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Latest update from Waqaf, Water 4 Gaza Project.

In Gaza, we have completed the deliveries to the Mosques, The mosques were being used all around Gaza as distribution centres. They are continuing to distribute the water directly to the people. Our Thanks has to go to the many people who helped out with the carrying, especially in areas where we had no forklift and all was done by hand, with particular mention to the shabab( youth) , some as young as six who kept up with the men , carton for carton…………..!!!

We have also started the deliveries to Gaza’s hospitals, as well as some of the smaller foundations and organisations. Huge thanks goes to Sabr and the Beit Hanoun local initiative group, for their help in the distribution of the water to the areas close to the Israeli border, to the farmers in the fields, the construction workers and many people most deserving of the  water.

Today , we will deliver directly to the people again , in some of the worst hit areas of  Gaza, To people , who are still living and surviving in tents since ” Operation Cast lead” , areas still regularly targeted by the occupying forces……….

Enjoy the pictures, Continue to share them and the Blog……. Please, continue to follow us on this project,

Media can contact, Jennygraham7@gmail.com

Jenny ( English)  00972 ( o) 59 2601872

Derek ( English)  00972 (0) 59 2536401

Hussien ( Arabic) 00972 (0) 59 9725117

Pictures By : Hussien Amody, Facebook,  http://www.hussienphoto.weebly.com

Jozaif Ahmed, Facebook, and

Local Initiative, facebook

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Via animated drawings , 4 children from the Samouni family depict their harrowing story of what happened to them during operaton cast lead, . This is their story, their words, their drawings………, We have had the pleasure of meeting and spending time with these children, Many of them still have physical scars, All of them will forever have the mental scars…….

The truth!!…

…from the innocent eyes of children, out of  the mouths of babes….!!

From the children of the Samouni family

The justice???

Please Note:  On Tuesday , May1st 2012, Israel’s military prosecution announced  that no legal steps will be taken against those responsible for the killing of 21 members of the Samouni family during the 2009 Operation Cast Lead in Gaza.

A letter was received by the human rights group B’Tselem from Major Dorit Tuval, Deputy Military Advocate for Operational Matters. Tuval said that the case has been closed after the investigation has found that the attack on the civilians, “who did not take part in the fighting,” and their killing were not done knowingly and directly, or out of haste and negligence “in a manner that would indicate criminal responsibility.” . . .

Please, tell their story, share the video, repost the blog, donate…………

Huge Appreciation goes to Tilde de Wandel for this, a true labour of love …..

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Once again, We, Derek and Jenny, are honoured to announce another Project from  Perdana Global Peace Foundation that we are very pleased to assist with from Gaza .The Project was announced via Press conference here in Gaza city, ( Beach camp area) thursday 16th August 2012.  It is the production, delivery and distribution of:

Donation of Half a million bottles of  clean drinking  water to  Gaza before, during  and after Ramadhan.  WAQAF  WATER 4 GAZA.

Please note:
We  made arrangements for the bottling of clean purified water at a bottling plant in Gaza. This way we are not only helping to provide drinking water to the people of Gaza  but also supporting the local economy in its efforts to be independent and self-sufficient, and so, we produced, packaged, and labelled the bottles all here in Gaza.  and we will deliver and distribute the bottles all with the help of Palestinian truck drivers and Labour.

To give you an idea of the quantities involved, 50 mosques and 11 hospitals will receive a minimum of 6,000 bottles each, as will churches etc. Foundations , depending on their sizes , will receive anything between 1,000 and 4,000 bottles each, with smaller quantities going to families and groups in dire need

PRESS RELEASE , Thursday 16th August 2012, 
THE PERDANA GLOBAL PEACE FOUNDATION (PGPF)’S CONTINUED EFFORT TO CALL FOR
THE LIFTING OF THE BLOCKADE OF GAZA AND THIS TIME VIA ITS WAQAF WATER4GAZA
PROJECT INITIATED WITH THE SUPPORT FROM MALAYSIANS
The Perdana Global Peace Foundation (PGPF) has called for the lifting of the blockade of Gaza.
For over five years in Gaza, more than 1.5 million people have been under siege in violation of
international laws. More than half of the victims are children.
Twice, PGPF has challenged the blockade by launching two ships separately and attempted to sail to
Gaza and break Israel’s stranglehold on 1.5 million Palestinian civilians. The first, the Rachel Corrie,
under the threat of military attack, was forcefully stopped by the Israel Defence Force (IDF) and
commandeered to the Israel port of Ashdod and our volunteers deported. Picking up from where
the first ship left, PGPF launched the Spirit of Rachel Corrie and suffered similar fate. It was however
allowed to berth at the Port El-Arish on 5 July 2011 to unload 7.5 km UPVC pipes to Gaza to restore
their devastated sewerage systems.
Background Information on clean drinking water supply in Gaza :
According to report by UNHCR, about 90% of the groundwater in Gaza is unacceptable for drinking
as a result of contamination by nitrate and chloride. While ground water is the only dependable
and regular source of water in the Gaza Strip. It is a source for drinking, domestic, agricultural and
industrial supplies. Families have virtually no access to drinking water: humanitarian access has
been severely restricted, water infrastructure has been destroyed and systems are in need of repairs,
and stagnant, standing water fills the streets. According to the Coastal Municipalities Water Utility
(CMWU) – the water and wastewater service provider for the Gaza Strip – some 500,000 people are
without access to running water at all, another 500,000 residents are limited to 4-6 hours of running
water every 5-7 days, and the remaining population receives 4-6 hours of water every 2-3 days.
In view of the above, in October 2010, PGPF has launched an effort via its Waqaf Water4Gaza project
in which a programme was featured in a tour around states in Malaysia with cooperation from the
public, state government and private companies as well as donors. Waqaf Water4Gaza intends to
deliver bottles of water to the Gaza strip where its citizens have been suffering due to lack of clean
water.
And today, 16th August 2012, the Waqaf Water4Gaza project has finally rolled out its 1st phase
programme to its destination in Gaza. PGPF has created another milestone in its initiatives with the
distribution of 500,000 units of 1.5 litre bottled water via 30 trucks to over 70 outlets which include
Mosques, 10 major hospitals, orphanages, rehabilitation centres as well as Christian churches around
Gaza.

It was in PGPF’s initial plan to send a team from Malaysia for this mission; we however were
advised not to proceed with our plans due to the recent attack at Rafah border. The uncertainties at
the Rafah border and the possibilities of not being allowed in due to the closing of the crossings had
scuttled our original plans of going there to distribute the water ourselves.
However, our associates in Gaza, Derek and Jenny Graham have agreed to undertake the
responsibilities and will, on our behalf, assist the distribution. Derek and Jenny, both Irish nationals,
have been active partners of the PGPF and played significant roles in our earlier
“Break The Seige” missions. The Graham ‘s have played vital roles as members on “Break The
Siege” missions. Derek and Jenny who are currently based in Gaza, will be collaborating with local
Palestinians officials.
PGPF also, in conjunction with the blessed month of Ramadhan, has also sponsored a Charitable
Yarmook Institution (CYI) project called ‘Mercy & Kind Hands’ for food parcels, Iftar, Eid Clothes and
cash to the people in Gaza.
On the same day, PGPF in Kuala Lumpur, will organise a hand-over ceremony of the Waqaf
Water4Gaza to a visiting Imam of Gaza, via a simple ceremony attended by PGPF President, Tun Dr.
Mahathir Mohamad, PGPF Board of Trustees as well as other Peace Association around Malaysia.
“We, in PGPF, wish to convey our deepest appreciation to the Government of Malaysia and its
people for their continuous support and effort in helping us realise our mission. We salute the
people of Gaza for the state of fastness in resisting the Israeli onslaught.” Tan Sri Norian Mai,
Chairman of PGPF.
The Perdana Global Peace Foundation (PGPF) will continue its awareness programmes via Jelajah
Keamanan and Waqaf Water4Gaza to garner support from Malaysians in order to achieve its target
in providing clean water to the people in Gaza and to highlight their sufferings due to the Zionist
blockade which is choking the life out of the Palestinians.

About PGPF
The Perdana Global Peace Foundation (PGPF), is a first but resolute step in the arduous journey
towards global peace, moves towards the single goal of putting an end to war. It’s Founder, Tun Dr.
Mahathir Mohamad, envisages “a serious, active and sustained struggle against war and for peace”.
Sharing and supporting this agenda are world-prominent professionals, intellectuals, authors and
statesmen – all passionate advocates of international peace. Together, they have signed the KUALA
LUMPUR INTITIATIVE to define the initiative to criminalise war.
“The Palestinian struggle is nothing more than a struggle for justice, to which they, as much as
everyone else, have a right”

Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, President of PGPF.
For Media enquiries and further information in Gaza, Please contact :
Jenny Graham 059 2601872  jennygraham7@gmail.com ( english)
Derek Graham 059 2536401  delgraham@gmail.com ( english)
Hussein Amody 059 9725117 (arabic)
Media are invited to document and film any or all stages of the delivery and distribution of the water
throughout Gaza
For enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact Dr.Zulaiha Ismail, Executive Director PGPF at
019-3843913 or zulaiha@gmail.com or Fauziyah Abu Hassan, Senior Associate at 013-3999901 or
ajieinc@gmail.com. ( Malaysia)
Visit our website at http://www.perdana4peace.org

End Press release.

Jenny and Derek would also like to publicly thank our colleague, Hussien Amody, for his total commitment , to this project in many ways including photography.

We would also like to take this opportunity to ask the media and the International community to use this project to highlight the ongoing siege in Gaza , because of this siege, Palestinians in Gaza are reliant on projects like this for clean drinking water, against all humanitarian rights.

The right to clean drinking water is a basic need to sustain life and health. 

If anybody, group or Individual , would like to contact us for Interview, more information etc, please email or phone us on numbers in press release. We would appreciate your sharing  the story of  this project in all countries, and its ability to highlight the ongoing water and sanitation problems in Gaza. As always,your support is appreciated and we will continue to update on this project in the coming days and weeks.

Photography by Hussien Amody ( facebook) , http://www.hussienphoto.weebly.com

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VIDEO CLICK HERE:  Press Conference, Water 4 Gaza project

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PERDANA GLOBAL PEACE FOUNDATION (Reg. No. 917357-M)

     (Yayasan Keamanan Sedunia Perdana)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.
Contact:
Derek and Jenny Graham                                                                                                                                                                     jennygraham7@gmail.com
delgraham@gmail.com

00972 ( 0) 59 2536401 (English)
00972 ( 0) 59 2601872 (English)

Waqaf Water for Gaza, Project, Gaza Strip, Palestine
Perdana Global Peace Foundation invite you to a Press Conference for the launch of their WAQAF, WATER FOR GAZA project in which they will , on behalf of the people of Malaysia , and at the behest of Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohammed, ( fourth prime minister of Malaysia) produce and deliver 500,000 bottles of clean drinking water to the people of Gaza during this holy month of Ramadan. The water will be produced in Gaza and delivered to 50 mosques, 10 hospitals , orphanages, foundations and churches across the whole of the Gaza strip.
The representatives of Perdana Global Peace Foundation in Gaza, Mr Derek Graham and Mrs. Jenny Graham are available at all times on the above numbers.
Your attendance at the press conference is welcomed and appreciated, and All media are invited to document and film all stages of the Waqaf, Water for Gaza Project.
Derek and Jenny Graham.

PRESS CONFERENCE
LOCATION: Beach Camp, Gaza. ( opposite waste water pump station)
DATE: Thursday, 16th August 2012
TIME: 11.30 a.m.

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The life of a fishermen, any fisherman, is a hard life, sometimes solitary, always fraught with danger, It is a hand to mouth existence, the perils of the sea to contend with, add to this an illegally imposed 3 mile limit, a blockade strangling an already harsh existence, threat of bullets, water cannons, arrest etc and what do you have…………palestinian fishermen…

Here in Gaza strip, Palestine, the fishing community was once a big part of the life on the coastal enclave, Now it is a struggle to feed families, to stay alive, to repay debts on boats even after they are destroyed or confiscated.Many fishermen, against their natural instincts have effectively become traders, sailing to egyptian waters, buying their fish and reselling back in the Gaza fish Market.

Since the beginning of 2012, Israeli attacks against Palestinian fishermen and their property have escalated. According to PCHR’s documentation, Israeli naval troops have launched a minimum of 50 attacks against fishermen, including 15 shooting attacks, 7 pursuits, 20 incidents of detention and 7 cases of confiscation of fishing boats and equipment. Internationals, including thoses of us from Ireland, regularly accompany these boats, sometimes travelling alongside in the CPS ( civil peace service) boat, ” Oliva” or on board the trawlers themselves. We document and witness first hand the occupations violent attacks, the constant harassment and the threat to the lives of the fishermen.

Note that the Israeli occupation authorities have imposed stricter limits on fishing in the sea off the Gaza Strip. The original limit specified in the 1993 Oslo Accords was 20 nautical miles. It was then reduced to 6 miles. Since 2009, the limit has been decreased even further to 3 nautical miles but Israeli naval troops often attack fishermen within this area. As a result of these restrictions, fishermen have lost 85% of their income, 60,000 people here rely on the fishing industry to survive ( PCHR reports 2012)

These attrocities are complete violations of International humanitarian law and human rights , as they are a collective punishment of the palestinian people. Fishermen are subjected to harassment, live fire, confiscation of boats and nets, and water cannon, sometimes impregnated with foul-smelling chemicals. Many of these families had originally borrowed money to buy their boats and equipment. The Occupation forces regularly confiscate the boats, maybe never return or return in unworkable conditions, regardless of this, the fishermen still have to continue to pay back the cost of their boats, they do not receive compensation for the damage or loss of equipment and this leaves many families on the edge of survival.

Fishing within the 3 ile illegally imposed limit means catches are small, fish are small and the water is so heavily polluted fron sewage that sometimes the options are take the fish, feed your family and hope they do not become so sick as to need medical attention that is not readily available, or dont fish and go hungry!!! Could you choose, is it a choice , or another tactical form of punishment??? As an example, on one of our recent trips with a trawler, this was the results…. We made our last haul at approximately 6 .30 A.M and by the end of a 12 hour shift, the crew had caught approximately 50 kilo of fish. To put this into perspective, 50 kilo of fish at 15 shekels a kilo is 750 shekels. They spent 600 shekels on fuel for the night’s work, this leaves 150 shekels for the boat owner, the captain and the 3 deck hands. As the boat owner and captain would take a slightly bigger share, it leaves very little for the deck hands.

One euro is approx. 5 shekels or one dollar is approx 3.8 shekel. So, after paying for fuel, the entire crew, including boat owner are let with 30 euro between them for a 12 hour shift.

These are all family men trying to survive, on this type money, under a siege…………..family men trying to survive in Gaza.

We will continue to accompany these men, in Gaza, their refusal to give up, is an inspiration and the International community should be a strong voice in their plight, the siege is illegal, the 3 mile limit is illegal, the abuses of human rights are illegal , the fishing community , worldwide, needs to unite in the call for an end to these fagrant abuses and demand the rights of Palestinian fishermen and their families.

As always, to donate to any project via Irish in Gaza, please use the paypal button on the top of each post…..

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