Barack Obama said, things would be different. No more secrecy. No more lies. "Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstone of this presidency."
1) WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN THE GAZA DEMONSTRATION 16 MAY
REMEMBER GAZA DEMONSTRATION SATURDAY 16 MAY
FREE PALESTINE: END ISRAELI OCCUPATION: END ARMS TRADE
ASSEMBLE 12 NOON MALET ST LONDON WC1E 7HY
MARCH TO TRAFALGAR SQUARE
The world has forgotten Gaza. Watch these two videos and know why on Saturday 16 May we will show that we have not: http://bit.ly/BHoH9
2) SEE THE PLAY THE BBC BANNED
The BBC refuses to broadcast Caryl Churchill's play Seven Jewish Children, saying it must remain "impartial", the same reason it gave for not broadcasting the Gaza emergency appeal. Does the play "articulate moral outrage" (The Guardian)? Or is it anti-semitic, as Israeli supporters say? You decide. Book Now: http://bit.ly/HSuGk
Tony Benn introduces Two Plays for Gaza
Hackney Empire 291 Mare Street London, E8 1EJ
Thursday 21 May 2009 at 7.30 pm
Performed by Roger Lloyd Pack, Janie Dee, Jana Zeineddine, Paul Herzberg and others.
Plus music by Reem Kelani, rap artist Lowkey (Long Live Palestine...) and Freylekh Klezmer Dance Band
FULL DETAILS AND BOOKING: http://bit.ly/HSuGk
3) OBAMA AND THOSE TORTURE PICTURES
Satirist Jon Stewart asks why, then, is Obama blocking publication of pictures showing the use of torture under George Bush's administration? SEE VIDEO HERE: http://bit.ly/AixDm*******************************************
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Friday, 15 May 2009
Israeli Tourism Adverts Wipe Palestine From the Map
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Posters have recently appeared in London Underground tube stations advertising Israel as a tourist destination. The map on the advert depicts Israel as incorporating the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip and the Golan Heights . (see a photo of the advert here: http://www.palestinecampaign.org/index7b.asp?m_id=1&l1_id=2&l2_id=14&Content_ID=639 )
Please write to London Underground, the Advertising Standards Agency and CBS Outdoors – the company which manages the poster sites – asking for the removal of these posters, which deliberately deny the existence of Palestine . Contact details are at the bottom of this email.
A draft letter is included below. You can use this letter as it is, or take the information from it to write your own. Please make sure to forward to us all responses.
I have noticed with concern a poster which is currently being displayed on London Underground's advertising sites.
The poster has been produced by the Israeli Ministry of Tourism as part of an advertising campaign to attract visitors to Israel .
The map on the advertisement portrays Israel as an area which incorporates the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and the Golan Heights .
However, none of these areas are part of Israel , but instead have been subject to military occupation or blockade by Israel since 1967.
UN Resolution 242 calls on Israel to withdraw from the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, which are Palestinian territories, but Israel remains in violation of this resolution, and also maintains its illegal occupation of the Syrian Golan Heights.
Israel has sealed off the Gaza Strip since 2005, making access virtually impossible, resulting in severe shortages of food, medicine and clean water, which has left the Strip's 1.4 million Palestinians facing a humanitarian crisis. Any 'tourists' would be unable to visit the Gaza Strip, as Israel prevents even humanitarian aid workers and lawyers from entering.
In the West Bank and East Jerusalem , Israel continues to build settlements in direct contravention of international law, taking land from the Palestinians to do so and demolishing their homes and farms in the process.
In addition, Israel is in the process of building the Apartheid Wall through the West Bank, which, when completed, will expropriate 50% of Palestinian land in the West Bank, depriving farmers and families of their livelihoods and water supply, and making movement for Palestinians almost impossible.
The Wall breaches numerous international agreements, including the Fourth Geneva Convention's articles on the destruction of land and/or property (article 53) and on collective punishment (article 33).
The Israeli Ministry of Tourism's assertion, through the map displayed on the poster, is insidious and wrong, and I urgently call on you to remove it from all its sites to avoid being complicit in this deliberate misinformation.
I look forward to your response.
1. Transport for London
Tel: 0845 330 9876
Post: Customer Service Centre, London Underground, 55 Broadway, London SW1H 0BD.
What will happen: The complaint will go to the appropriate section and you will receive an answer.
2. CBS Outdoor Ltd
Email: The customer service manager, Richard Ashman
Tel: 020 7482 2863
Post: 28 Jamestown Road , Camden Lock, London , NW1 7BY
What will happen: CBS approves advertising internally, but seek advice from the Committee of Advertising Practice. CBS also works in connection with the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA). It can be asked to remove advertising from its sites by the ASA.
3. Advertising Standards Agency
Tel: 020 7492 2222
Post: Advertising Standards Authority, Mid City Place , 71 High Holborn, London , WC1V 6QT
What will happen: The complaint will be considered within the codes of practice, and you will receive a reply within 10 days.
The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) aims to raise public awareness about the occupation of Palestine and the struggle of the Palestinian people. PSC seek to bring pressure on both the British and Israeli government to bring their policies in line with international law. PSC is an independent, non-governmental and non-party political organisation with members from communities across the UK . Join PSC today!
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Police are to be investigated over whether they deliberately misled the public over the suspected involvement of officers in the death of Ian Tomlinson during the G20 protests, the Independent Police Complaints Commission said today .click on the links below for more on the murder of Ian Tomlinson and the police.
The launch of a separate and independent inquiry into "the Metropolitan police service (MPS) and City of London police media handling of the death of Ian Tomlinson" comes after weeks of concern that the public were misled about events surrounding the death of the 47-year-old newspaper vendor, during the G20 protests in London.
It raises the possibility that police were involved in a cover-up, and deliberately withheld crucial information about the potential involvement of officers. IPCC investigators are likely to want to scrutinise the information senior press officers had before they released statements to the media. more
Egyptian security forces uncovered an immense munitions cache near the Israeli border, the Arab language London-based newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported on Friday.
An Egyptian official assessed that the 266 rockets, 51 mortar shells, 21 grenades and 43 mines found in northern Sinai were meant to be smuggled to Hamas forces in the Gaza Strip.
Last Monday, Egypt discovered a large quantity of ammunition intended for Hamas use near Ismaeliya, Sinai.