Thursday, January 29, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
DEC appeal for Gaza
Please send your complaints to the BBC for taking this appalling political stance instead of being impartial. Complain online here:
22 Jan: Aid agencies launch joint appeal to relieve Gaza humanitarian crisis
Leading UK aid agencies are today (Thursday, 22 January) appealing to the public for urgently needed funds to help ease the desperate plight of people affected by the conflict in Gaza.
Launching the Disasters Emergency Committee Gaza Crisis Appeal, chief executive Brendan Gormley said that the devastation wrought in the Gazan territory was so huge that British aid agencies were compelled to act.
Over 1,300 Palestinians have been killed in the conflict, and many thousands have been injured, overwhelming local hospitals. The destruction has left people without homes and many children without schooling; power, food and water supplies are insufficient to cover the population’s needs.
Mr Gormley said: “DEC agencies have a humanitarian mandate. We are not proposing to attempt to rebuild Gaza – that is not our role. But with the public’s support we can help relieve short-term needs. Agencies are already providing food, drugs and blankets as well as delivering clean water.
“But we will soon reach the limit of what we can do, without more money. For Gazans struggling to survive, receiving urgent humanitarian aid will help them take the first step to recovery.”
Mr Gormley stressed that DEC aid agencies were non-political. “We work on the basis of humanitarian need and there is an urgent need in Gaza today. Political solutions are for others to resolve, but what is of major concern to us all is that many innocent people have been affected by the situation – and it is them that we seek to help.”
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The DEC press office can be contacted on 0207 387 0200 or out-of-hours on 07930 999014.
Notes to editors:
1. The DEC consists of: Action Aid, British Red Cross, CAFOD, CARE International UK, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide, Help the Aged, Islamic Relief, Merlin, Oxfam, Save the Children, Tearfund, World Vision.
2. The Palestinian Ministry of Heath (MOH) has reported 1,314 Palestinian fatalities since 27 December 2008. This is noted in the Situation Report on the Humanitarian Situation in the Gaza Strip – No.14, 19 January 2009 (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs).
3. How to donate:
It’s easy to donate. Please visit our website on www.dec.org.uk or call the DEC on 0370 60 60 900. We know people are facing financially difficult times but even a small donation makes a difference. Even a small donation to the appeal will help get food, water, shelter, emergency and medical supplies to people who desperately need it.
4. The DEC criteria to launch an appeal are:
The disaster must be on such a scale and of such urgency as to call for swift International humanitarian assistance. The DEC agencies, or some of them, must be in a position to provide effective and swift humanitarian assistance at a scale to justify a national Appeal.There must be sufficient public awareness of, and sympathy for, the humanitarian situation so as to give reasonable grounds for concluding that a public Appeal would be successful.
5. For new footage, photographs, case studies and pre-recorded or live interviews with both aid agency staff on the ground and in the UK, please contact the DEC press office on 0207 387 0200 or out-of-hours on 07930 999014.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Eva Barlett has been blogging throughout the the weeks of terror and destruction that the zionist scum waged against the people of Gaza. Her reporting has been graphic and her bravery and compassion are an example to us all. Here is a snippet of her latest post:
Rudely, I left before a meal, though all insisted I stay. Normally, I would not turn it down, particularly after they had just begun to get their house into less of a disaster state: feces cleaned up from where the IOF soldiers had strewn it, all over the house; bags of soldiers’ filthy leavings taken out; soldier-soiled clothing gathered, bagged, and burned; and the many shattered dishes and broken items cleared out. It is barer, and there are so many new bullet and tank shelling holes. The un-describable, terrible, stench still lingers, that of an army which occupied the house for 2 weeks and left shit and unknown foul smells throughout the house. It is a stench I’ve smelled in other houses in the area occupied by the IOF.
But even though I was very happy they had progressed enough to cook in their kitchen and bask in the hospitality they love, I had to leave, to allow time for visiting Arafa’s family.
Obama: time for optimism?
Anyone is better than Bush but they must be judged by their actions not fine words. It is all very well saying to the Muslim world that we will extend a hand of friendship and so on but when in practice you are planning a 'surge' in Afghanistan that will kill god knows how many Muslims, that is indeed a very bad omen. Afghanistan does not need a surge nor is it a threat to the USA. I am no fan of the Taliban; most of them are ignorant armed bandits but their AK47s and Kalashnikovs are no threat to the US and never were. There is no secret lair of international terrorists sitting in a cave despite the fantasies of the Western media. There are a lot of pissed off tribesmen who unsurprisingly are out for revenge and will probably take it by killing more Pakistani civilians by targeting westerner frequented hotels in the nearest country.
How will Obama be judged? My guess is that if he invests in green technologies to tackle global warming and some social welfare programmes, even despite the US forces carrying on killing in Afghanistan and Israel carrying on murdering Palestinians and robbing their lands, he will be judged by the media as a success and a hero.
There is nothing wrong with optimism but it has to be balanced with some healthy skepticism. He may and I hope he does manage to benefit the poorer sections of the US society - but if he wanted he could end the war in Afghanistan now. The US military have no real reason to be there.
He could say enough is enough and bring the troops home but he will not and thousands more will die and millions will suffer. He is not some secret weapon of the working classes but a wily politician who knows that he need to press a few popularity buttons to get votes. Keep watching out for the omens but don't get carried away with his 'brilliance'.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
We must not stop. There is no ceasefire but a cynical tactic - the protests must continue
The unilateral 'ceasefire' is a charade which the UK and US are backing because it means that the starvation and seige of Gaza will continue, the blockade will indeed be enforced with our tax money. Israel will continue to murder people in Gaza and the West Bank at will. The F16's and drones will still be prowling the skies of occupied Palestine. The Zionists will now use the blood letting to boost their support in their internal racist election - an election in which Arab parties are now banned. Palestinian children will continue to pay the price of Zionist terrorism. This is not a ceasefire but a cynical tactic for sympathy by mass murderers who are drenched the blood of Palestinians.
I appeal to all those who have taken part in the protests in worldwide, in the name of the murdered Palestinian children, do not stop you protests!! This is not over until the lasts troops have left Gaza and the Palestinians are free to control their own borders and are freed from an illegal siege. The world has no right to enforce the starvation and strangulation of this sliver of Palestinian territory. The Zionist war criminals must be brought to justice.
Wake up and see also what the Zionists are still doing on the West Bank. Unlike the media would have you believe, this is not just a few checkpoints that inconvenience Palestinians:
- The land grabbing continues
- The attacks on Palestinians by settlers and soldiers continue
- The illegal house demolitions continue
- The diversion of water to Israeli settlements continues
- The eviction of Palestinians from East Jerusalem continues
- The apartheid wall continues to be built on Palestinian land
- Settlement expansion continues
- New jewish only roads continue to be built in the West bank, again on Palestinian land carving up what remains of the West Bank.
- Arab parties are now banned from the so called 'democracy' of Israel