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18 Jan 2009
Jaffa march attracts 3,000 anti-war protestors

Three thousand demonstrators descended on Jaffa yesterday evening to protest against Israel’s war on Gaza. In one of Israel’s biggest internal protests so far, a noisy but peaceful banner-waving army marched and chanted their disapproval at Israel’s latest military adventure.

Demonstrators gathered in the Charles Clore Garden against the evening skyline of Tel Aviv, and then marched two kilometres through Jaffa to Ha-Shnayim Garden. The pre-planned route had been closed to traffic, and there was a distinct police presence (included mounted and helicopter).

The wide array of banners and flags highlighted the diverse mixture of Palestinian and Israeli organizations and individuals that … Continue reading

Gaza, Other »

15 Jan 2009

Around a hundred demonstrators gathered today at Jalameh (Kishon) prison near Haifa to show their solidarity with Palestinians arrested over the last few weeks in Israel. Hundreds of Palestinians who live in Israel have been singled out for arrest because they dared to take part in protests against the War on Gaza and at least 27 are being held for the durations of their trials.

Such protests have been occurring on a daily basis across ’1948 Israel’, attended by Palestinians but also by Israeli Jews who take offence at their country’s collective punishment of Gaza. However, it is the Palestinian participants who bear the brunt of the Israeli security forces’ response.

It is thought that more than 750 young Palestinians, mainly teenagers, … Continue reading

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15 Jan 2009

From Ma’an News Agency

Gaza – Ma’an – Everything was on fire; houses, sheds, trees.

Bombs, too, were everywhere, and with them came the white clouds. White phosphorous, the doctors are now saying, but that’s disputed in Israel.

But for sure it was a night of terror. We were terrified. We thought we were going to burn to death.

Bombs were everywhere. That’s what 27-year-old Fadia Al-Najjar kept saying. She’s from Khaza’a; she was telling us what kind of horrific night she and her family had just gone through.

While explaining what had happened, Fadia stood next to her paramedic husband Ghanem, now surrounded by other medics, desperately struggling to save his life after he was caught in an airstrike unlike he had ever … Continue reading

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11 Jan 2009
Around the World, Israeli Consulates Hear Calls to End Gaza Massacre

From New York, to Tshwane, South Africa; London to Nairobi, Stockholm to Kuala Lumpur; hundreds of thousands of people have marched, chanted sat-in, died-in, rioted and sang all in a collective, desperate attempt to end the attacks on Gaza by the Israeli Occupation Forces. In Toronto and Montreal, Canada activists, including a contingent of Jewish women, occupied the Israeli consulates. In one, they served the consulate with an eviction order. The Jewish women’s contigent informed the consulate that they would occupy it “as long as Gaza is occupied”. London’s demonstrations have been the largest in the western world, with approximately 100,000 people marching through the center of … Continue reading

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11 Jan 2009

From Maan News Agency

Twenty three Gazans have been killed since midnight Sunday morning and dozens injured by new weapons that ensure the incineration of buildings and people hit by the explosives.

The Israeli Phosphoric bombs have not yet been used in the Gaza offensive.

The total for the 16 days of Israeli strikes and ground fire is now 875 killed, 3,620 injured and 411 seriously wounded.

Sunday dawned with six more Palestinians confirmed dead in Gaza, mainly from Khuza’a village east of Khan Younis.

Overnight Israeli warplanes shifted their sights to civilian homes in southern Gaza, then after dawn strikes began in the north. Ground troops advanced towards Gaza City during the night. One contingent withdrew northward at dawn, while a … Continue reading

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8 Jan 2009

From Maan News Agency

Israeli troops shot and killed a United Nations truck driver in Gaza on Thursday.

Witnesses said the UNRWA driver was shot near the Kerem Shalom border crossing at the northern end of the Strip. A bystander was injured in the shooting. The attack occurred two days after Israeli artillery killed 45 civilians at a UN compound in northern Gaza.

According to Palestinian medical officials, more bodies were recovered from previous attacks on Thursday, bringing the Palestinian death toll to 765 over 13 days of the Israeli offensive. Some 3,120 have been injured.

Israeli artillery shells killed two women who were attempting to flee advancing tanks in the town of Al-Qarrara, in southern Gaza. Israeli tanks and armored vehicles have moved … Continue reading

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8 Jan 2009

From Maan News Agency

The UN’s relief agency for Palestinian refugees has decided to suspend its operations in Gaza citing Israeli attacks on its personnel and facilities.

Adana Abu Hasna, the spokesperson for UNRWA said in a statement: ”We decided to stop all operations because the situation has become very dangerous and Israel has committed brutalities in the Gaza Strip.”

A truck driver was killed and another employee was injured when Israeli troops fired on a UNRWA convoy coming from the Kerem Shalom border crossing on Thursday, despite prior coordination with Israel.

For a second straight day Israel had said it would suspend military action for a three hour window to allow the delivery of aid.

Also, according to Abu Hasna, Israeli forces fired on … Continue reading

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8 Jan 2009

From Maan News Agency

Teams from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) discovered “shocking” scenes, including four small children next to their dead mothers, when rescue workers gained access to the Zaytoun neighborhood of Gaza on Wendesday.

The Zaytoun area has been heavily shelled by the Israeli military since Saturday. Until Wednesday the Israeli military had made it impossible for medics to reach the area, ICRC said.

The ICRC, in an unusually harsh statement, is accusing the Israeli army of failing to fulfill its obligations to protect civilians in war.

When they finally gained access to the Zaytoun neighborhood, ICRC found another man alive, too weak to stand up. In all there were at least 12 corpses lying on mattresses.

In another house, … Continue reading

Beit Ommar, Gaza »

8 Jan 2009

Since the offensive attack on Gaza, daily demonstrations and clashes with Israeli military have happened throughout the West Bank as Palestinians display their outrage at the unrelenting attacks on the civilian population of Gaza. In Beit Ommar, there have been several organized and spontaneous demonstrations, large and small, nearly everyday, which have only increased in their size and duration since the ground offensive began Saturday night, January 3.

On Friday, January 2, hundreds of youth confronted a relatively large invasion of Israeli troops into the village. The soldiers gave no reason for entering the village. They began by building roadblocks of burning tires and dumpsters to try to prevent the entry of troops into the … Continue reading

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1 Jan 2009

From Al-Jazeera english, for the original article please click here

As the death toll from Israel’s aerial bombardment of the Gaza Strip continues to climb, Al Jazeera asked Gazans to describe the situation where they are and to explain how the offensive is affecting them.

Majed Badra, 23, Gaza City, cartoonist and student at the Islamic University

“Unfortunately the situation is very bad in Gaza city – the Israeli occupation is striking more and more organisations, more houses and the mosque, and my university was hit last night.

They focus on the civilians. It is easy for them.

Nothing is working in Gaza and we don’t do anything. We stay inside the house, my family and I. Every family in Gaza is doing the … Continue reading