Friday, May 28, 2010

Convoy Of Ships Heads To Gaza In Attempt To Break Blockade

Hamas marine security boats practice off the Gaza coast Wednesday for the expected arrival of an aid flotilla this week
Jerusalem (CNN) -- The Israeli government said Thursday it will stop a convoy of cargo and passenger ships filled with supplies and headed to Gaza to break a blockade imposed by Israel in 2007. Government officials said Wednesday they have given the Israeli Defense Forces instructions to reroute the flotilla to Ashdod port in Israel, where the supplies will be unloaded and transferred to Gaza. Mark Regev, an Israeli government spokesman, called the flotilla "a cheap political stunt."
"If they were really interested in the well being of the people of Gaza, they would have accepted the offers of Egypt or Israel to transfer humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza, along with the other 15 thousand tons sent every week," he said.

The convoy, which left various European ports, is organized by two major groups: the Free Gaza movement, a pro-Palestinian human rights organization, and the IHH movement, a Turkish humanitarian relief foundation affiliated with the Islamic Brotherhood. Organizers said the convoy is carrying 10,000 tons of construction material, medical equipment and school supplies, and about 750 activists of different nationalities. Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said Yossi Gal, its director-general, has summoned the ambassadors of Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Sweden and Ireland -- the countries from which the flotilla set sail -- and "clarified the state of Israel's official position, which declares the flotilla an absolute provocation: There is no shortage of humanitarian aid to Gaza, as food products, fuel and supplies are constantly transferred into the Gaza Strip by the international organizations."

The flotilla is "invited to dock at Ashdod port, to unload their cargo and transfer it to Gaza, after a security check, either via the Israeli authorities or via the humanitarian organizations," the ministry said. Hanin Zoabi, a member of Israel's parliament, the Knesset, and a passenger on the flotilla, called it a "humanitarian campaign for the 1.5 million Palestinian people who Israel put in jail for about the last four years without allowing building material, without educational material, without food into the Gaza strip.

"Israel destroyed 165 schools and more than 100 (factories) and destroyed tens of thousands of houses without enabling the Palestinians to rebuild their homes and their lives," Zoabi said. "This is a very strong political message towards Israel and towards the Arab world that stood silent regarding what is happening in Gaza." Israel imposed the naval blockade on Gaza after the Hamas forcefully took control of Gaza in 2007, ousting the Fatah movement headed by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Regev argued that the activists maintain a double standard when it comes to Hamas' actions.
"They call themselves human rights activists, but they remain silent when it comes to Hamas' deliberate targeting of Israeli civilians and the brutalities of the Hamas regime in Gaza, which has crushed political opposition, suppressed independent media and has locked up hundreds of political opponents."

Sarah Weiss Maudi, an Israeli Foreign Ministry legal expert, said, "The naval blockade has been imposed by Israel because Israel is currently in a state of armed conflict with the Hamas regime that controls Gaza." Under international maritime law, when a maritime blockade is in effect, no vessels can enter the blockaded area. Maritime blockades are a legitimate measure under international law, and may be implemented as part of an armed conflict at sea, Israeli officials have said. "The objective of the boats is to break Israel's siege on Gaza, to break Israel's blockade on Gaza. The material that we have on board are all of the materials that Israel denied to the people of Gaza like cement, building supplies, educational supplies etc," said Greta Berlin, co-founder of Free Gaza movement. "We do not accept the siege on Gaza," said Zoabi. "... Israel does not want a siege. It wants a silent siege. Israel does not want occupation, it wants a silent occupation. It wants its policies to go without criticisms of the world. That's why it wants to stop the flotilla and also avoid coverage of the event," she said."... This is an important aim of Israel, is to stop the cameras in order for the participants who are participating in this flotilla and the others who are following it not to see the aggression of the Israeli army, but I think this does not threaten us and it does not bring fear among us," she said.

Noam Shalit, father of captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, told CNN he offered through his lawyer to attempt to convince the Israeli government to let the flotilla arrive in Gaza if participants would pass aid, including letters and medicine, to his son. The organizers of the convoy, including Berlin, refused, he said, telling him their main purpose is to break the siege.Gilad Shalit has been held captive since June 2006, when Palestinian militants from Gaza captured him. Noam Shalit says his son has been kept in total isolation for the past four years, a violation of international conventions and against international law. There have been eight naval convoys to Gaza until now, and Israel has allowed three to dock at the Gaza port.

Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said that since January 2009, more than a million tons of humanitarian supplies entered Gaza from Israel. The most efficient system to transfer goods to Gaza is through the land crossings, Palmor said. Asked if he was concerned about being arrested, Zoabi told CNN, "I am not worried because I am not doing anything against the law. What I do is according to human rights, according to international values and according to universal values, so it is not against the law. "I am (a) Knesset member, and this is part of my political responsibility," she said. "It is part of my human responsibility. This is not against the law to aid people, to help and support (those) who are under siege ... I think the side that is breaking the law, international law, and breaking the human values is Israel and not anyone else."



The Freedom Flotilla Sails to Gaza in May

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(London, UK) On May 24, 2010, the Freedom Flotilla sets sail for Gaza determined to, once again, challenge Israel’s blockade of 1.5 million Palestinians trapped in an open-air prison. Under the coordination of the Free Gaza Movement, numerous human rights organizations, including the Turkish Relief Foundation (IHH), the Perdana Global Peace Organization from Malaysia, the European Campaign to End the Siege of Gaza, and the Swedish and Greek Boat to Gaza initiatives will send three cargo ships loaded with reconstruction, medical and educational supplies. At least five passenger boats with over 600 people on board will accompany the cargo ships.

These passengers include members of Parliament from around the world, U.N., human rights and trade union activists, as well as journalists who will document the largest coordinated effort to directly confront Israel’s illegal blockade of Gaza and take in basic supplies.

Said Mary Hughes Thompson, one of Free Gaza’s co-founders, “Although we were happy with the first trips, it was bitter-sweet, knowing that our small boats and symbolic amounts of relief paled in comparison to what was really needed in Gaza. Now, we finally feel we are helping to organize a powerful action, one with the potential to translate into a sustained campaign of much more effective challenges to Israel's brutal siege.”

In the past three months, Israel has limited fuel to run the power station. Much of Gaza is often in darkness. There are just enough trucks coming in to barely prevent total starvation, and Egypt, complicit with the Israeli-US policy of blockading Palestinians, is building an underground steel wall to prevent people in Gaza from bringing in vitally needed supplies through tunnels.


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Contact: Greta Berlin, +33 63 142 7577, http://mc/compose?

Huwaida Arraf, +970-598-336-215, +972-542-635-936, http://mc/compose?

Caoimhe Butterly, +353 876 114 553, http://mc/compose?

A cargo ship sponsored by the people of Malaysia and loaded with cargo donated from citizens of Ireland, Scotland, and Britain as well as thousands around the world, will depart from Ireland the second week of May. When it reaches the Mediterranean, she will be joined by the other boats and begin the journey to Gaza.

Dr. Mona El-Farra, Deputy Director of the Union of Health Work Committees in Gaza was pleased to hear we are coming back. “When the two boats from Free Gaza entered the harbor in 2008, it was like a dream, it was historic. And all great things start with some dreamers who made it true. For us in Gaza, the dream of freedom will not be lost, and we welcome this next voyage with open hearts.”

The Free Gaza Movement along with the partners listed above, are the organizers of this flotilla. However, dozens of organizations and tens of thousands of people around the world are taking part to make this voyage a success.

Greta Berlin


10 Produk yang Memiliki Link dengan Israel, Diboikot!

Jumat, 18/12/2009 23:48 WIB

KNRP - Aktivis anti-apartheid telah menamai sejumlah merek komersial sebagai sponsor Israel, dan mendesak negara-negara dunia untuk berpikir dua kali sebelum membeli produk-produk tersebut menjelang Natal.

Kampanye AS untuk Boikot Akademik dan Budaya Israel (USACBI) merilis daftar 10 perusahaan multi-nasional yang terikat dengan Israel, serta mengatakan bahwa perusahaan tersebut mendapatkan keuntungan salah satunya dari pembangunan dinding apartheid Tepi Barat.

USACBI menuduh kelompok-kelompok komersial ini memiliki peran langsung dalam penderitaan rakyat Palestina, dengan memanfaatkan kekuatan pekerja Palestina dan mendukung militer Israel untuk membangun proyek-proyek pemukiman ilegal di wilayah-wilayah Palestina yang diduduki.

Lebih lanjt mereka mengatakan bahwa perusahaan-perusahaan tersebut juga telah menjadi ancaman serius terhadap lingkungan dan melanggar undang-undang ketenagakerjaan internasional. Dengan adanya catatan ini, maka upaya untuk memboikot produk-produk mereka menjadi sangat penting.

Perusahaan yang terdaftar untuk diboikot itu antara lain AHAVA cosmeceutical, industri tekstil Galil, Produk Bawang Putih dan Herbal Dorot, yang semuanya memiliki basis di Israel.

Perusahaan telekomunikasi Motorola, Intel Corporation - terbesar di dunia semi konduktor pembuat chip -, perusahaan Estee Lauder kosmetik dan perawatan kulit, perusahaan Sabra, yang menghasilkan produk makanan bergaya Mediterania, dan perususahaan barang-barang konsumen global Sara Lee juga termasuk perusahaan yang terdapat dalam daftar.

Sementara itu perusahaan kosmetik raksasa yang berbasis di Paris L'Oreal dan pengecer pakaian wanita asal Amerika Victoria's Secret, juga berada di antara perusahaan-perusahaan yang akan diboikot oleh USACBI.

Para penggerak Pro-Palestina ini semakin memiliki banyak pendukung di seluruh Eropa setelah Tel Aviv melakukan serangan ofensif di Jalur Gaza bulan Desember 2008-Januari 2009. Dan kali ini tampaknya sasaran para penggerak Pro-palestina ini mengarah pada rezim sektor perdagangan Israel.

Sementara itu di lain pihak, pada hari Kamis kemarin (17/12) para anggota parlemen Israel mengancam akan memboikot produk-produk Inggris sebagai tanggapan atas dikeluarkannya sebuah kebijakan oleh Departemen Inggris untuk urusan Lingkungan Hidup, Food and Rural Affairs, yang mengharuskan para penjual menyatakan apakah produk Tepi Barat yang tercantum dalam label-label produk dagang, benar-benar di buat oleh warga Palestina atau hanya manipulasi dan dibuat oleh Israel.

Empat puluh anggota parlemen dari Israel serta 120 anggota parlemen Knesset, menandatangani petisi tersebut untuk dikirim ke parlemen Inggris, demikian menurup penuturan seorang pembantu anggota dewan bernama Ronit Tirosh, yang akan memimpin pergerakan ini.

Kini masyarakat internasional semakin banyak yang menganggap bhawa permukiman Israel di Tepi Barat tidak sah dan serta menjadi rintangan utama dalam upaya perdamaian. Untuk itulah semakin banyaak lahir gerakan-gerakan pro-Palestina dan anti-apartheid Israel. (mirzah/presstv)

Australia Terima Puluhan Pengungsi Palestina

Sabtu, 05/12/2009 22:47 WIB

KNRP – Pada Rabu (2/12) sore lalu tercatat 42 pengungsi Palestina yang tinggal di kamp padang pasir, Al-Haul di Kota Hasakah, 700 km timur laut Damaskus, telah bertolak meninggalkan tempat padang pasir itu sejak selama lebih dari tiga tahun mereka hidup di tengah kondisi yang memburuk.

Para pengungsi itu telah meninggalkan kamp padang pasir Al-Haul melalui Bandar Udara Internasional Damaskus, menyusul pengumuman yang diberikan Australia ihwal persetujuan untuk menjadikan Australia sebagai rumah mereka.

Asosiasi Palestina di Irak yang dipimpin oleh Thamer Misheen telah memberikan para pengungsi Palestina itu sebuah tas 'Dia Palestina yang Pulang' dan berfoto bersama sebagai keang-kenangan. Asosiasi juga mendesak mereka untuk berpegang kepada identitas Islam dan nasionalisme serta komitmen terhadap masalah Palestina.

Jumlah pengungsi di kamp Al-Haul sendiri melampaui 600 orang, yang sebelumnya berjumlah 331 yang kemudian datang ratusan pengungsi dari dari kamp-kamp pengungsi Palestina di Suriah. Namun ratusan pengungsi itu menyampaikan keluhannya atas kondisi mereka. Karena itu, mereka mendesak Komisaris Tinggi untuk Pengungsi Perserikatan Bangsa-Bangsa untuk menerbitkan KTP kepada mereka dan membangun rumah untuk berteduh serta menghimbau kepada semua badan dan organisasi-organisasi kemanusiaan dan media untuk memberikan bantuan kemanusiaan.

Menarik diungkap, sejumlah pengungsi kamp Al-Haul telah didistribusikan ke Swedia, Kanada, Perancis dan Denmark. Sementara itu, seperti disebutkan paltimes, kamp Al-Haul merupakan kamp pengungsi padang pasir paling awal di Irak, dimana kamp itu didirikan pada Mei 2006 setelah Suriah menyetujui untuk menerima para pengungsi itu di wilayah Trebil di perbatasan Yordania di Irak.(milyas/pt)

Putus Sekolah, 50% Anak Palestina di Kamp Pengungsi Lebanon

Senin, 23/11/2009 17:04 WIB

KNRP - Angka putus sekolah di kalangan anak-anak pengungsi Palestina di Libanon sudah sampai ke tingkat mencemaskan, yaitu hampir 50 persen dari siswa yang berusia 17 tahun dan 40 persen dari yang berusia 16. Demikian seperti diingatkan oleh para pejabat PBB pada Jumat pekan lalu.

"Kami sedang membunyikan alarm bahwa tingkat putus sekolah itu terlalu tinggi di kalangan anak-anak usia sekolah dari perantara untuk tingkat sekolah tinggi," kata Ray Virgilio Torres, Kepala Dana untuk Anak-anak di PBB (UNICEF) di Beirut, dalam kaitan laporannya dalam masalah tersebut, seperti dilansir situs palestinechronicle.

Laporan itu sendiri dirilis bertepatan dengan ulang tahun ke-20 terkait konvensi internasional mengenai hak-hak anak. Di dalam laporan itu Torres mengatakan bahwa secara keseluruhan, hampir 15 persen anak-anak yang berusia antara 7 dan 17 tahun bertempat tinggal di Libanon yang berasal 12 kamp-kamp pengungsi dan dalam pertemuan warga Palestina di sana diketahui banyak dari mereka yang putus sekolah.

Menurut UNICEF, sepertiga dari anak-anak itu buta huruf. "Angka ini sangat mengkhawatirkan jika Anda mempertimbangkan bahwa separuh dari usia 17 tahun anak-anak itu putus sekolah dibandingkan dengan 40 persen ketika mereka sampai pada usia 16 tahun," imbuh Torres.

"Ini adalah usia yang sensitif dan jika Anda menambahkan bahwa risiko lain akan terkena mereka di kamp-kamp, inilah alasan untuk khawatir," tegas dia sembari menambahkan bahwa sebagian besar anak-anak yang putus sekolah itu karena kemiskinan, kurangnya pendidikan sesuai program dan kurangnya perspektif untuk masa depan.

"Para pemuda mengatakan, mengapa harus sekolah ketika saya tidak bisa bekerja setelah itu'," kata Torres menirukan salah sebab alasan putus sekolah mereka itu. Untuk diketahui, Hukum Libanon mencegah pengungsi Palestina untuk melakoni sebuah profesi atau memiliki properti.

Torres juga mengungkapkan faktor lain yang mengkhawatirkan yaitu pekerja anak anak-anak di kalangan pengungsi Palestina yang mencapai 6,1 persen, sebagian besar dari mereka adalah anak laki-laki. "Ini terlalu tinggi bila Anda membandingkannya dengan angka di negara-negara maju di mana tenaga kerja anak praktis menghilang," kata Torres.

Terdapat sekitar 250.000 sampai 270.000 pengungsi Palestina hidup di Libanon. Sebagian besar berasal dari keluarga yang tiba pada tahun 1948 setelah pembentukan negara Israel secara paksa.(milyas/ palestinechronicle)

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