Monthly Archives: February 2013

US investigated Gaza flotilla passengers for terror ties but not Israel’s slaying of citizen, new docs show


Nine passengers killed by Israeli commandos on the Mavi Marmara were commemorated during a June 2010 ceremony in Gaza City.

 (Ashraf Amra / APA images)

Recently-released US government documents related to Israel’s deadly May 2010 raid on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla shed new light on the extent to which the US disregarded the rights and safety of US citizens participating in the humanitarian mission to the besieged Gaza Strip — and the lengths to which it shielded Israel from accountability.

Peace-building Facilitate Global supports Gaza’s Ark

Gaza's Ark welcomes the support from Facilitate Global, the "not for profit organisation, promoting peacebuiding, human rights and international humanitarian law with a special focus on economic regeneration and development".

Estelle capture – Swedish TV4 report

Published on Feb 24, 2013

Report on Israeli violence during the capture of the Estelle (Swedish TV4, February 21, 2013) with English subtitles

(press the cc button on the video to show subtitles)

New footage: Israeli navy violent attack on Estelle

New footage of violent armed attack by Israeli navy on the Swedish Ship to Gaza, Estelle is revealed. The attack took place on 20 October 2012 in international water while the Estelle and her crew attempted to break Israel's blockade of Gaza. Towards the end of the video it is quite evident that masked Israeli soldiers use tasers against crew members.

Music: Habeas Corpus · No te rindas (Do not surrender)
Editor: Laura Arau for Rumbo a Gaza
Info: y

Witnesses: Israeli forces level farmland along Gaza border

Published 21 Feb 2013
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) — Israeli military vehicles entered the southern Gaza Strip on Thursday and leveled farmland near the border, witnesses said.

Six army vehicles entered east of Khan Younis, near al-Rawaydeh and al-Amour neighborhoods, and soldiers in watchtowers along the border opened fire, witnesses told Ma'an.

No injuries were reported.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said forces conducted "routine security activity" in the area.

Gaza minister: Egypt tunnel crackdown will fail

Published 20-02-2013
A Palestinian works inside a smuggling tunnel flooded by Egyptian
forces, beneath the Egyptian-Gaza border in Rafah, in southern Gaza,
Feb. 19. (Reuters/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) — Egypt's crackdown on smuggling tunnels to the Gaza Strip will not succeed unless alternatives to importing produce are provided, an official in Gaza's Hamas-run government said Wednesday. 

Several days ago, Egyptian forces began flooding smuggling tunnels under the Gaza border in a campaign to shut them down. The tunnels have provided a lifeline to Palestinians since Israel intensified its blockade of the Gaza Strip in 2007.

Fishermen arrested and boat confiscated

19 February 2013 | Palestinian Center for Human Rights, Besieged Gaza, Palestine

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns the Israeli Navy’s escalation of attacks against Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip and expresses its deep concern for such escalation, which resulted in arresting two fishermen and confiscating their boat today.

According to gaza_fishing_boats_attackedPCHR’s investigations, at approximately 10:15 on Monday, 19 February 2013, an Israeli gunboat attacked a Palestinian fishing boat, boarding 2 fishermen, sailing 1 nautical miles off al-Sundaniya shore in the northern Gaza Strip.  The Israeli soldiers fired directly at the boat, cordoned it and ordered the fishermen on board to take their clothes off, jump into the water and swim towards the gunboat. Two fishermen were arrested: Mohammed Shihda Khalil Sa’d Allah (60) and his son, Mahmoud (23), from Jabalya town in the north of the Gaza Strip.  The Israeli forces confiscated their fishing boat as well.  Immediately after capturing them, the Israeli forces handcuffed the fishermen, blindfolded them and transported them to Ashdod seaport. Both fishermen are still under arrest.

Four-city Canadian tour by senior Ambassador of the Palestinian Diplomatic Corps: Afif Safieh

Canadian Friends of Sabeel (CFOS) and the Near East Cultural and Educational Foundation of Canada (NECEF) are pleased to announce a four-city Canadian lecture tour by senior-most Ambassador of the Palestinian Diplomatic Corps and author Afif Safieh.  The tour will start in London on March 6, and will end in Montreal on March 11. Ambassador Safieh’s lectures, entitled "The Palestinian Question and International Law” will focus on the current geo-political realities in Palestine.

Book: Freedom Sailors

 Listen to an interview of Dr. Bill Dienst on the radio program Redeye.

Bill Dienst is the co-editor with Greta Berlin of the book Freedom Sailors. He will be on a book lauching tour in BC.

See upcoming events for schedule of presentations.

Artist: Redeye Collective
Title: Book: Freedom Sailors
Album: Redeye: Vancouver Cooperative Radio
Year: 2013
Genre: Interview
Length: 15:03 minutes (13.78 MB)
Format: 44.1kHz, 128Kbps

In 2008, two boats sailed through international waters to the port of Gaza City. Their goal was to challenge the Israeli Defence Forces control of goods in and out of the territory. Dr. Bill Dienst was on one of the boats. Dienst has co-edited a first-hand account of that journey including many of the voices of the people involved. He speaks with Redeye host Lorraine Chisholm.



VIDEO: Poverty rising in Gaza because of Israeli blockade