For several months, no years, the military siege of Gaza has been tightening.
Yet there has been near silence in the media in Australia.
However there are some reports from alternative news sources (in English) like Voice of Palestine, Al Manar, Press TV and Iraqi Beacon.
They all describe a grim situation for the people of Gaza.
Thanks to Sonja Karkar and Australians for Palestine for the video created on 9 December 2008 using images captured by various courageous photographers
on the ground in Gaza, and the haunting sounds of Sada (Echo), composed and played on the oud by Ahmad Al-Khatib.
Today, Wednesday, 10 December 2008 is Human Rights Day.
A number of activities around human rights have been organised in Brisbane this week. Current and past human rights abuses are highlighted in these activities. The plight of refugees, Violence Against Women, Black Deaths in Custody, the abhorrent situation on Palm Island in Queensland, the jailing of Lex Wotton for defending his people, and the intervention in the Northern Territory.
In a world gone wrong, what decides where the focus should be?
Perhaps the articles below will give a tiny voice to the suffering of people in Gaza.
And we may ask why the Palestinians’ predicament has been overlooked?
A political solution must be found to stop the human rights abuses going on in Palestine. Suggestions are welcome in the comments section at the bottom of this article.
A number of letters have been written to the relevant authorities to do something about these human rights abuses by Israeli military and their aides. Please write petition your own representatives in government or in union or community groups to oppose the siege of Gaza.
There will be a human rights rally at Queens Park in Brisbane on Saturday 13 December 2008 at 2pm, please show your support for indigenous Australians that lost their land under another settler state.
10 December 2008
An important film that has recently been released is “THE LAND SPEAKS ARABIC” – directed by Maryse Gargour (DVD DOCUMENTARY) which reveals the history of Zionist ethnic cleansing and ‘buried history’ of Palestinian land.
A short trailer and review of the film is presented here:
Sun, 07 Dec 2008 18:31:56
Israel has threatened to take tougher measures against the Gaza Strip’s residents, who already suffer from vital supplies shortages. Read more @ Israel prepares for attack on Gaza
Sun, 07 Dec 2008 18:31:56 GMT
Iran, Qatar urge OIC meeting on Gaza
Mon, 08 Dec 2008 11:39:42 GMT
Tehran and Doha have called on Islamic states to pressurize Israel into ending the suffocating siege it has imposed on the Gaza Strip.
Read more at Iran, Qatar urge OIC meeting on Gaza
UNRWA: Our stores will be empty within two days
GAZA, (PIC)– The UN Relief and Works Agency announced that its stores in the Gaza Strip would run out of stock within two days if the Israeli occupation authority refused to allow passage of relief material into the Strip. Read more at UNRWA and http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/en/
Israel prevents local ship from heading to Gaza with medicine, toys
[ 07/12/2008 – 12:47 PM ]
NAZARETH, (PIC)– Israel on Sunday prevented the sailing of a local ship loaded with medicine, relief material and children toys from Yaffa harbor to besieged Gaza Strip and confiscated the shipload.
The shipload was collected by Palestinians in the 1948 areas for the people and children of Gaza on the occasion of the Eidul Adha or the Islamic feast of sacrifice.
Thousands march in Paris against Gaza siege
[ 07/12/2008 – 12:40 PM ]
PARIS, (PIC)– Thousands hits the streets of the French capital on Saturday evening to protest the Israeli siege on Gaza and to demand its immediate end.
MP Jamal Al-Khudari, the head of the Popular Committee Against the Siege, addressed the rally from Gaza hailing such solidarity activities that boost the Palestinian people’s steadfastness and patience.
Read more at http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/en/
Gaza power plant to shut down afternoon Sunday
[ 07/12/2008 – 11:11 AM ]
GAZA, (PIC)– The executive manager of the Gaza power plant, Walid Suleiman, has said that the plant would stop working by Sunday afternoon in the event the Israeli occupation authority continued to shut down all commercial crossings with the Strip.
Suleiman said in a press statement published in the local media on Saturday that the fuel quantities allowed into the Strip could operate the plant for one day only, which meant that the plant would have to stop working until more fuel is allowed into the Strip.
The IOA has been closing all commercial crossings with the Strip for five weeks halting all supplies to one and a half million Palestinians.
ADU: Health disaster in Gaza looming
[ 06/12/2008 – 11:28 AM ]
CAIRO, (PIC)– The Arab Doctors Union has warned that a health disaster would imminently befall the Gaza Strip and neighboring countries if urgent assistance was not expedited to the besieged Strip.
An ADU statement said that the siege would lead to spread of epidemics in the light of the lack of necessary vaccines and adequate potable water.
Meanwhile, demonstrations hit the streets of Istanbul and Amman on Friday demanding an immediate end to the siege on Gaza.