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November 21, 2012
reuters:

Egypt announced on Wednesday that a ceasefire had been reached to end the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, starting later in the day.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr made the announcement in a joint news conference with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The ceasefire would come into effect at 15:00 EDT, said Amr, whose country has been at the heart of efforts to broker an end to the conflict.
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Here are the details of the agreement. This is a big development not only for Israel and Gaza, but post-revolutionary Egypt as well. If the ceasefire holds, it will be a huge win for President Mohammed Morsi, and he’ll reap lots of credit for helping broker the agreement.

reuters:

Egypt announced on Wednesday that a ceasefire had been reached to end the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, starting later in the day.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr made the announcement in a joint news conference with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The ceasefire would come into effect at 15:00 EDT, said Amr, whose country has been at the heart of efforts to broker an end to the conflict.

Here are the details of the agreement. This is a big development not only for Israel and Gaza, but post-revolutionary Egypt as well. If the ceasefire holds, it will be a huge win for President Mohammed Morsi, and he’ll reap lots of credit for helping broker the agreement.

14:06 // 1 year ago
November 18, 2012
12:59 // 1 year ago
November 17, 2012

Gaza prime minister’s office destroyed; Egyptian leader plans four-way talks

~950 Gaza sites have been struck by IDF attacks since Wednesday

~400Palestinian missiles have hit Israel during the same period of time

180airstrikes were launched at the Gaza Strip today

three rockets have been fired at Tel Aviv from Gaza; all were intercepted

In non-numerical updates: Israeli missiles today hit Hamas police headquarters and the Gaza prime minister’s office (the PM wasn’t inside). Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi is reportedly planning to hold four-way talks with the emir of Qatar, the prime minister of Turkey, and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal in an attempt to resolve the crisis. source [1] [2] [3]

15:38 // 1 year ago
November 15, 2012

A little more context on the Israel/Gaza hostilities…

swagandpassion asks: Thanks SFB…Why did the IDF conduct the air strike?

» SFB says: Some background info: Ahmed Jabari was Hamas’ acting second-in-command at the time of his death, and was rarely seen in public. He was allegedly responsible for organizing the kidnapping of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, as well as the subsequent prisoner exchange for his safe return, and was theoretically being pursued with the same level of fervor that the United States dedicated to tracking Osama bin Laden. After a noted increase in rocket attacks earlier this week, and a rare opportunity to strike at a virtually unguarded Jabari, the Israeli government presumably saw a prime opportunity to strike a major blow to Hamas and took advantage of it. — Scott @ SFB

14:15 // 1 year ago
October 20, 2012
The last contact we have from our people on board was that they were going to be boarded. We have no confirmation from them of how they are, and we may not for some time hear directly from them.
David Heap, activist on Israeli/Palestinian issues • Discussing the fate that befell the Estelle, a european vessel boarded and seized by the Israeli Navy for trying to breach the state’s maritime blockade, which was imposed in 2009 amid fears of weapons smuggling into the Gaza Strip. This isn’t the first time the blockade has been tested by activists proclaiming a mission of humanitarian aid; back in 2009, a raid on a six-ship flotilla resulted in the deaths of nine passengers. In this case, though, there is no reported loss of life — an Israeli spokesman said the ship was seized without incident, and those on board were being turned over to the police. Included on the Estelle’s passenger list: five members of European parliaments, as well as a Canadian lawmaker. source
14:53 // 1 year ago
August 28, 2012
Israel not liable in American activist Rachel Corrie’s death, court finds
On March 16, 2003, pro-Palestinian activist Rachel Corrie died while protesting against the Israeli government, which was attempting to tear down a settlement in the Gaza Strip. Corrie literally stood between a settlement and a military bulldozer. The bulldozer crushed her. Now an Israeli court says there’s no way the bulldozer driver could have seen her, and that she put herself in danger by staying put, considering that the U.S. warned Americans to stay away. Her parents don’t see it that way. “I believe this was a bad day, not only for our family, but for human rights, humanity, the rule of law and also for the country of Israel,” said Rachel’s mother, Cindy. She and her husband, Craig, sued for $1, in a symbolic gesture. They lost.

Israel not liable in American activist Rachel Corrie’s death, court finds

On March 16, 2003, pro-Palestinian activist Rachel Corrie died while protesting against the Israeli government, which was attempting to tear down a settlement in the Gaza Strip. Corrie literally stood between a settlement and a military bulldozer. The bulldozer crushed her. Now an Israeli court says there’s no way the bulldozer driver could have seen her, and that she put herself in danger by staying put, considering that the U.S. warned Americans to stay away. Her parents don’t see it that way. “I believe this was a bad day, not only for our family, but for human rights, humanity, the rule of law and also for the country of Israel,” said Rachel’s mother, Cindy. She and her husband, Craig, sued for $1, in a symbolic gesture. They lost.

8:43 // 2 years ago
October 18, 2011

israelfacts:

Released Palestinian prisoners embrace their families in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011. Hamas agreed to release Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in exchange for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners, whose arrivals set off ecstatic celebrations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, where large crowds and dignitaries greeted them. (AP/Getty Images)

Remember, there were passionate returns on both sides in the Gilad Shalit case, no matter the controversy.

(Source: thebowspring, via genericlatino)

11:10 // 2 years ago
July 3, 2011

Making amends: Greece floats a completely different flotilla idea

  • blocked A couple days back, Greece blocked a flotilla headed towards Gaza from heading out of one of its ports. It understandably drew a lot of controversy from certain quarters of the political sphere — but briefly took attention off the country’s austerity crisis.
  • allowed Now, it seems that Greece is ready to offer up a mea culpa to Palestine — in coordination with the United Nations, they’ll send a ship loaded with aid over to Gaza, which they’ll offer up to the Palestinian Authority — but, as you’ll note, they aren’t working with Hamas. source

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16:39 // 3 years ago
July 2, 2011

Greece’s not-so-hot week ends with a blocked flotilla to Gaza

  • action Despite a ban blocking flotillas headed towards Gaza from leaving Greek ports, an American one attempted to do just that yesterday. It was turned away by the Greek coast guard, which reportedly pointed machine guns at flotilla passengers. This comes  on the heels of Greece’s austerity vote.
  • reaction As you might imagine, reaction to this news was emotional on both sides. “Greece sold its body to the banks and its soul to Israel and the United States,” said one activist on the flotilla. The ship was named “The Audacity of Hope,” meaning Obama was indirectly dragged into this situation, too. source

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12:02 // 3 years ago
May 28, 2011
msnbc:

RAFAH, Gaza Strip — After four years, Egypt on Saturday permanently opened the Gaza Strip’s main gateway to the outside world, bringing long-awaited relief to the territory’s Palestinian population and a significant achievement for the area’s ruling Hamas militant group.
Photo: Suhaib Salem / Reuters

msnbc:

After four years, Egypt on Saturday permanently opened the Gaza Strip’s main gateway to the outside world, bringing long-awaited relief to the territory’s Palestinian population and a significant achievement for the area’s ruling Hamas militant group.

Photo: Suhaib Salem / Reuters

12:38 // 3 years ago