Forty pro-Palestinian activists, detained in Israel for trying to reach Gaza, are being denied access to see lawyers. They're currently detained in Tel Aviv for taking part in airplane aid mission, after their boats were blocked in Greece. RT talks to pro-Palestinian activist Ronnie Barkan, who's in Tel Aviv.
It comes as first Hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists are being blocked in their attempts to reach Gaza by air and defy Israeli policies.
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The Victoria police have viciously attacked a peaceful pro- Palestine demonstration in Melbourne's CBD on July 1st. In the largest political arrest in a decade, twenty protesters were arrested during the action against Israeli-owned Max Brenner store. The chocolateria in the Queen Victoria Shopping Centre is owned by the Israeli conglomerate 'Strauss group'; a company that provides "care rations" for one of the most brutal sections of the Israeli military, the Golani brigades. The protest occurred as part of the global Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against the apartheid Israeli state. The peaceful picket was 'kettled' before leading activists were individually targeted, in what seems to be a new tactic from Ballieu's riot squad.
Jospeh Dana, an Israeli-American journalist with the Nation, will be on board a US ship as part of the Freedom Flotilla which is to deliver aid to the Gaza Strip.
He says he will go ahead with his decision despite Israel's warning that journalists on board the flotilla could be banned from the country for ten years.
Dana spoke to Al Jazeera from Athens.
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As the Israeli military blockade of Gaza enters its fifth year, a new campaign has been launched to get the song 'Freedom for Palestine' by OneWorld into the UK charts. If Freedom for Palestine gets into the charts it would send a message to the UK government, and all those who lend economic or political support to Israel, that a critical mass of people want to see an end to the Israeli occupation. The mainstream media will find it hard to ignore or censor its message and we would be sending a powerful message of solidarity to the Palestinian people.
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