A jewish passover.
Gaining strength and resolution from the recently successful massacres of women and children during the invasion of Lebanon, Israeli tank shells landed in a residential neighbourhood north of Beit Hanoun wednesday the 8th November , killing at least 18 people in their sleep.
Palestinian hospital officials said there were several more injured.
According to witnesses, all those killed were women and children.
Hundreds gathered outside the Kamal Adwan hospital weeping as bodies arrived.
Witnesses said that many of the dead arrived in their sleeping clothes.
Four hospitals are treating the wounded across Gaza.
Khaled Radi, a health ministry official, said of the 18 dead, seven were children, and 13 of the dead were from the same family. He said at least 40 more were wounded, all civilians. Palestinian security officials said that five tank shells landed in the area within 15 minutes.
The Palestinian cabinet announced it would convene for an emergency meeting to discuss the "massacre."The Israeli army did not comment.
The shelling came after Israeli attacks in Gaza and the West Bank killed at least 15 people following a pullout from the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun at the end of a bloody weeklong sweep.
Meanwhile Israel continues as a favoured trade nation with special status for exports to the European Economic Community.!
What brings a young Palestinian man to detonate himself amidst a crowd of teenagers? Is it a religious upbringing with promises of paradise in reward for acts of martyrdom? Is it the parental support he receives for his convictions? Is it brainwashing, or rather encouragement from a Palestinian society with no other means of fighting back against oppression and humiliation?
In June 2001, the military wing of the Hamas, Izz al-Din al-Qassam, claimed responsibility for Friday night's bombing outside a Tel Aviv discotheque, which took the lives of 20 young Israelis. The suicide bomber was identified as 22-year-old Saeed Hotary, a Jordanian who had been living in Kalkilya.
"I am very happy and proud of what my son did and I hope all the men of Palestine and Jordan would do the same,'' Saeed's father Hassan told The Associated Press.
Family members could not supply information about Saeed's political affiliations. His brother said Saeed "was very religious since he was young; he prayed and fasted."
"Without exception, the suicide bombers have lived their lives on the receiving end of a system designed to trample their rights and crush every hope of a brighter future… Confronted by a seemingly endless combination of death, destruction, restriction, harassment and humiliation, they conclude that ending life as a bomb - rather than having it ended by a bullet - endows them, even if only in their final moments, with a semblance of purpose and control previously considered out of reach."
From Middle East News Online
The plane used by the CIA to transport the Egyptian cleric Abu Omar after he was kidnapped from a street in Milan in February 2003, stopped over in Shannon the next day on its return to Washington, according to Euro-control records provided to the European Parliament.
Euro-control provides air traffic control for European air space. Their records were provided to the European Parliament's inquiry into extraordinary rendition.
Mr Omar was kidnapped on February 17th 2003 in Milan and brought to Egypt. The plane used in that operation, a Gulfstream jet with the flight number N85VM, landed in Shannon on February 18 .
It remained in Shannon for a full 24 hours.
This makes Ireland an accomplice to illegal rendition, according to Labour Party MEP Proinsias de Rossa.
Speaking in the European Parliament today, Mr de Rossa said the Government had a responsibility under the UN Convention Against Torture and the European Convention on Human Rights to ensure that Irish territory was not used as part of the rendition circuit "irrespective of whether or not prisoners were on board these flights".
"The Minister for Foreign Affairs Dermot Ahern needs to explain why the Government refused to accept the advice of the Irish Human Rights Commission to put in place a system of random inspections of CIA flights into Ireland to prevent, insofar as we can, the rendition of prisoners to countries where they will be tortured," he said.
According to Euro-control records, there have been 147 stopovers by CIA operated planes in Ireland. It is not clear how many of these planes were engaged in activities contrary to international law or if they were carrying passengers.
Green Party Foreign Affairs spokesman John Gormley the report shows Ireland "played its part in the extra-judicial detainment and transport of citizens".
He said the Minister for Foreign Affairs, who is due to appear before the committee on Thursday (December 2006), was "in denial" about Ireland's role.
"A report from his own Department of Foreign Affairs states very clearly that the arrangement for military stopovers with the US was on an 'exceptional basis'. Are we to presume then, that allowing flights used for rendition purposes to pass through Shannon was on a very exceptional basis?"
Songs of Hezbullah.?
"We,ll have the morning sun to set our day aglow,
And all our yesterdays shall vanish with the foe.
And if the time is long before the sun appears.
Then let this song go like a signal through the years."
"This song was written with our blood and not with lead;
It,s not a song that birds are singing overhead.
It was a people among toppling barracades,
That sang this song of ours with pistols and grenades."
"So never say there is only death for you
For leaden clouds may be concealing skies of blue.
And yet the hour that we have hungered for is near
Beneath our tread the earth shall tremble:We are here."
"The living shall remember their dead
for they are forever before us.
Look! their eyes dart round and about,
allowing us no peace
until our lives become worthy of their memory."
"What befell the people of Israel in Nazi Europe,however,is beyond classification,and what confronted its sons and daughters defies description.Untold numbers were forced out of their homes, torn from their families,trampled in the dust,worked to death. Six million created in the divine image were strangled, cremated,shot, buried alive; they died of starvation,of thirst and of the cold. This time the monster stretched open its mouth beyond bounds, with a blood curling shriek, and with stinking breath and sought to eradicate everything."
(All quotations are excerpts from "The Shoah Scroll" a new addition to the Sacred Books of the Jews)
The Lord said:
"Israel your terrible sins
are written down
and stored away.
You are like a sensless child
who refuses to be born
at the proper time.
Should I, the Lord, rescue you
from death and the grave?
No! I call death and the grave
to strike you like a plague.
I refuse to show you mercy"
(Old Testament, Hosea 1:3 )
"Jesus went all over Galilee,teaching in the Jewish meeting places and preaching the good news about God,s Kingdom. he also healed every kind of disease and sickness.
Jesus gathered his disciples around him and he taught them as follows"
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the humble, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are those who suffer injustice and persecution, for my sake, for their reward is great in Heaven."
(Matthew ch. 5. New Testament)
ISRAEL/ OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES/ EGYPT
The population of the Gaza Strip - 1.5 million Palestinians - has been
unable to leave the Gaza Strip since 9 June 2007, when Israel closed the Rafah
Crossing between Gaza and Egypt, the only gate to the outside world.
Those affected include patients in need of medical treatment which is not
available in Gaza hospitals, which lack the specialized personnel and
equipment to treat a range of conditions such as cancer, cardio-vascular
illnesses, complex surgeries and other emergencies.
Hospitals and medical facilities are also increasingly suffering from a
shortage of drugs and disposable supplies. This has further reduced their
already limited resources.
Whereas leaving the Gaza Strip was previously difficult most of the time,
it is now totally impossible, and a growing number of patients are missing
potentially life-saving medical treatment abroad.
Prior to the closure of the Gaza-Egypt border every month several hundreds
of Palestinian inhabitants of the Gaza Strip used to receive medical
treatment or undergo surgery (paid by the Palestinian Authorities, PA) in
Egyptian hospitals/medical facilities. A smaller number of patients was
sent to other countries (via Egypt), or to Israel - subject to them
receiving security clearance from the Israeli army allowing them to enter
Since 9 June, only the most urgent medical cases have been allowed by the
Israeli authorities to leave the Gaza Strip to go to hospitals in Israel.
This has often happened after legal battles and threat of court proceedings
by Israeli and Palestinian human rights organizations. In some cases, the
patients died before they could receive the necessary permits from the
Israeli authorities. Other patients who died had been refused passage into
Israel on the basis that they were considered as a security threat.
Muhammad Mourtuga, a 19 year old Gazan suffering for a malignant brain
tumour, was denied permission to cross into Israel for medical treatment.
Although the Israeli authorities later reviewed their decision and granted
him a permit on 1 July 2007, he died shortly before his passage from Gaza
to Israel could be arranged.
In addition to those in need of medical care, many of Gazaâ€™s residents need
to leave Gaza to undertake activities linked to their work or study abroad,
or to visit relatives. Thousands of students and others who are temporarily
living abroad and who were intending to visit their families in Gaza have
been unable to do so.
Some 6,000 Gazans who were outside Gaza when the Rafah Crossing was closed
on 9 June, were stuck on the Egyptian side of the Crossing for up to two
months. Only in recent days did the Israeli army allow them to return to
Gaza, but only via a long detour into Israel. However, dozens of other
Gazans are still stranded in Egypt, unable to return home because they fear
that if they pass through Israeli territory they risk being arrested by
Israeli forces. Among them are sick and disabled people, who had travelled
abroad for medical care and who are now finding it increasingly difficult
to cope with the poor living conditions and without assistance from their
In addition, Gazaâ merchandise crossings remain mostly closed. Israel
only allows the passage of emergency supplies but prevents most imports and
exports in/out of Gaza.
On 9 August, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), warned:
Gaza risks becoming a virtually one hundred per cent aid dependent, and
urged that the crossings in and out of Gaza be re-opened to allow for
imports and exports which are crucial for the survival of the Palestinian
UNRWA warned that if the closure continues at least 120,000 workers Gaza
will lose their jobs, and that in the construction sector alone, about 160
million dollars worth of projects have been halted, including UNRWA, UNDP
and other projects. It also expressed concern about the risks for the
agricultural sector. (see:
Under the Agreement of Movement and Access signed by Israeli and the PA in
November 2005, a European Union Border Assistance Mission (EU BAM) was
mandated to supervise the Rafah Crossing.
Israel, however, retained the authority to close the border and it has
often done so for prolonged periods, especially since early 2006 (when
Hamas, the Islamist Resistance Movement, was elected and formed a PA
The Israeli authorities totally closed the Rafah crossing on 9 June 2007,
when armed clashes erupted between members of Hamas and members of PA
President Abbas Fatah party. The crossing has remained closed ever since,
as Israel refuses to deal with Hamas, which has since become the de-facto
administration in the Gaza Strip. The closure of Rafah has effectively
sealed off the Gaza Strip.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send appeals to arrive as quickly as possible,
in Hebrew, English or your own language:
- expressing concern that hundreds of inhabitants of the Gaza Strip are
prevented from going abroad to receive the necessary medical treatment
which is not available to them in the Gaza Strip, due to the closure of the
- expressing concern that, some ill or disabled Gazans remain stranded on
the Egyptian side of the Rafah crossing and unable to return to Gaza
because they fear that they may be arrested by Israeli forces if they are
forced to pass through Israeli territory on their way back to Gaza.
- calling on all concerned parties to spare no effort to facilitate for the
passage of persons especially those in need of medical care - and goods
into and out of the Gaza Strip, on an efficient and permanent basis,
prioritising the human rights of the Palestinian residents of Gaza over
- pointing out to the Israeli authorities that according to international
law, Israel, as the occupying power in the Gaza Strip, should ensure that
the residents of the Gaza Strip have access to medical care to the same
extent as nationals of the State of Israel.
Prime Minister of Israel
Office of the Prime Minister,
3 Kaplan Street,
P O Box 187,
Fax: 00 972 2 566 4838
Salutation: Dear Prime Minister
President of the Palestinian Authority
Fax: 00 972 2 296 3170 / 00 972 2 296 3179
Salutation: Dear President
Hamas leadership in Gaza
Fax: 00 970 8 282 2159 / 00 970 8 284 5040 / 00 970 8 286 8971
Salutation: Dear Mr Haniyeh
H.E. Muhammad Hosni Mubarak
President of the Arab Republic of Egypt,
Fax: 00 20 22 390 1998
Salutation: Dear President
Ambassador of Israel
HE Dr Zion Evrony
Embassy of Israel,
122 Pembroke Road,
Telephone: (01) 230 9400
Faxes: (01) 230 9446
Delegation General of Palestine
HE Dr Hikamt Ajjuri
42 Adelaide Road, Dublin 2
Tel: 01 661 8028
Fax: 01 661 8030
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY.