Aid agencies have released a report criticising the world for not doing more to stop the Israeli blockade of Gaza. It’s been picked up around the world by bloggers and mainstream media. All of this rests of course on the belief that the blockade is a ‘collective punishment’ that is unwarranted. Would you agree with that? And would you want more pressure applied to Israel to end it?
Posts Tagged ‘Gaza
The Israeli Prime Minister is calling for a new set of rules of war to fight global terrorism. Mr Netanyahu also wants other western countries committed to the war on terror to be part of an international coalition of nations that have laws protecting their right to defend their countries and their people. Continue reading ‘On air: Do we need new rules of war?’
“No human-rights curriculum is complete without the inclusion of the facts of the Holocaust, and its lessons.” This is what John Ging, the UN Relief and Works Agency’s (UNRWA) director of operations in Gaza,says. The UN’s refugee agency is planning to include the Holocaust in a new human-rights curriculum for Gaza’s secondary-school pupils. Continue reading ‘Should children in Gaza learn about the Holocaust?’
“We have to encourage people to be virtuous and keep them away from sin “
Hamas has launched it’s “virtue campaign” in Gaza .
Lingerie can’t be displayed in shop windows, female lawyers will have to wear headscarves in court and teenagers must stop playing “suggestive” music.
Men and women are also being told to celebrate separately at wedding parties.
Continue reading ‘On air: Women of Gaza : Virtue reality’
A group of Israeli soldiers say widespread abuses were carried out on civilians during their action in Gaza.
The soldiers are part of an organisation called “Breaking the Silence”.
Amnesty International has accused both Israel and Hamas of committing war crimes during the 22-day conflict.
Continue reading ‘On Air: Is it possible to have a moral army?’
Cast your mind back six months….to late December. That’s when Israeli fighter jets and attack helicopters began their fierce air assault on the Gaza Strip. Israel’s stated aim was to stop Hamas rocket attacks into southern Israel, and to – as it said – ‘change realities on the ground.’ The war lasted three weeks, and led to the deaths of more than a thousand Palestinians and 13 Israelis.
But what’s happened in the months since the conflict ended? How has it affected the people of Gaza? How much reconstruction has taken place? And has Israel achieved its war aims?
Continue reading ‘Return to Gaza’
We’ve discussed before the fact that no-one really knows what Israel and Hamas are hoping to achieve. So how and when will it stop ?
Does Hamas want peace ? Does it want the destruction of Israel ? To mobilise public opinion in the Arab world ?
Both Israel and Hamas have ignored a UN security council resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. America abstained from the UN vote and there’s been more heavy fighting today in defiance of it. As I write there’s supposed to be a three hour humanitarian ceasefire. Continue reading ‘On air: How is Gaza dividing world opinion?’
“Why Do They Hate the West So Much ? We Will Ask ” is the title of this commentary by the Independent’s Robert Fisk.
He argues that journalists and diplomats have “bought the lie” that the Israelis take great care to avoid civilian casualties.