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New team takes the lead in Kia Ora Gaza

18 Feb
Grant Morgan (right), retiring chair of Kia Ora Gaza, congratulates his successor, Roger Fowler

Grant Morgan (right), the retiring chair of Kia Ora Gaza, congratulates his successor, Roger Fowler

 

by Grant Morgan

 retiring chair of Kia Ora Gaza

18 February 2013

After two-and-a-half years as Kia Ora Gaza’s chair and website editor, I retired from those roles at our leadership forum last weekend.

The reason? Over the past half-dozen years I have researched, written and spoken about how global capitalism is in overshoot on all main fronts and, consequently, is on an unstoppable collapse trajectory. Examples of my longer writings can be seen here and here.

Well before Kia Ora Gaza was set up in July 2010, I had made commitments to others about progressing our collective work on the end times of the current world system. Now that we are getting nearer to the launch of our capitalist collapse website, I must clear the decks of other tasks, and thus my resignation from all leadership roles in Kia Ora Gaza.

Over the past 12 months, I have advised other leaders of Kia Ora Gaza of my intention to step down as chair and website editor. For them, my resignation comes as no surprise whatsoever.

I have no doubt that the transition will be smooth. Why? Because other leaders have risen up to take the reins of Kia Ora Gaza, and will likely do a better job than what I’ve done.

Roger Fowler, for instance, has led two Kia Ora Gaza aid missions to Gaza, went on an investigative mission to the strip last October, and subsequently organised the successful tour of New Zealand by UK film-maker Harry Fear who documented Israel’s last murderous blitz on Gaza.

It’s fitting, therefore, that Roger was elected the new chair of Kia Ora Gaza by popular acclaim at our leadership forum. He will also take over as website editor.

Alongside Roger on a new executive are Tali Williams and Hone Fowler, both of them Gaza convoyers. These three make a talented and dedicated leadership team.

Together with Roger, Ismail Waja and Robyn Hughes remain as trustees of Kia Ora Gaza.

It’s customary for a retiring chair to express well wishes to the incoming chair and the new leadership team, and I certainly do so. But I don’t really think they need any well wishes from me, or anyone else, since they are already proven as leaders of Kia Ora Gaza.

Given the vast changes which have swept the Middle East over recent times, and which are increasingly being felt inside Gaza, the West Bank and their colonial oppressor Israel, it’s an appropriate time for a new team to take the lead in Kia Ora Gaza.

I remain, of course, a strong advocate of Kia Ora Gaza and the cause of Gaza and wider Palestine.

Foundation chair of Kia Ora Gaza steps down

18 Feb
Kia Ora Gaza's newly elected executive: Tali Williams (seated), Roger Fowler (back left) and Hone Fowler

Kia Ora Gaza’s newly elected executive: Tali Williams (seated), Roger Fowler (back left) and Hone Fowler

 

by Roger Fowler

new chair of Kia Ora Gaza

18 February 2013

Last Saturday, at a leadership forum of Kia Ora Gaza, Grant Morgan stood down as chair of our solidarity network and editor of our website kiaoragaza.net. His departure had been well flagged over the past 12 months.

Grant has been busy with research and networking around the pending collapse of the international capitalist system. Now he needs to devote his energies to a capitalist collapse website as its launch date gets closer.

Consequently, the executive of Kia Ora Gaza has, with regret, accepted his resignation as our chair and website editor, along with other responsibilities. Grant remains an ardent supporter of Kia Ora Gaza.

By unanimous vote, the executive elected myself as the new chair and website editor.

The executive expresses our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for Grant’s consistently prudent leadership.

As our foundation chair, his work has been integral in shaping Kia Ora Gaza as a vital catalyst for solidarity with besieged Gaza, and battered Palestine, in New Zealand.

Palestinian statehood receives resounding ‘yes’ vote at UN

30 Nov

Al Jazeera, 29 November 2012. Nicole Johnston reports from Ramallah.

Euro News, 29 November 2012.

 

by Ewen MacAskill at the UN & Chris McGreal in Ramallah

The Guardian

29 November 2012

The United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to recognise Palestine as a state, in the face of opposition from Israel and the US.

The 193-member assembly voted 138 in favour of the plan, with only nine against and 41 abstentions. The scale of the defeat represented a strong and public repudiation for Israel and the US, who find themselves out of step with the rest of the world.

Thursday’s vote marked a diplomatic breakthrough for Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas and could help his standing after weeks in which he has been sidelined by Palestinian rivals Hamas in the Gaza conflict.

Abbas, who flew from Ramallah, on the West Bank, to New York to address the General Assembly, said: “The moment has arrived for the world to say clearly: enough of aggression, settlements and occupation.”

A Palestinian flag was unfurled on the floor of the General Assembly after the vote.

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Israel’s war for Gaza’s gas

30 Nov

 

by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed

Le Monde Diplomatique

28 November 2012

It is clear that without an overall military operation to uproot Hamas control of Gaza, no drilling work can take place without the consent of the radical Islamic movement.

Moshe Ya’alon, 
Israeli deputy prime minister 
and minister of strategic affairs, 2007.

 

Over the last decade, Israel has experienced a growing energy crisis.

Between 2000 and 2010, Israel’s power consumption has risen by 3.5 per cent annually. With over 40 percent of Israel’s electricity dependent on natural gas, the country has struggled to keep up with rising demand as a stable source of gas is in short supply. As of April, electricity prices rose by 9 percent, as the state-owned Israeli Electricity Company (IEC) warned that “Israelis may soon face blackouts during this summer’s heat” – which is exactly what happened.

The two major causes of the natural gas shortage were Egypt’s repeated suspension of gas supplies to Israel due to attacks on the Sinai pipeline, and the near-depletion of Israel’s offshore Tethys Sea gas fields. By late April, a trade deal that would have continued natural gas imports from Egypt into Israel collapsed, sending the Israeli government scrambling to find alternate energy sources to meet peak electricity demands.

Without a significant boost in gas production, Israel faced the prospect of debilitating fuel price hikes which would undermine the economy.

By late June, Israel was tapping into the little known Noa gas reserve in the Mediterranean off the coast of Gaza. Previously, Israel had “refrained from ordering development of the Noa field, fearing that this would lead to diplomatic problems vis-à-vis the Palestinian Authority”, according to the Israeli business daily Globes. The Noa reserve, whose yield is about 1.2 billion cubic metres, “is partly under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority in the economic zone of the Gaza Strip” – but Houston-based operator Noble Energy apparently “convinced” Israel’s Ministry of National Infrastructures that their drilling would “not spill over into other parts of the reserve.”

But the Gaza Marine gas reserves – about 32km from Gaza’s coastline – are unmistakeably within Gaza’s territorial waters which extend to about 35km off the coast.

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Gaza kids back at school, but psychological scars remain

26 Nov

Al Jazeera, 24 November 2012. Nadim Baba reports from Gaza.

Euro News, 24 November 2012.

Gaza ceasefire an event of ‘significance’: US scholar

25 Nov

Hamas leader-in-exile Khaled Mashaal speaks during a Cairo news conference about the ceasefire agreed between Israel and Gaza, 21 November 2012. The Zionist state and its Western allies have been compelled to give de facto recognition to Hamas as the legitimate government of Gaza, thus kneecapping their strategy of isolation.

 

by Richard Falk

24 November 2012

The Gaza ceasefire, unlike a similar ceasefire achieved after Operation Cast Lead four years ago, is an event that has a likely significance far beyond ending the violence after eight days of murderous attacks. It is just possible that it will be looked back upon as a turning point in the long struggle between Israel and Palestine.

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Truce deal reflects pressure on Israel to lift Gaza siege

24 Nov

by Harriet Sherwood in Jerusalem

The Guardian

22 November 2012

extract from article

Details of the truce agreement, principally over easing Israel’s blockade on Gaza, still have to be hammered out in talks that were due to begin within 24 hours of the ceasefire deal’s announcement on Wednesday evening.

The price of US support and European acquiescence in the military operation may be heavy pressure on Israel to lift trade restrictions and allow much greater freedom of movement for the people of Gaza.

Some in the Israeli government also believe the six-year blockade has proven to be a failure and are pressing for a wholesale review.

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