Fifteen Palestinians Killed, 30 Injured, In 24 Hours
Sunday March 11, 2012 04:03 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News

As Israel continues its military offensive against the Gaza Strip since Friday evening, Palestinian medical sources reported that the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli missiles arrived to 15, while more than 30 were wounded.Previous Israeli white phosphorous on Gaza civiliansOn Saturday evening, the Israeli Air Force carried out two strikes targeting Gaza city, and Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

Medical sources reported that one resident was killed in Rafah, while two others were wounded when the army bombarded a small wagon, near the tunnels area, west of Rafah.

The Salah Ed-Deen Brigades, the armed wing of the Popular Resistance Committees in Gaza reported that the slain resident is one of its members identified as Mahdi Abu Shaweesh.

Furthermore, two residents were injured when the Israeli Air Force fired a missile at an area west of Gaza city.

The Brigades added that a group of fighters survived an assassination attempt in northern Gaza, and that, late on Saturday at night, its fighters fired two Grad missiles into Nitivot, and one Nasser shell into Shuba settlement.

On Saturday afternoon, soldiers, stationed at the border, close to the Ash-Shuhada' Graveyard, east of Jabalia in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, opened fire thousands of residents during the burial ceremony of seven fighters who were killed during the ongoing onslaught, and wounded four residents. Medics moved the wounded to a local hospital. The seven fighters are members of the Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad.

Israeli daily, Haaretz, reported that resistance groups in Gaza fired 100 shells into Israeli territory in the last 24 hours leading to eight injuries

Israeli assassinations of Palestinian children in GazaThe Salah Ed-Deen Brigades said that its fighters fired, on Saturday, 29 shells; 9 Grad missiles, 10 mortars, and 10 Nasser homemade shells. Haaretz said that the Iron Dome system managed to intercept 27 out of the 29 shells.

On Saturday evening, Israel decided to close, for one day, all schools in Be'er Shiva (Be'er As-Sabe'), Ofakim, Gan Yivneh, Keryat Malachi, Tovia, Sderot, and the regional councils of Eshkol and Asqalan coast.

The latest round of escalation started after the Israeli army assassinated, on Friday, the head of the Popular Resistance Committees, and his assistance. The army carried out approximately 20 air strikes killing fifteen Palestinians and injuring more than 30.

Original report in IMEMC 11 March 2012

Haifa Zangana

Haifa Zangana was invited to deliver a statement at the General Segment HLS, 12th meeting 19th Session of the Human Rights  Council - ( the first two days of the session attended usually by heads of states and Foreign Ministers ).  She was chosen as one of four speakers ( either independent or rep of an NGO)  worldwide, who were allocated three minutes each to talk on specific subject. haifa's talk was on accountability and impunity.

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We do not have time or space to tell you of the crimes against the Palestinians that Israel will prosecute on December 25th, as they do 365 days in every year. Here is a Christmas card from Palestine, a dream from inside the vast prison Israel has built for a whole people:

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The opinions of Ana Moura’s audience last night at her Glasgow performance were clear, “Don’t perform in Israel – support the appeal from Palestinian civil society for a cultural boycott of Israel.” From the first member of the audience we spoke to, who had appeared with friends and took extra leaflets to distribute inside, only one single individual mounted a dispirited defence of Israel. An Irish Palestine Solidarity Campaign member had earlier written from Dublin, following Ana Moura’s performance at the Concert Hall there, that the audience were “the most receptive people I’ve ever leafleted,” with a number of people saying that the planned Israel performance “would leave a sour taste”.

Write to the artist and ask her not to play IsraelAna Moura can be in no doubt after Dublin and Glasgow that her fans want her to honour the call from Palestine for artists to play their part in the growing campaign to isolate the apartheid state.

In the words of Roger Waters, "The abhorrent and draconian control that Israel wields over the besieged Palestinians in Gaza, and the Palestinians in the occupied West Bank (including East Jerusalem), coupled with its denial of the rights of refugees to return to their homes in Israel, demands that fair minded people around the world support the Palestinians in their civil, nonviolent resistance. For me it means declaring my intention to stand in solidarity, not only with the people of Palestine, but also with the many thousands of Israelis who disagree with their governments racist and colonial policies, by joining a campaign of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel, until it satisfies three basic human rights demanded in international law."

Unfortunately, the Artistic Director of Celtic Connections, which hosted Ana Moura, does not share Waters commitment to human rights. Donald Shaw phoned the SPSC office on Thursday to complain bitterly about our plans to ask audience members to appeal to the performer not to play Tel Aviv. Mr Shaw said he was “disappointed” and that standing outside the event to leaflet the audience would be “disruption”. Shaw expressed concern that the global booking agency that handles Ana Moura might react negatively; several hundred leaflets distributed in Glasgow could negatively affect commercial decisions taken by an international agency based in Berlin.

During the phone call, Mr Shaw expressed incredulity at the idea that artists such as Waters, Elvis Costello and the late, great Gil Scott-Heron honouring the Palestinian appeal for boycott could contribute to the Palestinian freedom struggle. He recommended Paul Simon as a positive example of a musician who rebuffed calls from the South African liberation movement to stay away, and went to apartheid South Africa to play music.

The SPSC Secretary found it very disappointing to listen to a political argument that artists should stay neutral on an issue of oppression, and that financial calculations can over-ride ethical, humanitarian and political considerations, especially since the Celtic Connections Artistic Director has told the BBC he is “Inspired by the...Arab Spring” and had therefore “programmed a strong political strand with artists from Palestine exploring songs of conscience.”

Where promoters follow the bottom line, Ana Moura’s audiences showed clear support for the people of Palestine and do not want the performer to allow her art to be used to whitewash the crimes of the apartheid State of Israel.

Mick Napier (22 January 2012), Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign


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16 Palestinian refugees from Lajee Center in Aida Camp will be touring the UK for 17 days in June on the 3rd UK Arts And Cultural Tour. The tour will include events from Aberdeen in the north of scotland all the way south to London. events will include Dabka shows, photography exhibitions, film screenings, and range of public presentations, about refugee rights and political prisoners.

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Saturday 9th June (DUNDEE)
Justice for Palestine Festival
12-4pm,Dundee City Square

Public meeting: Palestinian political prisoners

Tayside for Justice
Dundee University Action Palestine
Scottish PSC Dundee


Monday 11th June (ABERDEEN)
Lajee Centre: From Aida Refugee Camp to Aberdeen
7pm, Upper Hall, Queens Cross Church, Aberdeen

Two members from the Centre will speak about their experiences as refugees and there will be discussion of the cause of political prisoners in Israeli jails and the incredible recent show of resistance which saw 2000 Palestinian prisoners embarking on hunger strikes.

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Scottish PSC Aberdeen


Tuesday 12th June (GLASGOW)
Lajee Tour from Palestine to Scotland: Aida Refugee Camp a Culture of Resistance

Join us at the Scottish Youth Theatre as Glasgow hosts the Lajee Centre tour who will bring 12 Palestinian youth from Aida Refugee camp to Scotland and the rest of the UK.  The event in Glasgow will showcase a photography exhibition throughout the day displaying work created by the young artists from the Lajee Centre in Bethlehem.

In the evening the Theatre Studio doors will open at 7pm for people to be seated at 7:30pm for the main event to start.

Our Palestinian friends will provide a presentation along with discussion about Aida camp, the refugee question resisting occupation and the role of international solidarity.  The 12 youth will then give a performance of Dabka, traditional Palestinian Dance for the days finale.

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Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Glasgow Caledonian University Students for Palestinian Rights
Glasgow University Palestine Society
Strathclyde University Students for Justice in Palestine
General Union of Palestinian Students
Scottish Friends of Palestine
Unison Glasgow City Trade Union Branch
We Are All Hana Shalabi network

Thursday 14th June (EDINBURGH)
Lajee Tour from Palestine to Scotland: Aida Refugee Camp a Culture of Resistance

Dance workshops with Lajee Center youth activists.
Dancebase, Grassmarket, Edinburgh

Experiences of life under occupation followed by discusssion.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR

Augustine United Church, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh
Presentation followed by discussion about Aida camp, the refugee question, political prisoners, resisting occupation and the role of international solidarity.  The 12 youth will then give a performance of Dabka, traditional Palestinian Dance.

Scottish PSC Edinburgh

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