Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Clinton incites Israel to more acts of terror

Clinton, in between exchanging kisses with Olmert, has been showing off her pro-Israel credentials in Jerusalem, as the zionists move forward with more ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from that city - they plan to demolish 88 homes and make over 1,000 Palestinians homeless with the aim of making Jerusalem 'more Jewish'. She of course went out of her way to support the continued shelling of Gaza. Hamas has accused Clinton of enciting violence:

From the Palestine Information Center
GAZA, (PIC)-- Hamas on Tuesday accused US secretary of state Hillary Clinton with impartiality and of encouraging violence through her provocative statements.

Fawzi Barhoum, a Hamas spokesman in Gaza, said that by saying she understands Israel's need to retaliate to resistance homemade missiles by shelling Gaza, Clinton was bluntly calling for continuation of violence against the Palestinian people. He added that the statement, furthermore, constituted a direct provocation against Hamas and the people of Gaza. more

US admiral winds it up on Iran 'nuke threat'

The head of the US military thinks Iran has enough fissile material to make a bomb. But then again this is from the same people that told us Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. Nevertheless the news will be making the Israelis sweat, which is no bad thing.

The admiral thinks it would be a 'very bad outcome for the region and the world'. Why? Surely it would create a balance of power in the region which currently only has one nuclear power - Israel.

Bush apparently managed to stop Israel from trying to hit Iran's perfectly legal nuclear power facilities and this latest 'news' may portend a ratcheting up of the sabre rattling by the west and its watchdog Israel.

An article on today's Dow Jones Marketwatch site talks of oil going up to $300 a barrel on the basis of pent-up demand in India and China waiting to be unleashed. That seems unlikely - but if Israel attacks Iran, well that would be something altogether different.

Some commentators believe that this is reason enough for the US to continue to lean on Israel. Who knows. Suffice to say the west is only too happy for Israel to continue to have a monopoly of nuclear weapons in the region; after all it's such a peaceable country that never initiates wars against its neighbours, does it?

Israeli daily Haaretz reports today that the Israeli government is presenting the US with a series of 'red lines' that the US shouldn't cross in any forthcoming negotiations with Iran - and there's me thinking the United States of America was an independent country that decided its own foreign policy. Silly me.

Israeli intelligence agencies, unlike the admiral, do not think Iran has enough material to make any kind of bomb (the fissile material the Admiral talks of is not 'weapons-grade'), but will have by 2010.

Israel and the US should stop fretting about Iran and consider the fact that there is another nuclear-armed country - which in western-speak is in danger of becoming a failed state - that borders a country into which the US is currently pouring in troops. It's called Pakistan.

From the Wall Street Journal
"We think they do, quite frankly," have enough fissile material to make a bomb, Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." "And Iran having a nuclear weapon, I've believed for a long time, is a very, very bad outcome for the region and for the world."

Total victory for UEL occupation

The University of East London have won all of their demands. To remind people, the demands were:
1. Issues a clear statement condemning Israel's blockade of Gaza and the recent atrocities committed against the civilians of Gaza.

2. Immediately divests itself of any and all interests and investments in companies directly or indirectly linked with arms sales to Israel and to make publicly available all UEL current and future investments.

3. Grants five Palestinian students every year full scholarships funded by UEL (similar to the Commonwealth scholarships)

4. Twins itself with the Islamic University of Gaza and provides support for the rebuilding effort following the recent destruction.

5. Provides any surplus equipment to Universities in Gaza i.e. books, computers etc.

6. Authorises, facilitates and promotes an official DEC collection day around campus.

7. Grants free access at all times to all participants in the occupation and takes no reprisals against any participants in the occupation for their actions. We will continue to occupy WB.G.02 until all of our demands are met.

Well done UEL. More details will be posted on their blog soon but they're clearing up at the moment

Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods (J-BIG) to picket Ahava

This Saturday marks the start of the rolling programme of pickets outside the Israeli Ahava store in Covent Garden.

Join Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods (J-BIG) at the first of a series of pickets/leafleting actions, planned by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions working group of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, highlighting the sale of beauty products exploiting ingredients from the Dead Sea in Occupied Palestine. Other London-based PSC branches will mount pickets every Saturday for the next few months on a rota basis.

Time: Noon until 3 p.m. Saturday March 7th, 2009

Location: 39 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9DD

Nearest station: Covent Garden, London Underground

UN Durban Two conference to say zionism equals racism

Next month's UN conference against racism will correctly designate zionism as a form of racism. The US, Canada and Israel plan to be the only countries in the world that will be boycotting the conference as they find the truth to hard to stomach.

Shame on Obama - he should know better. The US seems determined to maintain its global unpopularity despite Obama's supposed superstar status and commitment to 'change'. I guess the ordinary people of the US are going to have to keep fighting hard to win back the ideal of 'government by the people for the people', or it may well perish from the earth.

From Haaretz
A draft of the closing statement prepared for the upcoming United Nations-sponsored conference against racism, dubbed Durban 2, states that Israel's policy in the Palestinian territories constitutes a "violation of international human rights, a crime against humanity and a contemporary form of apartheid."

The conference, to be held in Geneva next month, is a follow-up to the contentious 2001 conference in the South African city of Durban which was dominated by clashes over the Middle East and the legacy of slavery. The U.S. and Israel walked out midway through that eight-day meeting over a draft resolution that singled out Israel for criticism and likened Zionism - the movement to establish and maintain a Jewish state - to racism.

Why is George Galloway loving up to dictator Mubarak?

The balancing act referred to previously in this blog by the Viva Palestina leaders, namely George Galloway, seems to have tipped to the side of the Egyptian dictatorship.

Now I've got a lot of time for Galloway. His convoy initiative is to be applauded and I appreciate the problem of trying to secure safe passage through the territories of the undemocratic regimes that are the Arab Maghreb. But by meeting Mubarak's party, and cancelling meetings with the opposition ones, the convoy leaders are in fact interfering in local politics - something Viva Palestina said they did not want to do after a number of volunteers were arrested and detained in Tunisia.

George, and everyone else on the convoy, please re-think this ill-conceived bit of political grovelling which will have the effect of conferring unwarranted credibility on a regime that is in bed with the zionists who are strangling Gaza - and is imprisoning and torturing pro-Palestinian activists, socialist and Muslim leaders and workers.

From 3Arabawy
Ass-kissing Carnival: Galloway to be received by Ezz!
The “red carpet” welcome, planned by Egyptian activists and opposition parliamentarians, to receive George Galloway’s “Viva Palestine” caravan, has been canceled. The activists learned tonight that Mr. Galloway has made arrangements with Mubarak’s NDP, and will be received by Ahmad Ezz, steel industry monopolist, senior NDP henchman, and the target of several anti-corruption campaigns.. After calling on the Egyptian army to overthrow Mubarak in January, Galloway the political clown and maverick is now more than happy to hug and embrace the worst elements of this Mubarak dictatorship…

George on 6 Jan 2009 calling for the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak - but has he changed his tune now?

This was posted on the Viva Palestina site this evening:
George Galloway MP has spent much of the day, 3rd March 2009, in detailed talks with the Egyptian Ambassador in Tripoli and with respresentatives of the ruling party in Egypt. George reports that he is fully satisfied that the Egyptian government is doing everything it possibly can to facilitate the passage of the Viva Palestina convoy into Gaza and thanks them for all their efforts.
...the balancing act continues as it would seem the safe passage of the convoy may not be quite a done deal yet, despite earlier reports. Maybe they want George to do some bowing at the court of the dictator before they assent to the relief convoy crossing into Gaza.

Egyptian Labour Party leader gets two years in prison for going to Gaza

We reported on the case of Magdi Hussein, secretary-general of the Socilaist Labour Party, on 11 February after he was arrested for the 'crime' of going to Gaza 'without a passport'. The anti-Palestinian Mubarak regime that runs Egypt in the interests of Israel and the US has imprisoned him for two years. The authorities have refused to let either his wife or lawyer visit him and campaigners fear he is being tortured. This comes at a time of rising labour unrest in Egypt

Protest to the Egyptian Embassy:

26 South Street
W1K 1DW.
Tel: 020 7499 3304/2401
Fax: 020 7491 1542
From the Inter Press Service
Magdi Hussein, secretary-general of Egypt's suspended Socialist Labour Party, has been sentenced to two years in prison by a military tribunal. Hussein, along with two others, was charged with "infiltrating" into the Gaza Strip following Israel's recent campaign against the coastal enclave. more

Israeli tanks shelling Gaza

From chinaview.cn
GAZA, March 3 (Xinhua) -- Israeli army tanks at the borders between Israel and Gaza Tuesday fired five shells at an area southeastern Gaza Strip, no injuries were reported, Hamas security sources said.

The sources said that the shells hit the farmers area of al-Farahin village east of the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Younis, adding that the shelling lasted for five minutes and no injuries were reported. more

Vice Chancellor Gilbert backs down on victimisations

Backwards with RBS, forward with Action Palestine

Vice-Chancellor Alan Gilbert of Manchester University seems to be softening his hardline attitude towards the occupiers.

Perhaps it is Oxford's Corpus Christi college being stripped of the victory laurels after the recent University Challenge victory, opening up the way to runners-up Manchester claiming the prize, that has warmed his cockles.

More likely, however, is the fact that the national demo called for this Wednesday by the occupying students is looming large.

He now says he is not 'minded' to victimise any students although he only refers to the Simons Building and not those occupying the John Owens building.

More at the Manchester University Occupation blog

Boycott 'Israel Days of Science'

The Independent newspaper in the UK is leading with a frontpage story about the boycott campaign today, according to BBC Newsnight last night. [UPDATE - Indy story is here] . They seem to be a bit late with the story as the letter was written to the Guardian two weeks ago. The Indpendent increasingly comes over as more of a magazine than a newspaper these days. I suspect its days are numbered but hey, check out the story while you still can.

From twocircles.net
Two British museums are being urged to cancel plans to hold so-called ‘Israel Days of Science’ events next month which are seen as a public relations exercise by the Zionist regime following its latest slaughter of over 1,300 Palestinians in Gaza.
The calls are being led by many academics, including Labour MP, Professor Ian Gibson (pictured), who said the events at the Science Museum in London and Manchester Museum of Science and Industry in north-west England were “an attempted celebration of Israel.”
“In the immediate aftermath of the indiscriminate slaughter and attempted annihilation of all the infrastructure of organised society in Gaza, how can this ‘celebration’ be allowed to borrow some respectability from the use of these distinguished institutions?” Gibson asked.

Letter to the Guardian on 16 Feb signed by 400 academics

Pickets have been called to protest against the museum
decision to promote scientists and universities who are
"complicit in the Israeli occupation and in the policies and
weaponry recently deployed to such disastrous effect in Gaza".
SEE http://tinyurl.com/bztfj6

MANCHESTER Tues 3rd March, from 10am
See http://manchesterstopwar.org


Called by Brick Up supported by Stop the War Coalition.