Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Fwd: BBC and Sky: What is wrong with you people?


From:
Stop the War Coalition <office@stopwar.org.uk>
Date: 28 January 2009 22:54:00 GMT
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Subject: BBC and Sky: What is wrong with you people?

STOP THE WAR COALITION    
NEWSLETTER   
No. 1081  29 January 2009   
Email office@stopwar.org.uk   
Tel: 020 7278 6694   
Web: http://www.stopwar.org.uk

IN THIS NEWSLETTER:   
1) BBC AND SKY: WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?    
2) HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED?   
3) OBAMA'S FIRST ACTS OF WAR   
4) NATIONWIDE PROTEST IN UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES   
5) GAZA - FAILED BY THE MEDIA    
6) SEVEN JEWISH CHILDREN: A PLAY FOR GAZA   
7) STOP THE WAR NEEDS OFFICE AND STORAGE SPACE    
8) YOU COULDN'T MAKE IT UP: NO. 1744

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1) BBC AND SKY: WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?

"What is wrong with you people?" These were the words of actor    
David Soul, when complaining to the BBC about its refusal to   
broadcast an emergency aid appeal for the people of Gaza.

The protests over this decision have come from every corner of    
British society. There has been almost universal outrage, from    
the Archbishop of Canterbury to writers and actors who say   
they won't work for the BBC again, from college students   
occupying their colleges to tens of thousands complaining to   
the BBC, from the occupations and protests at BBC offices   
across Britain to hundreds of individuals saying they are   
cancelling their TV licences and Sky subscriptions.

Many thanks to all the supporters of Stop the War who have   
helped build this campaign to get the BBC and Sky to reverse   
their decision. That may not have been achieved yet but the   
scale of the protest has generated colossal publicity for the    
DEC emergency appeal which will be reflected in the donations    
they receive and which will be rushed to Gaza to help bring   
shelter, food, fuel and medical supplies to a traumatised and    
devastated people.

For reports on the different protests around the country and   
to view the appeal that the BBC and Sky wouldn't show, go to   
the Stop the War website: http://www.stopwar.org.uk/

For a short, moving film which documents the carnage of the   
last month and the opposition to it around the world,    
including the demonstrations in London, go to:    
http://tinyurl.com/brk78r

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2) HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED

The Palestinian cause has never received such widespread   
support as has been mobilised over the past weeks. Israel may    
have reigned back the full power of its military might for now    
but Palestine is still subject to endless occupation, siege   
and ethnic cleansing. The campaign for Palestinian rights must    
be maintained.

Hundreds of people have contacted Stop the War in the last   
month asking how they can help in our activities, enquiring   
about Stop the War groups in their area, seeking information   
about public meetings, asking how they can set up a local Stop    
the War group or organise a petition or a collection for Gaza    
or to report activities in their locality.

If you would like information on any aspect of our work and   
how you can be involved, please contact our national office:   
email office@stopwar.org.uk; phone 020 7278 6694.

VOLUNTEERS MEETING   
Stop the war has been inundated with people volunteering to   
help us in our anti-war activities. Volunteers who live in the    
London area and want to get involved in any way are invited to    
a Stop the War Activities Meeting on Thursday 5 February at   
the Indian YMCA. 41 Fitzroy Square, London, W1T 6AQ

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3) OBAMA'S FIRST ACTS OF WAR

Within days of taking office Barack Obama sanctioned two   
missile attacks in Pakistan, which killed dozens of civilians.    
Obama also announced the doubling of US troop numbers in   
Afghanistan to 60,000, making it clear that his war policies   
are no different from those of George Bush.

Obama's vice president Joe Biden says there will be an    
"uptick" in the military campaign in Afghanistan which makes   
more important than ever the protests now being planned in   
Britain for Obama's first visit here in April.

It is essential that the anti-war movement mobilises the   
widest opposition to the war in Afghanistan - which is    
unwinnable even if the invaders knew what "winning" would look    
like. Obama's intention is to escalate the war dramatically,   
with the inevitable slaughter of Afghan civilians, already   
being killed in their hundreds.

Stop the War and CND are now planning their demonstration in   
London when Obama joins other heads of government at the G20   
meeting on April 2. Following the G20 protest there will be   
three days of anti-war events in Strasburg, when Obama will   
join in a celebration of the NATO on the 60th anniversary of   
its founding. We will be publishing full details soon.

Stop The War Pamphlet:    
AFGHANISTAN: WHY WE SHOULD GET OUT   
Available from the national office: email   
office@stopwar.org.uk or phone 020 7278 6694

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4) NATIONWIDE PROTEST IN UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES

The supposed political apathy of students has been exposed as    
nonsense in the rush of activity across the country in the   
past month, with 18 occupations of universities by students   
campaigning for Gaza, and more protests to come. The students'    
demands include an end to universities investing in arms   
companies which supply Israel, funding of scholarships for   
Palestinian students and sending old books and computers to   
Gaza.

Five of these occupations have already succeeded in winning   
their demands, at SOAS and LSE in London and at Oxford, Essex    
and Sussex universities. For more details of the student   
campaign for Gaza, visit our website:    
http://www.stopwar.org.uk/

Stop the War is organising a student activists' meeting on   
Saturday 7 February for students to meet and discuss how to   
spread and co-ordinate their campaign of action for Gaza and   
against the war in Afghanistan.

STUDENT ACTIVIST CONFERENCE   
SATURDAY 7 FEB 7: 12 NOON - 4.00PM   
CLORE MANAGEMENT CENTRE RM B01    
BIRKBECK COLLEGE, MALET STREET    
LONDON WC1E7HX

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5) GAZA - FAILED BY THE MEDIA

Even before the controversy of the DEC emergency aid   
broadcast, there was widespread criticism of the reporting of    
Israel's onslaught on Gaza. Media Workers Against the War is   
hosting another of its very impressive public meetings, titled    
GAZA - FAILED BY THE MEDIA, in London on Monday 2 February.

The speakers include Gerald Kaufman MP, whose blistering   
attack on Israel's barbarity in the House of Commons was   
widely reported (see video here: http://tinyurl.com/bz32ao)

Other speakers include Seumas Milne from The Guardian and   
Richard Horton, editor of The Lancet.

GAZA - FAILED BY THE MEDIA   
PUBLIC MEETING MONDAY 2 FEBRUARY   
7.00PM ALL WELCOME   
Speakers:   
Seumas Milne, The Guardian   
Sir Gerald Kaufman MP    
Richard Horton, The Lancet   
Jeremy Dear, General Secretary, NUJ   
Lauren Booth, Press TV    
A Palestinian Journalist (tbc)    
Jane Shallice, Stop The War Coalition    
OLD CINEMA LECTURE THEATRE   
WESTMINSTER UNIVERSITY    
309 REGENT STREET LONDON W1B 2UW   
Nearest tube: Oxford CircusS   
Map: http://tinyurl.com/dj6ywh

MORE DETAILS: Email info@mwaw.net, Tel 07801 789 297   
Hosted by Media Workers Against the War: http://www.mwaw.net/

See also The Media Workers Against the War article:   
EIGHT REASONS WHY THE BBC IS WRONG ON GAZA   
http://www.mwaw.net/2009/01/26/gaza-appeal/

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6) SEVEN JEWISH CHILDREN: A PLAY FOR GAZA

Seven Jewish Children is a ten minute history of Israel,   
ending with the bombing of Gaza. The playwright Caryl    
Churchill says of her play, "It came out of feeling strongly   
about what's happening in Gaza - it's a way of helping the   
people there. Everyone knows about Gaza, everyone is upset   
about it, and this play is something they could come to. It's    
a political event, not just a theatre event."

There are 13 performances, 6 - 21 February at the Royal Court    
Theatre in London. For more details and how to book:   
http://tinyurl.com/dnjty3

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7) STOP THE WAR NEEDS OFFICE AND STORAGE SPACE

Stop the War must unavoidably move from its current office at    
the UCU union's building in Kings Cross, where we have been   
for a number of years. We are very grateful for the support   
UCU has given us in providing a national office. The UCU   
building is soon to be closed and Stop the War is looking for    
new premises in London. If any of our supporters knows of   
office space which would be suitable for Stop the War, please    
contact: email office@stopwar.org.uk or phone 020 7278 6694.

We are also looking for temporary storage space to house our   
resources (merchandise, placards, printed materials etc). We   
need space the equivalent of a double lockup garage. If you   
know of any available storage facilities, please contact the   
national office.

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8) YOU COULDN'T MAKE IT UP: NO. 1744

"The rocket barrages which are getting closer and closer to   
populated areas cannot go unanswered," said US Secretary of   
State Hillary Clinton in her first news conference. No prizes    
for guessing which country she meant (clue: not the one she   
should have been talking about).

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Sheffield Hallam in occupation tonight

Sheffield Hallam University blog here

The following demands were democratically agreed upon:

1) Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) to release a statement of condemnation of the Israeli state’s attacks on Gaza

2) SHU to provide scholarships for Gazan students and waive all current applications and tuition fees for Palestinian students.

3) SHU to twin with the University of Gaza, sending old books, computers and other equipment to the University of Gaza.

4) The ban on flyering and posters on campus to be lifted immediately allowing students to organise and allow free speech, in line with the University's current no-platform policy against fascists.

5) To have posters advertising the details for the Disasters Emergency Committee Gaza Appeal on all notice boards around the university.

6) No victimisation of students or staff supporting the occupation in any form.
Well done Sheffield Hallam

Report on Bradford University victory- action gets results


Report from the city evening newspaper the Telegraph and Argus - Students stage sit-in over Gaza
Yesterday, Prof Cleary agreed to meet the protesters to discuss the issues. Following negotiations, during which a number of further points were discussed, Prof Cleary, said: “The University of Bradford joins its students in concern over the escalating violence in the Gaza strip and Southern Israel.

“The University condemns violence wherever it occurs and wishes to express its commitment to the principles of peace, justice and the rule of international law. He added that the University had sent a message of sympathy to staff and students at the University who might be affected by events in Gaza and communicated a statement about the strong ethical guidelines that informed its investment strategy.

He said the university would write to its bank, Lloyds TSB, to query its policy towards Palestinian charity Interpal and provide a list of companies in which the university is a shareholder. Prof Cleary also pledged to explore the feasibility of twinning with the Islamic University of Gaza. Philip Hoffmann, one of the protesters, said: “The occupation has been very successful and has proved that peaceful direct action can have an effect.”

Settler rampage in Hebron


From Zawya
Bracing for more trouble after settlers' rioting
Security forces were braced on Friday for more violence after Israeli hardliners went on the rampage against Palestinians in retaliation for the eviction of settlers from a disputed house in the West Bank city of Hebron.

The entire southern West Bank was declared a closed military zone to prevent Israelis from converging again on the flashpoint city where a mob of Jewish extremists on Thursday shot and wounded three Palestinians, hurled rocks at others and torched homes, fields and cars.

Authorities feared the violence would continue as right-wingers said they would exact revenge for Thursday's forcible eviction of some 250 settlers from the house that had come to symbolize hardliners' determination to fight for what they consider their right to all the biblical Land of Israel including the Palestinian Territories.

"Already now there is great fear of a Jewish terrorist attack directed against Muslims", the Maariv newspaper warned.

The authorities were also worried about a Palestinian backlash amid simmering anger over the perceived failure of Israel's security forces to protect them from the rampaging mob in Hebron.

Security was boosted around Jerusalem's mosque compound ahead of Friday prayers and access was restricted to Muslims holding Israeli identity cards and aged over 45 in the case of men, with no age restrictions for women.

Most Israeli media hailed security forces for finally removing the settlers from the Hebron house on Thursday following an Israeli high court order on November 16.

Police used stun grenades and tear gas to evict the settlers, dragging out several who refused to move, in an operation lasting less than an hour.

But authorities also came under harsh criticism for failing to protect Palestinians who live around what has been dubbed "the House of Contention".

"If the serious attacks carried out by settlers continue, it will sabotage the peace process", said Nabil Abu-Rudeina, spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

The presence of a few hundred Jewish settlers in Hebron's center, and a further 6,500 in nearby Kiryat Arba, has been a source of tension in the Palestinian city of 170,000 long before 100 or so Israelis moved into the disputed house in March last year.

In 1994, a Jewish extremist massacred 29 Palestinian worshippers at the Tomb of the Patriarchs, a site holy to Jews and Muslims alike.

The international community considers Jewish settlements in the West Bank to be illegal, and the Palestinians say they are the biggest obstacle to the peace talks.

Some background on the settlers of Hebron from Amanda White at mediamonitors.net

Steve Bell in the Guardian today

New York Times report on Israeli and Egyptian obstruction of aid convoys

At a Border Crossing, Drivers and Truckloads of Aid for Gaza Go Nowhere
EL AUJA BORDER CROSSING, Egypt — France sent technical equipment to help Gazans draw water from the ground. The Swiss sent blankets and plastic tarps. Mercy Corps, a relief agency, sent 12 truckloads of food. And on Tuesday all of it, including dozens of other trucks carrying sugar, rice, flour, juice and baby formula, sat in the hot sun here going nowhere.


Shame on Israel and even more shame on the traitors in the Egyptian government for collaborating in maintaining the siege.

Video from the London School of Economics sit-in

BBC Scotland faces second sit-in, BBC Manchester occupied

A second protest is to be staged at BBC Scotland's headquarters over a decision by the corporation not to air an aid appeal for the people of Gaza.
story is here at BBC News online

BBC Manchester sit-in

Show the appeal now! Show the appeal now!

These were the demands of the fifty protesters who occupied the foyer of the BBC in Manchester last Tuesday 27th Jan. Our occupation follows similar ones in Glasgow and London.



From the Stop the War Coalition website
More info at Manchester Stop the War Coalition

BBC to probe Gaza decision protest

A special committee set up by the BBC's governing body is to examine complaints about the decision not to broadcast an appeal for humanitarian aid for Gaza.

There have been angry protests about the BBC's refusal to show the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) broadcast.

The panel, which will include BBC Trust chairman Sir Michael Lyons, will look at appeals from people unhappy about the way the corporation responded to complaints.


from yahoo news

IAEA head cancels BBC interview over Gaza aid row

From the Associated Press

VIENNA, Austria (AP) — The chief U.N. nuclear inspector has canceled a BBC interview to protest the network's refusal to air an appeal for Gaza.

Mohamed ElBaradei's office said Wednesday that not broadcasting it "violates the rules of basic human decency which are there to help vulnerable people irrespective of who is right or wrong."

The British Broadcasting Corp. and Sky News decided not to air the appeal from the Disasters Emergency Committee, an umbrella group of non-governmental humanitarian agencies.

BBC officials have said carrying the appeal would have damaged the network's impartiality in coverage of the conflict.

The BBC says it regrets the decision by the Egyptian-born head of the International Atomic Energy Agency and hopes he will do an interview at another time.

Queen Mary sit-in


Banner drop at Queen Mary

Drunken Israeli settler threatens to kill UK camera crew

Aren't those Israeli settlers nice people. So much hate and racism...watch here

GAZA – FAILED BY THE MEDIA




Begin forwarded message:

GAZA – FAILED BY THE MEDIA

Media Workers Against the War     www.mwaw.net

In this mailing:
1. GAZA – FAILED BY THE MEDIA
2. Melanie Phillips wrong on Gaza aid
3. Dispatches: Unseen Gaza
4. Latest protests over Gaza aid appeal


1. GAZA – FAILED BY THE MEDIA

PUBLIC MEETING

With speakers:

Ghada Karmi, Palestinian writer
 Richard Horton, The Lancet
   Jeremy Dear, general secretary, NUJ
     Lauren Booth, Press TV
   Jane Shallice, Stop the War Coalition
          
Monday February 2

7pm

Old Cinema lecture theatre
Westminster University
309 Regent Street
London W1B 2UW
Nearest tube: Oxford Circus
Map: http://tinyurl.com/dj6ywh

More info: info@mwaw.net, tel 07801 789 297

Hosted by Media Workers Against the War   www.mwaw.net


2. Melanie Phillips wrong on Gaza aid

On Jan 26, Daily Mail columnist Melanie Phillips wrote that Hamas "has
intercepted dozens of aid trucks and confiscated food and medical supplies
bound for the UN aid stores in Gaza," and that people are unaware of this
because "the BBC's reporters haven't told them."

She uses this "claim" to justify her support for the BBC's decision not to
broadcast an appeal for donations by Britain's largest charities to help the
relief effort in Gaza. However, the reason why most people in Britain have no
idea about this allegation, and why the BBC has not reported it, is because it
is untrue.

Full details here: http://tinyurl.com/crlnv6


3. Dispatches: Unseen Gaza

Channel 4's Jon Snow examines the difficulties that news organisations around
the world have faced in reporting the violent conflict in Gaza.

Watch it again here: http://tinyurl.com/bvyh4o


4. Latest protests over Gaza appeal

David Soul: Why I've cancelled my BBC TV licence…
Video: Latest news on the Student occupations…
Update: BBC occupation success…

For these and other developments, go to: http://www.stopwar.org.uk/


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Three students arrested in Gaza protest - Michigan State University, US

Students in the US starting to follow UK student sit-in example...

Another report at usnews.com

... and here at California State University Los Angeles is a video of the start of their sit-in. Thanks to IndyMedia LA

Cairo hospitals treat Gaza's war-scarred children


The reality of Israel's 'war on Hamas'. BBC shame on you for not showing the Disasters Emergency Appeal for Gaza - click on the DEC advert (right) to GIVE NOW

Is this a sick joke?

We kill their parents and then offer humanitarian aid to the orphans - thank you Israel.
The Kibbutz Movement educates its sons to be the first on the battlefield and kill the enemy before being killed, and on the other hand, once the cannon fire stops, we adopt orphan children who, maybe, thanks to our humanitarian effort, we'll put an end to the wars in the future," he said.

makes for great propaganda I suppose
Social Affairs Minister Isaac Herzog who is responsible for humanitarian aid sent to Gaza welcomed the project Tuesday night, saying, "This is a very important initiative. The State of Israel makes an absolute distinction between aid to the civil population in the Gaza Strip and Hamas."

48 Gaza orphans to travel to Israel for 2-week rest - Ynetnews

Israel tries to destroy Gaza lifeline...again

Israel is bombing the tunnels again.

From Al Jazeera


Israeli jets have carried out fresh air raids on tunnels under the Gaza-Egypt border, reportedly sending hundreds of people fleeing their homes in panic.

Local residents and Hamas security officials said three air attacks took place before dawn on Wednesday, but no casualties have yet been reported.

The raids came just hours before the newly appointed US Middle East peace envoy was due to arrive in Israel, and after an attack on an Israeli army patrol that killed an officer and wounded three other soldiers.

"IAF [Israeli Air Force] aircraft recently hit a number of Hamas smuggling tunnels on the southern border of the Gaza Strip," a statement released on Wednesday by the Israeli army said.