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PostPosted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 7:31 pm 
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Kiwi Gaza aid convoy called provocative Published: 6:25PM Monday August 09, 2010
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The Israeli government says it will stop any attempts to break its blockade of Gaza as a Kiwi team prepares to travel to the Middle East.

Kia Ora Gaza has announced a six-man team which will join a massive convoy from London to deliver aid to the besieged Palestinian territory.

The team's captain 61-year-old Roger Fowler, from Auckland, says they are hopeful of making a difference. "People from all over the world, even the Prime Minister of Britain say this siege must be stopped, the blockade must be stopped."

The Kiwi team is joining a land-based mission and will see the Kiwis join a 500-vehicle aid convoy into Gaza, through the Egyptian border town of Rafah.

But the Israeli ambassador to New Zealand, Shemi Dzur calls the move provocative.

"This is really really unnecessary, it just creates tension," he told ONE News.

Dzur said the team should deliver its aid through an Israeli or Egyptian port, as requested by the Israeli government.

"If they want to bring any goods to Gaza they are welcome to bring it through the ports of Ashdod in Israel or the ports of Egypt. It will be screened to make sure no explosives," he said.

But the convoy organisers - Viva Palestina - say they do not trust Israel to deliver the aid.

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The Kia Ora Gaza team says they were driven to do something after Israeli forces shot and killed nine Turkish aid workers on board a ship sailing in an aid flotilla, in May. Israeli forces defended their action, saying they fired in response to an attack by the Turks onboard. Sir Geoffrey Palmer is currently leading an independent UN inquiry into the incident.

But Dzur believes there is more to the Kiwi involvement that the group states.

"This is not a natural Kiwi operation - this is really a hatred kind of operation to undermine Israel," he said.

Israel says the convoy will not be allowed to enter the way it plans. It blames the suffering on Gaza's ruling Hamas party and says any support of them undermines the peace process.

The aid convoy sets off next month.


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Hamas stopping aid for Gaza
by Whaleoil on June 3, 2010 ·

Hamas doesn’t seem to want any of the aid that was aboard the flotilla that Israel stopped and searched. After clear­ing the con­tents of the ship the aid sup­plies were loaded aboard trucks and sent to the bor­der of Gaza. Hamas has refused entry of the trucks.

As of right now, the State of Israel has loaded 20 trucks with var­i­ous types of aid found onboard the flotilla. Expired med­ica­tion, cloth­ing, blan­kets, some med­ical equip­ment and toys were among the aid found on the ships.

Unfor­tu­nately, the Hamas ter­ror orga­ni­za­tion is unwill­ing to accept the cargo and the trucks filled with human­i­tar­ian aid have not been allowed to enter the Gaza Strip. It appears that Hamas is in fact stop­ping the trans­fer of the human­i­tar­ian aid.

And here was me think­ing that the aid sup­plies were crit­i­cal to the sur­vival of Gazans. Silly me, seems Hamas just wants to score polit­i­cal points. Of course the use­ful idiots in the media will repeat the Hamas line that it is Israel that is stoppng aid.


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NZ team to take part in Gaza convoy Published: 4:59AM Monday August 09, 2010
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Six New Zealanders will be part of a global group attempting to get aid into Gaza.

The team, called Kia Ora Gaza, will leave London in September as part of a convoy of hundreds of vehicles and a flotilla of ships.

Queen's Service Medal recipient Roger Fowler heads up the New Zealand contingent, with his 25-year-old son Hone also taking part. They will be joined by photojournalist Chris van Ryn, human rights observer Julie Webb-Pullman and social justice campaigner Pat O'Dea. Mousa Taher, who has a Palestinian father, is the sixth team member.

Despite nine people being killed just months ago for doing something similar, the group says there is strength in numbers.

The 500-vehicle convoy will travel through Egypt into Gaza's Rafah crossing next month, to deliver aid.

Van Ryn says the flotilla raid by Israeli forces in May was a catalyst for action. He says it is a tragic situation, but it has given Gaza supporters a stronger voice.

Van Ryn is both excited and apprehensive about taking part, but believes the rewards from taking part in the convoy outweigh the risks.


The point I particularly want to make from all this is that all Europeans and those who have European blood lines have their roots in Israel . Check the history if you must but the only reason it is not commonly known is because it is not taught and people are too lazy to learn themselves . Israel as we know it today is Jewish , the tribes of Judah and Benjamin who split from the other ten tribes who then dispersed throughout Asia and Europe .
The split has never been mended so anything anyone from NZ ( predominantly Europeanised ) does against the Jews is deliberately agravating that split , not bringing peace as they suppose in their histrionic way .


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 Post subject: NZ aid to Gaza
PostPosted: Fri Sep 03, 2010 7:56 am 
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DO THEY REALLY WANT TO SUPPORT PEOPLE WHO DO THIS DELIBERATE , SENSELESS KIND OF MURDERING SLAUGHTER .

Hamas claims responsibility for 2nd W.Bank attack
By JPOST.COM STAFF AND YAAKOV LAPPIN
09/02/2010 03:33


Shot fired at a vehicle near Rimonim Junction injuring two, one in serious condition; in Washington, Abbas denounces latest terror attacks.
The military wing of Palestinian terrorist group Hamas claimed responsibility for Wednesday night's drive-by shooting near Rimonim Junction in the West Bank that left two Israelis wounded, Israel Radio reported Thursday.

Shots were reportedly fired at a vehicle traveling in the area between the settlement Kochav Yaakov and Rimonim Junction.

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Judea and Samaria Police officers who arrived on the scene found an Israeli vehicle with bullet marks. "The vehicle descended down a nearby slope," police said. The officers who arrived in the area found one person seriously injured and another person slightly injured.

Magen David Adom rushed the two Israelis to the Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in Jerusalem; a man aged around 30 in moderate to serious condition suffering from a gunshot wound to the knee, and a woman aged around 30 who was injured in the resulting accident. Both are conscious and stable, paramedics said.



Security forces were on the scene searching for the terrorists' vehicle.

Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas during his Wednesday night speech at the White House denounced the terror attacks against Israeli civilians in the West Bank on Tuesday and Wednesday.

"We [the Palestinian Authority] are not interested in spilling Israeli blood. We want the two peoples to live regular lives in real peace," Abbas said.

The shooting came the day after four Israelis were killed Tuesday night in a devastating Hamas shooting attack in the West Bank believed to have been aimed at torpedoing the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks set to kick off on Wednesday in Washington DC.

The four victims, described by a settler spokesman as a couple and two hitchhikers – were driving on Route 60 near the entrance to Kiryat Arba when their vehicle came under fire. The victims were named as Yitzhak Ames, 47, and his wife Tali Ames, 45, Kochava Even-Haim, 37, and Avishai Schindler, 24, all from Beit Hagai. The Ames couple had six children, including a one-and-a-half-year-old toddler.


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 Post subject: NZ aid to Gaza
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Hi Chris , :D I was beginning to think you had deserted me too .

I agree they are both doing things the wrong way round but that is what the secular world does . NZ , too , has blood on it's hands we could say . At least the Jews strive for peace , not so the terrorist organisations .

Hope we'll see you round still .


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 Post subject: nz aid to gaza
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News flash . I need some aid right here in our own country .
Last night all my glasshouse seedloings were trashed by vandals . This means a loss of several thousand dollars worth of income and may well mean bankruptcy .
My daughters seedlings too as she was embarking on a new career as aflower grower . ( she has some special needs )
Howevr both of us have CMT and it takes us alot longer to do all this work than most people and is often quite painful .
How about some aid over here for some kiwis ??


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 Post subject: gaza aid
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Photo by: ASSOCIATED PRESS Analysis: Hamas stuck between peace talks and the IDF
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Terror group has made strategic decision to increase attacks against Israel, but doesn't want to go too far and lead to IDF ground operation.
Hamas is on the horns of a dilemma. On the one hand it has made a strategic decision to increase its terror attacks against Israel – 10 rockets were fired into Israel on Wednesday – in order to torpedo the peace talks between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

On the other hand, Hamas does not want to go too far with its attacks, to the point that Israel will feel compelled to send two IDF divisions into Gaza and carry out Operation Cast Lead II.

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As a result, Hamas in recent weeks has allowed the jaljalat (Arabic for thunder) groups – al-Qaida and global jihad proxies based in Gaza and made up mostly of former Hamas operatives – to launch attacks into Israel.

While it has given these groups the green light for small operations, it is also restraining them and not allowing large attacks that could end in many casualties on the Israeli side and force the IDF back into Gaza.

Hamas’s hope is that these attacks will torpedo the peace talks, although the meeting on Wednesday at the prime minister’s official residence in Jerusalem between Netanyahu and Abbas is an indication that the terror group’s efforts are not, for the moment, succeeding.

For the same reason, Hamas claimed responsibility for the shooting attack two weeks ago near Hebron that killed four Israelis, although the IDF is still not certain that Hamas was behind it.

There are, however, additional factors. Hamas in Gaza is torn between two camps. The first is the political echelon led by Ismail Haniyeh, which is believed to be more in favor of restraint because it fears a harsh Israeli response.

The second camp is led by Hamas’s military wing Izzadin Kassam and its chief Ahmed Jabari, who is pushing to return to the days before Cast Lead, pre- December 2008, when it was firing dozens of rockets a day.

While Hamas’s focus is on rebuilding damaged infrastructure and obtaining new longrange rockets, the military wing is genuinely frustrated with the restrictions placed on its freedom to attack Israel.

In contrast to the media, the IDF did not make a big deal Wednesday about the firing of at least two mortar shells containing phosphorus into Israel. Firstly, it is not the first time that phosphorus mortar shells were fired into Israel – it happened during Cast Lead – and secondly, the assessment within the Southern Command is that the group that fired the shells did not even know that they contained phosphorus.

As a matter of fact, phosphorus shells contain less explosives than regular ones and therefore create less shrapnel. On the other hand, they are highly flammable.

Israel, for its part, plans to continue with its current policy, which can be described as an “eye-for-an-eye.”



On the one hand, Israel will strike back at Gaza, as it did Wednesday afternoon by bombing a terror tunnel in southern Gaza, but on the other hand, it will not, at this stage, launch a major operation on the ground inside Gaza.

This stems from intelligence assessments that the current wave of violence will run out following the Jewish holiday season in a little over a week. The belief is that Hamas is letting its operatives and proxies let off steam from a month of Ramadan when it did not really attack Israel at all.

The same intelligence assessments predict, though, that while this wave will soon end, it will not be the last and as the peace talks pick up speed and progress, so will the terrorism from Gaza.


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Police: Terrorists fired 2 phosphorus shells into Israel
By YAAKOV LAPPIN AND YAAKOV KATZ
09/15/2010 19:45


IDF predicts wave of rockets from Strip, including 10 yesterday, will end after Succot; IAF bombs south Gaza tunnel, killing 1
The attacks from the Gaza Strip escalated on Wednesday with 10 rockets and mortar shells fired into Israel – including two containing phosphorus – as defense officials predicted that the violence would quiet down after Succot.

The violence peaked as Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met in Jerusalem with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for the first time since the launch of the new round of peace talks in Washington two weeks ago.

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Rockets and shells pounded the Eshkol region throughout the day. One of the rockets – a 122-mm. Katyusha – hit just north of Ashkelon. No injuries or damage were reported.

Gazan rocket attacks have been increasing since before Rosh Hashana, understood by the IDF to be part of a Hamas attempt to torpedo the peace talks with the PA.

The assessment within Military Intelligence is that the wave of increased terror will continue until the Jewish holiday season finishes at the end of the month.

The IDF does not attribute too much significance to the use of phosphorus mortar shells, which have been fired into Israel in the past, most recently during Operation Cast Lead in January 2009. The assumption in the IDF Southern Command is that the group that fired the mortars did not know that they contained phosphorus. These shells carry less explosive material than standard mortars, but are highly flammable.

In response to the attacks, the air force – working on intelligence provided by the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) – bombed a tunnel in southern Gaza that the IDF said was to be used by Hamas to infiltrate terrorists into Israel. One Palestinian was reported killed and another four wounded.

Hamas is not believed to be carrying out the attacks directly, but rather allowing proxies that it supports and are affiliated with global jihad elements to fire the rockets and mortars. Hamas has restrained them from carrying out larger attacks.

Haim Yalin, head of the Eshkol Regional Council, reacted sharply to the news of the phosphorus mortar attacks. Yalin said that he would send a letter on Thursday to the United Nations to alert it to the weapons being directed from Gaza against civilians.

“These weapons have been banned by the Geneva Convention. They cause burns among victims, and they kill. This is an agricultural area – and we are now having to explain to farmers how to deal with burns from phosphorus shells,” he said.

Yalin added that firefighters and paramedics operating in his area would now have to prepare for more phosphorous attacks.

“We are preparing to go back to the situation we faced before Operation Cast Lead, when we confronted continuous mortar, rocket and sniper attacks,” he said.

“So long as this autonomous Iranian entity in Gaza continues to exist, we will be fired on. We have received only fundamentalism and fire from Gaza,” Yalin said.

“Fifty thousand residents living in this area, thirsty for peace and a normal life, face a Hamas entity unwilling to recognize Israel,” he said. “We are civilians, farmers, students, all being fired on indiscriminately.”

Yalin stressed that most of the people the Eshkol region, who live in kibbutzim and farming villages, traditionally voted for Left and Center parties.

“We want peace with the Palestinians, but unfortunately it is disappearing before our very eyes,” he said.

Southern Police District chief Cmdr. Yochanan Danino said the police was prepared for the increase in terrorism.

“As soon as the diplomatic process began, we made preparations for the eventuality that extremist elements, especially Hamas, would attempt to inflame the situation and launch terrorist attacks,” Danino said. “Unfortunately, our preparations were founded on the correct assumption.

“But I would like to stress that we have a very strong home front made up of resilient residents and local leaders. They are showing leadership and responsibility and cooperating fully with us,” he said.


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JPost.comHeadlines Large land convoy on way to Gaza strip
By YAAKOV KATZ
09/18/2010 21:48


A large land convoy began making its way on Saturday from around the world to the Gaza Strip.

Vehicles were loaded onto ships and are en-route to the el-Arish Port in Egypt where they hope to be allowed to unload and drive into Gaza. According to press reports, about 450 vehicles are expected to participate in the land convoy which is organized by former British lawmaker George Galloway.

Vehicles are coming from England, Kuwait, Algeria. Tunisia and Morocco. In January, the Egyptians banned Galloway from using their territory for Gaza-bound convoys and accused the former British lawmaker’s organization Viva Palestina of criminal activity.


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Thats a lot of money wasted that could have been given straight to the aid agencies helping in Gaza anyway . I guess it wouldn't have the dramatic histrionics that go along with these other shows though .


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Photo by: NCourtesy Edelstein: Anti-Israel reports led to anti-Semitism
By GIL HOFFMAN
09/19/2010 00:35


"It is easy to boycott Israel when you don't know what you are talking about," says Diaspora Affairs and Public Diplomacy Minister.

A preponderance of anti- Israel reports around the world contributed to an atmosphere of anti-Semitism that led to 2009 being the worst year for anti-Semitic incidents since statistics starting being kept 20 years ago, Diaspora Affairs and Public Diplomacy Minister Yuli Edelstein said in an interview with The Jerusalem Post that will be published in Wednesday’s Succot supplement.

Edelstein noted the story that accused the Israeli rescue team in Haiti of harvesting organs following the January 12, 2010, earthquake, and many other malicious reports in the years before.

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“When I say demonizing Israel has anti-Semitic roots, some people get a tired look on their face and say, ‘Not again, can’t you guys take any criticism?’” Edelstein said.



“But I will say loud and clear that this delegitimization has anti-Semitic roots. You can’t work in journalism in a mainstream country if you are anti- Semitic, but you certainly can if you are ‘anti-Israel.’ The attacks on many Jewish communities around the world are inspired by an anti-Semitic atmosphere.”

Edelstein criticized the theory that changing Israel’s policies would bring more positive media coverage, which was popularized two decades ago by President Shimon Peres and endorsed by Ehud Barak when he was prime minister.

“Saying that the problem is just our policies and that changing them would make the world love us is an interesting theory, but it has never worked,” Edelstein said.

“It has only made us popular for a couple weeks,” he continued.

“Camp David [the summit with Yasser Arafat in 2000] and the unilateral withdrawal [from Gaza in 2005] proved this.

When I was in Boston and I spoke about how the withdrawal only helped for three weeks, a woman in charge of public relations for Israel there laughed and told me, ‘Those three weeks were so wonderful, but so short.’” Edelstein said the best approach to handling anti- Israel boycotts was to spread information about how relevant Israel was to the world, and thereby change the atmosphere that makes such boycotts accepted.

“In London, when I was asked about boycotting Israel, I said I am in favor, but do it seriously,” he said. “Don’t just stop eating cherry tomatoes – close your laptop computer, call the hospital and ask them to stop treating your relatives with Israeli medicine and medical equipment. It is so easy to boycott Israel when you don’t know what you are talking about.”


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Photo by: Associated Press Large land convoy on way to Gaza Strip
By YAAKOV KATZ AND JPOST.COM STAFF
09/19/2010 05:57


Galloway organizes convoy of 450 vehicles to come by ship to el-Arish Port in Egypt where they hope to be allowed to unload and drive into Gaza.

A large land convoy began making its way on Saturday from around the world to the Gaza Strip.

Vehicles were loaded onto ships and are en-route to the el-Arish Port in Egypt where they hope to be allowed to unload and drive into Gaza. According to press reports, about 450 vehicles are expected to participate in the land convoy which is organized by former British lawmaker George Galloway.

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Vehicles are coming from England, Kuwait, Algeria. Tunisia and Morocco. In January, the Egyptians banned Galloway from using their territory for Gaza-bound convoys and accused the former British lawmaker’s organization Viva Palestina of criminal activity.



Galloway, a former British MP and veteran anti-Israel activist, first announced plans for the "Viva Palestina" flotilla in June, shortly after attending the funerals of the Turkish activists killed aboard the Mavi Marmara.

Galloway announced the September 18 launch of the flotilla in an August opinion article he wrote in the British socialist daily the Morning Star.

Galloway states in the article that now that the siege on Gaza is being condemned by the EU, UN, many governments and every major international aid agency, "we are at a moment when pressure can be brought to bear as never before to frustrate Israel's moves to crush the Palestinians."

Galloway expressed encouragement at British Prime Minister David Cameron's July speech in Turkey in which he equated Gaza to a prison camp and condemned Israel for the raid on the Mavi Marmara in which nine pro-Palestinian activists were killed by IDF naval commandos.


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Photo by: Associated Press Schalit family attacks Hamas posting of new Youtube clip
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09/20/2010 22:13


Family denounces Hamas's "ongoing war crime;" video shows Schalit surrounded by two masked men, concludes with sound of gunshots.

In response the video, the Schalit family released a statement on Monday attacking Hamas's actions. The statement read, "[We are] troubled that instead of worrying about the hundreds of Palestinian prisoners jailed in Israel, Hamas leaders have chosen to continue holding Gilad, our son, captive as a hostage for their political aspirations, an act which is an ongoing war crime according to international law."

The statement continued, "In addition, Hamas leaders in Gaza and Damascus are not hesitant to add, and even take a new approach, to the psychological warfare of the lowest level against the Schalit family, instead of respecting international law and conventions."

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Hamas posted a video of kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit on Youtube on Monday, suggesting he would be killed if a deal was not soon reached.

In the animated video, two masked men are shown standing on either side of Gilad Schalit in a dark room, with one of them holding an AK-47 assualt rifle.

At the end of the 24-second video, gun shots are heard as the movie goes black and the words "Is the mission completed?" are seen written in Arabic.

In response the video, the Schalit family released a statement saying that, "The Schalit family is troubled that instead of worrying about the hundreds of Palestinian prisoners jailed in Israel, some of which could have been at home long ago, Hamas leaders have chosen to continue holding Gilad, our son, captive as a hostage for their political aspirations, an act which is an ongoing war crime according to international law." The statement continued, "In addition, Hamas leaders in Gaza and Damascus are not hesitant to add, and even take a new approach, to the psychological warfare of the lowest level against the Schalit family, instead of respecting international law and conventions."

The Schalit family has campaigned tirelessly to pressure the government to reach an agreement with Hamas for their son's release. They even turned down Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s appeal before the High Holy Days to leave their protest tent in front of his Jerusalem residence and return home for the holidays, saying nothing has happened over the last eight months that would justify taking a break from their vigil.



“Unfortunately, Gilad is spending his fifth Rosh Hashana in Hamas cellars in Gaza,” Noam Schalit, Gilad’s father, told journalists after holding a two-hour meeting with Netanyahu.



Schalit said there is no activity with the German mediator, no pressure being placed on Hamas, and no effort to gain “bargaining chips,” while those chips that were in Israel’s hands – Hamas legislators in Israeli jails – have for the most part been released. In addition, he said, there has been no sign of life from Gilad since Hamas released a video tape of him a year ago.

“For eight months, nothing has happened, except for words,” Schalit said.


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