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Gaza without Cancer Medicine

Article – Ramzy Baroud

On Sunday August 12, news from Gaza was distressing: The Ministry of Health announced that it would no longer be able to treat cancer patients in the Israel-besieged Strip. Read more »

Hamas briefs Palestinian factions on Cairo visit outcomes



Hamas held a meeting with the Palestinian factions in Gaza to discuss the latest developments of the Palestinian cause and briefed them on the outcome of its meeting with the Egyptian officials in Cairo.

The member of Hamas Political Bureau Husam Badran said that the meeting came after Hamas’ visit to Cairo and its Politburo’s arrival in Gaza to discuss the latest updates concerning the national reconciliation, ceasefire with the Israeli Occupation, and the process of ending the siege on Gaza.

Badran noted that the Palestinian people have the final word to decide on their future.

He reiterated the necessity to take the Palestinians’ stances towards the ceasefire with the Israeli Occupation and their demands into consideration when discussing the proposals to ease the siege on Gaza.

Badran stressed that all the people of Palestine are united in the face of the Israeli Occupation and will not waive their rights under any pressure. Read more »

Dr Swee Ang recounts events when Al Awda was seized by Israeli military

Dr Swee Ang
Medical doctor on board the al-Awda, 4 August 2018

Al Awda in  Chalutiers, France en route to Gaza. Photo: Romuald AUGE

Al Awda in Chalutiers, France en route to Gaza. Photo: Romuald AUGE

The last leg of the journey of al-Awda (the boat of return) was scheduled to reach Gaza on 29 July 2018. We were on target to reach Gaza that evening. There are 22 on board including crew with USD 15,000 of antibiotics and bandages for Gaza. At 12.31 pm we received a missed call from a number beginning with +81… Mikkel was steering the boat at that time.

The phone rang again with the message that we were trespassing into Israeli waters. Mikkel replied that we were in International waters and had right of innocent passage according to maritime laws. The accusation of trespassing was repeated again and again with Mikkel repeating the message that we were sailing in international waters. This carried on for about half an hour, while Awda was 42 nautical miles from the coast of Gaza.

Prior to the beginning of this last leg, we had spent 2 days learning non-violent actions and had prepared ourselves in anticipation of Israeli invasion of our boat. Vulnerable individuals especially those with medical conditions were to sit at the rear of the top deck with their hands on the deck table. The leader of this group was Gerd, a 75 year old elite Norwegian athlete and she had the help of Lucia a Spanish nurse in her group. Read more »

Bethlehem Besieged: Checkpoints in the Birthplace of Jesus

Visualizing Palestine


In years past, Bethlehem has been an agricultural market, a significant pilgrim and tourist centre, and a trade town closely linked to Jerusalem. When Israel’s occupation of West Bank started in 1967, this link was cut off for the first time in 2000 years, impeding pilgrimage to holy sites, and Bethlehem today is surrounded by a landscape dotted with gun turrets and barbed wire. Historic stone and stucco buildings are eclipsed not by its poetic terrain of steep hills and abundant pastures, but by the eight-meter-high segregation wall which snakes over 80 kilometers into the district, used by Israel to illegally annex territory.

Palestinian Christians are not immune to dispossession and oppression as part of the ongoing Israeli occupation, and many have been forced to emigrate from one of the holiest places of Christianity amidst isolation and crippling economic conditions. With its agricultural land seized and colonised, and its tourism-dependent economy hit hard, the unemployment rate in Bethlehem is the highest in the West Bank.

Through this visual, we begin to map the barriers and illegal encroachments that strangulate Bethlehem under the Israeli occupation.

As Father Ibrahim Shomali, a Catholic priest of the city’s Beit Jala parish, declared in December 2011, “If Jesus were to come this year, Bethlehem would be closed.”

Common Enemy: Why Israel is Embracing Fascism in Europe

Article – Ramzy Baroud

Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, visited Israel on July 19, where he met Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and other officials. Orbans visit would have not required much pause except that the Hungarian leader has been repeatedly branded … Read more »

ESCWA Report on Israel’s Apartheid policies and practices

Press Release – Euro-Med Monitor

Euro-Med Monitor to issue Arabic translation of ESCWA report on Israel’s Apartheid policies and practices Geneva – The Arabic version of the report by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) will be published at the … Read more »

We are sailing, we are sailing…

Article – Lois Griffiths

Once again, a small number of individuals from several countries are going to try to break the illegal siege imposed on the people of Gaza by sailing from Europe to Gaza on four small Scandinavian boats: Al Awda (The Return ), Fr eedom , Falestine … Read more »

With Jewish Nation-State law, Israel is legalizing apartheid

Press Release – PLO

PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi strongly denounced the Knessets adoption of the Jewish Nation-State Bill: Read more »

In Gaza, UN envoy urges factions to step back from war

Press Release – United Nations

In Gaza, UN envoy urges Israel, Palestinian factions to step back from brink of a war that everybody will lose With a ceasefire largely holding after a day-long flare-up in fighting between Israel and Gaza militants, the United Nation envoy on … Read more »

Press statement from Kia Ora Gaza

Press Release – Kia Ora Gaza

Kia Ora Gaza has sent a letter to our NZ Foreign Minister, Rt Hon Winston Peters, on 5 July asking him to demand that Israel end the 11-year inhumane blockade of the Gaza Strip and the allow safe and unhindered passage for the four-boat Freedom … Read more »

One Question Gaza

Cihan Aksan and Jon Bailes
Source: State of Nature

One Question is a monthly series in which we ask leading thinkers to give a brief answer to a single question.

This month, we ask:

What is the future of Gaza?

With responses from: Ramzy Baroud; Richard Falk; Sara Roy; Abdalhadi Alijla; Norman Finkelstein; Huwaida Arraf; Toufic Haddad; Atef Alshaer; Helga Tawil-Souri; Hagar Kotef; Joel Beinin; Magid Shihade; Ran Greenstein; Richard Hardigan; Salman Abu Sitta.

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Euro-Med Monitor/IRDG call on HRC to protect Gaza protesters

Press Release – Euro Med Monitor

Euro-Med Monitor and IRDG call on HRC to protect Gaza protesters, lift the blockade Read more »

UN experts say Gaza health care at “breaking point”

Press Release – UNHCHR

GENEVA (21 June 2018) – UN human rights experts have backed calls for a large-scale international response to the overwhelming health care needs of people living in Gaza. Read more »

The American veto is a sign of moral bankruptcy

Press Release – PLO

In response to questions regarding the recent UN Security Council vote, PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi issued the following statement: Read more »

8 lessons I learned on Palestine from 8 Western Nations

Article – Ramzy Baroud

On February 20, 2018, I embarked on a global book tour that has, thus far, taken me to eight nations. The main theme of all my talks in various cultural, academic and media platforms was the pressing need to refocus the discussion on Palestine … Read more »

Human Rights Watch targets Israeli banks… NZ Super fund

Press Release – Palestine Solidarity Network

The Palestine Solidarity Network has renewed calls for the NZ Super Fund to divest its shareholding in Israeli banks which invest in the illegal construction of Jewish only settlements in the Palestinian Occupied Territories. Read more »

Israel Institute demands a NZ response to Hamas attacks

Press Release – Israel Institute

Israel Institute demands a New Zealand response to Hamas attacks on Israel Israel Institute of New Zealand director David Cumin says that New Zealands continued failure to condemn Hamas for attacks on Israel has become untenable and morally bankrupt: … Read more »

NZ response to latest Israeli massacre doesn’t go far enough

Article – Aubrey Bloomfield

On 14 May, Israel killed at least 60 Palestinians in Gaza taking part in the Great March of Return protest and injured thousands more. The Israeli massacre was met with widespread international criticism. The prosecutor of the International Criminal … Read more »

Israel’s Supreme Court greenlights state to commit war crime

Press Release – B’Tselem

On Thursday, 24 May 2018, three Israeli Supreme Court justices Noam Sohlberg, Anat Baron and Yael Willner ruled that the state may demolish the homes of the community of Khan al-Ahmar , transfer the residents from their homes and relocate … Read more »

Israel’s proposed bill banning photos of IDF soldiers

Press Release – PLO

Dr. Ashrawi on Israel’s proposed “Prohibition against photographing and documenting IDF soldiers” bill Today the Israeli Ministerial Committee for Legislation will discuss a bill that would prohibit the recording, photographing or documentation … Read more »

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