January 7, 2010
Israel to pay damages to UN for buildings in Gaza. Israel has agreed to pay over $10 Million to the UN for damage to its buildings in Gaza, The Wall Street Journal is reporting today. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who was in Israel during one of the incidents, demanded $11.2 million from Israel for damage to two U.N. schools and a World Food Program warehouse in Gaza City. The family of a driver of a U.N. truck, who the U.N. says was killed as a result of Israeli fire, would be compensated, the U.N. official said. Israel had argued shortly after the attacks that they were resp0onding to sustained gunfire from inside the facilities, although there was no independent confirmation of those reports.
Meanwhile, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported that several rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel overnight. No damage was reported. The rockets exploded over the Negev, according to the JTA Report. Israel, in response, dropped leaflets from fighters over Gaza warning people to stay clear of the border walls. There was no report of possible retaliation. The Palestinian Popular Resitance Committees claimed responsibility.
The Galloway convoy arrives in Gaza with humanitarian supplies. The convoy led by British MP George Galloway arrived at Raffa today with humanitarian supplies after a nearly week-long delay caused by the insistence of Egyptian authorities that part of the convoy enter through an Israeli gate since it had food on board, rather than medical or other non-food supplies. The convoy leaders refused, leading to a stalemate. During the wait, over 50 drivers and other support personnel were beaten in clashes with the Egyptian police and Army, and one Egyptian soldier killed.
The convoy, dubbed Viva Palestinia, left Britain nearly 60 days ago. Galloway, on arrival apologized to the waiting Gazans for their delay in getting the much needed suppliues to the Strip. They have 48 hours to disctribute the supplies at various locations in Gaza.
Israeli officers cancel trip to Britain over arrest fears. A group of israel senior military officers cancelled their planned trip to Britain over fears that thay might face arrest over Israeli actions in Gaza. Other Israeli officials have already been harassed, including the Foreign Minister, on similar charges being brought by activists under the 4th Geneva Conve ntion. That convention allows charges to be brought in any state where egregious violations of international law are seen and can be prosecuted in a jurisdiction other than the locale where the actions occured. So far, the British courts have issued one warrent, but no court has agreed to actually hear a case.
Unfortunately, no one in Britain has stepped forward to bring similar charges against any Palestinians, leading one to suggest that these actions are more political and agttention getting than serious in nature.