No Decency Shown by Israeli Occupation Power

Readers, this reminds me of ‘progroms’ the Nazis ran during the Holocaust, it is the month of fasting for Muslims, Ramazan, for Heavens’ Sake! Let us bellow out our disgust to this continuous bullying and threats by the once victims of Nazism and now the perpetrators of what their own history is. Are they trying to obliterate it?

I have copied the following update word by word from a Gaza Human Rights Worker of Free Gaza Movement:

by Andrew Muncie, Scottish national & human rights worker

On Saturday the 6th of September, human rights workers from the Free Gaza Movement and the International Solidarity Movement again accompanied Palestinian fishermen in Gaza. It was just 09:30 in the morning, and we were only 4 miles out to sea, having barely left Gaza’s coastline behind,when the gunboat’s heavy machine gun opened up, spraying the wake around our hull with bullets.

There was no surprise. We’d just spent the previous 10 minutes watching as this Israeli gunboat harried another vessel from our fishing fleet. It would accelerate into an attack run, only to veer off at the last moment before collision, battering the fishing boat with its wake. It would pull alongside screeching threats and commands to stop over the megaphone. Throughout, its machine barked menacingly, peppering the air and water around the boat with bullets.

When our turn came, our skipper just stuck steadfast to his course,
neither slowing down nor speeding up. The crew continues preparing the
nets, only pausing briefly to consider the crack of the machine gun and
the trajectory of the bullets that were coming their way. This morning
they were going to fish.

They had to fish. How could they stop and turn back now? Why would they stop when they hadn’t even reached the so-called “6 mile limit” (not some agreed perimeter, not some internationally recognized boundary, indeed not even a border which had ever been officially declared or communicated to them, but just an arbitrary and elastic space delineated with the threat of gunfire)? And of course this gunboat was probably just toying with them as others like it had done so often before. These shots were most likely simply warning shots. Not like those which hospitalized 2 fishermen 3 days ago. Not like those that killed 14 of their colleagues in the last few years. Probably.

As expected, the gunboat got bored, perhaps even embarrassed with its
failure to force some sort of response. It withdrew and began slowly
patrolling slowly back and forth, as if nothing had happened. This respite
was welcome but brief. In the early afternoon another gunboat appeared on the horizon, heading in our direction at full speed. It tore in and out of our fleet again and again, weaving between our boats as if flags in a slalom ski course. A few bursts from its machine gun and it left just as promptly as it appeared.

Before long and the light began to fade. All in our fleet were heading
back to Gaza City, dragging their nets for the last time that day. We
waited eagerly in anticipation of Iftar and the time when we could break
our fast. Two of the men had already begun preparing the Ramadan supper, frying fish and prawns from that day’s catch. We gazed out across the sea, calculating how long it would be before the low sun finally met the horizon.

Suddenly another gunboat appeared with a definite menace apparent in its speed and course. Its cannon roared twice, the shells narrowly missing one of the leading boats, exploding in the water. Tracer bullets then pierced the dim light streaking across the sky just as the gunboat swerved again and went for another target. Its cannon roared a third time, and we tried to film, but the light was now so dim and the boat far away. But it mattered not. The fishermen insisted we stop, for the Ramadan supper was ready and their course was already set.

–Andrew Muncie, Free Gaza Movement, Gaza

Video on Carnage denied by USA in Afghanistan

This is too much for the weak stomachs of even peace-activists to see in our western civilisation! When one reads the whole article, this was not the only incident. The so-called ‘liberation’ of Kosovo, attack on Fallujah in Iraq, or everyday massacres of children in Gaza, numerous such crimes of ‘developed states’ are infinite. They are to cleanse the ‘baddies’. Who is charged for these war-crimes? Oh no, our governments are ‘democratic’ to be responsible for such loss of ‘petty’ human lives or ‘primitive people’ as Social Anthropologists used to think once they were, on this earth. I have participated in several demonstrations lately and chanted along with others “Bush Bush we know you how many kids did you kill today?” But American troops are not alone, they are supported by the forces of Nato from many other ‘civilised’ countries, too.


Commemoration for the Late Palestinian Poet Mahmoud Darwish

Just received this message. Anyone can attend it, I presume but please contact them just in case!

From: Palestinian General Delegation

Sub: Commemoration for the Late Palestinian Poet Mahmoud Darwish

The Association of the Palestinian Community UK

Commemoration for the Late Palestinian Poet Mahmoud Darwish

7 pm on Thursday the 9th of October 2008

Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, Kensington, London, W8 7NX

Significance of Syria in Europe

Readers are familiar with today’s superpower’s concept chalked out as the ‘axis of evil’ states. Here is development work offered by a network, with the government’s support and approval, for the people of one of these states in the Middle East for building bridges in the divided world of ours we live in:

Free Gaza Sailors received threats

My readers of this topic about Free Gaza should directly surf the web: to read more as the individual campaigners and the Israelis through their media continue to threaten and intimidate the 40 brave people on their 2 boats named SS FreeGaza and SS Liberty. See News:

Threats and Intimidation

Ramzi Kysia Date : 08-17-2008

It’s appalling enough to receive phone calls, warning us that our boats will be blown up or asking us if we know how to swim, but when the callers go after our families, then that crosses the line from adolescent intimidation to psychological terrorism. This past Thursday, Lauren Booth received one such call.

“On the 14th of August 2008, an anonymous man called my home in France as my daughters played hide and seek in the garden. This stranger spoke to my husband, warning him that ‘your wife is in great danger. These ships will be blown up.’ My husband asked how it was this person had obtained our private home number. No response was forthcoming, but the illicit threats carried on.”

Other members of our nonviolent project have had their families in Occupied Palestine threatened with violence as well. From these threats, a pernicious pattern of intimidation is beginning to emerge. The question, of course, is just who benefits the most by trying to terrorize and stop us from breaking Israel’s terrible siege on 1.4 million Palestinians in Gaza?

In April, 2008, The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel released a report stating, “The illegal exploitation of family members, who, in most instances, are not suspects themselves, has on many occasions caused severe psychological suffering to interrogees and to their innocent relatives. In more extreme cases, this method takes the form of psychological torture of a detainee rendering him a victim of a cruel psychological manipulation via the illegal exploitation of a close relative.”

Today in the Israeli newspaper, Haartez, Amos Harel writes: “Defense officials favor forcefully blocking two boats, which a group of U.S.-based activists plan to sail to Gaza … A position paper by the Foreign Ministry’s legal department says Israel has the right to use force against the demonstrators as part of the Oslo Accords … the Foreign Ministry’s paper means that security forces could detain the vessels upon entry to Gaza’s territorial waters, arrest the passengers and haul the ship to Israel, where the detainees could be interrogated.”

The Oslo accords expired in 1999, but even when they were in place they never advocated or allowed Israel to use deadly force against nonviolent human rights workers. However, Israel has decided to interpret the now-defunct accords as giving them permission to act violently against us.

Given this situation, we, the members of the Free Gaza Movement, would like to make two things very clear to the government of Israel:

1) We are nonviolent human rights activists and we have vowed to take no violent action, in either word or deed, against any other human beings – including against Israeli government and military officials who, apparently, wish us harm.

2) The threats and intimidation that we have received these past few days, though disturbing, do not even come close to the suffering imposed on 1.4 million Palestinians through the illegal and immoral Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip. Given the enormity of this crisis, we will not be deterred.

We will sail to Gaza, and this siege will be lifted.
Members of the Free Gaza and Liberty, setting sail this week.

A Tribute to Abdelwahab Elmessiri of Palestine

Palestine : Opinion/Editorial:

By Aslam Farouk-Alli, The Electronic Intifada, 4 August 2008

Abdelwahab Elmessiri passed away on Thursday, 3 July, in
the Palestine Hospital in Cairo at the age of 70. There is
a befittingly poetic resonance about the name of this
hospital — the place of his final struggle — when one
considers that Elmessiri had devoted almost his entire
intellectual career to the defense of the Palestinian
cause. Aslam Farouk-Alli remembers the life of the
Egyptian writer and political thinker.