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With a clear green light from the US today, Israel will not be backing down from its military assault on Gaza. With a dozen dead including two children, and many more injured, the attacks have attracted international condemnation, all except for those in the West who have taken to stressing the need for Israel to defend itself from crude home-made and almost completely symbolic rockets. So escalation on yesterday’s blitz should be expected.

In a clear indication that Obama’s re-election means more of the same war-mongering that characterised his first term, Russia Today has reported:

US Ambassador Susan Rice got behind Israel during the UN session, saying that there is no justification “for the violence that Hamas and other terrorist organizations are employing against the people of Israel.”

The breathtaking hypocrisy of this statement, as bombs fall on Gaza and shatter the bodies of Palestinians, will not go unnoticed by the rest of the world. The Russia Today report adds:

Netanyahu’s office said that he “deeply appreciated” the president’s support.

I bet he has. It’s nice being able to call on the leader of the most powerful military force in the world just after you’ve committed indiscriminate murder.

In London, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign have called for a demonstration tonight outside the Israeli embassy. Details here.

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From the Middle East Monitor:

Reports from the Middle East claim that Egypt’s President Morsi is facing “frightening” pressure not to open the border with the Gaza Strip and thus end the siege. According to the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Rai, Egypt’s Information Minister Salah Abdul-Maqsoud said that Morsi intends to do his best, despite the pressure, to open the crossings between his country and Gaza.

Of particular note is fresh confirmation that the new government clearly identifies its position on Hamas as different to that of the Mubarak regime:

Abdul-Maqsoud confirmed that all Palestinian factions are regarded equally by Egypt: “Currently, Egypt stands with all Palestinian factions to work for grasping Palestinian rights, whereas the previous regime stood alongside Fatah only.”

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Press TV reports from Gaza, where an international aid convoy arrived yesterday.

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Iraqi Democrats Against Occupation Public Meeting

The crisis in Syria one year on

Speakers:

George  Galloway

Sami  Ramadani

John Rees Stop the War Coalition

Sabah  Jawad (chair)

Wednesday 4th April 6.30pm — Room 3E University of London Union   Malet  Street London  WC1E 7HY

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Palestine Solidarity Campaign leader Hugh Lanning exposes Israel’s increasingly racist legislation in today’s Morning Star.

Last Wednesday Israel’s Supreme Court upheld a racist law which has been in operation since 2003. It denies spouses of Israeli citizens any right themselves to citizenship or residency if they happen to be a Palestinian from the West Bank or Gaza Strip, or from purported “enemy states.”

This particular law – originally described as temporary but renewed ever since – is just one of a growing number of racist laws and attacks on human rights passed by Israel’s parliament the Knesset.

Ever since 1948, when over 750,000 Palestinians were expelled or fled from their homes during the Nakba, or catastrophe, Palestinians who managed to remain on their lands inside the Green Line have suffered from discrimination.

Palestinian citizens of Israel, who form 20 per cent of its population, have citizenship but not Israeli nationality.

Israel’s 1950 Law of Return welcomes any Jew immigrating to Israel.

But Palestinian refugees have never been allowed to return, in violation of UN Resolution 194, which has repeatedly asserted the refugees’ right to do so.

The attempt to remove Palestinians from their land did not end in 1948.

The most recent land grab, approved last year, was the Prawer Plan, which when implemented will forcibly remove 30,000 Bedouin from their land in the Negev.

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