‘I awoke Sunday morning to news of a massacre in Gaza that evoked memories of Sabra and Shatila – not in terms of absolute numbers, but in the nature of its brutality. An estimated 60 Palestinians had been killed, more than 300 injured and hundreds more forced to flee their homes as Israeli troops and tanks barreled into Shejaiya, a neighborhood in eastern Gaza City. Spokesman for the Palestinian Ministry of Health Ashraf al-Qidra reported that Israeli forces had denied ambulances access to the houses under siege, saying that the area was a “closed military zone.”
And yet. amidst the reports of destruction, pain and loss, there were Facebook posts like this one from Malaka Mohammed, a young woman from the same Gazan neighborhood who is studying international law in the UK: “Watching Al-Jazeera and my friends and relatives among the casualties. And still strong. I have not seen my family as strong as today. We will never give up till we get our freedom.” For an hour and a half, her father refused to evacuate, even as the bombs were landing at a rate her neighbor described as “more than three in one second.”‘
‘The meeting moderated by Julius Lee from the Malaysian Law Students Union of the United Kingdom & Eire featured as speakers Ahmed Quraishi, Senior Research Fellow at Project For Pakistan and Career investigative journalist, Daniela Dönges, Senior Human Rights Researcher, Geneva International Centre for Justice (GICJ), Karen Parker, International Educational Organisation, Former Chief Delegate of Humanitarian Law Project, and United Nations Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order.
The panel agreed that the brutal sanctions, unjustified war and Anglo-American occupation have not only led to the current crisis, it has pushed Iraq towards the brink of destruction. The panel also condemned Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki’s sectarian policies and the atrocious and unnecessary military support from the United States of America to further wage his sectarian war against his political oppositions; whom he claims are “terrorists”. Further violence will not end the suffering; it will only prolong it, the panel agreed and in this regard, all forms of military aid to the Iraqi government must end immediately.’
‘Bolivia has declared Israel a “terrorist state” and revoked a visa exemption agreement with Tel Aviv in protest at the ongoing Israeli attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip.
The move “means, in other words, we are declaring (Israel) a terrorist state,” President Evo Morales said during talks with a group of educators in the city of Cochabamba on Wednesday.
Morales added that the Israeli offensive shows “that Israel is not a guarantor of the principles of respect for life and the elementary precepts of rights that govern the peaceful and harmonious coexistence of our international community.”‘
‘The United States has allowed Israel to use an American-owned munitions stockpile amid the ongoing assault on the Gaza Strip.
A US military official said on Thursday that the stockpile, which consists of missiles, armored vehicles and artillery ammunition, was given last week.
The emergency arms depot is located at a classified site inside Israel.
The munitions are part of a program managed by the US military and called War Reserves Stock Allies-Israel (WRSA-I).’
‘British multinational bank HSBC has closed a number of bank accounts belonging to Muslim groups, prompting the question whether the decision was made due to religious considerations.
UK media reported on Wednesday that HSBC, Britain’s and Europe’s biggest bank by market value, sent letters of notice to the affected clients earlier this month.
According to reports, the bank told some Muslim clients that to continue providing services would be outside the bank’s “risk appetite.”’
‘The Egyptian government refuses to cooperate for the dispatch of medical and humanitarian aid to the besieged Gaza Strip, a senior Iranian lawmaker says.
On Wednesday, spokesman for the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Seyyed Hossein Naqavi Hosseini criticized Egypt’s policies regarding the Israeli regime’s onslaught on Gaza, saying Cairo has not issued the permit needed for the delivery of relief aid to the blockaded Palestinian territory.
“Cairo is not providing the necessary cooperation for sending medicines and humanitarian aid to Gaza,” he added.’