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Gaza Exclusive – Vox Pops On The Flotilla


  Vox Pops From Gaza On The Flotilla

Wednesday, 29 June 2011, 11:24 am

Posted by:Omar Kream Gaza<

This evening on the Gaza beach (where everyone goes to cool down – rich and poor, men and women, singles and families) I asked several people what importance they attach to the upcoming flotilla. Here are their responses, some in English, some in Arabic with English translations. All are unanimous that the flotilla is both necessary, and very much appreciated, as much for its expression of solidarity with their struggle for justice and freedom, as for the goods they are bringing.

Unfortunately, the recordings of additional women were rendered inaudible by a horde of chidlren who swamped us, shouting and laughing and calling out comments, so although there were equal numbers of men and women interviewed, the men were better at keeping the kids at bay!

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Men’s translation by:Omar Karem

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Israel and Palestinian territories country profile


POSTER BY:Omar Karem GAZA

Map of Israel and Palestinian territories

The division of the former British mandate of Palestine and the creation of the state of Israel in the years after the end of World War II have been at the heart of Middle Eastern conflicts for the past half century.
The creation of Israel was the culmination of the Zionist movement, whose aim was a homeland for Jews scattered all over the world following the Diaspora. After the Nazi Holocaust, pressure grew for the international recognition of a Jewish state, and in 1948 Israel came into being.

Israeli president: Shimon Peres

The Israeli president has a mainly ceremonial role; executive power is vested in the cabinet, headed by the prime minister.

Shimon Peres

Israel’s elder statesman: Shimon Peres

On 13 June 2007, the Israeli parliament chose the veteran politician Shimon Peres to succeed Moshe Katsav, who had taken leave of absence from the presidency earlier in the year after being accused of various sexual offences.

Mr Katsav formally resigned on 29 June after agreeing to plead guilty to several of the offences as part of a plea bargain that removed two rape charges against him.

Israeli prime minister: Binyamin Netanyahu

Binyamin Netanyahu, the leader of the right-wing Likud party, became prime minister after an inconclusive early election in February 2009, a decade after holding the office once before.

Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu

Mr Netanyahu campaigned on a policy of toughness towards Palestinian militancy

The vote was called when his predecessor, Ehud Olmert, of the centrist Kadima party, resigned amid corruption allegations, and Mr Olmert’s designated successor, Tzipi Livni, failed to put together a new centre-left coalition.

Mrs Livni and Kadima actually won one more seat in the Knesset (parliament) than Likud, but right-wing parties emerged stronger than the left overall.

ISRAELI MEDIA

Israel’s press and broadcasters are many and varied, and account for differences in language, political viewpoint and religious outlook.

An Israeli holds the Jerusalem Post newspaper

The Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA), set up along the lines of the BBC, operates public radio and TV services and is funded mainly by licence fees on TV sets.

Channel 2 and Israel 10 are the main commercial TV networks. Most Israeli households subscribe to cable or satellite packages. HOT cable and YES satellite TV are the main multichannel providers.

Commercial radio arrived in 1995, but faces competition from unlicensed radio stations, some of which carry ultra-Orthodox programming.

Israel has 13 daily newspapers and at least 90 weeklies. All titles are privately-owned; many are available on the internet.

In the view of watchdog Reporters Without Borders, “the Israeli authorities are capable of both best and worst practice when it comes to respect for press freedom. Despite military censorship, its press still enjoys latitude that is unequalled in the region.”

Israel has a large IT industry and one of the world’s most technologically-literate populations. Around 5.3 million people – around 71% of the population – had internet access by May 2008 (InternetWorldStats).

Palestinian leader: Mahmoud Abbas

Former Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas, the candidate of the Fatah faction, won the January 2005 poll to replace the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

Mahmoud Abbas

President Abbas succeeded Yasser Arafat as PLO leader

Mr Abbas, also known as Abu Mazen, had already succeeded Yasser Arafat as leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO), having been Mr Arafat’s deputy since 1969.

The surprise victory of the militant Islamic movement Hamas in parliamentary polls in January 2006 led to heightened tension between the Palestinian factions. There were recurring bouts of violence between Hamas and Mr Abbas’s Fatah faction, raising fears of civil war. In February 2007, Hamas and Fatah agreed to form a government of national unity.

However, in June 2007 Hamas took control of the Gaza strip, seriously challenging the concept of a coalition, which Abbas subsequently dissolved.

Ismail Haniyeh
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh

Mr Abbas’s current term was set to have ended in January 2009, but in 2008 announced he was extending his term by another year, in order to allow presidential and parliamentary elections to be held at the same time. The move was denounced by Hamas.

In November 2009, Mr Abbas said he would not stand again in elections scheduled for 24 January 2010, in protest against the continuing impasse in attempts to resurrect peace talks with Israel.

Many analysts regard Mahmoud Abbas as a moderate. He has condemned the armed Palestinian uprising and favours the resumption of negotiations with Israel. But he faces the challenge of persuading armed groups to stop their campaign of anti-Israeli attacks.

Mahmoud Abbas was born in 1935 in Safed, a town in present-day northern Israel. He co-founded Fatah – the main political grouping within the PLO – with Yasser Arafat in the late 1950s.

He established contacts with left-wing Israelis in the 1970s and was the main Palestinian architect of the 1993 Oslo accords, which led to the foundation of the Palestinian Authority.

His brief stint as premier was plagued by power struggles with Mr Arafat over the control of the Palestinian security apparatus and over planned reforms. Mr Abbas resigned in September 2003.

The former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat died in a French hospital on 11 November 2004, aged 75.    

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Slingshots vs. White Phosphorous Bombs-“Smash a box of kitten” hear the Roar of the World


Posted on April 16, 2011 by Marivel Guzman

“Take some kittens, some tender little moggies in a box”, said Jamal, a surgeon at Al-Shifa, Gaza’s main hospital, while a nurse actually placed a couple of bloodstained cardboard boxes in front of us. “Seal it up, then jump on it with all your weight and might, until you feel their little bones crushing, and you hear the last muffled little mew”. I stared at the boxes in astonishment, and the doctor continued: “Try to image what would happen after such images were circulated> The righteous outrage of public opinion, the complaints of the animal rights organizations…” The doctors went on in this vein, and I was unable to take my eyes of the boxes at our feet. “Israel trapped hundreds of civilians inside a school as as if in a box, including many children, and then crushed them with all the might of its bombs. What were the world’s reactions?
Almost nothing. We would have been better off as animals rather than Palestinians, we would have been better protected”.

At this point the doctor leans towards one of the boxes, and takes its lid off in front of me. Inside it are the amputated limbs, legs and arms, some from the knee down, others with the entire femur attached, from amputees injured at the Al-Fakhura United Nations school in Jabalia, which resulted in more than 50 casualties.
Pretending to be taking an urgent call, I took my leave of Jamal, actually rushing to the bathroom to throw up. A little earlier I’d been involved in a conversation with Dr. Abdel, an ophthalmologist, regarding the rumors that the Israeli Army had been showering us with non-conventional weapons, forbidden by the Geneva Convention, such as cluster bombs and white phosphorous. The very same that the Israel Army used during the last Lebanese war, as well as the US Air Force in Falluja, in violation of International norms. An Excerpt from Vittorio Arrigoni from his book Gaza Stay Human.

4 workers were killed last night and because of the collapse of a tunnel dug by Palestinians in the Rafah border. Through the tunnel pass all the necessary goods that have enable the survival of the population of Gaza strangled by four years by criminal Israeli siege. Can enter tunnels in the Gaza Strip’s main assets such as food, cement, livestock.
Even the hospitals in The Gaza Strip from the black market will cater for the tunnel.
Since the beginning of the siege at more than 300 Palestinians have died at work in the ground to allow a population of nearly 2 million people to feed themselves.
It ‘an invisible war for survival.
The names of past martyrs: Abdel Halim and his brother Samir Abd Al-Rahman Alhqra, 22s years and 38 years, Haitham Mostafa Mansour, 20, and Abdel-Rahman Muhaisin 28 years.
Remain Human
Vik from Gaza City
April 13, 2011

Silvio Berlusconi today: “We will try to prevent the departure of the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza.”
According to Israeli radio reports second Berlusconi flotilla’s mission would not work in support of peace in the region.
Proposing negotiations to be held in Sicily,(in the estates of Vittorio Mangano?), The premier “bunga bunga” reminded once again that Israel is the only Middle Eastern country friendly to the West, and should become part of European Union.
Berlusconi is pushing for the accession of Israel to the European Union, while Italy will kick in soon.
Please tell me which is the usual joke…

Stay Human
Vik from Gaza City
Abril 13, 2011

All the reports from Vittorio Arrigoni from Gaza City in Guerrilla Radio Guerrilla Information imprisonment. Corruption of the media, the bigotry of the middle classes, the unforgivable slumber of civic consciousness. The longing for truth before every longing, the abrasive complaint to the dissolution of any preconceived solution, infanticide of all certainty induced.The black powder of coercion within the nostrils of a crisis of rejection. The binge of Naked Lunch, raw bitter enough not to be digested.


Vittorio Arrigoni, 8th January 2009: “My toothpaste, toothbrush, razors and shaving foam. The clothes I’m wearing, the cough medicine I’m using to get rid of a persistent cough, the cigarettes I bought for Ahmed, and some tobacco for my arghile. My cell phone, the laptop onto which I compulsively type eyewitness accounts from the hell surrounding me. All that’s needed for a modest, yet dignified, existence in Gaza comes from Egypt, and arrives onto the shop shelves through the tunnels. These are the same tunnels the the Israeli F16s haven’t stopped bombing heavily in the last 12 hours, destroying thousands of Rafah houses near the border.


“As sit here writing this, there are 821 Palestinians dead. 93 being women, 235 children. Twelve Paramedics were killed while fulfilling their duty and three journalist died with cameras hanging round their necks. A good 3,350 are among the injured, with more than half being under 18 years ofe age. According to the Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights bases in Jabalia, renowned for its reliability they make up 85 % of the Palestinian civilian casualties massacred in the last two weeks. The death toll on the Israeli side has thankfully remained at four.” Vittorio Arrigoni from Gaza City, 10th January 2009, Total Destruction Work in Progress Excerpt from Gaza Stay Human.

I read Vik mention “The death toll on the Israeli side has thankfully remained at four.” I can tell what was in his mind, as we have seen since Israel makes sure there is always 4 to 1 deaths of Palestinians, but this time in Gaza Massacre was over their normal ratio.B’tselem- The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories was established in 1989 by a group of prominent academics, attorneys, journalists, and Knesset members. It endeavors to document and educate the Israeli public and policymakers about human rights violations in the Occupied Territories, combat the phenomenon of denial prevalent among the Israeli public, and help create a human rights culture in Israel.

On 27 December 2008, the first day of the operation, the army bombed the main police
headquarters in Gaza City, killing 42 police cadets who were standing in formation. The same
day, Israel also bombed some 18 police stations in the Gaza Strip. In total, 248 police officers
were killed that day.
Israeli officials stated, in interviews with the media and in official announcements, that
attacks on the police were justified because police officers would in the future take part in
hostilities against Israel, and that every object belonging to Hamas was a legitimate target,
regardless of the actions of the persons attacked.

With so many eyewitness on the Ground regarding Gaza Massacre 2009, voices like Vittorio Arrigoni that did not stop reporting from Gaza since 2009, so why will UN will need the voice of a men than never set foot in Gaza, Richard Goldstone?
The Goldstone report was the first evidence in what has since become a pattern – the failure of the Israeli leadership to register diplomatic achievements following the use of military power. Israel had no troubles achieving its victory in Gaza. One could argue – as many Israelis do – that operation Cast Lead helped deter the Hamas from launching more missiles on Israeli towns. Yet it also made Israel more isolated than ever in the world. The military operation boosted the BDS movement, mobilized public opinion in support of the Palestinians, and led to the Gaza-bound flotilla last spring, which resulted in a partial lifting of the blockade on the Strip.
Most people who criticize the Goldstone report in the US have never been to Gaza, not even before Cast Lead. But Congressman Brian Baird from the state of Washington (D) visited the strip after the Israeli offensive, and these are the wise and sensitive words he had for his fellow legislators, just before an overwhelming majority of them (344-36) backed a resolution calling “the President and Secretary of State to oppose unequivocally any endorsement or further consideration of the [Goldstone] Report“:

Page 52 of Vittorio Arrigoni Book Gaza Stay Human:
“Visiting the wards of Al-Shifa Hospital, crowed with injured patients awaiting treatment, you can bump into a doctor who doesn’t not look very arab. Mads Gilbert is a Norwegian doctor from the NGO Norwac. Gilbert, an anaesthetist, confirms our suspicion regarding the use of forbidden weapons by Israel on Gaza’s civilians: “Many injured arrive with extreme amputations, with both their legs reduced to a pulp, which I suspect is an effect of DIME weapons this is happening while Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, reports that ‘extremely serious violations possibly constituting war crimes’ are taking place”

DIME (Dense Inert Metal Explosive) Bomb is an innovative explosive made with a warhead of carbon and epoxy resin integrated with steel and tungsten. This explosive was designed for urban guerrilla warfare, and was made to strike specific targets and cause a much damage as possible.

Gaza: Stay Human is an authoritative and deeply moving eyewitness account of the terrible 22 day Israeli offensive against the people of the Gaza Strip in 2008-09. Vittorio Arrigoni, a volunteer with the pacifist International Solidarity Movement, served as a human shield while working with the Palestinians Red Crescent ambulances, during the offensive. As a freelance journalist with the Italian daily II Manifesto, Arrigoni’s daily dispatches, written between bombing raids and patchy Internet access, ended with the plea, ‘Stay Human’, which became the motto of anti-Israel peace protest in his native Italy. The English translation is updated to include Arrigoni’s new dispatches on the difficult situation in Gaza after Operation ‘Cast Lead’ and features a preface by the renowned Israeli historian and human rights activist, Ilan Pappe
-Ilan Pappe, Professor of History, University of Exeter. Stay Human ISBN 978-1-84774-019-9

When it comes to human compassion and lending a hand to the voiceless I think Vittorio Arrigoni showed to the world how to do it, even thought his presence in Gaza as freelance journalist and International Solidarity Movement eyewitness was mostly ignored by the world, now his legacy will be known and his work will speaks for itself. All the accounts of the crimes committed by Israel inside the Gaza strip since September 2008 when he arrived in The Gaza Flotilla are being read around the world since he was murdered. If we have a purpose to fulfill in this world, I think Vittorio is fulfilling his, even after his death his accounts are been told and spread as he will never imagine it will. All the work that he did for Gaza, all the moments of anger that he went through seeing how the media was ignoring Gaza Plight, now every bit of information he transmitted on the Internet, every line that he wrote is being distributed, only fate could have given his sacrifice the color that have tainted his memory. His memory stays in Gaza and the Israel crimes will be vastly known all because of his death. It is not that I m happy for his departure, for the ones that have say that his death does not serve any purpose, All wrong on that. His death is mourned and we all sad, but Israel can not stop Vittorio Arrigoni any more, Israel crimes are imprinted in a Book that is more real than The Goldstone Report.
Gaza Stay Human with its 130 pages tell the story of a population being slaughter in front of the cameras, in front of the world that stays silence, might this book be the Post Mortum Witness that the world needed to open their eyes.
As I write this article April 17, 2011 Israel already had strike Gaza again, but now there are more Vittorio that are telling the tale. Thousands of facebook profiles are telling you Gaza and Vittorio Arrigoni Story, thousands of Vittorios are dispersing the truth, The Real Gaza Story..Catch a glimpse and do your deed. Stay Human
RIP Vittorio Arrigoni your memory will live forever in Gaza.
At the end no one can make you believe whats is not there, you are the Opinion Makers, Where The Truth Is the News and You the readers are the Opinion Makers always.

WHEN Israeli Jets Bombard Gaza Strip

February 26, 2011 1 comment

Posted on February 27, 2011 by Omar Karem from Gaza, Palestine in collaboration with Marivel Guzman

How to be safe and help others?

Israel bomber plane

How to react and help others in Gaza if Israel bombard this tiny peace of land in the Mediterranean?
Gaza more than an occupied nation under siege look more like a big open prison, where close to two millions residents live under the military boot of Israel.
With the daily military excursions invading our land and air space, disrupting every bit of life in Gaza.
When the Israel planes come in the middle of the night blasting their sonar bombs, braking windows, and dreams, what we suppose to do?.
When the tanks cross inside Gaza destroying farm land, and the bulldozers come to destroy the houses and business of Palestinians, how we suppose to react?.
When the F16 show up sending missiles to an unarmed population, inflicting terror, destruction and death, what we do?
When the Jenin Massacre occurred ambulances were not allowed to enter the refugee camp for 12 days to help the wounded, how Palestinians supposed to help each other when Israel bombard Gaza?

Do not be gross with the next images, they were Palestinians like me before they were shred to pieces by Israel Bombs, I do not like these images, and I do not want to be one of those images. I hate those images, but when they were alive they were part of Jenin Camp Population, please! do not be gross out. Have pity for us, be compassionate and tell our story, our true story to the world, we need help.

By Jennifer Loewenstein Article Posted 19 April 2002 :”Eyewitness Report of the Atrocities in Jenin, Palestine”

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Don’t believe what CNN and BBC among other western news agencies are telling you. You be the Opinion Maker. Ask why can be an investigation; why it must be called a “humanitarian tragedy” rather than a crime against humanity; why the EU has not imposed sanctions on Israel for its actions; why no international monitoring force is immediately leaving for the region; why Israeli political and military spokespeople are telling reporters that “only (sic) 45 people died” and that they were all armed “militants”. Why no one challenges these comments or reminds these spokespeople that Israel conducted a massive military offensive against people who have the right to resist the occupation of their land. If your blood doesn’t run cold when US President George W. Bush calls Ariel Sharon a “man of peace” then you’re getting nothing but lies packaged as news and information by a massive propaganda machine. Americans, you are paying for the dehumanization and destruction of an entire people. Jenin is only the most ominous and recent reminder of where Israel’s 54 year old policies against the Palestinians are leading.

 

Sabra and Shatila is another of the massacres perpetrated by Israel on unarmed population, and gone unchallenged by US, UN Club and other Israel allies. Why? Who is going to bring Israel to Justice?

The Sabra and Shatila Refugee Camp Massacre took place between 15 to 18 September 1982. This massacre is considered the bloodiest single atrocity committed against the Palestinian people in living history.

Can the world please tell us, how after 62 years of empty talks and promises, how we suppose to sit and cross our arms and wait for another attack, while the US keeps stopping resolution in The UN security council.
We the residents of Gaza are fighting an every day battle, with little or no arms to defend ourselves.
What can we do?

And the world leaders after all the carnage Israel have done to our brothers and sisters Palestinians in the last 62 years, we are portray as criminals and terrorist, what we need to do to be seen as we have been since Israel was created? The displaced population, murdered, terrorized and wronged.

Why would the US veto any resolution that promise justice for Palestinians? How can they go to sleep at night knowing that we are being massacred, we are being exterminated slowly.
Can you see that Israel is committing genocide? How many of us need to die under Israel war planes and tanks before someone come to our rescue?

I live in Gaza, Palestine and I m tired of waiting for the world to help us to bring justice and peace, at least the certainly that tomorrow we can have a full day of peace, a whole night without sonar bombs, a day where I can plan my day without having to be worry if I will come back home to write or enjoy a peaceful dinner with my family.
I do not want to be part of the numbers, I want to Live in Peace and Freedom, I want my land back.
What can I do when Israel jets bombard Gaza again?

“I m not just another Palestinian writing about the horrors that we are forced to live every day, I m a human being, a young Palestinian that is a witness and victim of Israel criminality. I do not know other life but this one that I m narrating to you, it is in my mind, in my heart, my genes, my reality is now, in this moment only, I can not have the luxury to dream a better future, I do not see another future but my present reality.” Omar Karem

During Gaza Massacre 2009, that the Main Stream Media insist in calling it a war, where more than 1400 Palestinians died under the bombs, and hundreds were burn alive under the white phosphorous bombs, we were like sitting ducks, unable to defend ourselves, we lived in a giant prison, where there is no way out. We were continuously bombarded for 22 days, and the world did not moved a finger to help us.

The US did not even call Israel to slap her in her wrist, for the contrary they were accomplices in our slaughter, as most of the bombs, white phosphorous and other weapons are either made in US, or directly financed by American dollars.

What the world is waiting to say “Enough” , will they want to wait 50 years after Israel have exterminate us, and then declare it in for “HISTORY” A GENOCIDE, as happen with so many massacres gone unnoticed in the world?

 

If the US and UN club do not change their position about Israel, me and the other close to 2 millions Gaza Residents have the same bleak future as me. It is not fair, we all born equals and free.

Tell me, What can I do next time that Israel War Planes come and Bombard Gaza again?

 

Road to Hope convoy stalled at Egyptian border

October 31, 2010 2 comments

Posted by Marivel Guzman Via Ken O’keefe Blog
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Road to Hope convoy stalled at Egyptian border

Nov 3, 2010 5:41 PST

Ken O’Keefe

“Egypt has said that they will let us through by sea, the problem with that is the exorbitant expense. What the people of Gaza need is open borders and unhindered delivery of aid and ultimately trade. The R2H Convoy did not budget for an approx. £100,000 ship journey from Libya to Egypt, and why should we when a tourist can travel freely but aid cannot. This extra cost is reducing aid for the people in Gaza”.

Nov 2, 2010

Ken O’Keefe: “We are getting close to confrontation time. When tourists can travel by car freely through Egypt and a humanitarian aid convoy is blocked, it pretty much says it all. The blockade of Gaza is in a word, unacceptable”

The Road to Hope humanitarian aid convoy continues its role in the international community’s collective mission to break the illegal siege of Gaza and deliver desperately needed aid to the people of Palestine in Gaza. The convoy comprises 30 vehicles and 101 humanitarian aid workers. Among them are 8 survivors of the Israeli attack on the Freedom Flotilla, 7 of them were aboard the Mavi Marmara, including Ken O’Keefe who was involved in disarming two Israeli commandos. The convoy has traveled four and a half thousand miles and is currently located at the Libyan / Egyptian border. As it stands the convoy finds itself at a standstill, with direct communication with the outside world being limited, and access to the internet very difficult.

It has always been a central aspect of the Road to Hope convoy that it acts in a non-political, non-confrontational manner. To work with and cooperate with every government in every country through which it traveled. Thus far this approach has rewarded it with exceptional receptions in every nation. All of the North African governments have been extremely accommodating and the people of each nation even more so. We must give special praise to the Libyan government for its constant support; when the convoy have had challenges, including breakdowns of vehicles, the authorities here have provided the means to repair those vehicles and continue our mission.

Ken O’Keefe: “Now we find ourselves in our third day at the Libyan / Egyptian border and we remain hopeful that the land route will be opened to us in the coming days”. The convoy departed from London with the understanding that the land crossing through Egypt had not been closed to it. Convoy leader, Kieran Turner: “One reason for our optimism that we will travel the land route is the fact that the Al Quds convoy, a Libyan convoy also delivering aid to Gaza, is set to travel the land route in the coming days. For several weeks we have hoped to join our convoys and travel together.” However, the convoy is awaiting permission from the Egyptian authorities to pass through Egypt in this way.

Mr. Turner understands that there is a possibility the Egyptian government will deny the convoy the land route, in which case they will have only two acceptable options —

1) To press on via the land border without permission, at which time our only chance of success will be by way of significant international pressure and a reversal of a policy which tacitly supports the illegal siege of Gaza.

2) If the land route is denied the only remaining option is to deliver our aid by sea. This option inherently requires significant increases in the cost of our mission, and importantly, to all subsequent aid missions. The end result of this policy is a reduction in the already limited resources that can be brought to bear for the people of Palestine.

The convoy leadership urge the Egyptian authorities to allow us safe passage to Gaza by land in the coming days, allow the convoy to join the Al Quds convoy, and ultimately increase the “easing” of the blockade which continues to collectively punish the people of Gaza.

Mr. Ken O’Keefe calls on all the supporters of Palestine “to support Road to Hope and the Al Quds convoys by spreading awareness of our missions and encouraging Egyptian cooperation”.

Contacts:

Primary contact: London – Eleanor Merton +44 777 037 6701

Libya / Egypt – Kieran Turner +44 779 22 66 111 (interviews in Libya available if the roaming costs are covered.)

30 Survivors of the Mavi Marmara made it to Gaza


Posted by Marivel Guzman

 

On Thursday, October 21, at 4pm local time, Viva Palestina – Lifeline to Gaza 5 Convoy passed the Rafah crossing, and entered the besieged Gaza Strip

Out of the 600 passengers of the Mavi Marmara, the Turkish ship that suffered the deadly attack in Internationals Waters by Israeli commandos killing 9 peace activists, 30 of those have risked their life again joining the land convoy from  the UK based organization Viva Palestine.

Today October 22 marked a day in the calendar for the besieged  Gaza whom has  suffered a blockage of goods for more than 1300 days.

The highly publicized news from Israel of the ease of the blockage is nothing but propaganda aimed to calm the public opinion for its inhumane siege, that has been criticized by international organizations and heads of state.

The entrance of the convoy is just a bandage in the deep wound of Gaza, after being almost paralyzed for this siege.

This convoy and the previous can bring so little being the great necessity of Gaza after 5 years of Israel continuous attacks, and  the blockade that Israel imposed  under the indifference and almost official approval of the United Nations and its signatories countries.

The situation in Gaza is sad and deplorable after more than 5 years of assaults, destruction of her infrastructure and destruction of thousands of homes, added to the blockade imposed by Israel, with lame excuses, as the imports come to Gaza throughout the thousands of Tunnels between Gaza and Egypt. Illegal corridors that are more difficult to control than the established borders that count with military personal.

Gaza Heart and Mind

October 13, 2010 1 comment

By: Kamal Sobeh Posted by Marivel Guzman

How can a Gazan person present himself if his image had been distorted due to the negative thinking that made him sterile and destroyed his abilities for imagination and creativity?

How can he even see, if he is wearing black glasses as thick as windshield glass with layers of rust that had been accumulated in his mind and heart?

And how could he walk if his prosthesis is also truncated.
By hundreds in Gaza they ask themselves? is not the same for the others? as they do not dare to question the others, whom have the infallibility of their command and the key to life.

In Gaza nothing is going according to the requirements of a decent life, and happiness.

We are talking about people that have the ability to adapt rapidly, who, if given 500 dollars today have the ability to survive tomorrow.

The people have become aware that there is another basic requirement to live that goes beyond food and clothing, the incentive to live, which they are losing every moment.

He could not imagine himself on a trip with his sons because he simply does not have a permit to leave Gaza’s barbed wires.
Removing Barbe Wire withing the "buffer Zone"

He could not imagine his son, as a journalist struggling with his pen to write against the corruption that prevents such things as justice, purity and freedom, because the advocates of justice and freedom in and around Gaza have their own law, which prevents others from speaking the truth.

This is the bleak picture cameras can pick up if approached from Gaza borders, and the question arises, what is needed from the Palestinian Gazans to do in order to live their life with dignity, freedom, justice and security?.

Gimpse from outside Gaza

For more than 60 years since 1948, the Palestinians didn’t exclude anything; they tried Expulsion, Loss, Displacement, War and finally Peace.

At the end, the Palestinians succeeded in making peace with the world, but a small question remained: Is it not better to make peace amongst them selves?

The Palestinians in Gaza didn’t understand that their case rests on three pillars namely: National domestic alignment, Arab alignment, and International alignment, and the relationship between these alignment, is sequential in the sense that the second axis does not arise only if the first axis is based, and so on.

Another small question: Where do the Palestinian pillars rest on his case?
He destroyed the first axis by internal conflict, exhausted all the ingredients,
therefore the Arab axis became unable to take up the cause torn.

He awaits the opportunity to escape from his duties because it is tied up at the same time for his own interests and thus become the international situation is less supportive of the Palestinian cause.

So Palestinians in Gaza are important for teeth of internal conflict and the loss of they case which was lost with the hope of freedom, justice and peace.

Therefore the Palestinians must bring peace to themselves before attempting to achieve a comprehensive peace with others. Furthermore, the world must bequeath dignity, respect, freedom and security to the Palestinians, and contribute to halt the conflict and put an end to the violation of the daily humane rights abuses.

The world will find that the Palestinian is just a person that dreams of raising his children and dreams to show them the future sky free of the dust of war, to show them the green land without the contamination of blood stains and dreams of flowers before they trampled under the tanks.

However, most importantly, the Palestinians in Gaza have to be free from all negative and wrong ideas.-

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