Too little too late. This is what Gaza's fishermen thought of Israel's decision to re-extend the fishing zone to 6 nautical miles. A comment on the recent peace negotiations between Gaza and Israel? No. The comment was made in May 2013. The limit had been reduced from 6 nautical miles to 3 in March 2013.
Articles from Peter Garcia-Webb
It's easy to be enthusiastic about the long term ceasefire between Gaza and Israel. It's a lot less easy to be enthusiastic about the prospects for a negotiated peace process. Apparently that is going to be negotiated in the future, with talks starting in say a month's time. The indicators however are not good. Here I comment on some recent info from Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
Israel Benjamin Netanyahu has compared Hamas with Isis in an attempt to explain away his penchant for murder and inflicting destruction and desolation on those who cannot defend themselves. The comparison is absurd. Here then, to provide some balance in the discussion, is a comparison of Isis and Israel. It too could be claimed to be absurd. But on the other hand, it might come closer to the truth. What do you think?
Reporters Without Borders lists 7 journalist killed this year in Gaza out of a total of 44. Gaza is the second highest, Syria tops the list with 10. Why then do the Western Press and certain Western governments speak volumes about only 1 journalist death, and ignore all the others? The total number of journalists killed per year over the years 2009 to 2013 were: 75, 58, 67, 88, and 77 respectively.
Some 10 days ago I wrote an article suggesting MH-17 was shot down by Ukrainian SU-25. I pulled the article after receiving a comment saying that plane could not fly high enough. Fine.
Dr Swee Ang is a skilled surgeon and a patron of Medical Aid for Palestinians. Recently she and colleague who is a consultant surgeon went to Israel with a view of entering Gaza to provide much needed surgical expertise. Both Dr Swee Ang and her colleague were denied entry by Israeli authorities and deported. What follows is a diary of events as they happened.
Five weeks ago I wrote an article titled Israel wins, Gaza and Hamas Lose: an analysis. Sadly I was largely correct. Today's article brings that analysis up to date and includes a section of the price Israel has willingly paid to achieve its objectives: undermine Gaza, undermine Hamas, install a weakened puppet Palestinian Authority to govern Gaza.
Humanitarian: the doctrine that humanity's obligations are concerned wholly with the welfare of the human race. World Humanitarian Day (19 August) is a time to recognise those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. A rich philanthropist or Government aid to developing or threatened populations may be said to be humanitarian, but that does imply that they are to be recognised on World Humanitarian day. So, who is?
In my last post I mentioned that the Israeli propaganda machine had put out a fabricated story abut a Hamas plot to overthrow the Palestinian Authority. At the end I mentioned that we could not look forward to the US media picking this up. Both the Washington Post and the NY Times have done just that.
A number of reports are emerging from Israel that Hamas was planning to topple the Palestinian Authority. So far these reports have only appeared in media that is known to have a pro-Israel bias. Ali Abunimah, co-founder of The Electronic Infifada has dismissed it as fabricated and a part of Israel's alliance with the quisling Mahmoud Abbas.