Posts Tagged ‘gaza’
LOCAL READING Demonstration
End the siege now!
An opportunity for those who cannot attend London Demo but wish to support Gaza.
End the siege now!
Travel with us from Reading!
Meet-up BY 11am at Information Stand at Reading Station
- Contact phone number on the day: 07702 456034
- We’ll travel together and assemble at 12 noon at Downing Street
- Joining our fellow supporters for the march to the Israeli Embassy in Kensington
Organised by: Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Stop the War Coalition, CND, British Muslim Initiative, Palestinian Forum in Britain
Supported by: The national trade unions PCS, RMT, and FBU; Jews for Justice for Palestinians, Friends of Al-Aqsa, Islamic Forum Europe, Association of Palestinian Communities, Amos Trust, Pax Christi, GUPS UK, Lib Dem Friends of Palestine, Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers, Midlands Palestinian Community Association, Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Boycott Israel Network(BIN), War on Want, Zaytoun
CAN YOU HELP WITH FUTURE ACTIONS?
- Help with Stalls midweek and weekends?
- Help with MAP and other fundraising?
- Availability for Demos in London and Reading?
Wed Nov 14: Operation Pillar of Cloud, the bombardment Gaza, has begun.
- MAP Gaza in Crisis Appeal
- List of demonstrations around the world
- ‘Time for Palestine’ UN vote petition
- Write to your MP (use this link to get their name and address)
- Download letter (pdf) for MPs in and around Reading: Dr Phillip Lee MP (Bracknell), Mr Robert Wilson MP (Reading East), Mr Alok Sharma MP (Reading West), Mr John Redwood MP (Wokingham)
- Our Nov 17th ‘Gaza Facts’ flyer (pdf)
We are pleased to announce that documentary maker and activist Harry Fear will be giving a unique presentation at our September Branch meeting. To be followed by a Q&A session.
When? 8pm Thursday 20th September 2012
Where? Room 3, RISC, London Street, Reading , RG1 4PS (above the Global Cafe)
FREE refreshments will be available plus Palestinian food products and handicrafts will be for sale.
Everyone welcome to this FREE event! We look forward to seeing you!
Call our new number 0118 307 0037 or email us with questions.
Don’t miss this eye opening documentary on Channel 4 tomorrow night!
Unreported World meets members of the Palestinian Paralympic team hoping to qualify for London 2012. They find athletes struggling to train in the conflict zone. In a territory where those who die fighting the Israelis are considered the true heroes, the Paralympic team goes completely unrecognised by its own people – read more…
Palestinian atheletes have one 3 medals at previous paralympics:
- Bronze – Husam Azzam – 2000 Sydney – Shot put
- Silver – Husam Azzam – 2004 Athens – Shot put
- Bronze – Mohammed Fannouna – 2004 Athens – Long jump
On the Egyptian side:
On the Gaza side:
New Turkish action movie, Valley of the Wolves – Palestine, based on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla:
Showing at Cineplex, Wood Green, London: “KUTLAR VADISI – FILISTIN”
Stunning new testimony from IDF troops sent into Gaza during Operation Cast Lead from Nurit Kedar’s film ‘Concrete’:
Nurit Kedar’s film, Concrete, hears from Israeli soldiers who blame their military leaders for encouraging a “disproportionate” response to Hamas’s rockets.
They claim their commanders used to “psych up” soldiers before an operation so they were ready to shoot indiscriminately.
This is the first time Israeli soldiers have come forward publicly with claims which counter those of their bosses.
In a report first aired on Channel 4 News on Wednesday, 24-year-old tank commander Ohad remembers being told the night before the operation that the entry into Gaza was to be “disproportionate”.
Once into Gaza, he says his orders were unambiguous: “We needed to cleanse the neighbourhoods, the buildings, the area. It sounds really terrible to say “cleanse”, but those were the orders….I don’t want to make a mistake with the words.”
The IDF [Israel Defence Forces] has said its operational orders during the war emphasised “proportionality” and “humanity”.
The importance of minimising harm to civilians was made clear to soldiers, the IDF said at the time. By the end of the 22 day long operation some 1,400 Palestinians had been killed and large areas of Gaza razed. Ten Israeli soldiers and three Israeli civilians also died.
Israeli Embassy response:
“Unlike much of the region, the open society within Israel allows for all allegations such as these to be aired and investigated.
“Israel has already authorised over 100 separate investigations into the operation, five broader investigations, and close to 50 criminal investigations are also taking place.
“All this in the context of having to respond to over 12,000 missiles raining on our citizens – such an operation could unfortunately never be flawless given these circumstances.
“Our judicial process is renowned across the world for its independence. This is a country after all, which holds even the very top of society to account, as has been proven in recent days. This is Israel in the 21st Century, a flourishing democracy, thriving amongst a desert of tyranny in the Middle East.”
Interview with filmmaker Nurit Kedar:
Nurit Kedar’s other films include ‘One Shot’:
We saved lives, your sisters’ blood wasn’t wasted.
Two years ago, Israeli shells fell on Dr Abuelaish’s family home in Gaza, killing three of his young daughters and their cousin. The horror was caught live on Israeli TV when the doctor phoned his broadcaster friend. Amazingly, the loss did not embitter Izzeldin Abuelaish. Instead he decided his girls’ deaths must not be in vain – and slowly he has turned his family tragedy into a force for peace.
Demand justice for all victims of the 2008-2009 conflict in Gaza and southern Israel
18 January 2011 marks the second anniversary of the end of the conflict in Gaza and southern Israel but the victims have yet to receive justice or reparations.
Between 27 December 2008 and 18 January 2009, a brutal conflict between Israel and Palestinian armed groups took place in Gaza and Israel.
Months later, the victims of this conflict are still being denied justice, truth and reparations due to the ongoing failure of the international community to effectively challenge impunity. Both Israel and Hamas have been allowed to fail in fulfilling the recommendations of the Goldstone report.
We need you to help us successfully challenge the attitudes and arguments that support the continuing impunity by lobbying for the UK Government to support an international justice solution such as a referral to the International Criminal Court.
- Write to your MP: download the information sheet on this action (pdf)
- Demand justice for all victims of the Gaza conflict
- Ensure universal jurisdiction powers are not weakened