Israel’s 60th Birthday


PALESTINE AND THE UK ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT by Dave
May 6, 2008, 3:05 pm
Filed under: Israel's 60th Birthday, london, Palestine, Peaceful Protest, UK | Tags:

From the Stop the War coalition:

Stop the War is calling on all its supporters to join the national demonstration for Palestine in London next Saturday, which will mark the 60th anniversary of what Palestinians call the Nakba – the catastrophe – when Israeli forces used terror and brute force to drive hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homeland.

Sixty years of colonial expansion and brutal occupation have followed — in violation of numerous United Nations resolutions — and today the Israelis have imposed a blockade on Gaza which starves one and a half million inhabitants of food and essential resources. Across Gaza and the West Bank, Palestinians are living in the most abject conditions, under which Israel has set up walls and checkpoints that separate farmers from their lands, students from their schools and universities, patients from their hospitals and families from each other.


The people of surrounding countries are under the ever present threat of attack by Israel – one recent example being the invasion of Lebanon in Summer 2006, when hundreds of civilians were killed and the Israeli military fired the highest number of cluster bombs used in any war in history. Another example was last September’s bombing of  a nuclear power station in Syria.  Two more illegal acts carried out with the impunity Israel has come to expect over the past 60 years. whenever it transgresses human rights and international laws.

What has this got to do with the anti-war movement and specifically with Stop the War, an organisation founded to oppose the “war on terror” and its consequent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq?

The short answer is that it is impossible to detach the issue of Palestine when support for Israel is so central to the US government’s aggressions in the Middle East. It is for this reason that half of all US government aid goes to Israel, most of it for military purposes, which is used to further brutalise the Palestinian people and to pose a permanent threat to neighbouring countries. It is no coincidence that George Bush and the Israeli government are in tandem in their recent threats against Iran and Syria.

The pathetic wandering around the Middle East by war criminal Tony Blair, laughingly called a “peace envoy”, shows that the warmongers know how significant Israel is to their strategy of domination in the region. That is why, for very different reasons to Tony Blair, Stop the War believes the issue of Palestine is directly linked to our campaign opposing the war policies of the US and British governments.  And it is why we urge all our supporters to participate in   Saturday’s national demonstration.

NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION FOR PALESTINE
SATURDAY 10 MAY 2008
FREE PALESTINE – END THE SIEGE OF GAZA
FOR THE RIGHT OF RETURN – END ISRAELI OCCUPATION
ASSEMBLE 1PM TEMPLE UNDERGROUND STATION
VICTORIA EMBANKMENT, RALLY IN TRAFALGAR SQUARE.
Organised by: British Muslim Initiative, Palestine
Solidarity Campaign, Palestinian Forum in Britain.
For further information: http://tinyurl.com/4kqjcv

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