Saturday, 14 March 2009

Download single now to help turn Gaza's tears into laughter

Today marks the official digital release of Lowkey's single Tears to Laughter through iTunes. Its rallying call of “long live Palestine – long live Gaza” has already become the unofficial soundtrack to many protests, university occupations and fundraising events for Gaza and Palestine across the UK. Lowkey and the single have already received support from the likes of Palestine Solidarity, Tony Benn (Stop the War), Lauren Booth (Aloha Palestine) and George Galloway MP (Respect Party/Viva Palestina). Lowkey and his record label SO Empire Recordings will be donating all their profits from the sales of the single to the DEC's Gaza appeal.

Download the track on iTunes or on Juno

George Galloway MP has issued a statement of support:

"The Palestinian people of Gaza have suffered and continue to suffer a terrible injustice. We need everyone of goodwill to give them whatever support is possible. Lowkey has produced a brilliant song to express his solidarity with Gaza and Palestine. I hope you will buy it and listen to it. Above all, I hope you will be inspired by it to do whatever you can to ensure that we all remember Gaza and that the call for Palestine to be free grows ever louder."

Lowkey is an award winning Hip Hop artist and poet, as well as a playwright and political activist and member of new supergroup Mongrel, whose debut album was released free with The Independent on Saturday. Having just returned from a tour of Israel and Palestine he has witnessed first hand the refugee camps, the destruction and the suffering the Palestinian people have to endure on a daily basis as a result of the three weeks of attacks by Israel on Gaza which, if Palestine is recognised by the International CriminalCourt as a State, will see Israel's military leaders tried for war crimes.

Many injuries at West Bank apartheid wall protests - US citizen critical

So will the US protest to its ally about the critical injury inflicted on one of its citizens?

From the Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign
Dozens of injuries in West Bank anti-wall protests
Dozens of people in various West Bank villages were injured this Friday, and one American activist has been seriously wounded in Ni’lin and currently lies in a coma at a Tel Aviv hospital. In addition to Ni’lin, there were actions in Jayyous, Bi’lin, Ma’sara and Burin, with a demonstration planned for tomorrow in Wadi Rasha.

In Ni’lin, nearly 500 people marched to the threatened lands. Soldiers attacked the demonstration and later invaded the village, where they fired hundreds of rounds of tear gas, rubber bullets and sound bombs. Clashes between youth and soldiers lasted until early evening. Four people were wounded with rubber bullets, while a fifth American activist was struck in the head with a high velocity tear gas round. He was evacuated by a Red Crescent ambulance, which was held for 15 minutes at a military checkpoint at the entrance, and is currently in critical condition.

From the LA Times
An American demonstrator was critically wounded Friday in a clash between protesters and Israeli troops over Israel's West Bank separation barrier.

Peace activists with the International Solidarity Movement said Tristan Anderson, of the Oakland, Calif., area, was struck in the head with a tear gas canister fired by Israeli troops. The military and the Tel Aviv hospital where Anderson was taken had no details on how he was hurt.

"He's in critical condition, anesthetized and on a ventilator and undergoing imaging tests," said Orly Levi, a spokeswoman at the Tel Hashomer hospital. She described Anderson's condition as "life-threatening."

The protest took place in the West Bank town of Naalin, where Palestinians and international backers frequently gather to demonstrate against the barrier.

UK refuses entry for Hezbollah man, but still seeks talks

Reports earlier this week that a Hezbollah leader was to be allowed into the UK has now proved unfounded as Home Secretary bans Ibrahim Moussawi, editor of Hezbollah's al-Intiqad paper. He was due to speak at SOAS on political Islam.

UK establishment is getting its signals a bit mixed as regards Hezbollah

A Hizbullah-affiliated journalist was refused a visa to the United Kingdom, on the grounds that his presence would not be "conducive to the public good," the British newspaper the Telegraph reported Saturday.

Ibrahim Moussawi, who edits the Hizbullah-linked al-Intiqad (translation, 'criticism') newspaper, had been due to deliver a lecture on "political Islam" at the School of Oriental and African Studies, part of the University of London, later this month. more

West's attempt to isolate Hamas unravelling as UK politicans meet 'terrorists' in Syria

A delegation of British politicians pressing their government to hold direct talks with Hamas has met with the Palestinian group's exiled leader, Khaled Mashaal, in Syria.

Britain, along with the United States and the European Union, considers Hamas a terrorist organization and refuses to have talks with the group, which has controlled the Gaza Strip since 2007.

The six politicians include Labor Party member Clare Short and Jenny Tonge, a parliamentarian who was fired as her party's spokeswoman on children's issues after expressing understanding for Palestinian suicide bombers in 2004. more at

Sources say Israel to release hundreds in return for one soldier

Israel has caved in to Hamas demands and will release 450 of the 10,000 Palestinian prisoners it is holding in return for prisoner-of war Shalit. The only sticking point now is whether released prisoners are to be deported from Palestine. Hopefully Hamas will not agree to this. The Egyptian hosted negotiations continue.

Now imagine the bargaining power of the resistance if they could get their hands on a few more Israeli soldiers/war criminals

See report at Haaretz

US officials urge Hamas talks

Nine former senior US officials and one current adviser are urging the Obama administration to talk with leaders of Hamas to determine whether the militant group can be persuaded to disarm and join a peaceful Palestinian government, a major departure from current US policy.

From the Boston Globe
This will make the Israelis really worried

Why the hell should Hezbollah recognise Israel?

The leader of Lebanon's Islamist Hezbollah movement, Hassan Nasrallah, has said his group will never recognise Israel's right to exist.

He was responding to a US suggestion that both Hezbollah and the Palestinian faction Hamas should recognise Israel before expecting any US engagement.

"We reject the American conditions," he said. "As long as Hezbollah exists, it will never recognise Israel." more at the BBC

This plan was bad enough but still the zionists settlers were not satisfied - hence the wars of 1948, 1967, and 1973. Colonial expansionism was built into the zionist project. And who gave the UN the right to give away Arab land in the first place?

Leading Hezbollah leader coming to London - US upset. Get used to it!