URGENT HELP NEEDED NOW Breaking news from Viva Palestina, etc.
Date: Tuesday, Jan 5, 2010 11:35 pm
Subject: Fwd: URGENT HELP NEEDED NOW Breaking news from Viva Palestina, etc. Please act on the Breaking News now
> Original Message From: Ewa Jasiewicz (freelance)
>Sent: Tuesday, January 05, 2010 11:29 PM
>Subject: [palglobal] Breaking news from Viva Palestina, Gaza anniversary week of events in London, Historical Cairo Declaration and eyewitness Gaza book by Sharyn Lock >
>****Breaking News – Viva Palestina convoy facing crisis point in Egypt – urgent action needed***** >
>To all friends of Palestine
>Our situation is now at a crisis point! Riot has broken out in the port of Al- Arish.
>This late afternoon we were negotiating with a senior official from Cairo who left negotiations some two hours ago and did not return. Our negotiations with the official was regarding taking our aid vehicles into Gaza.
>He left two hours ago and did not come back. Egyptian authorities called over 2,000 riot police who then moved towards our camp at the port.
>We have now blocked the entrance to the port and we are now faced with riot police and water cannons and are determined to defend our vehicles and aid.
>The Egyptian authorities have by their stubbornness and hostility towards the convoy, brought us to a crisis point.
>We are now calling upon all friends of palestine to mount protests in person where possible, but by any means available to Egyptian representatives, consulates and Embassy – s and demand that the convoy are allowed a safe passage into Gaza tomorrow!
>Viva Palestina Convoy Leaderhttp://www.vivapalestina.org/
>For further info also contact Caoimhe Butterly on the ground in Cairo
> Caoimhe Butterly, Ireland +96 2796837463
>1) Palestine Memorial Week
>13th to 19th January 2010 in UK/Europe
>Marking the first anniversary of Israeli onslaught on Gaza
>The Palestinian Return Centre (PRC), Palestinian Forum in the UK, European Campaign to End Siege on Gaza, Islamic forum of Europe (IFE), Federation of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS), Muslim Association of Britain (MAB), Islamic Human Rights Commission in Britain (IHRC), Student Council Goldsmith University and Action Palestine >
>1- Wednesday, 13th of January: Commemorating the First Anniversary of Gaza War.
>Venue, Friends House, London Euston from 6-30 PM to 9-30 PM. >
>Clare Short MP,
>Baroness Jenny Tonge,
>Bob Marshall – Andrews MP,
>Jeremy Corbyn MP
>Ken Loach, Film Director and activist
>Lord Nazir Ahmed
>Majed al Zeer, PRC General Director
>Om Kamel Al kurd, From Occupied Jerusalem
>Sameh A. Habeeb, PRC representative and Witness from Gaza.
>Ewa Jasiewicz, Activist and Witness From Gaza
>Peter Eyre, Middle East Expert, Presentation on Gaza Recent conditions >Arafat Madi, Head Of European Campaign To End Siege on Gaza >Other speakers from the participating organizations.
>Short videos will be screened.
>2- Thursday, 14th January: Launch of the biggest parliamentarian delegation to Gaza. On same day a movie will be screened, ‘To Shoot an Elephant’, http://www.toshootanelephant.com at Goldsmiths University. No specific place for event yet. >
>3- Thursday, 14th January: Film screening at Goldsmith University, student Union from 3PM to 5 PM. ‘Unseen Gaza’ or ‘101’ will be screened. >
>4- Sunday, 17th January: 1 PM to 5 PM speakers will deliver speeches in English, Arabic, French and other languages. There will also be a gallery at Hyde Park, Speaker Corner. >
>5- Other events will be conducted by Sussex, Glasgow, Brighton and Manchester universities. Visit our website for the details later this week. >
>6- Dozens of other events and actions will be carried out by General Secretariat of Palestinian in Europe Conference. The events will commemorate the 1st anniversary of Gaza war as well as all Palestinian victims. Visit our website for the details later this week. >
>Open to all and admission is free. Other actions within the week can be found on our website.
>Endorsed by, Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), Friends of Al Aqsa, Labour Friends Of Palestine and the Middle East (LFPME), Free Palestine Movement (FPM) and International Solidarity Movement (ISM).
>For more information contact us on: email@example.com tel:02084530919 visit us on http://www.facebook.com/l/905f8;www.prc.org.uk >
>2) Gaza Rememberance Die-In at Trafalgar Square, January 16th, 1pm.
>1417 is not just a number….see more at http://gaza1417.wordpress.com/ wear red and white. People will be given the names of people who died to hold. >
>3) Gaza Freedom Marchers issue the ‘Cairo Declaration’ to end Israeli Apartheid >
>For immediate release, January 1st 2010
>Ziyaad Lunat – 0191181340 (Egypt)
>(Cairo) Gaza Freedom Marchers approved today a declaration aimed at accelerating the global campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israeli Apartheid. >
>Roughly 1400 activists from 43 countries converged in Cairo on their way to Gaza to join with Palestinians marching to break Israel’s illegal siege. They were prevented from entering Gaza by the Egyptian authorities. >
>As a result, the Freedom Marchers remained in Cairo. They staged a series of nonviolent actions aimed at pressuring the international community to end the siege as one step in the larger struggle to secure justice for Palestinians throughout historic Palestine. >
>This declaration arose from those actions:
>End Israeli Apartheid
>January 1, 2010
>We, international delegates meeting in Cairo during the Gaza Freedom March 2009 in collective response to an initiative from the South African delegation, state: >
>In view of:
>oIsrael’s ongoing collective punishment of Palestinians through the illegal occupation and siege of Gaza;
>othe illegal occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem,and the continued construction of the illegal Apartheid Wall and settlements;
>othe new Wall under construction by Egypt and the US which will tighten even further the siege of Gaza;
>othe contempt for Palestinian democracy shown by Israel, the US, Canada, the EU and others after the Palestinian elections of 2006;
>othe war crimes committed by Israel during the invasion of Gaza one year ago;
>othe continuing discrimination and repression faced by Palestinians within Israel; >oand the continuing exile of millions of Palestinian refugees;
>oall of which oppressive acts are based ultimately on the Zionist ideology which underpins Israel;
>oin the knowledge that our own governments have given Israel direct economic, financial, military and diplomatic support and allowed it to behave with impunity;
>oand mindful of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (2007) >
>We reaffirm our commitment to:
>Ending the Occupation
>Equal Rights for All within historic Palestine
>The full Right of Return for Palestinian refugees
>We therefore reaffirm our commitment to the United Palestinian call of July 2005 for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) to compel Israel to comply with international law. >
>To that end, we call for and wish to help initiate a global mass, democratic anti-apartheid movement to work in full consultation with Palestinian civil society to implement the Palestinian call for BDS. >
>Mindful of the many strong similarities between apartheid Israel and the former apartheid regime in South Africa, we propose: >
>1)An international speaking tour in the first 6 months of 2010 by Palestinian and South African trade unionists and civil society activists, to be joined by trade unionists and activists committed to this programme within the countries toured, to take mass education on BDS directly to the trade union membership and wider public internationally; >
>2)Participation in the Israeli Apartheid Week in March 2010; >
>3)A systematic unified approach to the boycott of Israeli products, involving consumers, workers and their unions in the retail, warehousing, and transportation sectors; >
>4)Developing the Academic, Cultural and Sports boycott;
>5)Campaigns to encourage divestment of trade union and other pension funds from companies directly implicated in the Occupation and/or the Israeli military industries; >
>6)Legal actions targeting the external recruitment of soldiers to serve in the Israeli military, and the prosecution of Israeli government war criminals; coordination of Citizen’s Arrest Bureaux to identify, campaign and seek to prosecute Israeli war criminals; support for the Goldstone Report and the implementation of its recommendations; >
>7)Campaigns against charitable status of the Jewish National Fund (JNF). >
>We appeal to organisations and individuals committed to this declaration to sign it and work with us to make it a reality. >
>A full list of signatories is available here http://www.odsg.org/co/ > 4) Gaza Beneath the Bombs – Sharyn Lock with Sarah Irving (Pluto Press) >
>The Israeli offensive in Gaza was described by Amnesty international as ’22 days of death and destruction’. Sharyn Lock’s eyewitness account brings home the horror of life in Gaza beneath the bombs. Sharyn went to the Gaza strip with the Free Gaza Movement, thinking the greatest danger she faced was making it past the Israeli sea blockade in a fishing boat, but soon after her arrival Israel attacked Gaza’s 1.5 million inhabitants by land, air and sea. With others from the International Solidarity Movement, Sharyn volunteered with Palestinian ambulances, assisting them as they faced overwhelming civilian casualties. Her candid and dramatic blogs from Gaza gave the world an insight into the conflict that the mainstream media – unable to enter Gaza – couldn’t provide. ‘Gaza: Beneath the Bombs’ provides a view of Gaza difficult to glimpse from outside – of a people who face their oppression not only with courage but with humour. >
>See below for an interview with Sharyn from Electronic Intifada: Blogging beneath the bombs >http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article10980.shtml
>Sharyn is on tour with her book – for more details see http://talestotell.wordpress.com/ dates so far below >
>Thursday 14th January, 7-9pm
>Presented by: Manchester Palestine Solidarity Campaign
>Venue: Cross Street Chapel
>Featuring: clips from – Erased:Wiped off the Map – , film made during the Gaza attacks by Alberto from our ISM group >Fri/Sat 22/23 January
>Details to be confirmed
>Friday 29th January
>Featuring: Single Cell Bands
>Sat 6th February
>Location: Hebden Bridge
>Venue: Trades Club
>Sat 13th? February
>Details to be confirmed
>Thurs 25th February
>Details to be confirmed
>Sat 13th? March
>Venue: Cowley Club
>Details to be confirmed
>Sat 20 or 27th? March
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