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Londoners against Israel – Photographs

As you may already know, Israel yesterday attacked a ship consisting of innocent civilians which was carrying aid and much needed relief supplies to the Gaza strip. 19 people died according to most reports and much more injured.

As usual Israel is defending the indefensible, but this time the world is less reluctant to believe their tosh. In December last year during the Israeli onslaught in Gaza, several countries called back their ambassadors including Bolivia and Venezuela, this time I hear Turkey, Spain and even Sweden have called back their ambassadors.

It may be argued that the flotilla going to Gaza was rather naïve, and that Israel would not have let it pass anyway. I think it’s a win-win situation.
If they had reached Gaza and much aid was given to them it will ease a lot of the suffering of the people of Gaza, and Israel will have been humiliated.

Now that this has taken place, a senior al Jazeera political analyst was saying yesterday that Turkey was Israel’s closest Muslim ally. Israel depended on Turkey ever so much on a lot of issues, and this is the last straw with Israel since there has been a lot of friction between the two nations. And the only way Israel can mend fences with turkey will be to lift the siege in Gaza! Now that’s even better than the flotilla reaching Gaza noh? With the siege lifted, international aid, Red Cross, UN humanitarian forces can go to Gaza freely! As much as my thoughts are with the families of the people that died, I think this is a win-win situation.

The Turkish flotilla aimed to replicate the Exodus story or, more precisely, to define the global image of Israel in the same way the Zionists defined the image that they wanted to project. As with the Zionist portrayal of the situation in 1947, the Gaza situation is far more complicated than as portrayed by the Palestinians. The moral question is also far more ambiguous. But as in 1947, when the Zionist portrayal was not intended to be a scholarly analysis of the situation but a political weapon designed to define perceptions, the Turkish flotilla was not designed to carry out a moral inquest.

Instead, the flotilla was designed to achieve two ends. The first is to divide Israel and Western governments by shifting public opinion against Israel. The second is to create a political crisis inside Israel between those who feel that Israel’s increasing isolation over the Gaza issue is dangerous versus those who think any weakening of resolve is dangerous. (link)

Turkey I hear, is already planning to send more ships to Israel flanked by the Turkish navy.

There was an emergency protest march organised in London yesterday and within hours after waking up to the news the people had decided to convene outside Downing Street in Westminster and then proceed in a very peaceful and equal vocal march towards the Israeli embassy at south Kensington.

I have never been to a protest before and this was my first, and I am damn glad I went to experience firsthand the solidarity local people have with the suffering of the Palestinian people irrespective of what their governments do.
Deputy prime minister of Britain Nick Clegg said before the elections that there should be an arms embargo on Israeli, should be interesting how he reacts to this.

Some of the photographs I took at the protests yesterday.


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We will not go down..

A blinding flash of white light
Lit up the sky over Gaza tonight
People running for cover
Not knowing whether they’re dead or alive

They came with their tanks and their planes
With ravaging fiery flames
And nothing remains
Just a voice rising up in the smoky haze

We will not go down
In the night, without a fight
You can burn up our mosques and our homes and our schools
But our spirit will never die
We will not go down
In Gaza tonight

Women and children alike
Murdered and massacred night after night
While the so-called leaders of countries afar
Debated on who’s wrong or right

But their powerless words were in vain
And the bombs fell down like acid rain
But through the tears and the blood and the pain
You can still hear that voice through the smoky haze

We will not go down
In the night, without a fight
You can burn up our mosques and our homes and our schools
But our spirit will never die
We will not go down
In Gaza tonight

We will not go down
In the night, without a fight
You can burn up our mosques and our homes and our schools
But our spirit will never die

We will not go down
In the night, without a fight

We will not go down
In Gaza tonight

Micheal Hart

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Still wondering who the real terrorists are ?

We live in a funny world, what is ok for me to do is not ok for you is a dictum of childhood playmates. How innocent lives and the blood spilt can be a price for percieved redemption in a world euphoric about human rights is the mother of all paradoxes.

Whilst a majority of the world are over consuming and frolicking in celebration of what is yet another end to a cycle of 365 days, over 200 innocent civilians were slaughtered in an exhibition of mass brutality in Gaza.

How does the world feel about Obama pledging to “forge an unshakeable bond” with the “miracle” of Terrorist Israel?

How do we feel about the EU rewarding Israel for its terrorist acts with enhanced benefits under the EU-Israel Association Agreement?

The Best Gordon Brown could do was to urge “restraint”, as opposed to urging Isreal to end the siege.

If i remember right, President Rajapakse is the founder chairman of the Sri Lankan Committee for Solidarity with Palestine for the last thirt years, has the Sri Lankan government condemned the attacks in Gaza? i still have not heard, i dont know if they have.

According to the U.S.’s own definition of terrorism Israel is squarely in the frame. Under Section 3 of Executive Order 13224 “Blocking Property and prohibiting Transactions with Persons who commit, threaten to commit, or support Terrorism”, the term “terrorism” means an activity that…

(i) involves a violent act or an act dangerous to human life, property, or infrastructure; and

(ii) appears to be intended

• to intimidate or coerce a civilian population;

• to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or

• to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination,
kidnapping, or hostage-taking.

The order and its definition of terrorism, signed 23 September 2001 by George W Bush, is used to outlaw and crush any organization, individual or country the U.S. doesn’t like. The Israeli regime’s “amoral thugs”, as a British MP branded them, have plainly been terrorizing the Palestinians for the last 60 years.

The only peaceful means of achieving a lasting peace is for Western leaders to pull the plug on Israel until the regime conforms to international law and the will of the United Nations (without whose misguided generosity there would never have been a state of Israel), pulls back behind the 1967 border and strictly observes the principles of universal human rights.

If they don’t shoulder their responsibility, they risk a mighty moral backlash from ordinary people, who are beginning to learn the awful truth.

Al Jazeera has more.



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