Monthly Archives: March 2013

Pro-Palestinian march caps alternative world forum in Tunis

Pro-Palestinian march caps alternative world forum in Tunis
Published Saturday 30/03/2013 (updated) 31/03/2013 14:18
 
 
President of the Human Rights League of Tunisia (C) holds a Palestinian
flag during a protest on March 30, 2013 in Tunis. (AFP/Fethi Belaid)
TUNIS (AFP) — More than 15,000 people marched in central Tunis on Saturday chanting support for the Palestinian people, as a week-long anti-globalization forum wrapped up its first-ever meeting in an Arab country.

"Land, liberty, dignity," chanted the marchers as they made their way to the emblematic Habib Bourguiba Avenue — epicenter of the 2011 protests in Tunisia that sparked the Arab Spring in several Arab capitals.

The march on Saturday was organized to coincide with Land Day commemorations in Palestine and parts of Israel to mark the 1976 killing of six protesters demonstrating against Israeli plans to confiscate Palestinian land.

Tunisians, intl. activists commemorate Land Day, organize Gaza Freedom Flotilla

Human rights activists from 5 continents have gathered in Tunis to organize a new Freedom Flotilla which will break the Israeli blockade on the Gaza strip.

Courtesy of PressTV

Israeli Drone Strikes in Gaza in November 2012 Attack: Two-Thirds Killed Were Civilians

More Palestinians Killed by Drones Alone in eight DAYS than Israelis Killed by rockets in eight YEARS

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Two-thirds of Palestinians killed by Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) drones in the November, 2012 attack on Gaza were civilians. 

Gaza’s Ark at the WSF 2013 – Photo display

Gaza's Ark was represented at the World Social Forum in Tunis from 26-30 March 2013. David Heap, Ehab Lotayef and Ann Wright from the Steering Committee presented Gaza's Ark and explained the mission that will attempt to break the Israeli blockade by sailing from Gaza while supporting Palestinian fishers and producers. See Mission Statement.

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“I really hope these crops can reach their harvest”

Wednesday, 27 March 2013 00:00

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Majid Abdel Aziz Wahdan (52) in the land he farms in Beit Hanoun

Following its disengagement from the Gaza Strip in September 2005, Israel unilaterally and unlawfully established a so-called ‘buffer zone’, an area prohibited to Palestinians along the land and sea borders of the Gaza Strip. The precise area designated by Israel as a “buffer zone” is unclear and this Israeli policy is often enforced with live fire. In accordance with the ceasefire agreement that ended Israel’s last military offensive on the Gaza Strip in November 2012, the Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) in an online statement on 25 February 2013 declared that farmers could access lands in the border area up to 100m from the border fence instead of the previously imposed 300 meters. However, this reference, along with the reference to the increased fishing area at sea, was removed from the statement later. Then, on 11 March 2013, an Israeli army spokesperson, in a letter to GISHA, stated “the residents ofGaza are required not to approach within 300m of the security fence”.

B’Tselem: Lift the restrictions on the Gaza fishing range

B'Tselem Press Release

Lift the restrictions on the Gaza fishing range

 

Published: 

 24 Mar 2013

Reduction of the fishing range in the Gaza Strip in response to missile fire on southern Israel constitutes collective punishment and severely damages the livelihood of Gaza fishermen.

This past Thursday (21 March 2013) the IDF spokesperson announced that the Israeli military will once again reduce the permitted fishing range in the Gaza Strip from six nautical miles to three (approximately 5.5km). This is in response to missile fire by armed Palestinian groups towards the south of Israel on Thursday morning. In doing so, the military reinstated the harsh restrictions imposed on Gaza's fishermen prior to Operation Pillar of Defense. Earlier, the military announced it will close the Kerem Shalom crossing between Gaza and Israel in response to the shooting.

“Trade not aid” focus of new attempt to break Gaza blockade

27 March 2013

 

Israel continues to violate a ceasefire agreement signed in November which expanded the fishing limit off Gaza’s shores. 

 (Ezz Al-Zanoon / APA images)

GAZA CITY (IPS) – “An ark is literally a large floating vessel designed to keep its passengers and cargo safe,” according to the group preparing Gaza’s Ark. But its is “a vessel that embodies hope that the Palestinians of the Gaza Strip can soon live in peace without the threat of the Israeli blockade.”

Radio interview with Robert Naiman

Robert Naiman is Policy Director at Just Foreign Policy. Naiman has worked as a policy analyst and researcher at the Center for Economic and Policy Research and Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch. He has masters degrees in economics and mathematics from the University of Illinois and has studied and worked in the Middle East.

He has recently written an article published in the Huffington Post, "Flotilla 3.0: Redeeming Obama's Palestine speech with Gaza's Ark", re-posted on this website.

You can hear a follow up radio interview he gave on March 26 on WBAI Free Speech Radio in New York.

You can hear his interview here. It starts at 39:15 minutes.


 

Urgent appeal: Illegal restrictions on fishing access to the Palestinian territorial waters

Illegal restrictions on fishing access to the Palestinian territorial waters 


Posted on: Saturday, March 23, 2013

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URGENT APPEALRef: UA 05 / 13.

 

VIOLATIONS: illegal restrictions on fishing access to the Palestinian territorial waters

 

Under the government of Israel’s illegal occupation, Palestinian families are severely deprived of a vital food source because of Israel’s illegal restrictions placed on access by fishermen to the Palestinian territorial waters off the coast of the Gaza Strip.

Now Gaza’s Ark Prepares to Dare Israel

By Eva Bartlett

Palestinian fishers are hit hard by the Israeli blockade on Gaza. Credit: Emad Badwan/IPS.

IPS News

Palestinian fishers are hit hard by the Israeli blockade on Gaza. Credit: Emad Badwan/IPS.

GAZA CITY, Mar 27 2013 (IPS) – “An ark is literally a large floating vessel designed to keep its passengers and cargo safe,” say the group preparing ‘Gaza’s Ark’. But their ark, they say, is “a vessel that embodies hope that the Palestinians of the Gaza Strip can soon live in peace without the threat of the Israeli blockade.”

An initiative by Palestinians in Gaza and international solidarity activists, Gaza’s Ark entails “purchasing a run-down boat from a local fishing family,” says Michael Coleman, a member of Free Gaza Australia and on the Gaza’s Ark steering committee.