The latest Israeli Defence Force assault on Gaza, in addition to its targeted assassinations against political as well as military opponents, is horrifying and disturbing. It threatens to escalate into yet another cycle of violence and war-making that does nothing for the security of Jews or Arabs, Israelis or Palestinians. It merely reaps death, destruction, hatred and mistrust.
"In mourning the nine lives lost in Gaza and the one life lost in Jerusalem this week," says Jewish Voice for Peace, "we reject the pattern of condemning the deaths of Israelis while ignoring the deaths of Palestinians. We do not discriminate. One life lost is one life too many - whether Palestinian or Israeli." JVP also situate the events within the context of 44 years of the Israeli occupation of Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem.
One year on from the end of Israel’s military offensive in Gaza, Amnesty has called on Israel to lift its “suffocating” blockade as the organisation released a new briefing on the plight of Palestinians living under the blockade.
A ‘mercy’ ship carrying European Parliamentarians arrives at Gaza today on an emergency mission, carrying desperately needed medical supplies. The Free Gaza Movement ship, Spirit of Humanity, left Larnaca Port yesterday.
British Parliamentarians are to lead a voyage on a 'peace ship' which will breach the Israeli siege of the Gaza Strip. The boat - the 20 foot SS Dignity - leaves on Friday, and will travel from Larnaca to Gaza.