Tag Archives: Gaza

Israeli attack on Gaza Flotilla condemned by UN Mission

26 Sep

A UN mission, established under the mandate of the Human Rights Council to look into the Israeli attack on the Gaza Flotilla earlier this year, has released a report condemning the former for violating various international human rights and humanitarian law during the interception and detention of passengers in Israel.
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Alice Walker on Rwanda, East Congo and Palestine

14 Apr

Democracy Now! has interviewed Alice Walker, a Pulitzer Prize winning, poet, author and activist on her latest book, ‘Overcoming Speechlessness’ tracing the human rights atrocities inflicted on women and children from Rwanda to East Congo and Palestine. Continue reading

1000 days and still counting

15 Mar

I thought this was an excellent piece by an Al Jazeera correspondent on the situation in Gaza. Even with the UN endorsement of the Goldstone report, which only limits itself to the 2008/9 invasion, there remains something much more dire that has since escaped international attention. It is the state of Israel’s economic blockade that is slowly but surely killing the lives and dreams of ordinary civilians in Gaza.  Continue reading

Citizen journalism in Gaza

10 Aug

As I have said before, the isolation of Hamas by the West can only cause the further deterioration of the situation in Gaza. As Anthony Lowenstein wrote and note in this ground zero mission piece, ‘Islamization is undoubtedly growing in the Strip’. This is perhaps to be expected given Hamas is likely to see few benefits in trying to engage with the West when it has constantly been shunned. As it is, Haniyeh has stopped giving media interviews.

What you have in Gaza is a situation getting increasingly more desperate and out of control. The infighting between Fatah and Hamas coupled with the increasing isolation of Hamas meant the latter has to resort to more repressive means to keep Gazan society functioning. The economic blockade is slowly suffocating and killing the people whose means of survival and access to healthcare is reduced to tatters. It is not only a forgotten city but also fast becoming a dytopian society of the future. We need to keep up the pressure for Israel and the world to do something on Gaza and its people. Lowenstein’s prophetic closing is a stark remainder of the cruelty of the occupation… …

Gaza is unlike anywhere on earth. I regularly sat near the beach overlooking the ocean, sipping a cool fruit drink. The stylishly appointed bar at the hotel where I was staying could easily have been at some fancy resort elsewhere in the Mediterranean. It was designed for a tourist industry that no longer comes and an elite that now thrives on property ownership and the tunnel-smuggling industry. Just outside the hotel, however, stand an ever-increasing number of beggars amid rubbish-strewn streets, not far from the destroyed parliament building.

Many Gazans think the world, including the Arab states, has forgotten them. Egypt’s role in maintaining the siege was constantly damned by the people I talked to. Israeli behavior, while terrible and universally condemned, was better understood than that of their Arab neighbor. People expressed fear of Iran despite its public support for Hamas. The Islamic Republic’s strict clerical rule simply does not appeal to Gazans, who need more than rhetorical support. The world community has yet to deliver.

A letter to BBC – Air the fund-raising Gaza Appeal

24 Jan

Dear person-in-charge,

I am appalled to learn from Al Jazeera that BBC, along with other British broadcasters such as ITV and Sky has decided not to take part in the television fund- raising appeal for Gaza organised by the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC).
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Bombing Gaza (2008) – Stories from Ground Zero

28 Dec

Emergency Protest Against Bombing in Gaza

Emergency Protest Against Bombing in Gaza

National Union of Students has announced an emergency protest at Town Hall  (4:30 pm) against Israeli bombing in Gaza which started on Saturday. Attend the protest if you can make it. This latest onslaught and escalation of attacks against Gazans must be condemned. Continue reading

Reply from Singapore authorities on their Israeli delegation trip

14 Dec

Weeks after sending emails to AMP and the Singapore authorities, I finally received a reply from Mr Zulkifli, the Senior Parliamentary Secretary, who led a delegation trip to Israel. (read this on the logic of why Singapore should not remain mum on this issue)
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