I AM APPALLED BY THE WILFUL CARNAGE ISRAEL IS VISITING ON THE PALESTINIANS OF GAZA.
Over 400 dead after 6 days of bombing.
And at the brazen lies told by Israel and repeated by the West and most of its bleating media, dumping all blame on its victims.
This carnage is the result of the cynical opportunism of a handful of European settlers in Palestine long ago, coupled with the British desire to quit fighting Zionist terrorists in defence of the majority people, the largely undefended and poorer Palestinians of the country - That was a terrible abdication of moral responsibility which this country has continued from that day to this: towards the human rights, the lives and wellbeings of a people we took under our mandate (rule) nearly a century ago. When the bombing of Gaza' schoolchildren began without warning last Saturday we saw the utter cowardice of Gordon Brown's reaction, when as always the British government of the day equated the weak and defiant resistance of the Gaza Palestinians with the whole might of Israel, the most heavily armed of the small states, possessing it is calculated 200 nuclear warheads. We know some of the reasons for british hypocrisy: our valuable arms trade, and our extensive fruit and veg trade with Israel, and the Christian/Jewish dedication to Israel as Little America/Little Europe in the Middle East. Well, finally I feel nothing but disgust for the Israeli nation; where are those great Jewish traditions of wisdom and intellectual eminence and morality I've read about down the years. Israel has betrayed its own co religionists, and the point of its own ancient myth/history as the Bible writers themselves told it.
Why? To enter that so-called 'promised land' you have to earn it.
From the early twentieth century Zionist settlers have done the opposite, dispossessing and slaughtering the indigenous population so as to grab the land, not earn it.
Well nothing comes for free, and the present slaughter raining down as I write on the heads of Gaza families who sit terrified and hungry in candle light and cold, this cowardly slaughter and its single aim , to force the Palestinians to give up their rightful claims to the remaining land taken from them in 1967 will be bought at a price that the occupiers and their children too are certain to have to pay, and not just their victims, those still occupied people.
In the meantime to fend off more futile war, to save lives on both sides, I like lots of people think we have only one choice to make israel withdraw: to sanction Israel, just as the outside world sanctioned South Africa while it stuck to apartheid.
But what can we the people do? Everything is useful, every protest in the vacuum left by the government and hm the socalled Opposition Well you can (I did this last Monday) go and picket the Israeli Embassy in London, or you can demonstrate wherever you live this Saturday, and meanwhile lets keep lobbying David Miliband and the Foreign Office website, and the UN General Assembly and UN Secretary General, and your own MP's website:
But finally it comes down to sanctions. Too late for tearful appeals from colluding governments or wellmeaning multifaith peace organisations. All very good but Zionist generals and politicians are incredibly tough and frighteningly selfrighteous. They are not stirred by the sight of dying Palestinian children. Send in the humanitarian aid, of course, answer the Charity Appeals, yes, but understand this is to put a bandaid on a people being crushed to the ground. This does not stop Goliath. The Israelis must withdraw from the seige of Gaza, leave the people of Gaza, according to international law and the agreements, themsleves parsimonious of 2005. There must be a ceasefire first and that must include the withdrawal of the seige if Hamas is to give up its own firing. Egypt must open its border crossing too.
But only sanctions will achieve a final settlement Even the Palestinians, including the Palestinian Israelis, who stand most to suffer from trade sanctions, even their trade unions! have urged this as the only way left.
The barbarians Cavafy wrote of are not at the gate, they are flying overhead in F16s:
So yes we should press the government to suspend the booming British arms trade with Israel.
But also think more direct simple food boycott, refuse to buy Israeli goods at Waitrose, Tescos etc and tell the stores why and write to head office. Push for academic boycott, against a row of israeli educational institutions which are deeply implicated in military research. Boycott all Israeli entertainment unless the group or individuals concerbed have dissociated themselves publicly from the occupation.
Don't go to israel on holiday. And much more.
Everyone can take part in sanctioning this rogue state, however long it takes.
Immediately, we can lobby hard to stop the January upgrade in the EU trade treaty with Israel (we can email our regional MEPs).
See www.palestine.org BDS Campaign =Boycott Divestment Sanctions - for further explanation of this nefarious new Trade Association Agreement with yes you guessed it our favoured trading partner !
And lastly not least something quick - please sign this petition below:
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The petitionPetition in support of call by United Nations General Assembly President Miguel D’escoto Brockmann for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - During the 57th Plenary Meeting on the Question of Palestine, President of the General Assembly Miguel D'escoto Brockmann broke a diplomatic taboo by describing Israeli policies in the Occupied Palestinian Territories as similar to those of the defunct apartheid regime in South Africa. D'Escoto also urged the United Nations to use the term ‘apartheid’ without fear, and recommended that the United Nations "....should consider following the lead of a new generation of civil society, who are calling for a similar non-violent campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions to pressure Israel to end its violations." Unsurprisingly, D'Escoto has been branded as an antisemite by apologists for Israel. We are appalled by the recurrent use of baseless accusations of antisemitism; they silence calls for compassion and humanity in the name of the Palestinian people. The use of such accusations to defend massive violence against civilians offends all people of conscience. The false invocation of the slur of antisemitism positions Israel, with great political and military advantage, as a victim, while desecrating Jewish histories and trivializing the real experiences and outcomes of antisemitism. Likening Israel's policies to apartheid is not antisemitic. It is common sense. Israel's policies have been widely described in these terms by, among others, Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, Jimmy Carter, Jamal Zahalka, Azmi Bishara, Gideon Levy, John Dugard, Omar Barghouti, Danny Rubinstein, Amira Haas, Shulamit Aloni, Meron Benvenisti, and Ami Ayalon. Calling for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel is not antisemitism. It is the recognition that only such a campaign can lay the ground for a long-lasting peace based on justice and reconciliation. In the words of Nelson Mandela, "The responses made by South Africa to human rights abuses emanating from the removal policies and apartheid policies respectively, shed light on what Israeli society must necessarily go through before one can speak of a just and lasting peace in the Middle East..." As Israel continues to ignore the growing outrage over the blockade of Gaza, and as Israel repeatedly breaks the cease-fire, blocks humanitarian aid and prevents journalists from covering the catastrophic impact of its actions, we the undersigned express our support for President D'Escoto and urge the United Nations and all member states to adopt his recommendation without delay.
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