Archive for the ‘gaza’ Tag

Anti-terror police seize three vans headed for Gaza

Anti-terror police seize three vans headed for Gaza

British police said on Saturday they had seized three vans that were to form part of a 100 vehicle aid convoy headed for Gaza as a result of an anti-terror raid in the northwest of England.

Lancashire police said they were searching five houses in the town of Burnley on Saturday after arresting nine men under anti-terrorism laws on a motorway near Preston on Friday.

Six of the men have been released and the remaining three are still in custody. Police can hold them without charge until Sunday night.

The convoy had been organised by the pro-Palestinian organisation Viva Palestina and left central London on Saturday, the group’s website said.

Following the recent war in Gaza the aid situation for Palestinians has become increasingly dire. Aid supplies waiting in Egypt have been stalled by delays from the Israeli and Egyptian governments. Closer to home, Lloyds TSB closed the account of Palestinian aid charity Interpal, while the BBC attracted criticism for blocking the airing of a charity appeal for Gaza.

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Caption This

Thursday saw a protest in London against a visit by Geva Rapp, a high-ranking member of the Israeli Defence Forces. Police and the crowd clashed as protestors attempted to enter the building and officers attempted to violently disperse the crowd.

While a serious demonstration, I am afraid my attention was drawn to the following:

Captions, anyone?

Occupations spread around the UK

The wave of university occupations against the war, blockade, violence and repression in Gaza has continued to grow. Students in Leeds, Oxford, Nottingham and Mancester have occupied buildings and issued demands.

The London wing of the International Solidarity Movement, which sends activists to Palestine for non-violent direct action and solidarity work, has issued a statement supporting the occupations:

ISM London offers support and solidarity to the numerous student occupations and sit-ins around the UK in recent weeks. This response to the most recent Israeli onslaught on Gaza has been one of the most important initiatives in the movement. Generating pressure on our higher education establishments to take a stand against Israel and the war crimes it commits is vital. We stand in solidarity with the many Palestinians, students, activists, academics and members of the public who are now being more and more vocal about the boycott of Israel as a means of both exerting international pressure on the Israeli apartheid system, and standing in solidarity with the resistant Palestinian people.

For further information:

* http://occupiedoxford.wordpress.com/
* http://occupiedmmu.wordpress.com/
* http://leedsunioccupation.blogspot.com/

EDO: sabotage for Gaza

Anti-militarists in Brighton have struck at a local factory of EDO MBM, an arms company which provides components to the Israeli army.

Smash EDO, a protest and direct action group organising against the weapons factory, released the following press release:

MASSIVE DAMAGE AT BRIGHTON ARMS FACTORY.

Nine activists were arrested at a Brighton weapons factory in the early hours of this morning (17th). According to one witness computers and filing cabinets were hurled out of top floor windows as
a group of protesters broke in to the factory in the early hours staging a “citizen’s decommissioning” of the EDO-MBM/ITT arms factory in direct response to the killings of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip by the Israeli military.

The activists barricaded themselves into the factory on Home Farm Rd, Moulsecoombe. Eventually 30 police arrived and they were arrested.

Elijah Smith, one of the protesters that broke into the factory, said ““I’m looking at the world scene and I’m getting more and more horrified. I’ve been looking at the law and I don’t feel I’m going to do anything illegal tonight, but I’m going to go into an arms factory and smash it up to the best of my ability so that it cannot actually work or produce munitions and these very dirty bombs that have been provided to the Israeli army so that they can kill children. The time for talking has gone too far. I’m not a writer, I’m just a person from the community and I’m deeply disgusted.”

There have been a total of 9 arrests.

A video of the action can be found here.

BBC coverage, Guardian.

Subcommandante Marcos over Gaza

Subcommandante Marcos over Gaza

Two days ago, the same day we discussed violence, the ineffable Condoleezza Rice, a US official, declared that what was happening in Gaza was the Palestinians’ fault, due to their violent nature.

The underground rivers that crisscross the world can change their geography, but they sing the same song.

And the one we hear now is one of war and pain.

Not far from here, in a place called Gaza, in Palestine, in the Middle East, right here next to us, the Israeli government’s heavily trained and armed military continues its march of death and destruction.

The steps it has taken are those of a classic military war of conquest: first an intense mass bombing in order to destroy “strategic” military points (that’s how the military manuals put it) and to “soften” the resistance’s reinforcements; next a fierce control over information: everything that is heard and seen “in the outside world,” that is, outside the theater of operations, must be selected with military criteria; now intense artillery fire against the enemy infantry to protect the advance of troop to new positions; then there will be a siege to weaken the enemy garrison; then the assault that conquers the position and annihilates the enemy, then the “cleaning out” of the probable “nests of resistance.”

The military manual of modern war, with a few variations and additions, is being followed step-by-step by the invading military forces.