Monthly Archives: December 2013

An activist’s guide to travelling to Gaza

Rafah Crossing - seen from the Palestinian side

Rafah Crossing – seen from the Palestinian side

Corporate Watch has just returned from a research trip to Gaza. Some of our articles have already been published on this site, we will be publishing more detailed articles and analysis from our findings over the coming year.

Travelling to Gaza (and back) is not very straightforward at the moment so we thought we would write about our experiences and give a step-by-step guide of how to get into Gaza. We have gone into some detail and have included some of the mistakes that we made in the hope that we might save other activists some time. Most of all we hope that this guide encourages others to travel to Gaza in solidarity. The siege being imposed against everyone in Gaza is isolating people in Gaza from the international Palestine solidarity movement. It is our job not to accept this isolation. Continue reading

JCB equipment used in Jordan Valley home demolition

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JCB equipment used for a home demolition in Al Jiftlik, Jordan Valley, Palestine. Photo: Slaw, 20/11/2013

Corporate Watch has been provided with photos of JCB equipment being used by the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) during a home demolition in Al Jiftlik in the occupied Jordan Valley on the 20th of November 2013. It was the second time in three months that the Al Kha’abne family home was demolished, according to Jordan Valley Solidarity, a local grassroots campaign. Home demolitions are common in the Jordan Valley, with Area C communities (those living within areas designated as temporarily under Israeli control by the Oslo Accords)  being under threat of ethic cleansing by Israel. These demolitions take place with the help of equipment manufactured by international companies such as JCB, Volvo and Caterpillar. Continue reading

Letter of support from organisations in Gaza to DSEi arms fair Defendants

Hundreds of people have come out in support of the people on trial for taking action at the DSEi arms fair. Below is an open letter from groups in Palestine in solidarity with the actions taken:

A group of activists (mainly women) are currently on trial for being arrested when they were peacefully trying to blockade the world’s largest arms fair (DSEi) which takes place every two years in London. But, who really should be held accountable? This year, DSEi arms fair hosted arms companies from more than 50 countries, with around 1500 exhibitors were registered, selling arms, missiles, fighter aircrafts , tanks, military electronics and warships, as well as surveillance and riot control equipment, just to mention but some examples of its widely destructive portfolio. Around 30,000 buyers and sellers are from countries of appallingly oppressive regimes such as Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Bahrain, Israel, Mexico and Colombia.

The DSEi arms fair includes most of the world’s largest arms companies which profit from the wars on Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine. Israel, for instance, is a prominent exhibitor of their military technology during the arms fair and its economy has a huge reliance on arms dealing which gives it a stunning ascent through the international rankings in weapon industry and trade. But, how and where does Israel develop its hi-tech military industries? Simply, the Israeli army has been testing its new innovative armaments on our bodies, i.e. on the more than four million Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank.

We, the 1.7 million Palestinians in besieged Gaza, have been suffering a severe blockade on our land, air and sea borders as well as bombings and attacks by the horrifyingly military system of the Israeli apartheid regime. We have been collectively punished in what major Human Rights Organizations call “the world’s largest open air prison”, meaning that we are trapped in one of the most densely populated areas on earth denied the limited and basic standards of human rights with limited hours of electricity, lack of fuel, gas, medicine, food, building instruction, restricted freedom of movement, unclean water..Etc.

The civilian population in Gaza, in particular, has become the shop window for Israel’s military industries, allowing them to develop and market systems for long-term surveillance, drones and weaponry. For example, the biggest surge in sales followed Operation Cast Lead, Israel’s 22-day long massacre/war on Gaza in winter 2008-2009, which killed more than 1,400 Palestinians and thousands more are still maimed. Record sales in the wake of that attack reached $6 billion. Such military operations, including the most recent against Gaza, last year’s Pillar of Cloud, have helped to guide the Israeli army and companies in developing new military techniques
and arsenals.

We salute the courage of all those who have organized and took part in the week of actions against the DSEi arms fair, and strongly support the human rights defenders, anti-militarists activists who were arrested for actions against the DSEI arms fair, and with comrades all over the world fighting for equal rights.

The activists being charged for trying to stop such arms fair’s deadly business should be honored and followed up not convicted. We, from the Gaza Ghetto, call on you to immediately discharge those activists who just fight against profiting from war and destruction.

The time is now to stop developing theories of death!

We stand in solidarity with you for justice and peace.

Palestinian Students Campaign for the Academic Boycott of Israel (PSCABI)
Gaza University Teacher Association
One Democratic State Group(ODSG)
Ayah Abubasheer, member of the Gaza-based group for Boycott Divestment Sanctions of Israel

Sumud flotilla sails despite Israeli intimidation

Sumud Flotilla - 2/12/13

Sumud Flotilla – 2/12/13

On Monday 2 December 2011 Gazan fisherfolk and hundreds of their Palestinian supporters as well as international activists participated in a flotilla to highlight the Israeli restrictions, harassment and violence against fishermen. Continue reading

Stop Corporate Complicity in the Prawer Plan

Gazans demonstrate against the Prawer Plan - As-Saha, Gaza City, 30/11/2013

Gazans demonstrate against the Prawer Plan – As-Saha, Gaza City, 30/11/2013

Yesterday morning Palestinians gathered in Gaza City’s As-Saha market to protest against the Prawer Plan. The event was part of a Global ‘Day of Rage’ against the Israeli government plan which plans to forcibly evict up to 70 000 Palestinian Bedouin into seven reservations. The rally was called by the Intifada Youth Coalition and included speeches by the Coalition and a government spokeswoman. Continue reading