NPK-info 30-06-2006 - Nederlands Palestina Komitee / www.palestina-komitee.nl
Today in Palestine! http://www.theheadlines.org

Zie bijgaand Gaza Action Alert van de University Teachers' Association [1]
>> "Protests are needed at Israeli embassies and consulates throughout the world.
>> Even a one-person protest with a simple sign such as "Stop Israeli Terrorism" can be good.."
De Israelische ambassade is te Den Haag aan het Buitenhof.

Andere actie-oproepen
>> MIFTAH condemns Israel’s abduction of Palestinian politicians, June 29, 2006
http://www.miftah.org/Display.cfm?DocId=10670&CategoryId=2 [2]
>> Palestinian parliamentarian warns of severe public health and humanitarian disaster facing Gaza [3]
>> PCHR-report http://www.pchrgaza.org/files/W_report/English/2006/pdf/weekly%20report%2025.pdf
>> Former Dutch Ambassador Calls for Sanctions if Israel Refuses to Comply with International Law
Adri Nieuwhof, The Electronic Intifada, 19 June 2006

Over diverse acties volgt nog nadere informatie.
Adressen van Kamerleden zijn bekend via www.tweedekamer.nl

- Analysis: Israel's wider aims in Gaza, Paul Reynolds
- Bracing for the worst: Electricity cut off, bridges bombed, sonic boom attacks resume
Laila El-Haddad writing from occupied Gaza, Live from Palestine, 28 June 2006
- When will Israel learn?
Rifat Odeh Kassis writing from occupied Palestine, Live from Palestine, 28 June 2006
- The truth lies buried in Gaza sands
Jonathan Cook, The Electronic Intifada, 21 June 2006

NPK/WL, 30-6-2006


----- Original Message -----
From: "ISM Media Group" <media@palsolidarity.org>
To: "International Solidarity Movement" <palsolidarity@googlegroups.com>
Sent: Friday, June 30, 2006 4:36 PM
Subject: [ISM Updates] Gaza Action Alert

28th June: Last night the Israeli Occupation Forces began the
grotesquely named "Operation Summer Rain" on the Gaza Strip. Rafah,
scene of the May 2004 Rafah massacre by Israel, was re-occupied by
Israeli tanks.

Gaza City was bombed by Apache helicopters and F16 and V58 fighter
planes. Gaza's only power plant was bombed as was the water
reticulation plant. Almost 750 000 of Gaza's residents have no water
or electricity today. Three main bridges which connect different parts
of the Strip have been destroyed, slicing the Strip into two parts, and
separating its people from each other, their places of work, schools,
colleges and universities.

In addition, the Israeli military used powerful sonic bombs throughout
the night and during the day. These bombs damage eardrums, create
extreme feelings of fear and anxiety and prevent the whole Gaza Strip
population from sleeping at night. They also induce feelings of terror
in children and babies, who are already exhibiting anxious and clinging

These air-strikes and sonic bombs which damage essential infrastructure
and terrify and kill the civilian population are a form of collective
punishment against the Palestinian people and are war crimes which are
forbidden under international humanitarian law, especially the Fourth
Geneva Convention, which prescribes the manner in which armies must
treat civilians during times of conflict.

We call on the international community to exert pressure on the Israeli
military to conduct itself within the boundaries of international
humanitarian law and ensure the protection of all Palestinian

We also demand the immediate halt of the Israeli Occupation Forces'
attacks on the Gaza Strip and an end to the closure and isolation of
the Strip, both of which are exacerbating an already desperate
humanitarian situation inside the Strip.

University Teachers' Association

Gaza Strip


- MEDIA: Please contact your local media and request that they do not
act as a mouthpiece for Israel by asserting that the aim of the Gaza
invasion is to rescue the captured soldier. At the very least, they can
say that this is what Israel claims is the reason, or they should use
the word "allegedly". It should also be made clear that the primary
victim of this assault is the Palestinian civilian population, and that
this constitutes collective punishment of a captive population, which
is a direct (and repeated) violation of the Geneva Convention.

- LOBBYING: Please contact your elected representatives and ask them
whether they support Israel's barbaric crimes against innocent
Palestinian civilians. If they oppose these atrocities, ask them what
they're doing about it. Make your voice heard.

- PROTEST: Protests are needed at Israeli embassies and consulates
throughout the world. Even a one-person protest with a simple sign such
as "Stop Israeli Terrorism" can be good at bringing attention to
the situation and letting Israel know that there is widespread
opposition to its continued and escalating crimes against the
Palestinian people. Believe it or not, Israel does care about its
image, and if the government receives reports of a number of protests,
they will feel pressured to limit the operation. Please take action on
this TODAY - for the sake of the innocent civilians in Gaza.

Thank you for your continued interest and support for the International Solidarity Movement!

Please consider a financial donation to help continue the important work of the ISM. You may donate securely online at our website: http://www.palsolidarity.org/main/donations

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[2] Uit http://www.miftah.org/Display.cfm?DocId=10670&CategoryId=2

- MIFTAH calls on the international community to take immediate steps in order to prevent a serious
humanitarian crisis in the already impoverished and shattered Gaza Strip, and urges governmental and
non-governmental organizations to intervene to bring an end to Israel’s punitive measures against the civilian
population of the occupied Palestinian territories, particularly in the Gaza Strip.
- MIFTAH also calls for the immediate release of all Palestinian cabinet ministers, PLC members, and activists,
and calls upon the international community to hold Israel accountable for its violation of their immunity as
elected members of the Palestinian political leadership.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Kirsten Sutherland" <kirsten@almubadara.org>
To: <undisclosed-recipients:>; <@deliver30.hccnet.nl>
Sent: Friday, June 30, 2006 5:55 PM
Subject: Palestinian parliamentarian warns of severe public health and humanitarian disaster facing Gaza

Palestinian National Initiative

Palestinian parliamentarian warns of severe public health and humanitarian
disaster facing Gaza

Gaza City, 30-06-06: Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, medical doctor, member of the
Palestinian Legislative Council, and head of the Palestinian National
Initiative, today warned of the public health and humanitarian disaster facing
the Gaza Strip following an Israeli military bombardment that began on
Wednesday night.

He was speaking from Gaza City, where he has been stranded for 12 days since
Israel sealed off Gaza's borders.

Dr. Barghouthi reported that Israel's destruction of Gaza's only electrical
power station has left 80 percent of Strip without electricity. A water plant
was also bombed by Israel today in the southern city of Rafah.

As a result, water supplies and the sewage system have been critically affected
in that they depend entirely on electricity to power water and sewage pumps.

The electricity, water and sewage systems in the Gaza Strip are now currently
depending on insufficient local generators to remain partially functional, yet
Israel's closure of Gaza's borders has meant that there is only enough fuel to
last a further 4 days.

Once this fuel runs out, the population of Gaza faces a severe humanitarian
disaster, exacerbated by high summer temperatures and overcrowded living
conditions. Gaza will find itself without potable water and literally sinking
in sewage, which would lead to a severe public health disaster.

In addition, 300,000 of Gaza's 1.4 million inhabitants live in high-rise
apartment buildings which do not have the necessary generators to pump water
up, and are therefore completely without water supplies.

The dependence on generators also has negative environmental implications as
they produce high levels of pollution.

Dr. Barghouthi appealed to the international community to urgently call on
Israel to end its bombardment, to stop the targeting of civilian
infrastructure, and to allow for immediate repairs to begin on Gaza's
electricity plant.

He also urged the international community to intervene in order to ensure the
immediate supply of fuel, food, and other essential items to the Gaza Strip in
order to avert an imminent humanitarian and public health catastrophe.

Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi
Tel: 0599-201528 or 0599-527514

Kirsten Sutherland
Media & Advocacy Officer
Al Mubadara (The Palestinian National Initiative)
(972) 2 2985372 ext. 217 (Tel)
(972) 2 2985917 (Fax)
(972) 546-513128 (Mob)


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