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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

[GazaFriends] Report from it and read it, then send it on

On May 31, 2010, the six ships reached 75 miles away from the coast of Israel. We constantly reiterated that we were traveling in peace and carrying nothing but humanitarian and construction aid to the people of Gaza. At around 3:00 am, the battleships were still following us along with nearly 30 zodiacs that surrounded the flotilla in international waters.

At 4:10 am, messages from the ship, Define stated, "Mavi Marmara, all of the boats and ships are approaching you." Shortly after, when most of the participants were performing their morning prayers, pursuit boats carring masked, armed soldiers came alongside the boats. At least 10 Israeli soldiers were in every boat. As they tried to get onboard, they began shooting. Then we heard sounds that were similar to gas bombs. The third sound was the constant sound of machine gun fire. At the same time, military helicpters full of armed soldiers rappeled down, shooting as they descended.

This operation was hostile from the very beginning, directed towards killing and killing as many as possible. Israeli soldiers did not open fire on the ships as a warning. They opened fire to kill. The first two people on board were shot in the head, killing them instantly.

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Re: Gaza blockade analysis | Jerusalem killing | National unity remains elusive


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By Jonathan Cook, The Electronic Intifada, 28 June 2010

As Israel last week declared the "easing" of the four-year blockade of Gaza, an official explained the new guiding
principle: "Civilian goods for civilian people." The severe and apparently arbitrary restrictions on foodstuffs
entering the enclave -- coriander bad, cinnamon good -- will finally end, while a "security" blockade will remain.
But in truth, Israel's "security" blockade is, in both its old and new incarnations, every bit a "civilian" blockade.
Jonathan Cook comments.


By Hasan Abu Nimah, The Electronic Intifada, 24 June 2010

Ever since Israel's murderous attack on the Freedom Flotilla on 31 May, there have been increasing calls from
many parties on Israel to end its siege of Gaza. This is strange as well as deceitful, for the siege is not
Israel's alone. Hasan Abu Nimah comments.


By Mel Frykberg, The Electronic Intifada, 25 June 2010

RAMALLAH, occupied West Bank (IPS) - "Where is my daddy? Why is he not coming home? I want my daddy," sobs
seven-year-old Yasmin, her big blue eyes filling with tears. She wakes up crying every night. "My life only
began when I met him. I will never meet such a wonderful man again," Yasmin's mother Moira Julani tells IPS.


By Rami Almeghari, Live from Palestine, 24 June 2010

Since the split between the Fatah and Hamas factions deepened after the latter stymied foreign-backed efforts to overthrow it in 2007 following its election victory the previous year, there has been much talk of restoring Palestinian unity. Such reconciliation has however so far eluded all efforts. Some analysts think it may have a better chance now. Rami Almeghari reports for The Electronic Intifada.


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Sunday, June 27, 2010

EI scoop: leaked docs show PA flotilla betrayal at UN | Palestine & the US left | And more ...


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By Asa Winstanley, The Electronic Intifada, 22 June 2010

Leaked documents obtained by The Electronic Intifada show that the Palestinian Authority tried and failed to
undermine Turkey's push for strong condemnation, and an independent UN Human Rights Council investigation into
Israel's deadly attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla. Asa Winstanley reports.


By Noura Erakat, The Electronic Intifada, 23 June 2010

As progressive forces in the United States prepare to convene the second US Social Forum this week in Detroit,
Noura Erakat comments on the gap between Palestinian and Arab dreams of an America committed to justice and the
reality of the work it would take to achieve this dream.


By Alex Kane, The Electronic Intifada, 22 June 2010

Last New Year's Eve, Debbie Mardon did not celebrate with noise makers or confetti -- instead, she headed to Cairo's
main square to participate in the Gaza Freedom March with her son and daughter. It was an unlikely place to be for a
previously apolitical mother who voted for George W. Bush and as recently as three years ago relied on right-wing
radio hosts to help her make sense of the world. Alex Kane reports.


By David Cronin, The Electronic Intifada, 22 June 2010

BRUSSELS (IPS) -- European Union subsidies earmarked for reducing air travel's contribution to climate change may
help develop deadlier warplanes than those already found in the world's arsenals, Brussels officials have admitted.
Some 1.6 billion euros ($2 billion) has been allocated to the EU's Clean Sky project, which aims to develop aircraft
engines that emit half as much carbon dioxide as those now in use.


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[GazaFriends] Midnight on the Mavi Marmara

Midnight on the Mavi Marmara

The Attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla and How It Changed the Course of the Israeli/Palestine Conflict

Moustafa Bayoumi, Editor

"We have been attacked while in international waters. That means the Israelis have behaved like pirates … The moment they start to steer this ship towards Israel, we have also been kidnapped. The whole action is illegal." - Henning Mankell, aboard the Gaza Freedom Flotilla

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

The History of Palestine

The Holy Land saw peace and justice during 1300 years of Muslim rule and persecution of Jews, Christians, and Muslims at other times.

Palestine is the land of prophets. Many prophets were born or died in Palestine, including Prophets Ibrahim (Abraham), Lut (Lot), Dawood (David), Suleiman (Solomon), Musa (Moses), and Isa (Jesus), alayhimu-salam.

Baitul-Maqdis in Palestine was the first Qibla (direction in which Muslims face when praying) too, and Muslims prayed facing Baitul-Maqdis for around 14 years, after which Allah ordered the Qibla to be changed towards the Kaabah in Makkah.

Early History

The Canaanites are the earliest known inhabitants of Palestine. They were thought to have lived in Palestine in the third millennium BC. Then Pharaonic Egypt controlled the area for much of the second millennium BC. Prophet Musa, alayhi-salam, was born in Palestine during this time. When Egyptian power began to weaken, new invaders appeared: the Hebrews, a group of Semitic tribes from Mesopotamia; and the Philistines, after whom the country (Philistia) was later named, an Aegean people of Indo-European stock. The Israelites, a confederation of Hebrew tribes, defeated the Canaanites, but the struggle with the Philistines was more difficult. The Philistines had established an independent state on the southern coast of Palestine and controlled the Canaanite town of Jerusalem. The Philistines were superior in military organization and severely defeated the Israelites in about 1050 BC.

Then, in around 995 BC, Prophet Dawood, alayhi-salam, Israel's king, united the Hebrew tribes and eventually defeated the Philistines. The three groups (Canaanites, Philistines, and Israelites) assimilated with each other over the years. The unity of Israelite tribes enabled Prophet Dawood, alayhi-salam, to establish a large independent state, with its capital at Jerusalem. After the death of Prophet Dawood, alayhi-salam, in around 961 BC Prophet Sulayman, alayhi-salam, his son, became the new king of Israel.

Construction and Destruction of the First Temple

Prophet Sulayman, alayhi-salam, built a magnificent place of worship, the First Temple, which housed the Ark of the Covenant, a sacred chest holding the tablets inscribed with the Ten Commandments. Soon after his death, the kingdom was divided into two parts: northern Israel and southern Judah. Pagan Assyrians overran Israel in 721 BC. They destroyed the First Temple. In 538 BC Persian emperor Cyrus defeated the Babylonians and Jews were allowed to return to Jerusalem.

Construction and Destruction of the Second Temple

In 515 BC the Jews built the Second Temple at the same site of the First Temple. Alexander conquered Palestine in 332 BC. Three centuries later, the Romans entered Jerusalem. Herod, the client king for the Roman Empire expanded the Second Temple but destroyed the religion. Then Prophet Isa, alayhi-salam, was born, around 4 BC. Jews joined with Roman paganism to persecute Prophet Jesus and his followers.

In 70 CE, Titus of Rome laid siege to Jerusalem. The Herodian Temple eventually fell, and with it the whole city. Seeking a complete and enduring victory, Titus ordered the total destruction of the city. A new city named Aelia was built on the ruins of Jerusalem, and a temple dedicated to Jupitor was raised.

Christian Rule of Palestine

In 313 CE the Roman emperor Constantine I legalized Christianity. Palestine, as the Holy Land, became a focus of Christian pilgrimage. Most of the population became Hellenized and Christianized. In 324 CE Constantine of Byzantium marched on Aelia. He rebuilt the city walls and commissioned the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and opened the city for Christian pilgrimage.

In the year 620 CE, Isra' wal Mi'raj took place. On this night, in a miraculous way, the Prophet was taken on a momentous journey from Makkah to Jerusalem and from there to heaven. The Night Journey was a great miracle that Muslims believe was given to Prophet Muhammad as an honor and also to impress upon the Muslims the importance of Jerusalem to them. The Night Journey from Makkah to Jerusalem is called al-Isra' and the ascension from Jerusalem to the heaven is called al-Mi'raj. Both of these events took place on the same night. Angel Gabriel took Prophet Muhammad from Makkah to Jerusalem. There he met all the Prophets and Messengers and led them in prayers. Then it is reported that the Prophet stood at the Sacred Rock (al-Sakhrah al-Musharrafah), went to the heavens. He arrived back in Makkah the same night.

Muslim Rule of Palestine

The Byzantines who ruled Jerusalem at this time were very harsh. They not only barred Jews from entering Jerusalem, but also persecuted Christians who did not follow the same sect as them. On the other hand, Muslims had the reputation for mercy and compassion in victory. So when the Muslims marched into Palestine in 638 CE, the people of Jerusalem gave up the city only after a brief siege. They made just one condition, that the terms of their surrender be negotiated directly with the Khalifah Umar, Radi-Allahu anhu, in person. Umar, Radi-Allahu anhu, agreed to come and entered Jerusalem on foot. There was no bloodshed or massacres. Those who wanted to leave were allowed to leave, with all their goods. Those who wanted to stay were guaranteed protection for their lives, property and places of worship.

The conquest of Palestine by the Muslims put an end to centuries of instability, religious persecution, and colonial rule. After the advent of Islam, people enjoyed security, safety and peace. Schools, mosques and hospitals were founded. Palestine was a center of learning from which a large number of scholars graduated. The conquest of Palestine by the Muslims began the 1300 years of Muslim rule, with the exception of the period of the Crusades (1099-1187) in what then became known as Filastin.

The conquest of Palestine by the Muslims put an end to centuries of instability, religious persecution, and colonial rule.

The Christian occupation of Palestine began after the sermon which pope Urban the second delivered in 1095 CE, when he incited the Christians to rescue the Holy Sepulcher from the hands of the Muslims. The Holy Land fell after a month of siege. The Crusades entered it in 1099 CE and massacred its residents not sparing the infants or elderly, and the number killed went over seventy thousand. Then the Crusaders established a Latin kingdom. During the occupation, massacres and great injustices were committed against the Muslim, Jewish and native Christian residents of the area.

Finally, in 1187 CE, Palestine was liberated by the Muslims under the leadership of Salahuddin Ayyubi, who brought back Islamic law to the area. Peace and justice once again ruled Palestine, and everyone, regardless of their religion, was allowed to live there peacefully.

The Founding of Israel and Palestine Today

The first serious plan for the establishment of the country of Israel was in the Bale conference in Switzerland in 1897 CE. The conference succeeded and was attended by 204 of those invited, where they decreed the establishment of a nation for the Jews in Palestine.

After the Bale conference, the Jewish movement became active which led Sultan Abdul Hameed (the then Khalifah) to deliver his famous decree in 1900 to stop the Jewish pilgrims from residing in Palestine for longer than three months. Sultan Abdul Hameed knew very well the designs and plans of the Jews. Contact with the Sultan was commenced by the Jews in 1882 when the Friends of Zion society put up a request to the Ottoman council in Russia for residence in Palestine. The Sultan responded: "The Ottoman government hereby decrees to all the Jews who desire to migrate to Turkey that they will not be permitted to reside in Palestine."

The Jews were angered and began to send delegation after delegation each of which returned with a response more severe than the one preceding it. Then in 1901, Sultan Abdul Hameed passed a law forbidding the sale of any land in Palestine to the Jews.

In 1902, Herzl formed another delegation to meet with the Sultan a second time after he attempted to convince him in 1896. The Sultan refused to meet with him, so they went to the Prime Minister Tahsin Basha with their suggestions. They offered the repayment of the entire debt of the Ottoman government which were to the extent of twenty three million gold English pounds, and to build a fleet for the protection of the empire costing two hundred and thirty million gold franc, and to offer an interest free loan to the value of thirty five million gold lira to revive the treasury. All these offers were in return for permission by the Sultan to the Jews to establish a Jewish nation in Palestine; that is to sell the lives and livelihood of the Palestinian people and the holy land for these offers. Sultan Abdul Hameed rejected all these offers.

After the defeat of the Ottoman Empire in the First World War, Britain and France signed the Sykes-Picot Agreement, which divided the Arab region into zones of influence. Palestine submitted to the British occupation and at the same time the ratios of Jewish migration began to increase with support from the non-Muslim countries.

Balfour Declaration

In 1917 CE the British government made promises to Arab leaders for an independent Arab state that would include Palestine (the Hussain-McMahon correspondence). Simultaneously, and secretly, it issued the Balfour Declaration, which declared Palestine to be a homeland for Jews. At that time Jews made up approximately 8% of the population of Palestine and owned approximately 2.5% of the land.

In 1918 the British and their Arab nationalist allies defeated the Ottomans. The British dismembered the Ottoman Empire and occupied Palestine. The British immediately began a campaign of immigrating European Jews to Palestine.

By 1947, the number of Jews in Palestine had reached approximately six hundred and fifty thousand (31% of the total population). They began to establish organizations, which were trained in organized terrorism. From these a large number were trained in and participated in the Second World War in order to gain experience and skills to go to battle in Palestine in the next stage. So when the United Nations decreed the division of Palestine, the Jews had seventy five thousand armed and trained members.

Jewish Terrorism

In 1948 the Jews claimed the establishment of a state for themselves over the land of Palestine and called it Israel. Hundreds of thousands of Muslims were forced out of Palestine under the military pressure of Jewish terrorist groups such as the Irgun, Levi, and Haganot, which were financed and armed by the British army as well as US Jewry.

In 1967 Israel attacked Egypt, Jordan and Syria and occupied more land including for the first time Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa. Since that time Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa has been the target of several attempts by the Jews to destroy or burn it, including attempts to collapse it through underground excavations.

In December 1987, the Palestinians began an uprising (Intifada) in the West Bank and Gaza Strip against the continued Jewish occupation and oppression.

On September 28, 2000, Ariel Sharon broke into Masjid Al-Aqsa with 3000 Zionist soldiers profaning the Masjid Al-Aqsa to provoke the Palestinians. Palestinians protested and the second intifada began. Since then thousands of Palestinian civilians have been killed by the Israeli army, and there is no end in sight. ....

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Israeli ship prevented from docking | Letter from Gilboa prison | EU funding Israeli war industry | And more ...


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Palestine is at the US Social Forum! Anchored by the US Palestinian Community Network, Palestinians in the US,
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allies, as well as social justice visionaries across the United States, are coming together to DEMAND JUSTICE FOR

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Report, The Electronic Intifada, 21 June 2010

For the first time in US history, a peaceful protest was able to stop workers from unloading an Israeli cargo ship
on Sunday, 20 June, in the San Francisco Bay area. From 5:30am until 7pm, social justice activists and labor union
organizers blocked and picketed several entrances at the Port of Oakland, preventing two shifts of longshoremen
with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union ILWU to come to work and unload the Israeli Zim Lines cargo


By Ameer Makhoul, The Electronic Intifada, 21 June 2010

After being allowed to get a pen and a piece of paper, which has been banned for the last three weeks, and after
being allowed to get out of my total isolation, it's a moment to write a short letter from my jail (Gilboa).
Political prisoner Ameer Makhoul writes from Israeli detention.


By David Cronin, The Electronic Intifada, 21 June 2010

BRUSSELS (IPS) - A leading Israeli supplier of warplanes used to kill and maim civilians in Gaza is in the running
for two new scientific research grants from the European Union. Israel's attacks on Gaza in late 2008 and 2009
provided its air force with an opportunity to experiment with state-of-the-art pilotless drones such as the Heron.


By Mazen Masri, The Electronic Intifada, 19 June 2010

In order to understand how the law works, one needs to situate it in its political and historical context,
otherwise it loses its relevance. That's what Victor Kattan's new book From Coexistence to Conquest does. It is
a novel attempt to examine the legal history of the Israeli-Arab conflict, describing law as one factor among
many that shaped the development of events. Mazen Masri reviews.


Nora Barrows-Friedman, The Electronic Intifada, 17 June 2010

Since the 31 May attack on the Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla, during which Israeli naval commandos boarded the
Mavi Marmara ship in international waters and killed nine unarmed activists, international organizations and several
governments have condemned Israel for its actions at high sea. Nora Barrows-Friedman reports for The Electronic


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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Poignant stories from survivors [GazaFriends]

Over the past two weeks, survivor stories have begun to come out as passengers come home and talk to the media. Some of the stories are heartbreaking, some are stories of hope, all are stories that completely tarnish Israel's spin on what happened.

Here is just one of them that came out today.

Poignant story by Kevin Neish about being kidnapped on board the Marmara

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Action Alert: Stop the bullets! End the use of live ammunition in the Gaza 'buffer zone'

Stop the bullets!

A call to stop the use of live ammunition by Israel against unarmed citizens in the Gaza 'buffer zone'.

The catastrophic Israeli attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, which left 9 dead, has rightly horrified the international community. However, lethal force by the Israeli military is nothing new to Palestinians. In the Gaza 'buffer zone', live ammunition is routinely used against unarmed demonstrators and farmers.

  • The 'buffer zone' is illegal

The Israeli military violently enforces a zone of 300 meters to 2 kilometers along  Gaza's lengthy border with Israel, in direct violation of the Oslo Accords of the 1990's. This zone claims 30% of Gaza's farmland, and some of its most fertile.  

  • The Israeli military shoots unarmed farmers

Farmers attempting to cultivate land in the 'buffer zone' are routinely met with barrages of live ammunition and occasional artillery shells. Exacerbating widespread poverty and malnutrition, farmers cannot access one third of their land without facing extreme danger. 

  • Farmers have launched a campaign of popular non-violent resistance

Unarmed demonstrations are held in the 'buffer zone', internationally recognized as Gazan land, to protest the illegal confiscation of farmland which has such grave consequences for Gaza's struggling population. 

  • Live ammunition is used as a form of 'crowd dispersal' against unarmed demonstrators, with deadly consequences

Unarmed demonstrators in the 'buffer zone' are intentionally shot with live fire. In April 2010 alone, at least six demonstrators were injured by bullets. This includes Maltese activist Bianca Zammit who was shot in the thigh while filming the demonstration in clear view of soldiers. The following week, 19-year-old Ahmad Dib was shot at a demonstration and bled to death two hours later. 

  • The international community cannot remain silent

Human rights activists are prevented from entering Gaza; prevented from documenting and reporting on the humanitarian crisis. Israel uses live ammunition against unarmed demonstrators and farmers because it is shielded from international scrutiny. Tell Israel to stop shooting unarmed civilians on Gazan land.


1. Contact your representatives to demand that Israel be held accountable for violence against unarmed activists and end the siege on Gaza

Call or email your representative to Israel,

Write your own or use the provided letter at the end of the email  

2. Support the call from Palestinian Civil Society for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel

After the recent attack on International activists aboard boats of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, the Boycott National Committees have called for an intensification of BDS campaigns and actions around the world ( While the raid is no longer in the news, Israeli armed forces are still targeting Gazan non-violent activists. Every week near the 'buffer zone', demonstrators and farmers are shot at with live ammunition. The violence against these activists, just as the violence against the Freedom Flotilla, cannot be ignored. 


3. Target local shops that sell Israeli products,

Supermarkets, clothing stores and consumer goods from Israel can be the focus of a BDS campaign. Find a campaign in your area or launch one today!

Ongoing campaigns:

Activist resources:


Sample Letter to your representative:

Dear Ambassador, 

If unarmed farmers and protesters were being shot with live ammunition in the United States, Europe or any country which claimed democratic credentials, the international community would be justifiably outraged. Yet Gazans attempting to farm or demonstrate in the illegal 'buffer zone' are routinely shot with live ammunition. In the past twelve months, at least 220 Israeli attacks have been carried out in the 'buffer zone', with 116 coming since the beginning of 2010 (as of April 30th).* In the first four months of 2010, over 50 Gazans were injured, and 16 were killed in these attacks.

30% of Gaza's arable farmland, and some of it's most fertile, lies within the 'buffer zone'.* Farmers who attempt to work in the zone face routine live fire and crop destruction, in addition to occasional artillery shells. Israel shoots farmers trying to grow crops on Gazan land for an impoverished and malnourished society.

Unarmed demonstrations in the zone, internationally-recognized Gazan territory, are organized by Gazan farmers. In April alone, at least six demonstrators were shot and injured by live ammunition fired by Israeli snipers. Among the injured was Maltese activist Bianca Zammit, who was shot in the thigh while standing in clear view, filming the demonstration. The following week, 19-year-old Ahmad Dib was shot in the leg and died two hours later from blood loss.  

For the Palestinians who escape only with gunshot injuries, the impact extends far beyond initial pain. Daily cleaning of the wound is required, metal plates replace shattered bones, and permanent disabilities are frequent. Such injuries are devastating, as the wounded are frequently the only wage-earner in a large extended family.

The attack on the Freedom Flotilla brought international criticism of Israel's ongoing human rights violations, but criticism alone is not enough. It is clear that the international community cannot remain silent as the humanitarian crisis in Gaza is perpetuated through policies such as this. The use of live ammunition in the 'buffer zone' must end.




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Thursday, June 17, 2010

SUNDAY! Major Action for Palestinian Human Rights!


The Middle East
Children's Alliance urges you as strongly as we possibly can to get up and out early Sunday morning to join the:

Labor and
Community Picket
of Israeli Zim Lines Ship
June 20, 5:30 in the morning
Port of Oakland, Berth 57, Middle Harbor Road

Protest Israel's Attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla!
Boycott Israeli Ships and Goods!
Lift the Blockade NOW - Let Gaza Live!
Bring Down Israel's Apartheid Wall!

* We will gather at West Oakland BART (near 7th/Mandela Parkway) at 5AM in the parking lot to caravan and carpool to the site. The area may be blocked off to cars so we may have to walk to the berth area, about one mile. MAP []
* BART does not run at that time on Sundays so arrange another way to get there: car, bus, bike, etc.

* Bringfood, water, sunblock and hat.More information below.

Unions, labor federations and other organizations around the world have condemned Israel's deadly attack against the Gaza Freedom Flotillaon May 31. Nine people were killed and dozens seriously injured in the Israeli commando attack in international waters on ships attempting to bring humanitarian cargo to the suffering and blockaded people of Gaza. Six people aboard the ships are still missing and presumed dead. The Israeli attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla was a blatant act of piracy on the high seas. No
Israeli ship should be allowed to carry on trading activity anywhere in the world without facing picket lines, protests and embargo. Dock workers in several countries including South Africa, Norway, Sweden and Malaysia have declared that they will refuse to handle Israeli cargo in the coming weeks. We call on everyone who stands for justice and against occupation and apartheid
to join the June 20 picket at the Port of Oakland. This is a moment of great opportunity. In San Francisco in 1984, a picket line and
refusal to unload cargo of a ship carrying South African cargo was a key event in mobilizing the anti-apartheid movement worldwide.
Sponsored by: Labor / Community Committee in Solidarity with the People of Palestine, Arab American Union Members Council, ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism), Palestine Youth Network, US Palestine Community Network, Al Awda- Right to Return Coalition, Arab Youth Organization, MECA-Middle East Children's Alliance, Students for Justice in Palestine, Arab Resource and Organizing Center, International Solidarity Movement, San Jose Peace and Justice Center, International Socialist Organization, Peace and Freedom Party - SF, Transport  Workers Solidarity Committee and many labor activists in the Bay Area activists  in the Bay Area. (list in formation - to endorse email: []

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Legal hotline for the picket: 415-285-1011

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Сирия предупреди за опасност от война в Близкия изток

Сирия предупреди за опасност от война в Близкия изток: "Израелското нападение срещу флотилията с помощи за ивицата Газа увеличава рисковете за война в Близкия изток."
Това предупреди пред Би Би Си сирийският президент Башар ал Асад, предаде БТА. Според него, Сирия се опитва да предотврати регионална война, но няма шанс за мирно споразумение със сегашното израелско правителство, което нарече "пироманско".

Башар ал Асад отрече твърденията, че въоръжава движението "Хизбула" в Ливан. По думите на сирийския президент, Близкият изток преживява период на големи промени.
Той не даде признаци, че е готов да отговори на американските опити да бъде отклонен от дългосрочния стратегически съюз на Сирия с Иран. Асад каза, че е готов да работи със САЩ, но Техеран ще остане съюзник на Дамаск.

Палестинският лидер Махмуд Абас заяви вчера, че израелската комисия, която ще разследва нападението срещу "Флотилията на свободата", не отговаря на исканията на Съвета за сигурност на ООН.

След среща с френския президент Никола Саркози в Париж, Абас се усъмни в безпристрастността на разследването. По-рано израелският кабинет одобри съставянето на обществена комисия, която ще разследва убийството на 9 пропалестински активисти на 31 май при щурма на израелската армия.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Four things that spell real H-O-P-E

June 16, 2010

Dear Milena,

It's easy to get discouraged by the news. A seemingly endless oil spill. Seemingly endless wars. But there is reason to hope--even reason to celebrate--the power of grassroots organizing. This month has been chock full of victories for those who hunger for (and work for) peace. Read about the successes below and then move that energy into taking action, telling Sen. Reid and Speaker Pelosi to step up and lift the liability cap for BP and other oil companies, put an end to offshore drilling and pass a clean energy bill!

The Gaza Freedom Flotilla was a breath-taking global effort, with over 700 people from 42 countries putting themselves at risk to lift the inhumane siege on Gaza. It is tragic that 9 people lost their lives in this effort, but thanks to the flotilla, world attention is focused on Gaza. Even the U.S. policy has been affected, with President Obama now calling the Gaza closure "unsustainable." Col. Ann Wright, a flotilla passenger and world renowned peace activist, is touring internationally to talk about her experience--bring Ann to your town or donate to help her spread the truth about the flotilla massacre.

On the domestic front, we have also seen the power of grassroots activism. After an 18-month protest by CODEPINK and other peace activists, the U.S. military decided to shut down its Army Experience Center at the Franklin Mills Mall in Northern PA! This glorification of violence was a prototype designed to be rolled out to malls across the country. Great work, CODEPINK PA, Coalition for Peace Action, and allies, for shielding our children from one more shameful attempt to lure them into war.

We also want to applaud the parents, students and peace activists in Maryland who pushed for--and won--a statewide law that stops the information about high school students from being automatically sent to military recruiters.Maryland is the first state to pass such a law, and their victory is inspiring activists around the country.

In the midst of the Gulf oil disaster, we can celebrate one victory for the environment. Thanks to the thousands of you who called and emailed, the U.S. Senate voted down a measure from Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) to gut the Clean Air Act by weakening regulations that keep harmful pollution out of the air we all breathe.

Let's keep the victories coming! This week, in the lead up to the June 19th BP day of action, DC CODEPINK and a coalitioin of environmental groups have an line up of actions around the country to protest BP and push for clean energy. While the oil execs have been on the hot seat in Congress, let's not let Congress off the hook.

Speaking of hot seat: Tell Senator Harry Reid and Speaker Nancy Pelosi to vote on lifting the liability cap, to put an end to offshore drilling and to pass a clean energy bill that will move us into the post-fossil-fuel era.

Building people power for a green, peaceful planet,
Dana, Farida, Gael, Gayle, Joan, Jodie, Medea, Nancy, Prerna, Rae, and Victoria



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Who will speak for Palestinian Prisoners

June 15, 2010As survivors of Israel's brutal attack in international waters begin their testimonies of murder and mayhem on the sea, every one of them reminds us that, although they were imprisoned and brutalized for three days, Palestinian prisoners have no voice, no public forum to tell their stories.

And Israel also arrests and tortures Palestinian children, throwing them into the adult prison population, more than 350 of them at any one time, some as young as 12.

Israel imprisons Palestinian activists who have no voice, holding them in administrative detention for months or charging them with resistance to occupation.

When you listen to the stories from the six ships that were hijacked and the passengers who were kidnapped, remember that Palestinians don't get to stand in front of a microphone and talk about the brutality of Israeli prisons.

We must continue to break the siege of Gaza and raise our voices against the occupation in the West Bank. Donate to the Free Gaza movement, join the BDS movement, support our voyages by calling your representatives and insisting that Israel abide by international law.

Gaza Flotilla Testimonies, images by Ady Cousins,
at Public Meeting London, 9June2010, organized by Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Interview with Dr.Hanan Cehata, Press Officer, MEMO, images by PRESS TV

Greta Berlin, Co-Founder

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Sponsor ISM Activists Doing a Half Marathon to Raise Funds for Palestine Solidarity

Hi All,

Not usually known for their physical prowess, Joe Lee, Jo Crouch and Pete
Jones of ISM London will be giving up smoking and digging out their running
gear to take on the 'Run to the Beat' half marathon in late September 2010
in order to raise much-needed funds for the ISM.

Please sponsor them with however much you can afford. This fund raising
drive comes at a time when the ISM is in dire need of support after multiple
raids by the Israeli army on the ISM media office in Ramallah. This has left
ISM Palestine short of computers, cameras and other equipment necessary to
do the job of documenting and supporting the Palestinian resistance to the
illegal Israeli occupation.

To donate, please click on the below link,

For more information on ISM London, please go to or for information on ISM Palestine

thank you for all your support!

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Списък на забранените за доставяне в Газа стоки и материали

Това е официалния списък на израел със забранени за доставяне в Газа стоки. Можете да видите - има си графа с позволени и с непозволени...ДА кажа само - шоколада е сред забранените, оцета, бисквити и сладки, хартия формат а4 (защото става за направата на самолети), платове за дрехи...Вижте ги сами.

Monday, June 14, 2010

On June 11, a plastic surgery team from the USA completed a week of reconstructive surgery on Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon. The team was composed of surgeon Dr. Kristin Boehm and anesthesiologist Dr. Naureen Adam, both from Atlanta, GA. They worked at the Haifa Hospital in the Bourj Al Barajnah refugee camp in Beirut, and provided surgery on 18 patients, as well as consultation for more than 60 more. This was their first mission with the Palestine Children's Relief Fund, though we have sent several plastic surgery missions to provide care for the refugee population in Lebanon, who don't have access to high-quality specialized care due to their political status in Lebanon as foreigners. For more information on the humanitarian relief work of the PCRF, please visit us at:



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Спрете да изправяте децата пред риск

Тан­ков огъ­н уби­ва пет де­ца в Га­за; док­лад­ва се за аре­ст на пет­най­сет­го­ди­шен, кой­то но­сел ек­спло­зи­ви

Спо­ред Хю­ман Райтс Уоч, из­раел­ски­те си­ли за си­гур­нос­т и па­лес­тин­ски­те въо­ръ­же­ни гру­пи­ров­ки про­дъл­жа­ват да зас­тра­ша­ват де­ца­та и не­за­бав­но трябва да прек­ратят рис­ку­ва­щи­те жи­во­та им прак­ти­ки.

На 28.08 танк на из­раел­ски­те си­ли за си­гур­ност е из­стрелял снаряд, до­вел до смър­тта на де­сет­го­диш­ния Му­ха­мад Абу Га­за­ла, не­го­вия два­най­сет­го­ди­шен бра­тов­чед Яхи­я Абу Га­за­ла и де­сет­го­диш­на­та им род­ни­на Са­ра Абу Га­за­ла, пред град Бейт Ха­нун, в се­вер­на­та част на Га­за. От­на­ча­ло ИСС са твър­де­ли, че де­ца­та “пос­тав­яли ми­нох­вър­гач­ки” из по­ле­та­та бли­зо до до­ма им. По-къс­но ИСС ка­за­ха, че де­ца­та всъщ­ност иг­рае­ли в бли­зост до пос­тавящи­те взрив­ни­те ус­трой­ства.

Ед­на сед­ми­ца по-ра­но, на 21.08, танк на ИСС стрелял по “по­доз­ри­тел­ни обе­кти­” бли­зо до пос­тавящи­те ми­ни­те в об­лас­тта Бейт Ха­нун. То­га­ва би­ли уби­ти две дру­ги де­ца, на 9 и 12, и се­риоз­но би­ли ра­не­ни дру­ги. След то­зи ин­ци­дент ИСС твър­ди, че обе­кти­те под при­цел са “пос­тав­яли ми­ни.”

“По­став­ящи­те ми­ни пред­ставл­яват за­кон­на воен­на цел и па­лес­тин­ски­те въо­ръ­же­ни гру­пи­ров­ки зас­тра­ша­ват ци­вил­ни­те, ко­га­то пра­щат свои­те хо­ра по мес­та в бли­зост до на­се­ле­ни ра­йо­ни”, ка­за Джо Сторк, из­пъл­ни­те­лен ди­рек­тор на Хю­ман Райтс Уоч за Близ­кия из­ток. “Но при на­па­де­ния, из­раел­ски­те си­ли трябва да взе­мат всич­ки въз­мож­ни пред­паз­ни мер­ки, за да из­бег­нат по­губ­ва­не­то на жи­во­та на ци­вил­ни, осо­бе­но на де­ца.”

В друг слу­чай, ИСС док­лад­ва, че в нощ­та на 28 сре­щу 29 ав­густ са аре­сту­ва­ли ед­но пет­най­сет­го­диш­но мом­че от Га­за, кое­то се приб­ли­жи­ло до тях, на­то­ва­ре­но с ек­спло­зи­ви. Из­явле­ние­то на из­раел­ски­те си­ли по си­гур­нос­тта не включ­ва име­то на мом­че­то или някак­ва дру­га ин­фор­ма­ция, а опи­ти­те на ХРУ да се свър­жат с пред­ста­ви­те­ли на ИСС не бяха уве­нча­ни с ус­пех. Хю­ман Райтс Уоч е заг­ри­же­на, че из­раел­ски­те воен­ни ре­гу­ла­ции поз­вол­яват за­дър­жа­не­то на па­лес­тин­ски де­ца до 90 дни, без дос­тъп до пра­вен съ­вет или се­мей­ни по­се­ще­ния. Ор­га­ни­за­ция­та при­зо­ва­ва Из­раел да поз­во­ли та­къв не­за­ба­вен дос­тъп.

В док­лад, пуб­ли­ку­ван през юли 2007г., ХРУ раз­след­ва пос­ледс­твия­та за ци­вил­ни­те от па­лес­тин­ския снар­яден огъ­н, на­со­чен към Из­раел и ар­ти­ле­рия­та на ИСС в се­вер­на Га­за. Зак­лю­че­ние­то е, че и две­те стра­ни са се от­нес­ли пре­неб­ре­жи­тел­но към чо­веш­кия жи­вот и та­ка са на­ру­ши­ли меж­ду­на­род­но­то ху­ма­ни­тар­но пра­во. Па­лес­тин­ски­те въо­ръ­же­ни гру­пи­ров­ки са на­соч­ва­ли ра­ке­ти­те си сре­щу из­раел­ски­те гра­до­ве, а из­раел­ският ар­ти­ле­рий­ски огъ­н бли­зо до на­се­ле­ни ра­йо­ни е при­чи­нил зна­чи­те­лен брой ци­вил­ни жер­тви. Ре­зул­та­тът е не­си­гур­на воен­на пе­чал­ба, как­то и по­не еди­н се­рио­зен ин­ци­дент, при­чи­нен от без­раз­бор­на стрел­ба.

В друг док­лад, пос­ве­тен на па­лес­тин­ски­те са­моу­бий­стве­ни бом­би, и пуб­ли­ку­ван през ноем­ври 2002 г., ХРУ при­зо­ва­ва па­лес­тин­ски­те въо­ръ­же­ни гру­пи­ров­ки да преус­та­новят всич­ки­те си на­па­де­ния сре­щу ци­вил­ни и да спрат във­ли­ча­не­то на ли­ца под 18 го­ди­ни в как­ви­то и да би­ло воен­ни дей­нос­ти, вклю­чи­тел­но в опе­ра­ции на­со­че­ни сре­щу ва­лид­ни воен­ни це­ли.

В па­мет на Рей­чъл Ко­ри

Неот­дав­на се навършиха 5 години, откакто мла­да­та па­ци­фис­тка Рей­чъл Ко­ри за­гу­би жи­во­та си са­мо на 23 го­ди­ни. Тя е учи­ла в уни­вер­си­те­та “Олим­пия” (Ва­шин­гтон), къ­де­то се при­съе­ди­ни­ла към доб­ро­вол­чес­ка­та ор­га­ни­за­ция за мир и спра­вед­ли­вост.

По слу­чай го­диш­ни­на от 11 сеп­тем­ври тя и ней­на­та ор­га­ни­за­ция правят възпоменание за жер­тви­те на на­силс­тве­ния акт, но и мно­жес­тво­то за­гу­би­ли жи­во­та си в Аф­га­нис­тан.

2005 го­ди­на Рей­чъл ре­ша­ва да пре­ми­не от тео­рия към дей­ствие и оти­ва в Из­раел, къ­де­то заед­но с Меж­ду­на­род­но­то дви­же­ние за со­ли­дар­ност се включ­ва в ак­ция на па­лес­тин­ска­та гра­ни­ца. Ак­ция­та е пос­ве­те­на на опи­та да се спре из­раел­ски бул­до­зер да раз­ру­ши къ­ща на многодетно семейство, на­ми­ра­ща се на па­лес­тин­ска те­ри­то­рия.

В еле­ктрон­ни пис­ма до прия­те­ли­те си Рей­чъл пи­ше, че къ­щи­те са раз­ру­ша­ва­ни, до­ри и ко­га­то не са на­пъл­но обе­злю­де­ни. Не се по­каз­ва за­чи­та­не към ни­ко­го и към ни­що.

На 15 март в ак­ция бли­зо до гра­ни­ца­та при Га­за, Рей­чъл оти­ва с прия­те­ли­те си да се про­ти­во­пос­та­ви на раз­ру­ше­ния­та.

“Тя зас­та­на в седящ про­тест сре­щу нас­тъп­ле­ние­то на бул­до­зе­ра, шо­фьо­рът я видя, но не спря и ми­на пра­во през нея”, сви­де­телс­тва Джоу­зеф Смит, аме­ри­кан­ски па­ци­фист.

Друг неин спод­виж­ник раз­каз­ва как бул­до­зе­рът я за­си­пал с пръст и про­дъл­жил да я стъп­ква.

Ос­та­на­ли­те про­тес­ти­ра­щи се опи­та­ли да спрат бул­до­зе­ра и да й ока­жа­т пър­ва по­мощ, но не мог­ли да нап­равят ни­що.

Рей­чъл Ко­ри за­губ­ва жи­во­та си са­мо на 23 го­ди­ни, за­щи­та­вай­ки с тяло и дух, пра­во­то на ци­вил­ни­те па­лес­тин­ци да има­т до­мо­ве и да жи­веят в мир.

Из­раел­ски­те влас­ти да­ват раз­лич­ни вер­сии за слу­чи­ло­то се, но всич­ки те са оп­ро­вер­га­ни от сним­ки­те и сви­де­телс­тва­та.

Мла­да­та же­на е би­ла уби­та по вар­вар­ски на­чин, до­ка­то е уча­ства­ла в ми­рен про­тест.

Рей­чъл и прия­те­ли­те й опо­вест­ява­т: “Все­ки ден в иви­ца­та Га­за са раз­ру­ша­ва­ни мно­жес­тво къ­щи, а бом­би­те за­мър-сяват пи­тей­на­та во­да в бе­жан­ския ла­гер в Ра­фа. Хо­ра­та там няма как да се спасят, без да се из­ло­жат на об­стре­ла на из­раел­ска­та ар­мия.”

В Оли­мпи­я (Ва­шин­гтон) и в САЩ е има­ло мно­жес­тво ини­циа­ти­ви за въз­по­ми­на­ние­то на Рей­чъл.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Омразата към Израел: начин на употреба

Предвестниците на мира - все още далеч от Близкия Изток

На Израел трябва да се каже: "Не убивай!", а на Европа: "Не лъжи!", пише Еми Барух. За истерията на един конфликт, в който нито "добрите" са добри, нито "лошите" - лоши, е следният й коментар:

Всеобщата декларация за правата на човека, най-превежданият документ в света, представлява своеобразна библия на всяка правозащитна организация. В духа на нейните постулати всички сме убедени, че от защита се нуждае по-слабият, угнетеният, малцинството.

В тази категория на едно от първите места се нареждат бежанците. Палестинските бежанци включително. Именно те - слабите и угнетените, а не държавата Израел, чието военно присъствие в района се изучава в академиите, успяват да привлекат вниманието на част от световното обществено мнение и на редица неправителствени организации, които се мобилизират за защита на палестинската кауза.

Най-мощният афродизиак за мюсюлманите е омразата към Израел

Кристална проба сблъсък между Доброто и Злото

Според опростения вариант на конфликта, довел до смъртта на 9 турски граждани, инцидентът с кораба, наречен "Флотилия на свободата", е кристална проба сблъсък между Доброто и Злото. Само така могат да бъдат обяснени лозунгите, скандирани френетично в Анкара, Брюксел, Лондон, Стокхолм и на други места по света .... "Проклети евреи", "Ционистки кучета!", "Смърт на Израел"... . В резултат на блестящо изчислената провокация дори почтени хора, които никога не биха приели да ги наричат антисемити, участваха в масовите протести. Техният емоционален ангажимент е морално оправдан - положението на палестинците е нетърпимо! - но непростимо неграмотен. Защото не отчита обстоятелството, че палестинците са преди всичко жертва на радикалния арабски фанатизъм, според които "най-мощният афродизиак за мюсюлманите е омразата към Израел".

Преди по-малко от месец президентът на Палестинската автономия Махмуд Абас заяви, че "палестинците са похитени от Иран". Поставени на колене от "своите" и представяни като жертва на "чуждите" - такава е днешната им съдба, която е превърната в разменна монета за постигане на върховната цел на фанатиците и за демонизиране на държавата, която от 60 години е в състояние на война със своите съседи.

Информацията, която светът разпространява относно Израел, нарушава деонтологичния код на журналистиката: специалистите знаят, но активистите забравят, че на следващия ден след гласуването на ООН за разделянето на Палестина на две държави (прието от Израел) "Армията за арабско освобождение" окупира територията, предназначена за арабската държава и под мълчаливото съучастие на Великобритания предотвратява нейното създаване. Тъжната история на палестинските семейства води началото си именно от там.

Израел - в успешна клопка?

Лицемерието и приличието са нарушени

Как реагира цивилизованият свят тогава? Никак! Как реагира днес? Малодушно и двусмислено: Европа е най-големият донор за палестинците: между 2000 и 2009-та година е изпратена хуманитарна помощ на стойност 550 милиона евро. В същото време Европа проявява изненадваща липса на интерес за употребата на тези милиони, доброволно се отказва от полагащата й се роля за политическо и дипломатическо влияние в района, но не се отказва да пласира своето оръжие там.

"Европа не може да се измъкне от конфликта, казвайки, че той има хилядолетна история, защото точно тя го създаде. Европа остави евреите без родина до Холокоста, а европейският колониализъм е причината за възникване на национализмите в арабския свят. Преди намесата на Европа евреите и мюсюлманите живееха в мир векове наред", казва един известен академичен учен.

След Втората световна война на Запад е непопулярно да заявяваш открито своята неприязън към евреите. Днес обаче - след успешната клопка, в която падна Израел, наречена "хуманитарна акция" - лицемерието и приличието са нарушени!

На Израел трябва да се каже: Не убивай!

На Европа: Не лъжи!

Автор: Еми Барух, Редактор: А. Андреев

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Голямото объркване между ал-Акса и Куббат ас-Сахра

Masjeed al-Haram al-Sharif

Голямото объркване, създадено от евреите, е между образа на джамиите ал-Акса и Куббат ас-Сахра. от дълги години като емблема на Йерусалим (и по мюсюлманкси календари), се отпечатва златното кубе на Куббат ас-Сахра с надпис, че това е ал-Акса. И в момента всички, които бихте попитали, а навярно и вие самите, ще отгворите при вида на златното кубе, че това е ал-Акса.
И в крайна сметка евреите подмолно добре са си свършили работата, щото са объркали представите и на мюсюлманите, които в голямото си невежество, не познават една от трите свещени джамии за Исляма. Сигурна съм, че няма да сбъркате външния вид на Кааба в Мекка, за Масжид ал-НАбауи в Медина - надявам се, но за ал-Акса съм почти сигурна.
По-долу прочетете материала за ал-Акса и Куббат ас-Сахра - кои са и кое е свещеното, защо исляма трябва да ги пази и статута им е по-висок, отколкото на останалите места за молитва в света.

Пророкът Соломон (мир нему), на арабски както ние го наричаме Сулайман, преди дълго време построил джамия на хълма Мориахин в Ерусалим.

Той я посветил за поклонение на Аллах Субханаху уа та'ала, единствения истински Бог. Подобно на баща си, Пророка Давид (Dawood на арабски) (мир нему), той бил пророк и пратеник, призоващ цялото човечество да се покланят на Аллах и установяване благочестие на земята.

Сега, години по-късно, има известно объркване относно мястото на джамията Ал-Акса. В източната част на Йерусалим е Стария град - четириъгълна площ на два хълма. В рамките на стената има четири квартала. Кварталът на мюсюлманите на изток съдържа Харам ал-Шариф, в който са "Куполът на скалата" и Джамията Ал Акса. И двете места са свещени места за мюсюлманите. Въпреки това около джамията Ал Акса има много объркване и лъжи.

Всеки път при споменаване в местните и международни медии, свързани с Ал Акса, се появява снимка на Куполът на скалата (Куббат ас-Сахра). Тези две джамии са доста близо един до друг, но нямат нищо общо.

Навсякъде по света можете да намерите снимки на Куполът на Скалата със заглавие Ал Акса и това подчертава, че хората не са много сигурни вече, коя джамия коя в същност е.

Разликата обаче е ясна и проста. В "Куполът на скалата" се пази свещената скала, на която Пророк Мохаммед (Аллах да го благослови и с мир да го дари) стоял, когато се възнесъл на Sidratul Muntaha, докато Ал Акса се намира на мястото на оригиналния джамията на пророка Соломон (Sulaiman) (мир нему). Исляма пази еврейските и християнски традиции, тъй като тези две религии принадлежат на традициите си.

Всъщност Джамията Ал Акса била първоначалната qiblat (Посоката на мюсюлманските молитви), който бива по-късно променена, по време на Пророка Мохаммед (Аллах да го благослови и с мир да го дари) към Кааба ал-Мукарама в Мека.

Причината за умишлено разпространение на невярна информация е също ясна и проста. Като се съсредоточава вниманието си върху Дома на Скалата (Куббат ас-Сахра) с етикета на Ал Акса, всички мюсюлмани от цял свят няма да узнаят кога истинската джамия с името ал-Акса ще изчезне.

Всички сте чули за новините от Ерусалим за ужасното положение в Палестина и за нападенията срещу джамията ал-Акса. Евреите от много години се опитвата да я окупират, да прокопаят тунели под нея и да я разрушат. Говори се за трета палестинска интифада покрай последните жестоки нападения в ал-Акса (виж секцията "Новини").

Разлика между джамията Ал-Акса и Куббат ас-Сахра (Купола на Скалата, Дома на Скалата)

Джамията със златното кубе, е Куббат ас-Сахра (Kubbat as-Sahra)


Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Gaza Flotilla survivors recount tales of terror, brutality and fear for their lives


Please TAKE ACTION and DEMAND that the United Nations launch an independent investigation into the Israeli attack against unarmed relief ships in the Freedom Flotilla. DEMAND that the international community stop simply condemning Israel's brutal and illegal blockade of Gaza - and start doing something to end it!

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon
The United Nations, New York NY 10017
tel: +1 212 963 5012
fax: +1 212 963 2155

For three days as they were held in captivity last week and unable to speak on their own behalf, Israel presented the massacre against civilian passengers on the Mavi Marmara as self-defense against a “lynching.” Now that the passengers are returning to their home nations, the global community is hearing a much different story, not just regarding the May 31st attack but also new allegations of brutality in the treatment of
several passengers afterwards once they were in custody inside Israel. Free Gaza is posting these survivor testimonies on our website, and we will continue to provide updates as more passengers share their experiences.

As the passenger accounts trickle in, survivors portray the Israeli military as using excessive and disproportionate force against activists not just on the Mavi Marmara but the other passenger ships as well. Use of tasers, electric shocks, rubber bullets and live ammunition (both on board and from the helicopter hovering above) are documented. Multiple passengers tell eyewitness accounts of soldiers refusing to allow medical
treatment of injured passengers, specific and focused targeting of journalists on board and beatings of passengers after their arrival in Israel, causing at least two passengers to need hospitalization.

“Keeping passengers held in captivity so that they could not share their perspective was a deliberate attempt by Israel to cover up what really happened on the Mavi Marmara that fateful night,” notes Free Gaza co-founder Greta Berlin. “They knew what the passengers would be recounting, but they hoped that by delaying the release of their testimony until days after the immediate incident, media coverage would be buried as backpage follow-up stories or dismissed purely as old news.” She adds.

In her testimony, Annette Groth, a German Parliamentarian who was a passenger on Mavi Marmawa validates that assertion saying “The scandal is that we have to fight the Israeli images only with words. The Israelis confiscated all the activists' cameras, computers, and mobile phones.”

These accounts reveal an “alternative narrative” of the attack on the Freedom Flotilla that cannot be reconciled with the Israeli version. CONTACT Secretary General Ban Ki Moon today and DEMAND an independent investigation!

Updated survivor testimonies available at:


Testimony from passengers aboard the Freedom Flotilla

Haneen Zuabi
Member of Parliament, Israeli Knesset
“Israel had days to plan this military operation. They wanted many deaths to terrorise us and to send a message that no future aid convoys should try to break the siege of Gaza.”

Sarah Colborne
Director of campaigns and operations, PSC, United Kingdom
"I couldn't even count the amount of ships that were in the water. It was literally bristling with ships, helicopters and gunfire. It was horrific, absolutely horrific.
...Israeli forces handcuffed members of the activists' medical team who were sent to help treat the injured. It was terrifying...If you talked they pointed a gun at you.
...We wrote a sign in Hebrew saying, 'SOS! Need medical assistance. People are dying. Urgent' Hanin Zoabi, who’s a Knesset member, an Israeli Knesset member, took that sign to the front—to the back of the boat, where the soldiers were pointing at her. They ordered her to go back."

Henning Mankell
Bestselling Swedish crime author
"It was an act of piracy. We were actually kidnapped.
...On the ship I was on, they found one weapon: my razor. And they actually came up and showed it off, my razor, so you see what level this was at."

Professor Norman Paech
Member of Parliament (ret.), Germany
"We had not prepared in any way to fight. We didn't even consider it because we knew very well that we would have absolutely no chance against soldiers like this.
...The Israeli government justifies the raid because they were attacked. This is absolutely not the case."

Annette Groth
Member of Parliament, Germany
"It was like war. They had guns, taser weapons, some type of tear gas and other weaponry, compared to two-and-a-half wooden sticks we had between us. [For Israel] to talk of self-defence is ridiculous. ...The scandal is that we have to fight the Israeli images only with words. The Israelis confiscated all the activists' cameras, computers, and mobile phones."

Iara Lee
Brazilian Filmmaker (based in San Francisco)
"(The attack) was a surprise, because it happened in the middle of the night, in the darkness, in international waters, because we knew there would be a confrontation but not in international waters. Their first tactic was to cut all of our satellite communications and then they attacked. All I witnessed first hand was the shooting. They came on board and started shooting at people.
...We expected them to shoot people in the legs, to shoot in the air, just to scare people, but they were direct. Some of them shot in the passengers' heads. Many people were murdered – it was unimaginable."

Jamal El-Shayyal
Journalist from Al Jazeera
" this attack started I was on the top deck and within just a few minutes there were live shots being fired from above the ship from above from where the helicopters were. The first shots that were fired were some sort of sound grenades. There was some tear gas that was fired as well as rubber coated steel bullets. They were fired initially and the live bullets came roughly about five minutes after that, after those initial shots were fired.

"There was definitely fire from the air because one of the people who was killed was clearly shot from above. He was...the bullet targeted him at the top of his head. There was also fire coming from the sea as well. Most of the fire initially from the sea was tear gas canisters and sound grenades. But then it became live fire. There is no doubt from what I saw that live ammunition was fired before any Israeli soldier was on deck.

"[From the top deck] you could almost see the soldiers pointing their guns down through some sort of hole or compartment at the bottom side of the helicopter, firing almost indiscriminately without even looking where they were firing and those bullets were definitely live bullets. There was a Knesset member who approached the Israeli soldiers saying we have injured, she was saying they have injured people, please come and take them. Yet the Israelis refused. Three hours later all three of those people that were injured ended up dying on the spot because no one came to take them."