Friday, 3 April 2009

Boycott hurts Israeli exports as solidarity with Gaza bites

A growing number of Israeli companies are being hurt badly by boycotts as the response to the Gaza war outrages strengthens the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BSD) solidarity movement.

From the Guardian
Israeli companies are feeling the impact of boycott moves in Europe, according to surveys, amid growing concern within the Israeli business sector over organised campaigns following the recent attack on Gaza.

Last week, the Israel Manufacturers Association reported that 21% of 90 local exporters who were questioned had felt a drop in demand due to boycotts, mostly from the UK and Scandinavian countries. Last month, a report from the Israel Export Institute reported that 10% of 400 polled exporters received order cancellation notices this year, because of Israel's assault on Gaza...

...In February, another article in the Marker, titled "Now heads are lowered as we wait for the storm to blow over", reported that Israelis with major business interests in Turkey hoped to remain anonymous to avoid arousing the attention of pro-boycott groups.

The paper said that, while trade difficulties with Turkey during the Gaza assault received more media attention, Britain was in reality of greater concern. more



We need to hit the hi-tech sector hard.

The bulk of Israeli export is in components, especially hi-tech products such as Intel chips and flashcards for mobile phones. It is thought that the consumer goods targeted by boycott campaigns represent around 3% to 5% of the Israeli export economy.

Ian Tomlinson's wife says he 'died for the crimes of capitalism'

[update 11:40 BST 5 April]

It is becoming harder and harder by the day for the IPCC not to open an investigation into Ian Tomlinson's death. Everything we've been saying about this death, although it now seems clear he was a bystander, is being corroborated by more and more witnesses - he was caught up in the 'kettle' and the police charges. He was 'assaulted' by police before falling.

Did police murder G20 protester Ian Tomlinson? - first posted Friday 3 April.

From Salfordonline
By Martin Baxter in London

Witnesses to the death of a man during yesterday’s G20 protests in the City of London have called for an official inquiry into the incident after seeing what they believe was a murder on the streets of London.

Ian Tomlinson, 47, was apparently on his way home from work as a newsagent, and allegedly collapsed and suffered a heart attack during the protest.

The allegations were made after the widow of the man today lead a march for her partner who she said “died for the crimes of capitalism.”

One female witness who wished to remain anonymous talked of “police brutality and heartlessness” and directly implicated members of the police force in the “murder” of the protester who, in tributes left outside the Royal Exchange in the city, was described as a “hero.”

She spoke of the “unwarranted” attack made by “masked policemen in riot gear.” After being struck in the head by a police baton she said the man was then bloodied and left unconscious on the street.

Ian Tomlinson collapsed in St Michael's Alley close to the junction of Birchin Lane and Cornhill at 7.30pm.

She said the police had formed an “animal pen” around the protesters to contain what was slowly becoming a heated encounter.

In a statement made on behalf of the dead man's wife, witnesses were urged to come forward and give statements to expose “the failures of both the police and members of the media in the accurate reporting of yesterdays incident.”


Gaza Solidarity would like to make clear that Ian's wife has not accused the police of murdering him. Everyone is waiting for the findings of the post-mortem. Sorry for any misunderstanding and our condolences go out to all the family members of Ian.

However, witnesses are confirming what Gaza Solidarity has been reporting from the beginning:

Did police murder G20 protester Ian Tomlinson?

Ian Tomlinson post-mortem delayed for unexplained reason

[update 18:19 4 April]
The post-mortem has found that Ian Tomlinson died of 'natural causes'.

[update 17:05 3 April]
Gaza Solidarity spoke to City of London police and, once they realised who Ian Tomlinson was, were able to say they had no information on whether a post-mortem was being carried out today or if/why it had been delayed.

We then spoke to Paul Taylor, the coroner's officer, who was extremely uncooperative and would only say that he was not obliged to give out any information as there was no inquest taking place.

Asked how the mainstream media was able to report that the post-mortem would be taking place today Taylor stated that the information had not come from his office.

A further question was asked concerning the amount of time that has now lapsed between Ian's death and a post-mortem being carried out, and the implications this has for doctors being able to accurately ascertain the cause of death, was met by silence.

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The post-mortem into the death of protester Ian Tomlinson has now been delayed until this evening (Friday 3 April).

The Independent Police Complaints Commission press office is unable to tell us why this is the case and we are waiting for a callback from the City of London police.

The IPCC was originally lead to believe that the post-mortem was to have been carried out yesterday.

Protest to demand public inquiry into death of Ian Tomlinson

[update 11:40 BST 5 April]

It is becoming harder and harder by the day for the IPCC not to open an investigation into Ian Tomlinson's death. Everything we've been saying about this death, although it now seems clear he was a bystander, is being corroborated by more and more witnesses - he was caught up in the 'kettle' and the police charges. He was 'assaulted' by police before falling.


Did police murder G20 protester Ian Tomlinson? - first posted Friday 3 April.

Assemble Saturday 4 April 12 noon Bank of England


We are taking to the streets to express our compassion with the family of Ian Tomlinson who tragically died during the 1 April protests at the Bank of England. We are calling for an independent public inquiry into the instances of police violence that occurred though out the week and to establish to true circumstances of his death.

We wish to communicate our disgust and anger at the violent and brutal policing of the G20 demonstrations.

The press once again created an atmosphere of fear and violence in the lead up to the protests, preemptively justifying the police violence that occurred. They also misreported and lied about the circumstances of the tragedy. We recognise that for many communities the reality of police violence is a daily occurrence. The demonisation of communities, like the demonisation of protesters makes police violence seem normal.

As the crisis deepens and continues there will be increased resistance - from factory occupations to demonstrations, strikes and people coming together on the streets. We need to speak out now for the right to defend our freedom to protest, our communities and our dignity.

From Salfordonline

Ian Tomlinson, 47, was apparently on his way home from work as a newsagent, and allegedly collapsed and suffered a heart attack during the protest.

The allegations were made after the widow of the man today lead a march for her partner who she said “died for the crimes of capitalism.”

One female witness who wished to remain anonymous talked of “police brutality and heartlessness” and directly implicated members of the police force in the “murder” of the protester who, in tributes left outside the Royal Exchange in the city, was described as a “hero.”

She spoke of the “unwarranted” attack made by “masked policemen in riot gear.” After being struck in the head by a police baton she said the man was then bloodied and left unconscious on the street.

Ian Tomlinson collapsed in St Michael's Alley close to the junction of Birchin Lane and Cornhill at 7.30pm.

G20 police should be in dock for violence not protesters - first court appearances

After G20 protester dies the first court appearances will take place today of the 111 people arrested so far.

It's the police that should be in court following the death of Ian Tomlinson at the Bank of England.

An urgent inquiry is now needed - into the police 'kettling' tactics and violence that led up to the death, given the inaccuracies, to put it charitably, of early police accounts.

A 21-year-old man is due appear in court charged over an attack on a bank during the G20 protests in London.

Mindaugas Lenartavicius is charged with arson recklessly endangering life after demonstrators smashed their way into the Royal Bank of Scotland branch in the City during violent skirmishes on Wednesday.

He will appear at the City of Westminster Magistrates' Court in central London. PA

Anti-war protesters in Strasbourg attacked and detained by police


[update 11:46 BST 3 April]

Police in Strasbourg have detained at least 300 anti-war demonstrators after riot police used tear gas and fired rubber bullets ahead of a two-day summit this weekend, marking Nato's 60th anniversary.

Stop the War and CND and running several coaches to the demonstration at NATO's meeting in Strasbourg.

Departure from London:

Date: Friday 3rd April
Time: 6am
Place: Embankment tube station, Victoria Embankment, London.

Return from Strasbourg:

Date: Sunday 5th April
Time: 7pm
Place: TBC

Strasbourg briefing from the demo & conference organisers.

Our coaches are full and we are hearing that the mobilisation across Europe is going equally well.

A full briefing with maps and contact numbers will be given out on the coaches.

We have not been given any information about accomodation that is not camping, therefore I think people should assume they will be camping.

Stewart Halforty 07599 735 853 and Sam Fairbairn 07947 460 945 will be coordinating the coaches on Friday morning.

6am sharp and don't forget your passport!

Strasbourg briefing (pdf)

Map of Strsbourg

Map of Stasbourg Tram System

G20 protester dies - video witnesses expose police and media lies over Ian Tomlinson's death

Video witnesses speak out to expose police and media lies about death of Ian Tomlinson. Ian joined the protests on his way home from work at a newsagent. He was a City resident. As of 12:11 3 April 111 protesters have been arrested.

No rain of missiles.

Only attitude of crowd was to help this guy.

London Lite lies saying 'protester thugs' attacked police while trying to help a dieing man.

Police behaving thugishly.

I got hit a couple of times when trying to help somebody.

I remember people in the crowd being around him, trying to help him.

The press has been so wrong. I know because I was there.

We were standing right next to this guy.

It's very important people know the difference between what happened and what's being reported.

Al-Qassam brigades warn Israel on prisoner swap


Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, warned Thursday that the Israeli occupiers will regret their intransigence regarding the prisoner swap deal, highlighting that the armed wing will never release Israeli captive soldier Gilad Shalit before Israel complies with its demands.

In a press statement to Gaza-based Al-Risalah newspaper, Abu Obeida, the spokesman for the Brigades, also stressed that Al-Qassam Brigades is ready to confront any new Israeli aggression on Gaza.


Thanks to the Palestine Information Center

Did police murder G20 protester Ian Tomlinson?

The police stories, repeated by the media, are falling apart.

The first statement from cops claimed that Ian Tomlinson was prevented from receiving medical treatment by missile-throwing protesters. Not true. It was a protester that called for a medic and it was protesters that provided first aid. Riot police initially refused to call foe an ambulance. A couple of water bottles were thrown but it was protesters who quickly stopped it and it did not stop treatment.

Various participants in the City of London demonstrations on 1 April have come forward as witnesses to the collapse of a man later identified by authorities as Ian Tomlinson. Four different university students witnessed the collapse of Mr. Tomlinson. "He stumbled towards us from the direction of police and protesters and collapsed," said Peter Apps. "I saw a demonstrator who was a first aider attend to the person who had collapsed. The man was late 40s, had tattoos on his hands, and was wearing a Millwall shirt."

While the first aider was helping the man, another demonstrator with a megaphone was calling the police over so that they could help.

Natalie Langford, a student at Queen Mary, said "there was a police charge. A lot of people ran in our direction. The woman giving first aid stood in the path of the crowd." The running people, seeing a guy on the ground, went around them.

Another demonstrator had already called 999 and was getting medical advice from the ambulance dispatcher. "Four police with two police medics came. They told her [the first aider] to 'move along'.", said Peter Apps. "Then they pushed her forcibly away from him. They refused to listen to her [the first aider] when she tried to explain his condition."

The first aider, who did not wish to be named, said "The police surrounded the collapsed man. I was standing with the person who'd called 999. The ambulance dispatcher wanted to talk to the police, the phone was being held out to them, but the police refused."

Another witness, Elias Stoakes, added "we didn't see them [the police] perform CPR."

Other people who had tried to stay with the collapsed man were also pushed away.

All of the witnesses deny the allegation that many missiles were thrown.

According to Peter Apps, "one bottle was thrown, but it didn't come close to the police. Nothing was thrown afterwards as other demonstrators told the person to stop. The person who threw the bottle probably didn't realize that someone was behind the ring of police." All the witnesses said that the demonstrators were concerned for the well-being of the collapsed man once they realized that there was an injured person.

Natalie Langford said "when the ambulance arrived the protesters got straight out of the way."

Police then claimed that Ian was a passer by on his way home from work. This contradicts there earlier story that they had taken Ian out of the cordon for treatment.

More witnesses have come forward who say Ian was standing in front of a line of riot police before they charged at protesters. The Guardian reports:
Pictures seen by the Guardian, and corroborated by witnesses, suggest that Mr Tomlinson initially fell to the ground by a window of 11 Royal Exchange, outside the Mont Blanc shop, in front of five riot officers.

A subsequent picture shows him being lifted off the floor by a protester.

Seconds later, he is seen walking past a line of police dogs. He is believed to have collapsed again close to the junction of Birchin Lane, near a Starbucks and Office Angels.

Therehave been no witness statements corroborating the police claim that they were the first to offer medical assistance: Again from the Guardian report last night:
Another witness, Fran Legg, said she and a friend had rushed to help Mr Tomlinson after they realised he was not well. "People were calling out: 'Please, we need medics over here'," said the 20-year-old student, from Tavistock, in Devon. "Someone called an ambulance." Her friend put him in the recovery position and noticed he had blood on his face and was losing consciousness.

Legg said protesters were calling for people to move back and give him space as eight police officers arrived. By the time the ambulance reached the scene 10 minutes later, Mr Tomlinson was very white and could hardly breath.
Now we are being told he died from a heart attack. But witness reports suggest actions more consistent with ahead injury. If you have a heart attack you don't get up again and wonder aroud for a bit and then collapse:
"The officers were white as sheets," said Andy Bowman, a 24-year-old PhD student. "The blood had drained from their faces. They were giving us conflicting stories about what had happened; some of the officers were saying he had a blow to the head and some were saying he'd collapsed of a heart attack."

His friend Thomas Barlow, 26, said: "Some of the police were taking their helmets off, looking shocked.

"We were crossing the road and accidentally looked round and saw it.

"Someone called out, 'That person's hurt', and we went to have a look.

"The policemen around us tried to force us on very quickly."

The post-mortem is being held today, so more soon.