Children of Gaza, Run to the Angels
by Suzanne Baroud
ronically, it was in Palestine, 20 years ago, that I concluded that there is no God. For how could a God, who claims to love all and treat all with impartiality, allow such horrors like those in Palestine to happen?
This unbelief grew stronger with each curfew, with each strike that mourned the death of yet one more martyr, with a decapitation induced by gunfire in the main square on a sunny Ramallah afternoon so many years ago. But it was cemented the day I had to tell one of my fifth grade students that his brother had just been taken away by the Israeli army. His expression, his body going limp, the shuddering of his shoulders as he wept with his classmatesâ€¦thatâ€™s what finally did it.
Nearly 20 years have passed since that day, and I have now married into a Gazan family. I am a wife and mother, the sister and aunt of so many kids living the horror of what Gaza has become. As we watch the footage of Israelâ€™s onslaught, I hear myself, whispering as I see one more martyred child, â€œRun to the angelsâ€¦.run.â€ After so many years, this living nightmare is fostering a burning desire to believe once again in the afterlife.
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Created on Saturday, 10 January 2009 05:26
Written by Michel Chossudovsky
Israeli Invasion and Gaza's Offshore Gas Fields
by Michel Chossudovsky
he military invasion of the Gaza Strip by Israeli Forces bears a direct relation to the control and ownership of strategic offshore gas reserves. This is a war of conquest.
Discovered in 2000, there are extensive gas reserves off the Gaza coastline.
British Gas (BG Group) and its partner, the Athens based Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC) owned by Lebanon's Sabbagh and Koury families, were granted oil and gas exploration rights in a 25 year agreement signed in November 1999 with the Palestinian Authority.
Gaza's offshore marine area is contiguous to several Israeli offshore gas facilities
The rights to the offshore gas field are respectively British Gas (60 percent); Consolidated Contractors (CCC) (30 percent); and the Investment Fund of the Palestinian Authority (10 percent). (Haaretz, October 21, 2007). The PA-BG-CCC agreement includes field development and the construction of a gas pipeline. (Middle East Economic Digest, Jan 5, 2001).
The BG licence covers the entire Gazan offshore marine area, which is contiguous to several Israeli offshore gas facilities. It should be noted that 60 percent of the gas reserves along the Gaza-Israel coastline belong to Palestine.
Created on Saturday, 10 January 2009 04:29
Written by Press Release
Demand an END to the Israeli Occupation
There will be protest music and songs followed by 5 or 6 short speeches by members of different groups. Instead of the usual march, we'll then break up into small groups and take up posts at major downtown intersections with our placards, leaflets, and donation baskets.
Sat., Jan.10, 2009 - Victoria Day of Action
12 noon - In front of the Victoria Visitor Centre, opposite the Empress
Created on Saturday, 10 January 2009 04:06
Written by Press Release
Open Letter to President-Elect Obama
by Ralph Nader
ear President-Elect Obama: You have been receiving a great deal of advice since November 4, 2008 from people and groups who either want you to advance policies not covered in your campaign or who want you to be more specific about initiatives you emphasized.
There are two suggestions which may not be among your store of recommendations that need to be considered before you take office on January 20, 2009.
Created on Saturday, 10 January 2009 03:40
Written by Press Release
Health Services Close to Collapse in Gaza
by World Health Organization
The health services in Gaza, already depleted and fragile, are on the point of collapse if steps to support and protect them are not taken immediately. WHO has called for immediate improvement in the situation to make humanitarian health services accessible by the local people.
To date more than 680 deaths (including about 218 women and children) have been recorded and over 2850 people are reported injured. The dead include 21 medical personnel. Thirty more were injured and 11 ambulances were hit in the violence and military activities in Gaza, according to reports from the Palestinian Ministry of Health. The numbers continue to rise and include many civilians.
Created on Saturday, 10 January 2009 00:34
Written by Chris Cook
Gaza: Bearing the Weight of the Witness
by C. L. Cook
Below is a comment received by a Pacific
Free Press reader who has an intimate connection to the abomination
being conducted there by the Israeli military and explicitly supported
by the United States of America, and at least implicitly supported by
the Canadian government.
The video below, taken without sanction from Great
Britain's Channel 4 television, but included here based on the public
right to know the truth of the situation. As the letter writer reminds,
the media are not fulfilling its duty to the truth, instead serving the
interests of the powerful.
I am writing this letter as I can say I am more than concerned about
the massacre that is taking place in Gaza. It seems the British and
American media can not bring themselves for whatever reason to deliver
the truth about this sickening war crime!