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As you may know, a civil lawsuit filed by Rachel Corrie’s family against the Israel Ministry of Defense is scheduled for trial in the Haifa District Court beginning March 10, 2010. A human rights defender and activist, Rachel, 23, tried nonviolently to offer protection for a Palestinian family whose home was threatened with demolition by the Israeli army. On March 16, 2003, she was crushed to death by a ilitary Caterpillar D9R bulldozer in Rafah, Gaza.
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights Gaza
On 26 February 2010, the General Assembly of the United Nations will debate the implementation of the Report of the UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict (the Goldstone Report). An Arab-sponsored draft Resolution requests that all parties be given a further five months to conduct investigations.
The blockade of the Gaza Strip is putting residents' health at risk, the UN and aid groups have warned.
Medical facilities and equipment are in disrepair, many damaged in Israel's military operation a year ago have not been rebuilt, they said.
Some 27 patients died last year waiting to be referred out of Gaza, they said.