gaza Organizer Huwaida Arraf

Below is a link to an interview with Huwaida Arraf, Free Gaza Movement organizer who was on the flotilla, with CNN:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Kw2Xkf2EqI

Other first-hand accounts:

Originally from english.aljazeera.net

photo from AFP

Israel has started releasing some of the 700 passengers it captured after troops stormed a flotilla of ships carrying humanitarian aid to Palestinians in Gaza.

Turkey has sent three planes, including two military ambulance aircraft, to bring its nationals home.

Six Greek activists returned to Athens after being expelled from Israel, and a former US ambassador who was also on the ship was on a flight home.

Here are excerpts of what some of the freed passengers had to say:

Issam … Continue reading

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31 May 2010
Turkish Aid Boat Attacked, At Least 10 Killed Off Gaza Coast

Update 10 pm: All boats have been brought into Ashdod port. At least 32 activists from boats other than the Mavi Marara have been detained. A U.S. citizen was shot in the head with a tear gas canister at a demonstration at the Qalandiya checkpoint in the West Bank against the flotilla attack. She has reportedly lost an eye.
Combination of footage from the ship:

Update: Israeli Military, Activists confirm 10 dead
Update 3pm: 5 boats towed to Ashdod, location of Mavi Marara still unconfirmed. Islamic Movement in Israel leader Sheikh Raed Salah reportedly in critical condition after being shot in the head aboard the … Continue reading

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7 Jan 2010

Video from Aljazeera

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6 Jan 2010
Viva Palestina: More Than 10 Injured, Seven Arrested, Including A Malaysian

EL-ARISH PORT, Jan 6 (Bernama) — More than 10 members of the Viva Palestina convoy were injured, four of them seriously, and seven members arrested by Egyptian police during a protest here Tuesday at 11.40pm local time.

Among those arrested was a Malaysian, Ibrahim Mohd Azmi, a University of Bristol medical student who was a convoy volunteer.

The protest was staged by Viva Palestina convoy members to protest against the decision by the Eqyptian government to bar 59 convoy vehicles from leaving here for Gaza.

Egyptian police acted strongly against the convoy members three hours after the protest was staged at the entry and exit security point at this port.

Four members were seriously injured and had to be taken to hospital for further … Continue reading

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4 Jan 2010

By Kim Bullimore, 04.01.2010

Its New Year’s Eve and my team mate and I are on our way to Israel’s Eretz Crossing, one of the 6 border crossings into Gaza which has been repeatedly closed by the Zionist state as part of its illegal collective punishment of the Palestinian people in Gaza. We have joined three bus load of Israeli and Palestinian activists in Jaffa to make the hour long journey to the Gaza border crossing to protest Israel’s ongoing siege. As we wait for the buses in Jaffa, I look around the slowly gathering crowd and recognize some of the faces from demonstrations in the Occupied West Bank: several of the courageous and dedicated activists from Anarchists Against the … Continue reading

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31 Dec 2009

Two video reports from American independent news source Democracy Now! on the Gaza Freedom March, now in Cairo, Egypt being prevented from entering Gaza by the Egyptian government.
PSP is proud to have former volunteers and an official representative on the march, and was planning on expanding on our Gazan prisoners project while in Gaza.

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31 Dec 2009
Gaza's border must be opened NOW

Pam Rasmussen, The Electronic Intifada, 29 December 2009

This time is clearly different.

I have traveled to Gaza twice this year, in groups ranging from 40 to 60 persons, and although there was a lot of behind-the-scenes work involved in “greasing the wheels” with the Egyptian authorities, we pretty much sailed in. CODEPINK (the group that organized both of my previous trips) developed a well-earned reputation for being able to pull just the right levers to open the doors to the isolated enclave of Gaza — even more so than George Galloway’s Viva Palestina convoy, which is typically allowed in for only 24 to 48 hours (versus our four days).

But too … Continue reading

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4 Oct 2009

Adalah * Addameer * Aldameer * Al Haq * Al Mezan * Arab Association for Human Rights * Badil * Civic Coalition for Jerusalem * DCI-Palestine * ENSAN Centre * ITTJIAH * Independent Commission for Human Rights * Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Centre * Palestinian Centre for Human Rights * Ramallah Centre for Human Rights Studies * Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling *

On 2 October 2009, the Palestinian leadership—under heavy international pressure lead by the United States—deferred the draft proposal at the Human Rights Council endorsing all the recommendations of the UN Fact Finding Mission (the Goldstone Report). This deferral denies the Palestinian peoples’ right to an effective judicial remedy and the equal protection of … Continue reading

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11 Apr 2009

From Ma’an News Agency

Bethlehem – Ma’an – The United States sent a massive new shipment of arms to Israel despite evidence that US weapons were misused against civilians in the Gaza attacks, Amnesty International revealed on 1 April.

The human rights organization said about 14,000 tons worth of arms and munitions sent to Israel on the Wher Elbe, a German cargo ship chartered and controlled by the US Military Sealift Command, docked and unloaded its cargo on 22 March at the Israeli port of Ashdod, about 25 miles north of Gaza.

Amnesty called on US President Obama to suspend future arms shipments to Israel until there is no longer substantial risk of human rights violations.

The Pentagon confirmed the successful unloading of … Continue reading