Protest for Gaza – Sydney 18th Jan

Here is a clip I just made from the protest this afternoon in Gaza.

John Pilger says that we have a responsibility to “get angry and informed” as to what has gone on in Gaza. And I think he is right. 

I wonder how much good the money that Israel has spent in the last three weeks could have done in Gaza to stop the hatred and distrust that Palestinians have against them. Instead, they seem to have just wanted to continue the cycle of violence into a new generation.

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Palestine – Crisis? What crisis?

The  Special Raporteur for the Palestinian Territories Occupied Since 1967, Richard Falk, last week made a presentation at the UN Human Rights Council. In the report he details how he was denied access to perform first-hand observations as he was:

…denied entry to Israel on 14 December 2008, detained for some 15 hours in a holding cell  at Ben Gurion Airport, and expelled on the next day. Such treatment of a UN  representative would seem to raise serious issues for the Organization as a whole, bearing on the duties of a member state to cooperate, and to deal with those carrying out UN work with appropriate dignity.

So Israel now blocks the UN Special Raporteur!

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Gaza – human shields, ceasefire?

There are so many developments occurring in Gaza it is difficult to follow them all. There are reports that the IDF made locals in Gaza move into a house that they then proceeded to attack. Amnesty has criticised both sides for using human shields.

Israeli troops had forced Palestinian civilians to stay in their homes after taking them over as sniper positions or bases, it said quoting sources in Gaza.

“This increases risk to families and means they are effectively being used as human shields,” the group said.

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Truth in War

Shimon Peres:

Do you know why so many Palestinian children are killed and no Israeli children are killed? We take care of our children.

IDF:

A missile launcher and a number of anti tank missiles were discovered hidden in a Palestinian school yard in Sajalya, northern Gaza Strip, during an IDF operation against terror threats. The IDF force returned fire at an armed Palestinian gunman who opened fire at the soldiers and identified hitting him.

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Protest for Palestine (Sydney)

This afternoon, the boyf and myself went to the rally in support of the population in Gaza who are now in the 8th day of airborne attacks from the IDF, which has now turned into a ground assault.

The rally went past the Egyptian Consulate where chants against Mubarak were heard. So everyone realises that it is not just the Israelis that need to act – the Egyptians also need to act.

Of course, there was the (somewhat) militant fringe to the protest, but overall it was a peaceful protest – where the chants stayed polite, if passionate. The organisers tried to keep the protest to being one of respect and to be in support of the people of Gaza. I estimated that there was a couple of thousand people in attendance.

One poignant moment was when a mobile phone call was taken from someone in Gaza – the whole crowd just went silent as they tried to hear the voice as it was broadcast through the PA system.

Here is a quick youtube clip that I made of the rally.

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Following Gaza from Afar

Posted by Kevin Rennie

Though Gaza is a long way from Australia, there have been many reactions to the catastrophe unfolding there. Many Australians have been using their blogs to post links that help to provide both information and analysis of what’s happening that is not always covered in the mainstream media.

Planet IRF has been posting AlJazeeraEnglish videos. He re-titled ‘Sderot residents live on the edge 30 Dec 08’ as Sympathy for victims…

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Stories from Gaza.

Code- named ‘Operation Cast Lead’, news station, Al Jazeera predicted that approximately 1000 Gazans have been killed or injured at time of blogging. BBC reported at least 227 casualties with at least 700 wounded while AP figures are at 230 dead with more than 400 wounded. In the last report, 100 tons of bombs are utilised in the first nine hours of bombing while at least 20 airstrikes are recorded in the first hours of Sunday.

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