Monday, 30 March 2009

Canadian Federal court upholds undemocratic ban on anti-war Galloway

So much for Canadian democracy! What a joke - George Galloway is a 'terrorist' for standing up for oppressed people in Palestine and delivering humanitarian aid. It's this kind of undemocratic and hypocritical behaviour that creates the 'extremism' and 'radicalisation' western governments claim they are trying to stop. Shame on Canada.
The federal court on Monday refused to overturn the Canadian border agency's decision to deny firebrand British lawmaker George Galloway entry for a speaking tour, on security grounds. AFP

Police force residents near G20 Excel centre to carry ID

Police seem to be making up the law as they please. They've now ordered people who live near the conference centre to carry ID or they won't be able to get past the roadblocks, in addition to shutting three nearby rail stations.

Police refuse to apologise for arresting innocent Gaza convoy drivers

Lancashire police have refused to apologise for their politically motivated arrest of nine activists taking two vehicles packed with aid for the people of Gaza as part of the Viva Palestina convoy.

At a packed community meeting last night in Blackburn Chief Superintendent Andy Rhodes, of Lancashire Constabulary claimed they had 'acted in the best interests of the community', according to Lancashire Telegraph reporter Ben Briggs.

The arrests took place on the M65 the day before the convoy was due to depart. Three of the nine were held for a week, only to be released with no charge.

The police released no information about the 'intelligence' they were acting upon, fueling suspicions that the arrests were designed to associate the Palestinian movement with terrorism, thereby undermining the aid efforts.

Fortunately the convoy was a great success despite the police and the BBC refusing to show the DEC humanitarian appeal for Gaza.

Israeli investigation finds civilian killing claims 'not supported by the facts'


Another case of hear no evil, see no evil, as the Israeli investigation into deliberate killing of civilians finds no evidence for the claims. What a surprise.

Israel's military Advocate General has closed a probe into reports that soldiers taking part in Israel's recent offensive in the Gaza Strip intentionally killed civilians, after he found the claims 'were based on hearsay and not supported by specific personal knowledge.'

'It was found that once the claims were checked, they were not supported by the facts as determined by the investigation,' an Israel Defence Force(IDF) statement released Monday afternoon said.

The investigation was launched after soldiers who participated in the Israeli operation told a symposium last month of lax rules of engagement that allowed civilians to be killed. more

G20 'explosives plot' helps police clampdown on protests

The Guardian is reporting the arrest of five people, initially thought to be Greek, but in fact British.

Police say the five are not connected to any terrorist organisation. Assuming this isn't a police fit up it will certainly provide the state with more excuses for clamping down on legitimate and lawful protests.

The Guardian source said: "I think it was more designed to disrupt than injur or kill."

But the Telegraph reports that the police actually only seized imitation firearms, a flare gun and some 'extremist' literature.

It's also emerged that the entire CCTV network in central London may have to be turned off because of a legal ruling, although I suspect the government will find a way around this.

More importantly, all decisions on financial spending commitments are to be deferred to a later meeting. Or to put it another way - this G20 meeting is a total waste of time and money.

International Solidarity Movement benefit in Digbeth


Pirating for Palestine! A benefit gig for International Solidarity Movement will take place next Saturday 4th April 2009 from 9pm at the Wagon and Horses, Adderley Street, Digbeth.

Live funk, ska, dubstep, reggae, jungle, and breaks across two dancefloors, and films about the occupation of Palestine.

Police terror posters at G20 demo try to turn us all into McCarthyite witch hunters


On the way back from the G20 demo on Saturday I came across this poster on the London Underground.

It reads: "A bomb won't go off here because weeks before a shopper reported someone studying the CCTV cameras. Don't rely on others. If you suspect it, report it."

No coincidence that this campaign has started in the week of the G20 jamboree for world leaders. (The government is the biggest spender on advertising in the UK).

The levels of state-directed McCarthyite paranoia the government is trying to create is horrendous. There is another version of this poster urging us to search our neighbour's bins!

What the fuck is going on in this country?

If they want to stop terrorism, stop terrorising the people of Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine (by selling arms to the IDF war criminals)... and stop criminalising Muslims and protesters who dare to criticise UK foreign policy or this mad economic system that seems to benefit no-one except the rich and powerful.

The police should do something useful for a change such as catching rapists which they seem decidedly uninterested in doing as they failed to apprehend two serial rapists in London that they allowed to carry out countless assaults over many years despite a mountain of evidence they refused to piece together. Institutional sexism, as well as racism is rife in the London Metropolitan police. They prefer beating up Muslim men such as Babar Ahmad, fighting extradition to the US.

And above is the other version of the poster suggesting we search our neighbour's bins to stop a dirty bomb attack! Unbelievable. The poster reads: "These chemicals won't be used in a bomb because a neighbour reported the dumped containers."

These posters are going to keep the police busy answering calls to investigate perfectly legitimate reasons for using chemicals or appearing to stare at CCTV cameras.

G20 week Gaza events update

Judge to rule on undemocratic Galloway ban today

A Federal Court judge will rule today on an injunction asking that British MP George Galloway be allowed entry into Canada for a series of anti-war speeches.

Lawyers representing groups trying to bring Galloway to Canada argued Sunday in Federal Court in Toronto that an injunction should be granted allowing Galloway to enter Canada for four days pending a judicial review.

More at the Canadian Press

Read George Galloway in his own words on the ban

Israel's blockade a military failure but humanitarian disaster

Israel claims this morning that 70 tons of weaponry has been smuggled into Gaza since the end of the war. The claims come at a time of rising clamour for the lifting of the siege and Israeli leaders no doubt hope that there claims in some way justify the maintenance of the siege. Alternatively it shows that the siege has not prevented the resistance from accessing weapons to fight back with but has succeeded in starving the poorest Palestinians.

For the increasingly belligerent and racist general population in Israel it shows the slaughter should have continued beyond the 22 days of terror inflicted by the IDF.
Palestinian militants have smuggled nearly 70 tons of explosives and bomb-making materials and other weapons into Gaza since Israel ended an offensive meant to choke off the arms flow, a senior Israeli defense official said Sunday.

The assessment by the chief of Israel's internal security service, Yuval Diskin, reinforced a growing feeling among Israelis that the government ended the war too soon. From AP

Hamas and Hezbollah leaders speak out in London tonight


Solidarity with the struggle for Peace and Justice in the Middle East

Come and hear elected representatives from the resistance in Palestine and Lebanon

Speakers:
HUSSEIN EL-HAJJ HASSAN MP
Lebanon’s Loyalty to the Resistance Parliamentary Bloc
HASAN KHREISHI
Vice President of the Palestinian Legislative Council
JEREMY CORBYN MP
Stop the War Coalition
JOHN REES
Vice President (Europe) Cairo Conference
DYAB ABOU JAHJAH
International Co-Ordinator of the International Union of Parliamentarians For Palestine
SUKANT CHANDAN
English Chair of IUPFP

Time: 7pm
Date: Monday 30th March
Place: Friends Meeting House, Euston Road, London (nearest tube, Euston or Euston Square)
Entrance £2