Controvertial Gaza Appeal Airs Wednesday, Jan 28 2009 

The controversial appeal above has raised a total of £2 million as of 28-01-09.

To donate visit the DEC website.

Obama Sends Message to Arabs Tuesday, Jan 27 2009 

Marking the beginning of a new era in global diplomacy, Barack Hussein Obama begins with an interview conducted by Al-Arabiya’s Hisham Melhem, a Dubai based news broadcaster.

Many are anxious to see where this will all lead.

ITV will show Gaza appeal Saturday, Jan 24 2009 

Amid protests ITV and Five now join Channel Four in showing a national humanitarian appeal run by The Disasters Emergency Committee, the umbrella of many well known charities including the British Red Cross, Save the Children and Oxfam.

The appeal is targeted to help raise funds for people in need of food, shelter and medicine as a result of Israel’s military action in the Palestinian area of Gaza.

However the BBC remains adamant, refusing to broadcast the appeal, stating reasons of sustaining impartiality.

Sky has stated that it will run the appeal only if all other broadcasters unanimously decide to do so.

UN releases Gaza Photo’s Saturday, Jan 24 2009 

White phosphorus raining down on Gaza.

White phosphorus raining down on Gaza.

This is one of the images that are causing political commotion.

What Does This Mean?

The photo appears to show white phosphorus, a chemical which is banned from use in civilian areas.

White phosphorus is used as a smoke screen, giving the army an upper hand in combat.

This chemical produces extreme burns when in contact with human skin.

International law forbids white phosphorus use against military targets within areas where civilians are concentrated, except when the targets are clearly separated and “all feasible precautions” are taken to avoid casualties among non-combatants.

Hundreds of people are believed to be sheltering in the UN compound pictured above.

Reports claim two Palestinian boys, aged five and seven, were killed in the attack on January 17.

What Happens Next?

Israel has said it will investigate the issue, but has not publicly acknowledged using the controversial chemical.

Want More Information?

Visit Al-Jazeera English

Gaza Aid Block Saturday, Jan 24 2009 

An appeal to combat “the great human suffering still taking place in Gaza” has been blocked by the BBC, ITV and Sky, leading the government to ask the BBC to reconsider its decision.

The Disasters Emergency Committee – an umbrella organisation for several major aid charities – wanted to run TV and radio appeals to help raise funds for people in need of food, shelter and medicine as a result of Israel’s military action in the Palestinian area.

These include charities such as:

Many Palestinian homes and facilities are now rubble.

Many Palestinian homes and facilities are now rubble.

  • Action Aid
  • British Red Cross
  • Cafod
  • Care International
  • Christian Aid
  • Concern Worldwide
  • Help the Aged
  • Islamic Relief
  • Merlin
  • Oxfam
  • Save the Children
  • Tearfund
  • World Vision

What Does This Mean?

The decision of the BBC to refuse to broadcast a national humanitarian appeal for Gaza, leads to a potential shortfall of millions of pounds in donations.

The decision to block the appeal  has been widely criticised.

Palestinians are in acute danger of dying through a lack of food, fuel, water and medical supplies.

What Happens Next?

Demonstrators intend to march to Trafalgar Square via Downing Street on Saturday 24th January 2009.

Want More Information?

Visit BBC News

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