Israel’s 60th Birthday

London protest over raids on Gaza by Dave
December 29, 2008, 4:38 pm
Filed under: Gaza, Israel, london, Peaceful Protest

Ten people in the UK with real integrity!

BBC – Ten people have been arrested for public order offences after clashes at a protest near the Israeli embassy in London against air raids on Gaza.

Police said up to 700 people joined the demonstration and nearby Kensington High Street was closed to traffic. More


Salute to Israel Parade: London 2008 by Dave
June 30, 2008, 12:31 pm
Filed under: 2008, Image, Israel, June, london, Palestine, Salute to Israel Parade, Video | Tags: ,

More video footage

Footage and reporting from the recent demo against the Salute to Israel parade.  A parade which was designed to celebrate 60 years since the rape, massacre and transfer that constituted the ethnic cleansing of Palestine and birth of Israel.

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For more excellent photographs see Terence Bunch’s work or try flickr

Indymedia: Today, a series of non-violent protest actions disrupted the ‘Salute to Israel’ parade. The parade celebrated 60 years since the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948. Activists wished to remind the public that since its inception, Israel has been maintained through the constant oppression of the Palestinian people, in particular through ethnic cleansing.

The ‘Salute to Israel’ parade was a shameful show of support to a government engaged in war crimes. Sponsors included the Jewish National Fund, an organisation deeply involved in the colonisation of Palestinian land as well in anti-Palestinian discrimination within Israel. Activists wish to stress that the British government’s authorisation, protection and support of this event is entirely unacceptable.
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60 years of Israeli war crimes – no reason to celebrate! by Dave
June 29, 2008, 2:26 pm
Filed under: Anniversary, Israel, london, manchester, Palestine, Salute to Israel Parade, UK | Tags: ,

Press release from the groups involved in todays demo against the Salute to Israel parade.

Buses will travel round central London 29 June to explain the catastrophe experienced by Palestinians.

Salute Israel, a parade and rally in Trafalgar Square on 29 June, will celebrate 60 years since the establishment of the state of Israel.  For millions of Palestinians, this is no cause for celebration.  It is the Nakba – or catastrophe – which started in 1948, when 13,000 Palestinians were killed and over 750,000 Palestinians were forced from their homes.  The Nakba continues today, as those refugees and their descendents are still denied by Israel their basic right to return to their homes, and Palestinians living under occupation continued to be killed in military attacks.  Dr Hafez al-Karmi, President of Palestinian Forum of Britain, described the planned activities as “a reminder to the British public that the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people has gone unabated and has never ceased since 1948.  The occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip in 1967, the Apartheid policies imposed on Palestinians and the starvation of 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza today are sufficient proof that the plan to ethnically cleanse Palestine remains in action.”

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Salute to Israel Parade: London and Manchester by Dave
June 27, 2008, 8:33 pm
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Good luck to all those protesting against the Salute to Israel Parade in London on Sunday the 29th.   The parade is designed to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the rape, massacre and transfer that constituted the ethnic cleansing of Palestine and birth of Israel.

Jewish Chronicle:  The Community Security Trust will mount what is thought to be its biggest-ever operation on Sunday to ensure that two Salute to Israel parades in London and Manchester pass without incident.

Around 500 volunteers will join police officers on the streets of

London to shadow 25 floats and 29 marching groups, representing a wide range of communal organisations.

A similar turnout is expected at a parade and rally due to take place in Manchester’s Heaton Park.

Float organisers were told that up to 1,000 police may line the route, although police sources suggested the figure may be closer to 250.

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Pro-Palestinian Rally Through London by Dave
May 13, 2008, 1:44 pm
Filed under: Israel's 60th Birthday, london, Nakba, Peaceful Protest, UK

Witness Statement from speaker at demonstration

The following from the UK Palestine Solidarity Campaign for more see Peoples Geography.

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Thousands marched through London, sixty years after the Palestinian Nakba, to demand an end to the siege on Gaza, an end to Israeli occupation, and for the right of return of refugees.

The demonstration, organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, British Muslim Initiative and the Palestinian Forum in Britain, was supported by trade unions UNISON, Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), Unite the Union, Communication Workers Union, GMB, TSSA, RMT, Fire Brigades Union, and the National Union of Miners, who joined organisations such as the Association of Palestinian Community UK, Amos Trust, Friends of Al Aqsa UK, Palestinian Return Centre, War on Want, Jewish Socialist Group, Pax Christi, Stop the War Coalition, Jews for Justice for Palestinians, Britain Palestine Twinning Network, ICAHDUK, Friends of Lebanon, Federation of Student Islamic Societies, and Midlands Palestinian Community Association.

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May 6, 2008, 3:05 pm
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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.

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JSF: Zionism is too Exclusive by Dave

Really excellent commentry on the Windsor Castle event by Jews Sans Frontieres. The end I found especially funny, when you read through the comments you can’t help but notice some truth to it:

Apparently, the royal celebrations of 60 years of ethnic cleansing of Palestine and relentless aggression towards its natives and neighbours was a bit of a damp squib, according to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency drawing on a report in the Jewish Chronicle.

Prince Edward became the first royal officially to participate in Israel’s independence celebrations at a JNF-UJIA dinner at Windsor Castle on Monday.

Standing in for his father, the Duke of Edinburgh who had been hospitalised with a chest infection several days earlier, the Earl of Wessex attended a champagne reception for the 300-strong gathering.

Even though he left before dinner, he greeted guests including Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor and Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks.

Wow, how exciting! The Earl of Wessex no less, and even he had better things to do than break bread with a bunch of rich zionists. Ponder this, the Earl of Wessex? The Earl of an earldom that doesn’t exist greeting activists for a state that shouldn’t exist. Was there a message from the royals there?

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