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Israel's incumbent, Bibi Netenyahu, has kicked off his election campaign in traditional Israeli style- by bombing the shit out of Palestinians, because, as every Israeli politician knows- dead Arabs mean more votes. Just like during Israel's last general election 4 years ago, Israeli forces have begun a massive terror campaign against the Gaza Strip. Operation 'Pillar of Defence' is shaping up to be a mini cast lead- 15 dead (so far) to Cast Lead's 1400.
There is no military rationale to this offensive- Israel’s first target, Hamas leader Ahmed Jabari, , was hardly israel's no.1 enemy. Quite the opposite in fact, Jabril was instrumental in enforcing the truce between Israel and Gaza's armed factions, indirectly coordinating the ceasefire with Israel and Egypt. Other early casualties of Israel's onslaught include an 11 month old baby (the son of a Gazan BBC correspondent). The world's largest open air prison is once again has become hostage to the whims of Israeli electoral cycles.
Despite the Arab Spring and the supposed democratisation of much of the Arab world, Middle-Eastern leaders have so far been content to express their displeasure at the IDF's actions with tough talk and no action. But even as governments are willing to stand by and watch Gaza burn, the same isn’t true of conscientious people across the globe.
Demonstrations have erupted around the world at short notice- in the UK the focus has been on the Israeli embassy, where hundreds of protesters faced a heavy police presence to take their message direct to the Jewish State's official representatives.
Over a hundred people showed up in SchNEWS' home town, the fair city of brighton. People assembled at Victoria gardens before marching towards the EcoStream store (EcoStream have a factory in one of Israel’s illegal settlements, Mishor Adumin).
One protester was arrested before the demo could even get under-way. A Palestinian man who had arrived in his car with his young children ended up in a dispute with cops over parking almost immediately after turning up. Eyewitnesses say the cops goaded him into losing his cool, at which point they arrested him for assault police. Ironically, his car had a sticker on it that read “Working in partnership with Sussex Police”.
Palestinians and activists based in the Gaza strip are calling out for people everywhere to get involved in the struggle against the Israeli state's aggression. The ISM have put out this callout on their site:
Dear All. I am calling on all your support for the besieged people of the Gaza Strip.
Here in Gaza, more than 10 people have been killed so far in the Israeli operation named “Pillar of Defence” within the last 7 hours, including countless children such as 7-year-old child Ranan Arafat and an 11 month old baby. We’ve seen charred bodies of dead and injured children pouring in to Al Shifa hospital of Gaza City and the other depleted hospitals around the Gaza Strip. 50 airstrikes all over the Gaza Strip so far. Deafening explosions shook us all as bombs landed close to us in the streets near the Universities. Huge explosions are landing all around us in Gaza City now as I write, some entire families have been injured. We can also hear the shelling of Israeli Gunships. Announcement of possible Israeli land invasion very soon.
More than 330 children were killed in the last bloody operation like this in operation Cast Lead, killing over 1400 in total: the vast majority civilians. We are reporting from hospitals, streets and bombed areas. How many, terrified in there homes will have their lives shortened by tomorrow, or after the days of airstrikes, tank shellings and Gunship missiles Israel has announced. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. MOVE. ACT NOW TO STOP ANOTHER GAZA BLOODBATH. INACTION AROUND THE WORLD HAS LEAD US TO THIS POINT. ACT NOW.
Sudanese refugees and supporters protest in London to highlight the 10 year anniversary of the conflict which ripped apart their regions.
'Ground the Drones' demo to take place in Lincoln this Saturday as UK expands armed drone programme - and international resistance to the Drone Wars amps up.
It’s hard to believe it’s been ten years since the US-UK coalition invaded Iraq. 10 years since that fatal day on the 19th of March 2003 when the neoconservative “Crazies in the White House” bought their own propaganda and believed they could reshape the Middle-East with a blitzkrieg military campaign of “Shock and Awe”.
UK ISM activist expecting imminent deportation after arrest by Israeli military
Despite reports from pro-Israel newspapers to the contrary, race war is not about to break out in front of Brighton's crappiest fizzy drinks seller.
Known by many as the "godfather of Israeli anarchism", author, activist and radical anti-zionist troublemaker Akiva “Aki” Orr, had pursued a radical vision for a democratic one state solution in Palestine and Israel for over 50 years.
Burin is one of a group of small Palestinian villages near Nablus in the Occupied West Bank. Burin has been having a lot of problems off the local settlers, especially one settlement in particular: Yitzhar, which currently holds the distinction of being the most violent settlement in the West Bank.
State services and employees crippled by Israel's refusal to hand over Palestinian taxes.