Saturday, December 12, 2009

The Listening Post - Israeli settlement ( By Al-Jazeera)

On the Listening Post this week, the story of the Israeli settlement building and the chilling effect of British libel laws on press freedom worldwide.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Egypt accused of building Gaza wall ( By Al-Jazeera)

Israeli newspaper claims that Egypt is building an underground steel fence along its border with Gaza have been denied by the governor of Northern Sinai.

Haaretz had claimed metal sheets were being installed underground to block tunnels used to bring essential goods and medicines into Gaza.

But tunnel workers say Egypt has been enacting a far simpler plan - drilling holes into tunnels in order flood them with water.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Gazans fleeced in investment scam By Al-Jazeera

Underground tunnels in the Gaza Strip are the only way for millions of dollars worth of essential supplies to get past Israel's siege of the coastal territory.

But it has now emerged that at least 40,000 Gazans have lost their life savings in scheme that promised up to 50 per cent profits in return for an investment in tunnel trading.

Hamas, which has de facto control of Gaza, returned a fraction of the $100m that disappeared through the scheme, and has said that is investigating the fraud.

However, with hundreds of middlemen as yet unpunished and many of them rumoured to have had links to Hamas, the duped Gazans say that more should be done.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Gaza - joining the tunnel diggers (By DW-TV)

A Dutch reporter takes a close-up look at life for the tunnel diggers in the Palestinian Gaza strip. With the Israeli siege still in place, the tunnels are the only way to smuggle in consumer goods and other much needed items. Rafah is a dangerous place to live and work.

What does it say about Israel that it forces another country to live in this way?

Fishing in Gaza

Thanks to Maggie Schmitt for this video about the difficulties faced by fishermen in Gaza. Examines in detail one aspect of the siege, showing the difficulty of maintaining a level of normality for the people living in Gaza.

EU mulls Jerusalem divide - 8 Dec 09 ( By Al-Jazeera)

Jerusalem is sacred to three religions and central to the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. European Union ministers have gathered this week in Brussels to discuss a Swedish proposal that calls for the division of Jerusalem in order to serve as capitals of both Israel and a future Palestinian state.The Israeli government has denounced the proposal, calling it a "dangerous" threat to peace efforts, but Palestinians need all the political support they can get to keep alive the dream of East Jerusalem as their capital.Al Jazeera's Jacky Rowland reports from the disputed city.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Freedom For Gaza: Why We're Marching?

Activists for peace and justice in the Middle East discuss the events that first inspired them to get involved with the Gaza Freedom March.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Maher Zain - Palestine Will Be Free ( By Awakening Records)

Awakening Records is pleased to announce the release of the world's first animated peace music video on Palestine. Palestine will be Free' is performed by Awakening's latest music sensation - Maher Zain.

This is the first time an animated peace music video has been produced on Palestine: "We are recognised as pioneers and constantly pushing the bounds of creativity and innovation. This animated music video for our new star artist Maher Zain is just another step in that direction and certainly not the last", said Bara Kherigi, Director of Awakening Records. Destined to be an international success, the video features the story of a young brave Palestinian girl who never loses hope for a better future despite the harsh realities surrounding her.

Israeli warplanes pound Gaza ( By Reuters)

Israel launches air strikes in the Gaza Strip which it says were triggered when a rocket luanched from the enclave landed on its territory.