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Here are the Archived entries for 05 2020


Week of Palestinian Struggle, 15-22 May 2020
May 15, 2020 at 02:02 PM
On 15-22 May 2020 Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network urges all organizations, activists and movements to join us in a collective Week of Palestinian Struggle. 

On these days, we remember the Nakba, the theft of Palestinian land and the dispossession of the Palestinian people. At the same time, we celebrate, affirm and pledge to continue over 72 years of Palestinian resistance for liberation and return. 

For decades, the Palestinian people’s  movement has commemorated 15 May and the week that follows as a week of solidarity, resistance and struggle, affirming a revolution that will continue until victory. This week marks the Palestinian, Arab and international struggle for justice and liberation, a struggle that has continued for 72 years and continues every day. As the Nakba continues, the resistance continues!

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#Nakba72: Online rally
May 14, 2020 at 10:08 PM
#NAKBA72
Saturday May 16, 2:00pm - 4:00pm ET (11am - 1pm Pacific Time)

Register now at bit.ly/nakbaday2020

Hear from: 
  • Zahia El-Masri, Canadian Palestinian Foundation of Quebec
  • Yafa Jarrar, Human Rights Lawyer
  • Badee’ Dwaik, Human Rights Defenders - Hebron
  • Leila Al Ali, Najdeh - Palestine Aid Society, Lebanon
  • Haneen Zaqout, We Are Not Numbers, Gaza
Hosted by:
  • Palestinian Canadian Community Centre - Palestine House
  • Independent Jewish Voices Canada
  • Socialist Action
  • Courage
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Freedom Flotilla online events: Saturday 9 May through May 31
May 08, 2020 at 03:47 PM

Dear supporters & friends,

Please join us for a Webinar on Saturday, May 9 on the Free Gaza Movement: Breaking the Israeli Naval Blockade of Gaza--Organizing the first Boats to Gaza

In May 2020 the Gaza Freedom Flotilla Coalition is sponsoring a series of webinars to commemorate those killed on the 2010 Gaza Freedom flotilla and the thousands of Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank and Israel that have been killed by the Israeli military and the inhumane policies of the Israeli government. 

May 31, 2020 is the 10th anniversary of the deadly Israel military attack on six civilian boats that were sailing to bring international attention to the plight of Palestinians living under a brutal Israeli land, sea and air blockade of Gaza. Israeli commandos murdered ten and wounded fifty unarmed civilians on the Mavi Marmara ship and beat up passengers on the other five boats. 

 

Don't miss this exciting opportunity to hear from those who started this movement! Please register by clicking here.   

Watch for more Gaza Freedom Flotilla webinars in May, including:

May 23: Award-winning film The Truth: Lost at Sea, followed by a discussion with film-maker and Mavi Marmara survivor Rifat Audeh. Hosted by Canadian Boat to Gaza.  

May 28:  Legal actions against Israel originating from the Gaza Flotillas hosted by South Africa's Palestine Solidarity committee 

May 30: Filmmaker Iara Lee & her film “Attack on the Mavi Marmara” hosted by US Boats to Gaza 

May 30:  Event hosted by allies in 48 Palestine.

May 31:  Events in Istanbul, Turkey to commemorate the 10 deaths by Israeli commandos on the Mavi Marmara ship hosted by IHH, Humanitarian Aid.

May 31: Evening Concert in Norway hosted by Ship to Gaza Norway.
Watch for updates: 
freedomflotilla.org/news/coalition-statements/online-flotilla-events-during-may-2020/

 

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Facts and Figures about the Current Darkness in the Gaza Strip

January 23rd 2008

Report from the Palestinian Hydrology Group
  1. Gaza Strip today is facing a very harsh siege which is expected to have severely negative humanitarian impact.
  2. The distribution of drinking water and the collection and treatment of wastewater completely rely on electricity and fuel in Gaza Strip.
  3. For several months now Israel has imposed a cruel siege on the Strip preventing people and goods from free movement. This has immobilized the importing of spare parts, pumps, pipes and other necessary accessories for the water and sanitation providing facilities.
  4. According to different sources the water and sanitation services are expected to be completely paralyzed within a matter of hours due to the lack of fuel reserves.
  5. About 133 water wells are being used for domestic purposes in addition to 33 sewage pump stations and three treatment plants; 10 of these groundwater wells function using fuel while the rest rely on electricity. Diesel powered generators are normally used as backup for the whole system but only for a limited time.
    The Coastal Municipalities Water Utility needs at least 100,000 liters of diesel per month to operate the water system. An additional 100,000 liters of diesel per month are needed for the sewage system to prevent wastewater from flooding the streets and residential areas.
  6. Reducing electricity and fuel supplies are potential causes to trigger an environmental crisis especially in the wastewater pump stations and treatment plants. If wastewater is not treated it will have to be pumped directly to the sea. This will for sure have a direct and negative impact on the groundwater aquifer and marine life.
    During winter time sewage pumps need to operate about 24 hours per day due to rainfall. Therefore, interruptions in fuel and electricity supply would be particularly significant.
  7. The sewage treatment plant in Beit Lahiya is also vulnerable to interruptions in electricity supplies. The treatment lagoons must be pumped regularly, or else the 10,000 people living in the area are in danger.  Six months ago, one of the lagoons over flooded and caused the death of five persons. Proper maintenance could have prevented the disaster.
  8. The water supply in Gaza City, with a total of 600,000 residents, in addition to a major part of the central portion of the Strip is expected to be completely cut-off as a result of ceasing the pumping from the municipal groundwater wells. The City also faces the threat of overflowing wastewater since the pumps (especially Al Samer and Aqoola stations) are expected to stop operating within the next 24 hours.
  9. If the current situation should persist the solid wastes generated in the Strip will accumulate in piles on the streets endangering the health of the locals.

The WaSH Monitoring Program calls on the International Community to push Israel to immediately cease all military operations, reopen the borders to allow the movement of people and goods and provide fuel supply and humanitarian aid to the residents of Gaza.

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