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    We should expel the Israeli ambassador and make a stand here.It may not effect much change but at least we wouldn't be Dutch soldiers at Sebernica (spelling?).
    I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time.
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      Originally posted by Eamo
      We should expel the Israeli ambassador and make a stand here.It may not effect much change but at least we wouldn't be Dutch soldiers at Sebernica (spelling?).

      Should have thrown him out years ago Eamo or at the very least when they were bombing a defenceless, imprisoned people last year.


      Meanwhile the siege goes on and the rebuilding can't start.
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      Champions aren\'t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them - a desire, a dream, a vision.
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        Originally posted by [url="http://www.rte.ie/news/2009/1210/mideast.html"
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        Egypt building Gaza barrier - report
        Thursday, 10 December 2009 12:08

        Egypt is reported to be building a large metal barrier along its border with Gaza.

        Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that Egypt was installing an underground metal wall about 20 to 30 metres deep, along the short border strip where Palestinians have dug a warren of tunnels to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza.

        It reported that the wall would be nearly 10km long and 'impossible to cut or melt'.
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        Israel says that as well as transporting everyday goods, the tunnels are also used to supply Hamas militants with explosives and arms.

        The Israelis have tried to shut the tunnels through bombing, but failed.

        Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005 and its border with the coastal enclave is tightly controlled by the military.

        Egypt controls the southern border of Gaza in a security arrangement with Israel.
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          [QUOTE=Hopelessly Devoted]

          Originally posted by McCloud
          Think the point
          is that he is being blocked from visiting. That tends to make others
          start to wonder what exactly is being hidden.

          Ireland getting our knuckles rapped for endorsing the Goldstone
          Report McC.


          Meanwhile:


          <SONG>After 6 months of fundraising, 4 teams from all across
          Ireland will leave on Saturday December 5th, to travel 4,000 miles to
          Gaza, to deliver Ambulances and Humanitarian aid to the stricken
          region.</SONG>In Tyrone, Galway, Dublin, Derry & Cork, volunteers
          have been working flat out fundraising, and raising awareness of the
          plight of the people in Gaza. Together, they will bring 2 ambulances,
          a mini bus, and a truck filled with over 10 tonne of humanitarian aid.
          They will travel to London where they will join up with the "Viva
          Palestina Convoy“, organised and led by George Galloway MP. Over
          100 vehicles will leave on Sunday December 6th, and will travel
          through France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, and
          reach the Rafah border between Egypt and Gaza for December
          27th.December 27th marks the 1st anniversary of the attack on
          Gaza, which left over 1,400 people dead, and over 5,000 injured. The
          situation in Gaza is as bad today as it was the day the bombs
          stopped falling in January. The Gaza Strip is still sealed; homes,
          businesses, hospitals, schools and mosques still lie in rubble; and
          fundamental supplies are in severe shortage, as Israel continues to
          restrict the entry of basic goods such as fuel, medical equipment,
          oxygen, baby formula, paper, books, and construction
          materials.Leaving from Derry will be 4 volunteers and an ambulance
          filled with medical aid. Another ambulance laden with aid will leave
          from Cork, along with 4 volunteers.From Galway, a mini bus loaded
          with medical aid will also undertake this mammoth journey.From
          Tyrone, a truck loaded with medical, building, and sporting supplies
          will join in this incredible journey. Each and every person will be
          giving up their time freely to undertake this incredible journey, and
          not only will they spend 3 weeks on the road, but they will be away
          from their family and friends for Christmas. Tyrone man David
          Callendar, outlined his reasons for travelling when he said:“What
          happened in Gaza in Jan 2009 was a war crime and the ongoing
          blockade of Gaza by Israel, the United States and Egypt is a crime.
          The people taking part in these crimes should be brought to justice,
          and not 20 years from now, when we finally have leaders with
          integrity and compassion. We have to make changes now.I was at a
          demonstration in Palestine 2 years ago and I saw a young boy of
          about 7 or 8 holding a sign that said "Where is the world?" This is a
          very common question in Palestine, and for me, being part of the
          “Viva Palestina Convoy” makes that little boy's sign bigger, brighter
          and louder. The events in Gaza have highlighted the lack of co-
          ordination and capacity of not only Irish charities and groups, but
          international ones as well. I believe that our convoy will be the only
          physical aid going to Gaza from Ireland this year, apart from the
          individual effort of my fellow Tyrone man, John Hurson. I find this
          completely shocking, and feel that this issue needs to addressed as a
          matter of urgency." I would like to thank all the people and children
          who have supported me and made the trip possible I would also like
          to thank Mariead Maguire and all her friends at “Peace People” for all
          their support.This will be the 2nd overland convoy of aid organised
          by "Viva Palestina", the 1st having successfully delivered 125
          vehicles loaded with essential humanitarian aid in March of this year.
          Among them
          If a man tried to take his time on earth and prove before he died what one man's life could be worth, I wonder what would happen to this world

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            Free Palestine.

            Champions aren\'t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them - a desire, a dream, a vision.
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              Gaza's first GAA club above.
              Free Palestine.

              Champions aren\'t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them - a desire, a dream, a vision.
              Muhammad Ali

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                Look Gazza's a drunken wife beater stop biging him up !!!

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                  More of this please.
                  <H1>British court issued Gaza arrest warrant for former Israeli minister Tzipi Livni</H1>
                  Warrant issued over war crimes accusations was withdrawn when it emerged former minister had cancelled plan to visit
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                  <LI =byline sizcache="0" sizset="31"><S&#079;NG>Ian Black</S&#079;NG> and <S&#079;NG>Ian Cobain</S&#079;NG> </LI>
                  <LI =publicati&#111;n sizcache="0" sizset="33">guardian.co.uk, Monday 14 December 2009 19.34 GMT </LI>
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                  <DIV =image>A British court issued an arrest warrant for Israel's former foreign minister over war crimes allegedly committed in Gaza this year – only to withdraw it when it was discovered that she was not in the UK, it emerged today.</DIV>


                  Tzipi Livni, a member of the war cabinet during Operation Cast Lead, had been due to address a meeting in London on Sunday but cancelled her attendance in advance. The Guardian has established that Westminster magistrates' court issued the warrant at the request of lawyers acting for some of the Palestinian victims of the fighting but it was later dropped.


                  The warrant marks the first time an Israeli minister or former minister has faced arrest in the UK and is evidence of a growing effort to pursue war crimes allegations under "universal jurisidiction". Israel rejects these efforts as politically motivated, saying it acted in self-defence against Hamas rocket attacks from Gaza.


                  Livni, head of the opposition Kadima party, played a key role in decisions made before and during the three-week offensive. Palestinians claim 1,400 were killed, mostly civilians; Israel counted 1,166 dead, the majority of them combatants.


                  No one involved in the Westminster episode was prepared to confirm, on the record, what had transpired in a chaotic series of highly sensitive legal moves. But a pro-Palestinian group welcomed news of the abortive move as "long overdue".
                  The Foreign Office, clearly deeply embarrassed by the episode, said in a statement: "The UK is determined to do all it can to promote peace in the Middle East and to be a strategic partner of Israel. To do this, Israel's leaders need to be able to come to the UK for talks with the British government. We are looking urgently at the implications of this case."


                  Livni's office said she had decided in advance not to come to the UK but lawyers seemed unaware of that when they approached the court last week. The judge refused to issue the warrant until it was clear Livni was in fact in the country, as he was erroneously informed on Sunday.


                  The former minister had been schedul
                  Free Palestine.

                  Champions aren\'t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them - a desire, a dream, a vision.
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                    Originally posted by rebelkell
                    Look Gazza's a drunken wife beater stop biging him up !!!

                    fool
                    The only difference between me and a madman is that I'm not mad.
                    - Salvador Dali (1904-1989)

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                      fair play to them on the GAA club and aid. Hopefully they are allowed complete their journey although I'm sure Isreal will find somereason to confiscate the sports gear[img]smileys/sad.gif[/img]
                      The only difference between me and a madman is that I'm not mad.
                      - Salvador Dali (1904-1989)

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                        Coming up to Christmas and the site of the original Christmas isn't the most pleasant place to be living.


                        We can applaud any humanitarian/aid effort, but some seem to be (only) politically motivated. Galloway doesn't exactly project an image of impartiality. Nevertheless it seems a fair enough effort. What about the UN offices and personnel on the ground there? It's also more than regrettable that Minister Martin was denied access. Maybe he should have done a Paddy Hillery when he visited Belfast. What is being hidden or is it just a continuance of the war against the Palestinians (Hamas in this case)? What is the ultimate aim?


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                          Originally posted by 99_oK?


                          Coming up to Christmas and the site of the original Christmas isn't the most pleasant place to be living.


                          We can applaud any humanitarian/aid effort, but some seem to be (only) politically motivated. Galloway doesn't exactly project an image of impartiality. Nevertheless it seems a fair enough effort. What about the UN offices and personnel on the ground there? It's also more than regrettable that Minister Martin was denied access. Maybe he should have done a Paddy Hillery when he visited Belfast. What is being hidden or is it just a continuance of the war against the Palestinians (Hamas in this case)? What is the ultimate aim?





                          99, I'm not sure what you mean by politically motivated, the Viva Palestina crew are obviously part of a Palestine solidarity movement, and their main aim is to break the siege. One year on and rebuilding hasn't even begun. Martin was denied access I imagine as 'punishment' for Ireland's endorsement of the Goldstone Report, it's a pity.


                          The answer to your question about the UN in Gaza is in the article below, and as usual it makes for grim reading.


                          <S&#079;NG>Palestine refugees face service cuts due to UNRWA financial crisis
                          </S&#079;NG><S&#079;NG>Rami Almeghari, The Electronic Intifada, 15 December 2009</S&#079;NG>

                          The United Nations agency Palestine refugees (UNRWA) faces a severe deficit that could lead to cuts of essential services to more than 4.7 million Palestinian refugees in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.

                          According to UNRWA, the agency's 2009 funds are already exhausted and it faces a shortfall of US $140 million for 2010.

                          In the Gaza Strip, UNRWA provides education, health and job programs to more than one million. Palestinians in Gaza have become increasingly dependent on UNRWA services during the almost three years of blockade of the territory by Israel and Egypt. As a result of the blockade, unemployment has soared to almost 70 percent and the vast majority of families are reliant on UN food handouts, according to local and international estimates.

                          "I head a family with seven children, and as you can see, we are here cleaning the beach as part of an UNRWA job program," Muhammad al-Hatoum, 41, said as he took a break with fellow workers at the beachfront near the al-Shati refugee camp. Prior to the second intifada which began in 2000, al-Hatoum used to work as a carpenter inside Israel.

                          Outside UNRWA's headquarters in Gaza City, several university graduates lined up. Like so many others, they turned to UNRWA in the hope of finding work opportunity.
                          <BR clear=all>One of the graduates, Muhammad Jumaa, who earned a degree in mathematics last year, appealed to donor countries to support the UN agency: "UNRWA deserves to be supported so that it can help people earn a living through job creation programs."

                          In October, UNRWA added 14,000 temporary job opportunities, more than 3,000 of which were dedicated to supporting the private sector which is struggling to survive amid general impoverishment of the population and shortages of raw materials due to the siege.

                          "The situation is unprecedented and unbearable absolutely and this is what we have conveyed to the meeting of donor and host countries in Amman in November of this year," Adnan Abu Hasna, UNRWA's spokesman in Gaza, said. "It is clear enough that we cannot continue providing services to more than 4.7 million Palestinian refugees in the Middle East, amidst such large-scale deterioration."

                          UNRWA -- which marked its 60th anniversary this month -- is mandated with providing education, primary health, vocational training and other essential services to Palestinian refugees "pending a just and lasting solution to their plight." UNRWA has often had to provide emergency assistance to reconstruct homes an
                          Free Palestine.

                          Champions aren\'t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them - a desire, a dream, a vision.
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                            Opinion/Editorial
                            Steel walls cannot contain the struggle for freedom
                            Hasan Abu Nimah, The Electronic Intifada, 16 December 2009

                            <HR>

                            As if the siege of Gaza were not already bad enough, Israel and Egypt are working even harder to tighten the prison which holds Gaza's 1.5 million people.

                            Egypt is building a steel wall along its 10-kilometer-long border with the Gaza Strip, according to recent media reports. This wall apparently extends not only above ground, but deep into the ground in an attempt to prevent Palestinians digging the tunnels that have become a lifeline for the territory.

                            As early as July 2008, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported that the US Army Corps of Engineers was consulting with Egypt on the project and recent reports say the US is still involved in this cruel plan to further isolate Gaza's population and violate their rights as an occupied people under the Fourth Geneva Convention.

                            It is well-known that Palestinian have dug hundreds of underground tunnels to counter the ongoing siege of Gaza and to import their basic necessities from Egypt as all of Gaza's crossing points on the Egyptian and Israeli side have been routinely closed for almost three years.

                            Smuggling is normally illegal and shames and incriminates those who engage in it. Not in the case of Gaza though, where forcing a besieged population to act like moles and to dig deep underground to import in their needs from kerosene to cooking oil -- also used as car fuel -- to livestock, is actually an affront to the so-called civilized world, but more specifically to the Arab world which is acquiescing in the lethal blockade and humiliation imposed upon the Palestinians.

                            If siege is an act of aggression and war, then breaking out of it by any means is an act of self-defense and resistance. History records people's struggle for liberation and independence from any form of repression or aggression as heroic and honorable. Every nation is proud of its past deeds and its successful struggle for its national goals, as well as its victories and its heroic achievements no matter how much war, violence, bloodshed, death and destruction were involved. Why should the Palestinians be constantly punished, from friend and foe alike, for simply seeking their dignity, liberation, usurped rights and freedom? Indeed, dozens of Palestinians have given their lives digging and operating the dangerous, but vital tunnels.

                            The Palestinians have long been condemned as "terrorists." In comparison, the Israelis are the ones who are always, under all circumstances, act in "self-defense" against Palestinian "aggression." For Israel and its apologists, the illegal eviction of the Palestinians from their homeland is not aggression or terrorism. The continued occupation of the West Bank, in its fifth decade now, is not aggression. The strangulating siege of Gaza is not aggression. The imprisonment of more than 10,000 Palestinians is not aggression. The occupation of Syrian lands since 1967 is not aggression. Daily incursions in Palestinian towns and villages to arrest or assassinate Palestinians are not aggression. Neither devastating wars causing thousands of civilian deaths, against Lebanon (2006), Gaza (2008/09) and air raids against Syria are forms of aggression. But retaliation or resistance to any of such acts is "terrorism."

                            The pretext for the Gaza siege, Israeli, Egyptian, Arab or international is the alleged Hamas "coup" against the "legitimate" Palestinian Authority in Ramallah in June 2007, and the Hamas rockets fired at Israel. There is another Hamas "crime," the holding of the lone Israeli prisoner of war.

                            Although it has been proven time and again that there was no Hamas coup; there was in fact an act by a legitimately elected authority to abort a coup. Hamas has also fired no rockets during the ceasefire that Israel violated in November 2008, and has once again operated a unilateral ceasefire even though Israel continues its attacks and invasions of G
                            Free Palestine.

                            Champions aren\'t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them - a desire, a dream, a vision.
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                              <H1>Childhood in ruins</H1>
                              Last December, Israel began a 23-day bombardment of Gaza, killing around 1,400 people. One year on, a generation of children is growing up amid the wreckage of that attack, traumatised – and radicalised – by the experience
                              <DIV id=c&#111;ntent style="DISPLAY: block" sizset="31" sizcache="1">
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                              <LI =byline sizset="31" sizcache="0">Guardian foreign editor <S&#079;NG>Harriet Sherwood</S&#079;NG> </LI>
                              <LI =publicati&#111;n sizset="32" sizcache="0">The Guardian, Thursday 17 December 2009 </LI>
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                              <DIV id=article-wrapper sizset="34" sizcache="0">
                              <DIV =image>Ghiada abu Elaish's fingers twist in her lap and her eyes cloud over as she recalls the day an Israeli shell killed four of her cousins and left her in a coma for 22 days. She has had almost 12 months to reflect on the tragedy, a time in which hatred and anger might have consumed the 13-year-old. Remarkably, though, not only has she survived shocking injuries and a dozen operations, with many more to come, but she has retained both her sweet nature and faith in a bright future.</DIV>


                              Which makes it all the harder for her to return each day after school, dressed in the ubiquitous Palestinian uniform of blue-and-white-striped smock over jeans and trainers, to the scene of the massacre – her family home.


                              It was Friday 16 January and Ghiada was studying for exams. Her father, a pharmacist, woke from a nap, demanding tea and shouting at the younger children to be quiet. "Suddenly I could hear my cousin downstairs, screaming 'Dead! Dead!'" A shell had hit the building – a block of five apartments, housing the extended Abu Elaish family – smashing windows and causing extensive damage to the flat below.


                              In the ensuing panic, Ghiada defied her father and followed him downstairs. "One room was completely black. I saw Aya [my cousin], she was on the ground with wood on top of her. There was a big hole in the wall."


                              Ghiada tried pulling Aya out from under the furniture. A second shell struck. "There was a big light for a second," she says. "I saw some windows smash and I heard screaming all around. A piece of shrapnel hit me. I started to scream for help and then fell down unconscious."


                              Ghiada's father, Atta Mohammed abu Elaish, rushed into the room. "I saw bodies without heads and legs. I saw my daughter. I saw her mother screaming." He ran outside to call an ambulance. "The Israelis stopped the ambulances 250 metres from the house. Some boys from the street came to start ferrying the bodies and the injured out of the building."
                              The attack was one of countless assaults during Israel's 23 days of war on Gaza – Operation Cast Lead – that began on 27 December. But it was also one of the most notorious because Ghiada's uncle – Aya's father – was a doctor who worked in Israeli hospitals and was well known to Israeli viewers for advocating peace and reconciliation. All through the conflict, Dr Izzeldin abu Elaish gave regular eyewitness ac
                              Free Palestine.

                              Champions aren\'t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them - a desire, a dream, a vision.
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                                This was on BBC in the past week, I think

                                Panorama - A Walk in the Park</font>
                                BBC

                                The fight is on for the holiest city in the holy land. The Israelis say Jerusalem must never be divided; the Palestinians say the east of the city is theirs and must become the capital of a new state.
                                Jane Corbin walks through the disputed streets and parks, meeting families thrown out of their homes, witnessing bulldozers demolishing houses and goes underground to explore tunnels excavated deep below the biblical sites.

                                Link to the programme on the BBC iPlayer (for UK residents)- http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode...Panorama_A_Wal k_in_the_Park/


                                Also on Youtube-

                                A Walk in the Park Part 1/3
                                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIZMOEtS7j0

                                Part 2/3
                                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqzxnedU_W8

                                Part 3/3
                                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WupPheoviKk


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