Flotilla boats begin long voyage to Gaza

21 May

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Sailing for the Right to a Just future for Palestine

The Freedom Flotilla ship AlAwda (The Return), together with Ship to Gaza Sweden vessels Hurriya (Freedom) and Mairead (named for Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire who has previously sailed on three missions against the blockade of Gaza) are in Copenhagen on Sunday May 20 and Monday May 21. They will be joined later by another Swedish boat, Falestine (Palestine), and all four vessels will visit many European ports on their way to challenge the illegal and inhumane Israeli blockade of Gaza in late July.

Mikkel Grüner, a city councillor in Bergen, Norway, sailing on the Al Awda, says : “The blockade of Gaza is in its 11th year. It is such a gross violation of international law that it can be characterized as a crime against humanity.” 

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John Pilger endorses Freedom Flotilla to Gaza

18 May

John Pilger (left) meets author Ramzy Baroud after his talk at the NSW Parliament earlier this week.  Dr Baroud commented on Facebook: ‘It was a great honor to have John Pilger in the audience at the Parliament in Sydney this evening where I launched my book: The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story. I thank everyone who came to see me deliver the #Nakba speech, and all of those who work hard to make Palestinian freedom a priority in their work.’ Dr Baroud is currently on a speaking tour of NZ – see his itinerary on this website.

Australian journalist and film maker, John Pilger endorses ‘the Right to a Just Future for Palestine’ international 2018 flotilla to challenge the siege of Gaza.

“The Freedom Flotilla Coalition’s plans to challenge the blockade of Gaza is good news. The freedom flotillas have achieved extraordinary results in informing the world of the inhumanity and cruelty of the Israelis’ medieval siege of Gaza. I support wholeheartedly the Coalition’s new initiative, the ‘Right to a Just Future for Palestine’.

I specially appreciate the words, ‘Just Future’ – justice is the basic human right missing from the media reporting of Palestine; yet without justice, no peace is possible, no future is secured. The brave young people who go to the perimeters of their open prison to demand justice know this to be a basic truth. They fight for justice on behalf of all of us, and we should stand with them.”

John Pilger

17 May 2018.

UK Labour response to Israeli massacre in Gaza

17 May

VIDEO: TruthPolSciLif, Published on May 16, 2018

The response by Emily Thornberry, a senior figure in the Labour party, to the massacre in Gaza. How will our NZ government respond?

 

‘Palestinians want freedom, just like anyone would’

17 May

VIDEO: Opinion by Noura Erakat, Washington Post16 May, 2018

Palestinian American human-rights attorney Noura Erakat says protesters in Gaza aren’t pawns of Hamas; they are struggling for the freedom all humans want.

 

Ramzy Baroud’s NZ speaking tour itinerary

16 May

Dr Ramzy Baroud’s  NZ speaking tour itinerary – 18 to 24 May 2018.

Hosted by the NZ Palestine Solidarity Network

Ramzy Baroud brings the authentic voices of the Palestinian struggle for human rights to New Zealand, as part of a world-wide launch of his new book ‘The Last Earth: a Palestinian Story.’

Please note that signed copies of Ramzy’s book ‘The Last Earth: a Palestinian story’ will be on sale for $35 at each venue – cash or EFTPOS (bookshop retail prices may vary). Other merchandise will be available also.

Each event is free entry and open to the public – bring your friends & workmates. There will be a collection for donations towards tour costs.

AUCKLAND: FRIDAY 18 MAY

10:30am: A special book signing event at UBIQ Auckland University Bookshop, 2 Alfred Street, Student Commons (off Princes or Symonds Street, City.)

12:00 midday: Listen to 95bFM radio for Kelly Enright’s studio interview with Ramzy Baroud on ‘The Wire’ current affairs programme.

AUCKLAND: SATURDAY 19 MAY

9:00am: Listen to Kim Hill’s face-to-face live interview with Ramzy on her popular ‘Saturday Morning’ programme, on RNZ National radio (FM 101.4)

2:00pm: Ramzy will speak at the Nakba Rally for Free Palestine, Aotea Square, Queen St, CBD.

 

AUCKLAND: SUNDAY 20 MAY

Free public talk: 7pm Freemans Bay Community Hall, 52 Hepburn St, Auckland.

 

HAMILTON: MONDAY 21 MAY

Free public talk: 7pm: Wintec, Room A2.05, City Campus, Hamilton.

Access via Gate 3 or Gate 2 on Tristram Street. Free parking.

 

WELLINGTON: TUESDAY 22 MAY

Book signing from 12pm to 1pm: Vic Books, Easterfield Building, 1 Kelburn Parade, Wellington 6012. enquiries@vicbooks.co.nz

WELLINGTON: TUESDAY 22 MAY

Evening event: 6pm Free Public talk: St Andrews on the Terrace, 30 The Terrace, Wellington City 6011. (Wellington event book sales by Vic Books)

 

CHRISTCHURCH: WEDS 23 MAY

Free public talk: 7:30pm Christchurch Cardboard Cathedral, 234 Hereford St, Christchurch 8011

 

DUNEDIN: THURSDAY 24 MAY

Free public talk: 5:15pm Burns 2 Lecture theatre, Ground Floor Arts Building, Albany Street, University of Otago.

 

ABOUT THE BOOK AND IT’S AUTHOR:

Gaza-born Palestinian author Ramzy Baroud is visiting New Zealand/Aotearoa as part of a world tour to launch his new book: “The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story”.

Spanning decades and encompassing war, mass exodus, epic migrations and the search for individual and collective identity, The Last Earth tells the story of modern Palestine through the memories of those who have lived it. Baroud said that he wrote The Last Earth “to relocate the centrality of the Palestinian narrative from an Israeli perspective to a Palestinian one, especially one that overlooks the typical elitist narrative and focuses instead on retelling the story from the viewpoint of ordinary, poor, underclass and working-class Palestinians.” Ramzy Baroud is founder and editor of the Palestine Chronicle.

IT’S TIME FOR ACTION!

16 May

 

The Palestine Solidarity Network calls on the NZ Government to immediately condemn Israel’s latest massacre of 60 Palestinian protestors in Gaza and excessive force employed by Israeli troops against unarmed civilians, in the strongest possible terms, and close down the Israeli Embassy in Wellington in protest.

 RALLY FOR FREE PALESTINE

2pm Saturday 19 May, Aotea Square, Auckland CBD

Support the Palestinian struggle for human rights & condemn Israeli atrocities.

US/Palestinian author Ramzy Baroud will address the rally, and also give a free public talk on Sunday 20 May from 7pm at the Freemans Bay Community Centre, Hepburn St, Auckland. Free entry – donations welcome.

See earlier posts for details of Ramzy’s free public talks in Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch & Dunedin next week. Not to be missed.

South Africa & Turkey withdraw ambassadors to Israel: what will NZ do?

15 May

South Africa and Turkey have immediately withdrawn their ambassadors to Israel in protest at the latest mass killings of civilians in Gaza. Turkey’s president Erdogan condemned Israel as a ‘terrorist state’ and withdrew their ambassador from the US in protest as well. Meanwhile the US president Trump has celebrated the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem and both US and Israel have blamed Hamas for ‘the violence.’ NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern condemned the ‘devastating one-sided loss of life’ (NewsHub today) but did not propose any action except to say that MFAT has ‘voiced its concerns’ with the Israeli ambassador on behalf of the government.

The NZ Palestine Solidarity Network (NZPSN) calls on the NZ Government to take action immediately and condemn Israel’s latest massacre of Palestinian protestors in Gaza and excessive force employed by Israeli troops against unarmed civilians, in the strongest possible terms, and also close down the Israeli Embassy in Wellington in protest.

The 58 reported deaths and 2771 injuries today have brought the casualty toll to over 100 Palestinians killed (including 12 children) and over 12,200 injured by Israel forces over the past seven weeks of ‘Great March of Return’ rallies – 53% by live ammunition. One Israeli soldier has reportedly been ‘slightly wounded’ to date. PM Ardern says MFAT has ‘voiced its concerns’ with the Israeli ambassador. Such a response is totally inadequate for the crimes which Israel is committing daily.

The Palestine Solidarity Network is organizing a protest rally at 2pm at Auckland’s Aotea Square this Saturday 19 May to express New Zealanders’ support for the Palestinian struggle for human rights and condemn Israeli atrocities.

Here are reports of some other responses to date:

  • Amnesty says Monday’s killings may constitute war crimes as UN committee calls for ‘immediate end to use of disproportionate force’

 

  • Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, said “those responsible for outrageous human rights violations must be held to account,” while Human Rights Watch described the killings as a “bloodbath”.

 

  • The United Nations’ Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination said it was “gravely concerned” that many of those killed or injured during weeks of protests were reportedly posing no imminent threat when they were shot.

 

  • UN Human Rights Council on Monday, also called on Israel to “fully respect the norms of humanitarian law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and to lift the blockade of the Gaza strip”. It called on Israel to “put an immediate end to the disproportionate use of force against Palestinian demonstrators in the Gaza strip, refrain from any act that could lead to further casualties and ensure prompt and unimpeded access to medical treatment to injured Palestinians”.

 

  • Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said the killing of protesters was a crime that would only produce more violence.

 

  • Egypt’s foreign ministry said in a statement: “Egypt rejects the use of force against peaceful marches demanding legitimate and just rights, and warns of the negative consequences of this dangerous escalation in the occupied Palestinian territories.”

 

  • The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization in the US, condemned the Israeli attacks on Palestinian civilians, calling them a “massacre”. In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad, who is of Palestinian heritage, said: “We condemn this massacre of civilian protesters – including children, medical personnel and the disabled – who seek to shake the conscience of an international community that has long ignored or excused Israel’s past dispossession of the Palestinian people and its continuing occupation of those few who were able to survive in their ancestral land. “Perhaps this tragic mass killing – played out in full view of the world’s media – will spark a new call for justice similar to that sparked by the Soweto uprising against Apartheid.”

 

  • Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag also described Monday’s killings as a “massacre” and said the US shared the blame with Israel. “The US administration moving its embassy to Jerusalem destroyed the chances for peace and ignited a fire that will cause more human losses and injuries as well as destruction and catastrophe in the region,” Bozdag said. South Africa’s foreign ministry said that it had withdrawn its ambassador from Israel until further notice because of the “indiscriminate and grave manner of the latest Israeli attack”. “Like other members of the international community, South Africa is disturbed by the latest deadly aggression and reiterates calls made by several member states of the United Nations for an independent inquiry into the killings, with a view to holding to account those who are responsible,” it said in a statement.

 

  • The European Union‘s high representative for foreign affairs Federica Mogherini called on Israel to “respect the right to peaceful protest and the principle of proportionality in the use of force”.

 

  • Philip Luther, research and advocacy director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International, said: “This is another horrific example of the Israeli military using excessive force and live ammunition in a totally deplorable way. This is a violation of international standards, in some instances committing what appear to be wilful killings constituting war crimes.”

 

  • Israeli human rights group B’Tselem said that firing live ammunition at protesters showed “appalling indifference to human life on the part of senior Israeli government and military officials” and called for an immediate halt to the killing of protesters.

 

  • The NZ Green Party is strongly condemning the slaughter perpetrated by the Israeli armed forces in Gaza overnight following the opening of the new United States Embassy in Jerusalem, which has resulted in the murder of at least 52 civilians and over 2400 injured. This is the second deadly massacre of protestors perpetrated by the Israeli armed forces this year and is the deadliest onslaught in Gaza since 2014. “As predicted the opening of Donald Trump’s confrontational Embassy in Jerusalem has fanned flames of conflict and death,” said Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson. 
    “Israel’s ongoing siege on Gaza constitutes a breach of international law and has caused an unsustainable humanitarian crisis since 2009. The people of Gaza are a trapped population with no access to humanitarian aid or access to adequate healthcare or education. The Green Party is calling on Israel to end its siege on Gaza and its occupation of Palestinian Territories, and take positive steps towards an enduring peace in the region.”

 

  • On Tuesday, Ireland and Belgium summoned Israel’s ambassadors to express concern over the killings in Gaza and to call for an international inquiry.

 

  • In the UK, opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn described the slaughter in Gaza as “an outrage that demands not just international condemnation, but action to hold those responsible to account.”

 

58 Palestinian civilians were killed by Israeli troops today – 2771 injured. [24LiveBlog]

Gaza death toll rises to 55 today – 2771 injured

15 May

VIDEO REPORT: BBC News, 15 May 2018

Palestinian health ministry officials now say at least 52 people have been killed by Israeli forces at the protests on the Israel-Gaza border, and more than 2,200 others injured. The death toll makes Monday the deadliest day since the start six weeks ago of a series of protests dubbed the “Great March of Return”, along the Israel-Gaza border fence. More than 100 Palestinian fatalities have been reported over those six weeks.

Ed: Since this BBC report Gaza’s health authorities have confirmed that 55 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces during the combined boundary-fence protests today against US opening it’s embassy in Jerusalem and the Great March of Return rallies.  South Africa has immediately withdrawn it’s Ambassador to Israel in protest (see report below) – what will be the stance of the NZ government?

Here are today’s grim statistics:

Gaza Ministry of Health Detailed Statistics

Ministry Of Health – International Cooperation Directorate 

Detailed Statistics

The Peaceful Great Return March

08:30 PM  14 May 2018
55 Martyrs                 2771 Casualties

Martyrs 

6 children under the age of 18
1 female child

Casualties 

225 Children
79 Females

Medical points 1011
Hospitals 1760

Injuries Severity

🛌 76 Critical, 54 very critical
🛌 1294 Moderate
🛌 1347 Minor

Cause of Injury

☜ 1359 Live Ammunition
☜ 14 Rubber-coated metal bullets
☜ 155 Shrapnel in the body.
☜ 263 Others.
☜ 980 Gas.
Location of the Wounds

90 Head and Neck
192 Upper Limbs
62 Chest and Back
54 Abdomen and Pelvis
1218 Lower Limbs
980 Gas inhaliation
175 Other

Direct targeting of medical staff and Journalists led to 
1 Martyr – Civil Defense
5 Ambulances were partially damaged
17 Paramedics (gas suffocation and live ammunition)
​12 Journalists

(With thanks to todayingaza.wordpress.com)

 

AFP/ Eyewitness New SA report earlier today:

South Africa withdraws Ambassador to Israel following killings of Palestinian protestors

JOHANNESBURG – South Africa has withdrawn its Ambassador to Israel following the killing of Palestinian protestors at the Gaza border.

In a statement, the South African government says it condemns in the strongest terms possible the latest act of violent aggression carried out by Israeli armed forces.

The statement says over 40 people have been killed following a peaceful protest against the provocative inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem.

It goes on to say: “Given the indiscriminate and gravity of the latest Israeli attack, the South African government has taken a decision to recall Ambassador Sisa Ngombane with immediate effect until further notice.”

The media release also states South Africa reiterates its view that the Israeli Defence Force must withdraw from the Gaza Strip and bring to an end the violent and destructive incursions into Palestinian territories.

Government has also reiterated calls made by several member states of the United Nations calling for an independent inquiry into the killings, with a view to holding to account those responsible.

Earlier today, the US officially opened its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem.

 

Israel amassing its forces ahead of Nakba protests

12 May

Israeli soldiers are seen during Great March of Return protests east of Gaza City on 11 May. To date 54 Palestinians have been killed and 2,500 wounded by live fire since March of Return rallies began in Gaza on 30 March. [Mohammed Zaanoun ActiveStills]

By Maureen Clare, Electronic Intifada, 11 May 2018

Israeli forces killed a Palestinian protester and injured hundreds more during the seventh consecutive Friday of the Great March of Return demonstrations along Gaza’s eastern perimeter [yesterday].

Jaber Salem Abu Mustafa, 38, died after he was shot in the chest east of Khan Younis. Forty-one Palestinians have been fatally injured during the protests that were launched on 30 March.

During that same period, Israeli forces killed 13 additional Palestinians in Gaza who were not participating in the protests when they were fatally wounded.

Nearly 200 people were injured by live fire on Friday. Ten persons were said to be critically wounded.

Three medics and six journalists were also reported injured.

Reporter Motasem Ahmed Dalloul was hit by live fire to the stomach, the Committee to Protect Journalists reported.

Mass protests are expected to continue next week with the opening of the US embassy of Jerusalem on 14 May, the 70th anniversary of the declaration of the state of Israel on Palestinian lands.

The Israeli military has “begun reinforcing battalions exponentially in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank” in the lead-up to what it says will be protests “far more violent and extensive than anything seen thus far,” the Israeli daily Haaretz reported.

“According to assessments, 100,000 protesters are expected in 17 flashpoints along the Gaza [boundary], compared to the five flashpoints during last Friday’s protest,” the paper stated on Friday.

The leadership of the Gaza protests has called for a Million Person March of Return [on Nakba day 15 May] next week.

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Cartoon comment by Malcolm Evans

10 May

Surviving Israel’s war on Gaza’s fishers

9 May

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Surviving Israel’s war on Gaza fishers

By Mohammed Asad and Hind Khoudary, The Electronic Intifada, 4 May 2018

Israel has turned Gaza’s sea into a battlefield.

Israel’s military routinely fires on boats, injuring, killing and arresting Palestinian crew members.

“In the past, the sea used to be open. We would fish whatever we wanted, whenever we wanted,” Rashad al-Hissi, a 74-year-old Gaza fisher, told The Electronic Intifada.

According to the 1993 Oslo accords, Gaza’s fishing zone was supposed to extend 20 nautical miles out from shore. But Israel never allowed local fishers that range.

The furthest Gaza’s fishers have been able to work since then has been 12 miles out, and that was more than a decade ago. Since Hamas won elections and took control of Gaza’s internal affairs in 2007, the limits were reduced to six miles, then three before being raised again to six, the limit fishers face today.

Israel’s attacks on Gaza fishers are as arbitrary as these restrictions, sometimes firing at vessels even when they abide by Israel’s permitted nautical zone.

Israel’s regular attacks rendered fishing in Gaza a dangerous and unreliable occupation. Since the year 2000, Israel has killed eight fishers and injured 134, according to human rights group Al Mezan.

Despite the hardships, Gaza’s fishers have their hearts in the sea, with more than 35,000 Palestinians dependant on this industry for their livelihoods.

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Ramzy Baroud: bringing the voices of Palestine to NZ

8 May

VIDEO: US/Palestinian author and commentator, Dr Ramzy Baroud, launched his world speaking tour in London recently, hosted by Middle East Monitor.

Dr Ramzy Baroud’s  NZ speaking tour itinerary – 18 to 24 May 2018.

Hosted by the NZ Palestine Solidarity Network

Please note that signed copies of Ramzy’s new book ‘The Last Earth: a Palestinian story’ will be on sale for $35 at each venue – cash or EFTPOS (bookshop retail prices may vary). Other merchandise will be available also. 

Each event is free entry and open to the public – bring your friends & workmates. There will be a collection for donations towards tour costs.

AUCKLAND: FRIDAY 18 MAY

9:35am: Listen to 95bFM radio for Mikey Havoc’s live studio interview with Ramzy Baroud

10:30am book signing event at UBIQ Auckland University Bookshop, 2 Alfred Street, Student Commons (off Princes Street, City.)

 

AUCKLAND: SATURDAY 19 MAY

Ramzy will speak at the Nakba Rally, 2pm Aotea Square, Queen St, CBD.

 

AUCKLAND: SUNDAY 20 MAY

Free public talk: 7pm Freemans Bay Community Hall, 52 Hepburn St, Auckland.

 

HAMILTON: MONDAY 21 MAY

Free public talk: 7pm: Wintec, Room A2.05, City Campus, Hamilton.

Access via Gate 3 or Gate 2 on Tristram Street. Free parking.

 

WELLINGTON: TUESDAY 22 MAY

Book signing from 12pm to 1pm: Vic Books, Easterfield Building, 1 Kelburn Parade, Wellington 6012. enquiries@vicbooks.co.nz

WELLINGTON: TUESDAY 22 MAY

Evening event: 6pm Free Public talk: St Andrews on the Terrace, 30 The Terrace, Wellington City 6011. (Wellington event book sales by Vic Books)

 

CHRISTCHURCH: WEDS 23 MAY

Free public talk: 7pm Christchurch Cardboard Cathedral, 234 Hereford St, Christchurch 8011

 

DUNEDIN: THURSDAY 24 MAY

Free public talk: 5:15pm Burns 2 Lecture theatre, Ground Floor Arts Building, Albany Street, University of Otago.

 

ABOUT THE BOOK AND IT’S AUTHOR:

Gaza-born Palestinian author Ramzy Baroud is visiting New Zealand/Aotearoa as part of a world tour to launch his new book: “The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story”.

Spanning decades and encompassing war, mass exodus, epic migrations and the search for individual and collective identity, The Last Earth tells the story of modern Palestine through the memories of those who have lived it. Baroud said that he wrote The Last Earth “to relocate the centrality of the Palestinian narrative from an Israeli perspective to a Palestinian one, especially one that overlooks the typical elitist narrative and focuses instead on retelling the story from the viewpoint of ordinary, poor, underclass and working-class Palestinians.” Ramzy Baroud is founder and editor of the Palestine Chronicle.

Reports from the Great March of Return: Week six

8 May

Video report by Noor Harazeen, TheRealNews, Gaza, 4 May 2018

For the sixth consecutive week Palestinians in Gaza headed to the Israeli border to demonstrate the “Great March of Return” last Friday. Israeli soldiers continued their attacks on the protesters, wounding over 160. Special correspondent Noor Harazeen reports from Gaza.

Hind Khoudary reports for RT in Gaza, 4 May 2018.

 

Gaza protest leadership calls for ‘march of millions’

7 May

Israeli occupation forces fire tear gas at Palestinian protesters east of Gaza City on 4 May. (Dawoud Abo Alkas APA images)

By Maureen Clare Murphy, Electronic Intifada, 4 May 2018

Israeli occupation forces injured more than 1,100 protesters on the sixth consecutive Friday of mass protests along Gaza’s eastern perimeter under the Great March of Return banner.

No fatalities were reported. [Since this report another 3 Palestinians have been killed at border fence protests yesterday- see post below. Ed] Gaza’s health ministry said that nearly 100 were wounded by live fire. Three were reported to be critically injured.

In addition to live fire, Israeli forces used rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas grenades against protesters, and fired tear gas at medical crews and journalists, the human rights group Al Mezan reported.

Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) frontline video report, Gaza, 3 May 2018

Forty Palestinians have been killed and almost 2,200 wounded by live fire during Great March of Return protests launched on 30 March, according to Al Mezan. Five of those killed were children and two were journalists. [This toll has reportedly since risen to 52 – see the Palestine Chronicle report posted below earlier today. Ed]

Not a single Israeli has been reported injured as a result of the protests.

As they have in previous weeks, Israeli forces targeted medical field tents with tear gas, disrupting the work of paramedics.

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Israeli army kills 52 Palestinians at Gaza fence

7 May

Israeli tanks along the Gaza Border. (Photo: via Twitter)

The Palestine Chronicle, 6 May, 2018

Israeli occupation forces fatally shot another three Palestinians at the Gaza border fence yesterday.

The Israeli military issued a statement, saying that the deadly incident occurred in the eastern part of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip earlier on Sunday. The soldiers opened fire at a group of Palestinian demonstrators.

The statement alleged that the young Palestinian men were shot dead because they were allegedly trying to “cross the security barrier from the southern Strip”.

Meanwhile, the Gaza Health Ministry confirmed the killings, identifying two of the victims as Abdel Rahman Qudeih, 23, and Mohammed Abu Rayda, 20.

This episode raised to 52 the death toll of unarmed Palestinian protesters who have lost their lives by Israeli forces’ live fire since protests began along the Gaza border on March 30.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot visit construction work on the fence between Israel and Jordan. February 2016. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)

 

Ramzy Baroud talks about his book ‘The Last Earth’

3 May

VIDEO: Author, Ramzy Baroud, talks about his new book “The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story”.

A recent interview with Ramzy Baroud, Editor-in-Chief of the Palestine Chronicle and author of “The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story”. [Talking Stick TV.]

Dr Baroud will visit New Zealand this month on a five-city speaking tour hosted by the NZ Palestine Solidarity Network.

See here for the details of an event near you: https://kiaoragaza.wordpress.com/2018/05/01/ramzy-barouds-new-zealand-speaking-tour/

 

Noam Chomsky sends message of support for Freedom Flotilla to Gaza

3 May

Noam Chomsky in the port of Gaza, October 2012, following the Israeli attack on the Swedish flotilla ship Estelle

US linguist and writer, Noam Chomsky has sent the following message of support to the 2018 international Freedom Flotilla to break Israel’s illegal blockade of Gaza:

“The suffering of Gaza is a testament to the human capacity for sadism and pretending “not to see”: sadism on the part of the savage Israeli occupiers, who have never relaxed their iron grip on Gaza for a moment and are now assisted by the brutal Egyptian dictatorship; pretending not to see, on the part of all of those who can act effectively to end these crimes but choose to close their eyes or even worse, to provide crucial support to the torturers. Those who choose to see can quickly discover that the millions of Palestinians caged in the Gaza prison, barred from access to the outside world by their oppressors, are living under carefully managed conditions so dire that Gaza may become uninhabitable within a few years. The pretexts for the cruelty collapse quickly on examination, and have been exposed as fraudulent over and over. But the sadistic punishment persists.

Fortunately, there are some who not only choose to see, but also to act to offer a measure of hope to the Palestinians of Gaza. They also provide a demonstration that courage, integrity, and concern for the plight of those suffering from cruel oppression have not vanished from the earth. The Freedom Flotilla Coalition is a stellar illustration, and deserves full support in once again carrying forward its remarkable initiatives, now in new and impressive ways as it offers international solidarity and hope to the Palestinian people in Gaza in their daily struggle.”

Noam Chomsky

Kia Ora Gaza is a member of the Freedom Flotilla Coalition which has started the 75 day voyage towards Gaza, with a big farewell on 30 April in the Norwegian port of Bergen for the flotilla’s lead boat, a converted arctic fishing trawler Al Awda (The Return), see here for photos and video:  https://kiaoragaza.wordpress.com/2018/05/01/lead-flotilla-boat-starts-long-journey-from-norway-to-gaza/

But we cannot get there without your help: our campaign needs your support in order to send a prominent NZ human rights advocate to join the Al Awda and to pay our share of the boats that the Freedom Flotilla is sailing against the blockade of Gaza and for a Just Future for Palestine. Our appeal target is $40,000.

You can donate with a direct payment to our bank account: Kia Ora Gaza Trust, 03-0211-0447718-000, Westpac Bank, Onehunga branch. Afterwards, email office@kiaoragaza.net with your deposit details so we can send you an e-receipt.

Or write a cheque for ‘Kia Ora Gaza’ and post to: Kia Ora Gaza Trust, P.O. Box 86022, Mangere East, Auckland 2158

Please help us spread the word about our campaign:

  • share our messages with your family, friends and/or work colleagues and encourage them to join our mailing list; 
  • send an endorsement message from your association, union, congregation or political party;
  • organize and attend events to raise funds and awareness for our campaign;
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Together, we can help end the blockade!

Lead flotilla boat starts long journey from Norway to Gaza

1 May

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A gallery of photos of the lead 2018 Freedom Flotilla boat Al Awda and the farewell gathering in the port of Bergen earlier today

Several hundred supporters were at the quayside celebration in Bergen, Norway, to show their solidarity with Palestinians earlier today and bid farewell to the lead Freedom Flotilla boat Al Awda (The Return).

Three other flotilla boats will later join the Al Awda on the combined voyage to break Israel’s illegal blockade of Gaza. Many eminent participants on board will represent over 20 countries from around the world, including New Zealand. The Al Awda is a former Arctic fishing trawler that will be donated to the fishermen of Gaza upon arrival in the port of Gaza.

The first Norwegian leg is from Bergen to Leirvik on the island Stord, a centre for the Norwegian offshore industry, to celebrate May Day with trade unionists and elected politicians in support of the Freedom Flotilla.

While sailing southwards from Bergen the Al Awda was met by a big merchant ship which sent this message on the VHF Channel: ‘Good luck to you on your way to Gaza.’

Kia Ora Gaza is a member of the international Freedom Flotilla Coalition, and will facilitate a prominent NZ human rights advocate to join the final Mediterranean leg of the mission to break Israel’s illegal blockade of Gaza.

Support our appeal to fund this mission: Make a direct payment to our bank account: Kia Ora Gaza Trust, 03-0211-0447718-000, Westpac Bank, Onehunga branch. Afterwards, email office@kiaoragaza.netwith your deposit details so our Board of Trustees can send you an e-receipt.

Write a cheque for ‘Kia Ora Gaza’ and post to: Kia Ora Gaza Trust, P.O. Box 86022, Mangere East, Auckland 2158

Video: Arrival at dockside with choir https://www.facebook.com/TorillJF/videos/10160397327125083/

Flotilla news: https://sgf.freedomflotilla.org/

New Gaza war crimes evidence sent to ICC

1 May

By Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada, 30 April 2018

At least 28 Palestinians have lost limbs to Israeli snipers firing on participants in the Great March of Return rallies near Gaza’s boundary with Israel, according to Tareq Zaqoot, a field researcher with the human rights group Al-Haq.

Zaqoot, who is in Gaza, and his colleague Rania Muhareb in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, spoke to The Real News about how they are documenting Israel’s crimes in order to seek justice for the victims.

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Ramzy Baroud’s New Zealand speaking tour

1 May

Dr Ramzy Baroud’s  NZ speaking tour itinerary – 18 to 24 May 2018. Hosted by the NZ Palestine Solidarity Network

Please note that signed copies of Ramzy’s new book ‘The Last Earth: a Palestinan story’ will be on sale at each venue. Other merchandise will be available also. Cash or EFTPOS facilities provided. Each event is free entry and open to the public – bring your friends & workmates. There will be a collection for donations.

 

AUCKLAND: FRIDAY 18 MAY

9:35am: Listen to 95bFM radio for Mikey Havoc’s live studio interview with Ramzy Baroud

10:30am book signing event at UBIQ Auckland University Bookshop, 2 Alfred Street, Student Commons (off Princes Street, City.)

AUCKLAND: SATURDAY 19 MAY

Ramzy will speak at the Nakba Rally,

2pm Aotea Square, Queen St, CBD.

 

AUCKLAND: SUNDAY 20 MAY

Free public talk: 7pm Sunday 20 May

Freemans Bay Community Hall,

52 Hepburn St, Auckland.

 

HAMILTON: MONDAY 21 MAY

Free public talk: 7pm Monday 21 May

Wintec, Room A2.05, City Campus, Hamilton.

Access via Gate 3 or Gate 2 on Tristram Street. Free parking.

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WELLINGTON: TUESDAY 22 MAY

Book signing 22 May from 12pm to 1pm

The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story

Vic Books

Easterfield Building,

1 Kelburn Parade,

Wellington 6012

WELLINGTON: TUESDAY 22 MAY

Evening event: 6pm Tuesday 22 May

Free Public talk

St Andrews on the Terrace,

30 The Terrace,

Wellington City 6011.

 

CHRISTCHURCH: WEDNESDAY 23 MAY

Free public talk: 7pm Wednesday 23 May

Christchurch Cardboard Cathedral,

234 Hereford St,

Christchurch 8011

 

DUNEDIN: THURSDAY 24 MAY

Free public talk: 5:15pm Thursday 24 May

Burns 2 Lecture theatre,

Ground Floor Arts Building,

Albany Street,

University of Otago.

 

ABOUT THE BOOK AND IT’S AUTHOR:

Gaza-born Palestinian author Ramzy Baroud is visiting New Zealand/Aotearoa as part of a world tour to launch his new book: “The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story”.

Spanning decades and encompassing war, mass exodus, epic migrations and the search for individual and collective identity, The Last Earth tells the story of modern Palestine through the memories of those who have lived it. Baroud said that he wrote The Last Earth “to relocate the centrality of the Palestinian narrative from an Israeli perspective to a Palestinian one, especially one that overlooks the typical elitist narrative and focuses instead on retelling the story from the viewpoint of ordinary, poor, underclass and working-class Palestinians.”

‘A masterpiece of history and a masterful feat of writing’ – Counterpunch

‘In the finest tradition of people’s history, these sensitive, painful and evocative pieces provide a human face to the painful saga of Palestinian torment and the remarkable courage and resilience of the victims’ – Noam Chomsky

‘Gives us the privilege of listening to, savouring and indeed cherishing the rarely heard Palestinian stories saturated with the fears, joys, suffering, and triumphs of the human spirit … must be read and shared’ – Mondoweiss

‘A powerful tool to revive and record the human history of al Nakba, a must read for all those who want to see the concealed human dimension of the Palestinian life and suffering’ – Salman Abu Sitta, author of Mapping my Return and the Atlas of Palestine

‘Engaging, unforgettable, complex and unique. The Last Earth provides a unique way of tackling the problem of writing history. Reading it is like walking around a gallery of old master paintings, each telling its own harrowing and often beautiful story about the same episode in human history’ – Baronesse Jenny Tonge, UK

‘A Palestinian triumph of the pen over the sword’ – Truthout

Born in Gaza and raised in Al Nuseirat Refugee Camp, Dr. Ramzy Baroud is a US-Arab journalist, media consultant, author and editor of the Palestine Chronicle. He is a non-resident scholar at Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza’s Untold Story (Pluto, 2009), and The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story (Pluto, 2018), among others books. He has a PhD in Palestine Studies from the University of Exeter.

With thanks to Wellington Palestine

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