Category Archives: From Gaza

What will Gaza’s Ark face from the Israeli navy as it challenges the blockade?

17th April 2014 | International Solidarity Movement 

Charlie Andreasson | Gaza, Occupied Palestine

The heavy bang is heard clearly, and I have to resist the impulse to climb over the breakwater to try to get a view of the attack in the haze. And a new round of bangs is heard. It can’t be far off the port of Gaza. Instead, I look up at the sky, squinting, and there it is, the drone that been circling around all morning. And I return to my work to completing Gaza ‘s Ark.

Interview with Charlie Andreasson in March 2014

While the negotiation between the Israeli Government and the Palestinian Authority is stalled again, the population of the Gaza Strip is for the seventh year under the isolation imposed by Israel, situation which is aggravated by the Egyptian choice of closing the Rafah border crossing. This isolation is broken only by international solidarity by means of several direct actions such as the interposition of volunteers (between farmers and Israeli snipers, or between fishers and patrol boat of the occupying navy), as well as the commitment of the activists raising awareness globally on Palestine, the informed chronicles of honest journalists, the projects of medical assistance, and the missions that aim at breaking an illegal siege, which is possible only because of the use of force. Among these we find the attempts of the Freedom Flotilla Coalition, starting with the first boats sailing towards Gaza to the tragedy of the Mavi Marmara in 2010; from the boycott suffered in the Greek ports the following year to the adventure on the sails of the Estelle in 2012. Today a boat is being prepared, which according to the plans of the organizers, should, for the first time since 1967, break the Gaza blockade from the inside and deliver Palestinian products, by sea, to those who have ordered them. Thanks to the financial contributions of many donors in these last few months, an old fishing boat was bought, and recently, thanks to the hard work of Palestinian and international volunteers, it was transformed into Gaza's Ark. Charlie Andreasson, from Sweden, is one of these volunteers. We had the opportunity to interview him.

Israeli Siege Disrupts Projects Worth $19m

Friday April 11, 2014 20:42  by Chris Carlson – 1 of International Middle East Media Center Editorial Group.

Minister of Local Government Mohammed al-Farra said that the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip, since 2007, disrupted 21 projects in the fields of water and sanitation.

The projects were negatively affected due to the closure of the crossings with Gaza and the ban on entry of construction materials which are necessary to fulfill several halted projects, al-Farra clarified Thursday, according to Al Ray.

Sweet and sinister images from Gaza’s hottest artists

A university museum in northeast England is not perhaps somewhere you would expect to find an exhibition of two of Arab art’s hottest young talents.

But in hosting Traces and Revelations, a viscerally exciting new show of paintings by Hazem Harb and Mohammed Joha, the Oriental Museum at the University of Durham has shown that Palestinian art can attract and inspire audiences outside the usual metropolitan circuits.

Gaza resident builds plant that returns plastic to fuel

A Gaza resident has built a high-tech plant from basic equipment to turn used plastic remains to its origin; fuel.

It took Ibrahim Soboh, 55, from the Nusairat refugee camp in the centre of the Gaza Strip, seven months to build and perfect the plant.

Israel's siege on the Gaza Strip lead to many essential goods running out, pushing the residents to Gaza to invent new machines with basic equipment to try to find alternatives.

Israel Refuses to Let Gaza Athlete Run in Bethlehem Marathon

by Chris Carlson – 1 of International Middle East Media Center Editorial Group

The Bethlehem marathon will host hundreds of runners from around the world in the ancient West Bank city next Friday, with one omission: The Palestinian Authority's top runner, who happens to reside in the Gaza Strip.

Long-distance runner, Nader Al Masri, Gaza, May 6 2011, Photo by Reuters
Long-distance runner, Nader Al Masri, Gaza, May 6 2011, Photo by Reuters

Israeli Military Vehicles ‘Enter Gaza,’ Warships Fire at Fishermen

TEHRAN (FNA)- Several Israeli military vehicles entered the Southern Gaza Strip early Tuesday, witnesses said.

Locals said six military vehicles entered Gaza East of al-Qarara. No shooting was reported, Ma'an reported.

Separately, Israeli warships opened fire at Palestinian fishermen off the coast of Northern Gaza City, causing damages to one fishing boat.

A fisherman said that an Israeli naval squadron fired at Palestinian boats near the al-Sudaniyya neighborhood. No injuries were reported.

U.N. decries dire Gaza conditions, calls for action

By Mohamed Maged, Monday, April 07, 2014

James W. Rawley, United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territories, has described humanitarian conditions in the Gaza Strip as among the most difficult in the world.

James W. Rawley, United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territories, has described humanitarian conditions in the Gaza Strip as among the most difficult in the world.

GAZA CITY – James W. Rawley, United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territories, has described humanitarian conditions in the Gaza Strip as among the most difficult in the world.

At a Monday press conference near the Israel-Gaza Karni border crossing – closed by Israel for the last ten years – Rawley said Gaza's humanitarian situation continued to worsen despite ongoing Palestinian-Israeli peace talks.

Gaza warns of Israeli settlement plans in Al-Quds

By Ola Attalah, Wednesday, April 02, 2014

GAZA CITY – The Gaza Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs on Wednesday warned of Israeli plans to build new Jewish-only settlements in Al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem).

"Tenders issued for the construction of 708 settlement units are part of Israel's plans to Judaize the holy city," the ministry said in a statement.

The Humanitarian Impact of Gaza’s Electricity and Fuel Crisis

Over 300 medical machines at hospitals were out of order, including the ONLY MRI machine at GazaEuropean Hospital. The average waiting time for some types of elective surgery at Gaza’s largest hospital (Shifa) is over a year.

By Haitham Sabbah – Sabbah Report 

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs – Occupied Palestinian Territory, has issued it March 2014 report on the “Humanitarian Impact of Gaza’s Electricity and Fuel Crisis.” [PDF below]

As you can imagine, the situation in besieged Gaza is disastrous.

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