Palestinian flag at UN ‘a new step towards new independent state’:
— Ahram Online (@ahramonline) 11 Settembre 2015
Many Muslims traditionally buy new clothes for their children to wear on Eid. The popular market seeks to provide new clothes and other supplies for Eid, free of charge, to more than 300 of Gaza City’s poorest families. The market also gives discounts to other Gaza families with limited income. Umm Omar went to the market at noon, braving the heat during the final days of the Ramadan fast, to make sure her children had new clothes, like their peers. She has no income and relies on social assistance.
As Haitham Kabaja, president of al-Anwar, says, the market had been established to alleviate the suffering of the people of Gaza, who have been struggling to cope under the nine-year blockade imposed by Israel. The blockade has crippled much of life in the coastal enclave, forcing hundreds of families into poverty and unemployment.
The market, which has been set up for the second year in a row, is possible due to the generous contributions of philanthropic merchants supplying items at discounted break-even prices. The people in charge of the market sell the goods at a negligible profit. The market has also helped provide temporary jobs to around 40 young people.
excerpt from Al-Araby
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“My house demolition and the demolition of my dream prepared a success giving birth to a new dream of becoming a doctor to treat patients who have suffered war damage”. This is the message of Hanan Abdul Ghafoor, attending the ninth class on the science section in the Gaza Strip.
The Israeli propaganda machine has reached new highs its hopeless frenzy. It has distributed menus from Gaza restaurants, along with false information. It embarrassed itself by entering a futile public relations battle, which it might have been better off never starting. They want to maintain the ineffective, illegal and unethical siege on Gaza and not let the “peace flotilla” dock off the Gaza coast? There is nothing to explain, certainly not to a world that will never buy the web of explanations, lies and tactics.
Only in Israel do people still accept these tainted goods. Reminiscent of a pre-battle ritual from ancient times, the chorus cheered without asking questions. White uniformed soldiers got ready in our name. Spokesmen delivered their deceptive explanations in our name. The grotesque scene is at our expense. And virtually none of us have disturbed the performance.
The chorus has been singing songs of falsehood and lies. We are all in the chorus saying there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza. We are all part of the chorus claiming the occupation of Gaza has ended, and that the flotilla is a violent attack on Israeli sovereignty – the cement is for building bunkers and the convoy is being funded by the Turkish Muslim Brotherhood. The Israeli siege of Gaza will topple Hamas and free Gilad Shalit. Foreign Ministry spokesman Yossi Levy, one of the most ridiculous of the propagandists, outdid himself when he unblinkingly proclaimed that the aid convoy headed toward Gaza was a violation of international law. Right. Exactly.
It’s not the siege that is illegal, but rather the flotilla. It wasn’t enough to distribute menus from Gaza restaurants through the Prime Minister’s Office, (including the highly recommended beef Stroganoff and cream of spinach soup ) and flaunt the quantities of fuel that the Israeli army spokesman says Israel is shipping in. The propaganda operation has tried to sell us and the world the idea that the occupation of Gaza is over, but in any case, Israel has legal authority to bar humanitarian aid. All one pack of lies.
Only one voice spoiled the illusory celebration a little: an Amnesty International report on the situation in Gaza. Four out of five Gaza residents need humanitarian assistance. Hundreds are waiting to the point of embarrassment to be allowed out for medical treatment, and 28 already have died. This is despite all the Israeli army spokesman’s briefings on the absence of a siege and the presence of assistance, but who cares?
And the preparations for the operation are also reminiscent of a particularly amusing farce: the feverish debate among the septet of ministers; the deployment of the Masada unit, the prison service’s commando unit that specializes in penetrating prison cells; naval commando fighters with backup from the special police anti-terror unit and the army’s Oketz canine unit; a special detention facility set up at the Ashdod port; and the electronic shield that was supposed to block broadcast of the ship’s capture and the detention of those on board.
And all of this in the face of what? A few hundred international activists, mostly people of conscience whose reputation Israeli propaganda has sought to besmirch. They are really mostly people who care, which is their right and obligation, even if the siege doesn’t concern us at all. Yes, this flotilla is indeed a political provocation, and what is protest action if not political provocation?
And facing them on the seas has been the Israeli ship of fools, floating but not knowing where or why. Why detain people? That’s how it is. Why a siege? That’s how it is. It’s like the Noam Chomsky affair all over again, but big time this time. Of course the peace flotilla will not bring peace, and it won’t even manage to reach the Gaza shore. The action plan has included dragging the ships to Ashdod port, but it has again dragged us to the shores of stupidity and wrongdoing. Again we will be portrayed not only as the ones that have blocked assistance, but also as fools who do everything to even further undermine our own standing. If that was one of the goals of the peace flotilla’s organizers, they won big yesterday.
Five years ago, the noted Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa, who is a Jerusalem Prize laureate, after concluding his visit to Israel, said the Israeli occupation was approaching its grotesque phase. Over the weekend Vargas Llosa, who considers himself a friend of Israel, was present to see that that phase has since reached new heights of absurdity.
People are celebrating in their own way by Ramadan .. paint the walls of their homes and their windows .. and living hope and trust in God opulence .. despite the blockade and the difficulty of life .. Strip defies all the difficulties ..
The Dream Job !!
His name is Omer. He holds a bachelor and master degree but sells tea and coffee in Gaza!
Qualifications held by this young man has not accompanied him to obtain a steady job suit with his qualifications, rather than burned by the sun while standing behind the cart to sell hot drinks of all kinds of hikers in the courtyard of the fishermen port.
This young man is an example of situation the youth in Gaza.
As usual in every Friday. I walk with my friends to spend some time heading towards the beach.
Most of the talk in life things pendular each other, and we congratulate each other times. And discuss about the news that occurred during the previous days and the our ambitions and aspirations and future plans. Also we talk about the situation in Gaza and the crossings and Israel and the division between the parties of the country. And dont devoid of kidding and laughing in a lot of times.
While we walk in the streets, we touch the feelings of people there who is runaway from heat homes because the electricity be cut and sitting in front of the house.There are groups of talk and there are kids playing football and there is consolation house shows in our faces sadness, and there are those who work for the wedding party appears on our faces the happiness.And there is one collected his friends to help him repair his house.
And we reached to the beach and sat down to one of the places and watch the sea and ponder and talk and see people happy and salespeople.
The sun goes down quietly foretaste of the coming of the night do not know do you come after day or not …….
Thus Gaza resist to keep happy despite the pain and
كالعادة في كل جمعه اسير مع اصدقائي لنقضي بعض الوقت نسير متجهين نحو الشاطئ
نتحدث باغلب الامور الحياتية نواسي بعض ونهنئ بعض احيانا اخرى. ونتناقش حول اخبار التي حدثت خلال الايام السابقة وعن الطموحاتنا وتطلعاتنا والخطط المستقبليةونتحدث عن الوضع في غزة والمعابر واسرائيل وعن الانقسام بين اطراف الوطن. ولا تخلو الحديث من المزاح وضحك
بينما نحن نمشي في الطرقات نلمس مشاعر الناس فهناك من هو هارب من حر البيوت بسبب انقطاع الكهرباء وجالس اما البيت
وهناك من يكونون جماعات ويتحدثون و هنالك اطفال يلعبون كرة القدم وهنالك بيت عزاء فترتسم على وجوهنا الحزن، وهناك من يعمل حفلة لعرس فترتسم على وجوهنا الفرحه.وهناك من جمع اصدقائه ليساعدوه في اصلاح بيته
ولقد وصلنا الى الشاطئ وجلسنا باحد الاماكن ونشاهد البحر ونتامل ونتدحدث ونشاهد الناس سعداء والباعه المتجولون
وتغرب الشمس بهدوء منذرتا بقدوم ليلا لا نعلم هل سياتي بعده نهارا ام لا…….
وهكذا غزة تقام لتبقى سعيدة رغم الالام والاحزان…..
This ceremony which brings us together this morning, on 1 April 2015, marks the entry into force of the Rome Statute for the State of Palestine, which deposited its instrument of accession on 2 January 2015, thereby becoming the 123rd State Party. This highly symbolic commitment once again confirms that the peoples of the world, wherever they may be, embrace the noble ideals of the ICC; a world where there is Peace and Justice for all. The accession of Palestine as the 19th State Party from the Asia-Pacific region and the second from the Middle-East, is a new stage in the quest for universality for the Statute. We hope that it will pave the way for other countries in the Middle-East who, by adopting the Rome Statute, will strengthen the International Criminal Court in its fight against impunity for mass crimes. I believe this is possible, because the Middle-East is a region of great civilisations which have always placed a high value on human dignity. Lying at the cross-roads between Eurasia and Africa, the region has also played a crucial role in global affairs at a strategic, economic, political, cultural and religious level. Unfortunately, as is the case in many other regions, it is marred at present by a number of conflicts which have caused grave suffering. The voices of the victims in this part of the world are crying out for justice and peace. Palestine has set a real example by signing the Agreement on the Privileges and Immunities of the Court. In terms of cooperation, that agreement is of critical importance for the effectiveness of the ICC. We congratulate Palestine on that, and we now invite it to incorporate the crimes cited in the Rome Statute into its national legislation, which represents a measure of the effectiveness of its accession. In the hope that Palestine will become an active partner in the pursuit of universality and cooperation, I would like, once again, on behalf of the Assembly of States Parties, to congratulate the State of Palestine and warmly welcome it to the ever-growing ICC family.
The Hague, 1 April 2015
A shocking example was their behavior in the Arab village of Deir Yassin. This village, off the main roads and surrounded by Jewish lands, had taken no part in the war, and had even fought off Arab bands who wanted to use the village as their base. On April 9 (THE NEW YORK TIMES), terrorist bands attacked this peaceful village, which was not a military objective in the fighting, killed most of its inhabitants ? 240men, women, and children – and kept a few of them alive to parade as captives through the streets of Jerusalem. Most of the Jewish community was horrified at the deed, and the Jewish Agency sent a telegram of apology to King Abdullah of Trans-Jordan. But the terrorists, far from being ashamed of their act, were proud of this massacre, publicized it widely, and invited all the foreign correspondents present in the country to view the heaped corpses and the general havoc at Deir Yassin. The Deir Yassin incident exemplifies the character and actions of the Freedom Party.
Within the Jewish community they have preached an admixture of ultranationalism, religious mysticism, and racial superiority. Like other Fascist parties they have been used to break strikes, and have themselves pressed for the destruction of free trade unions. In their stead they have proposed corporate unions on the Italian Fascist model. During the last years of sporadic anti-British violence, the IZL and Stern groups inaugurated a reign of terror in the Palestine Jewish community. Teachers were beaten up for speaking against them, adults were shot for not letting their children join them. By gangster methods, beatings, window-smashing, and wide-spread robberies, the terrorists intimidated the population and exacted a heavy tribute.