people - a sea of support for Palestine
[London, Saturday 13th April 2002]
Saturday saw events coordinated through out Europe
in support of the Palestinian people and their struggle against
the zionist racist occupation of their land. Britain (London &
Cardiff), Germany (Berlin), Italy, Denmark, France, Sweden, Norway,
Turkey and the Netherlands (Amsterdam) saw huge pro-Palestine demonstrations
- a sign that the people of Europe are no longer prepared to let
their governments support the apartheid state of Israel and collude
in the slaughter of Palestinians.
Well over 100,000 people converged on London to attend
one of the capitals biggest demonstration in recent years. The march,
organised by the Muslim Association of Britain, started from Hyde
Park at 2pm after Zuhr (midday) prayer and culminated in a rally
at Trafalgar Square.
The whole of Trafalgar Square - even the lions - disappeared
under the sea of people. Only the fountains and the column remained
visible. And still they poured in filling all the streets feeding
Tony Benn, a veteran demonstrator and politician,
described the rally as "the biggest" he had ever seen
in at Trafalgar Square. Whilst one end of the march had reached
its destination of Trafalgar Square, the other end hadn't even left
Hyde Park yet - a distance of over 2 miles!
Palestinian Flag on Nelsons Column, Trafalgar Square
A Muslim baby
on her fathers shoulders
She joins the struggle with her first act of resistance:
to make a victory sign with her little fingers.
A number of speakers addressed the crowds, including
Massoud Shadjareh (Chairman of IHRC), Tony Benn, George Galloway(MP),
Jeremy Corbyn( MP), Muhammad Sarwar(MP), Ismail Patel (Chairman
of Friends of Al-Aqsa), Carol Reagan (Palestine Solidarity), Lindsey
German (Stop the War Coalition), Azzam Tamimi and Sheik Ali Alami
(Al-Khoe Foundation) .
War Against Terrorism"
Placard show four month old Palestinian girl Iman Hijo
who was murdered by Israeli soldiers in her home
in Khan Yunis refugee camp last May (2001)
Shadjareh, chairman of the IHRC (Islamic Human
Rights Commission) addressed the media hysteria about "suicide-bombers"
" ... and for those who are pointing
their finger at the Palestinians and crying suicide bombers
and terrorist ... they should realise that this whole scenario
has been created by the United States and the West because
if they supplied the Palestinians the same weapons which
they have donated freely to the Israelis then those who
have to sacrifice their life would have been able to use
F-16s and F-15s and US made helicopter gunships and air
conditioned tanks. The issue here is that you cannot equate
the violence which is being used by oppressors and occupiers
to the violence that is necessary to be used by those that
are defending their homes, their children and their lives..."
with a single image and select words
captures the whole conflict.
in Solidarity with Palestine
Although this was perhaps the largest "Muslim"
demonstration in UK history (the anti-Satanic Verses demonstration
being the other big one), the Muslims were not alone. They
were joined in the thousands by non-Muslims. Apart from
all the organised pro-peace groups which were present in
huge numbers, there was a sizable portion of ordinary British
public who simply were disgusted by Israeli violence and
felt compelled to do something.
flag of zionism ?"
Zionism = nazism = racism
George Galloway MP,
in the centre of a sea of pro-Palestine supporters
Galloway, Member of the British Parliament, started
by announcing a victory:
victory today - 10 Downing Street has just announced the
freezing of all arms sales to Israel..."
I want to say to the British Government on behalf of a
clear majority of the British people that the sight of
Britain belly dancing for Bush in Texas is turning our
nations stomach! Our country is not the tail of anyone's
"I want to say even more clearly something very important
to the Arab world. Last Wednesday was one of the days
of shame in Arab history... not because the fighters of
Jenin and Nabulas fell, but because they fell because
they ran out of ammunition... And they ran out of ammunition
because the Arab regimes have doubled and tripled the
security along their borders so that no guns and no bullets
can reach the intifada to defend the camps, to
defend the people...
we say to the belly dancing Arab regimes your day is coming.
Either the Arab regimes will have to change or the Arab
masses will have to change the Arab regimes...
to Palestine! Victory to the Intifada!"
Member of British Parliament
(shift-click) speech (real audio 3min 381Kb)
* Unfortunately we missed
the start of his speech when he condemned George Bush for
calling the men and women of Palestine terrorists instead
of the freedom fighters they are. The demonstration was
so large that by the time the middle of the march, where
we were, had arrived from Hyde Park into Trafalgar Square
half of the speeches had already finished, and in fact the
march was still arriving an hour later when all the speeches
"Hitler comes to life in Ariel Sharon"
for War Crimes: Ariel Sharon - New Hitler"
Stop Your Ethnic Cleansing"
- Do not make England an enemy of Islam"
"Axis of Evil : Israel - USA Murderers"
German (Stop the War Coalition)
German spokesperson for Stop the War Coalition
expressed the feelings of many in Britain:
"I am thoroughly ashamed of the
press in this country - truth have become lies and lies
have become truth ..."
- for anyone who watches the news in the UK,
no further words are needed for describing it.
The BBC in particular have become a mouthpiece for
Israel. This is nothing new, as the article below of last August
staff are told not to call Israeli killings 'assassination'
By Robert Fisk, Middle East Correspondent
The Independent, 04 August 2001
In a major surrender to Israeli diplomatic
pressure, BBC officials in London have banned their staff
in Britain and the Middle East from referring to Israel's
policy of murdering its guerrilla opponents as "Assassination".
BBC reporters have been told that in future they are to use
Israel's own euphemism for the murders, calling them "targeted
BBC journalists were astonished that the
assignments editor, Malcolm Downing, should have sent out
the memorandum to staff, stating that the word "assassinations"
"should only be used for high-profile political assassinations".
There were, Mr Downing said, "lots of other words for
Up to 60 Palestinian activists and numerous
civilians, including two children killed last week have been
gunned down by Israeli death squads or missile-firing Israeli
helicopter pilots. The White House has gently chided Israel
about these attacks, but already this week the BBC has been
using the phrase "targeted attacks" for the policy
of murder. The Palestinian killing of Israelis, however, is
regularly referred to accurately as "murder" or
Mr Downing's memorandum suggests that the
murder of a leading Israeli the late prime minister Yitzhak
Rabin, killed by an Israeli extremist is worthy of the word
"assassination" while the killing of Palestinians
The memo apparently says that "assassination"
can only be used "sparingly"and with "attribution".
The ban resulted from a discussion between Mr Downing and
Vin Ray, deputy head of newsgathering at BBC World TV. Israeli
diplomats have been lunching with BBC officials and complaining
that the corporation's coverage was anti-Israeli and pro-Palestinian.
The Israeli murder campaign is, in fact,
far from "targeted". In the first such killings,
two middle-aged Palestinian women were killed. After the initial
reporting of the incident, the BBC dropped all reference to
the female victims.
What BBC and
CNN wont show
- the victims of Zionist torture and murder
Language of Bias
A summary of an article in the Independent
by Robert Frisk, "When journalists forget that murder
is murder" [18 August 2001]
What on earth has happened to our reporting
of the Middle East? George Orwell would have loved a Reuter's
dispatch from the West Bank city of Hebron last Wednesday.
"Undercover Israeli soldiers," the world's most
famous news agency reported, "shot dead a member of Yasser
Arafat's Fatah faction yesterday in what Palestinians called
an assassination." The key phrase, of course, was "what
Palestinians called an assassination". Any sane reader
would conclude immediately that Imad Abu Sneiheh, who was
shot in the head, chest, stomach and legs by 10 bullets fired
by Israeli "agents" had been murdered, let alone
assassinated. But no. Reuters, like all the big agencies and
television companies reporting the tragedy of the Palestinian-Israeli
conflict, no longer calls murder by its real name.
Back in the days of apartheid, no one minced
their words when South African death squads gunned down militant
opponents. They talked about murder and assassination. They
still do when Latin American killers murder their political
opponents. I've yet to find a newspaper which shrinks from
reporting the "murder" or at the least "assassination"
of IRA or UDA gangsters in Belfast. But not when the
Israelis do the murdering. For when Israelis kill, they do
not murder or assassinate, according to Reuters or CNN or
the most recent convert to this flabby journalism, the BBC.
Israelis perpetrate something which is only "called"
an "assassination" by Palestinians. When Israelis
are involved, our moral compass our ability to report the
truth dries up.
Editors around the world are requesting their
journalists to be ever softer, ever more mealy mouthed in
their reporting of any incident which might upset Israel.
Which is why, of course, Israelis are so often reported as
being killed by Palestinians while Palestinians, some as young
as 10, are killed in "clashes" "clashes"
coming across as a form of natural disaster like an earthquake
or a flood, a tragedy without a culprit.
el-Dura, a child of 12 was murdered by Israeli soldiers
in front of the camera, but still reported as "killed
One sure way of spotting Israel's responsibility
for a killing is the word "crossfire". Mohamed
el-Dura, the little Palestinian boy shot dead by Israeli troops
in Gaza last year, became an iconic symbol of the Palestinian
"intifada". Journalists investigating the boy's
death, including The Independent's Jerusalem, correspondent
were in no doubt that the bullets which hit him were Israeli.
Yet after a bogus Israeli military inquiry denounced in the
Knesset by an Israeli member of parliament, all the major
Western picture agencies placed captions on the photo for
future subscribers. Yes, you've guessed it, the captions said
he was killed in "crossfire".
Wars have always produced their verbal trickeries,
their antiseptic phrases and hygienic metaphors, from "collateral
damage" to "degrading the enemy". The Palestinian-Israeli
conflict has produced a unique crop. The Israeli siege of
a city has become a "closure", the legal
border between Israel and the occupied territories has become
the "seam line", collaborators for the Israelis
are "co-operators", Israeli-occupied land
has become "disputed", Jewish settlements
built illegally on Arab land have become "neighourhoods"
nice, folksy places which are invariably attacked by
Within the past week, CNN, the news agencies
and the BBC have all been chipping away at the truth once
more. When the Jewish settlement at Gilo was attacked by Palestinian
gunmen at Beit Jalla, it once more became a "Jewish
neighbourhood" on "disputed" land
even though the land, far from being in "dispute",
legally belongs to the Palestinian people of Beit Jalla ("Gilo"
being the Hebrew for "Jalla"). But viewers and readers
were not told of this.
When the next state-sponsored assassination
of a Palestinian Hamas member took place, a television journalist
BBC this time was reduced to telling us that
his killing was "regarded by the Israelis as a targeted
killing but which the Palestinians regard as an assassination".
You could see the problem. Deeply troubled by the Israeli
version, the BBC man had to "balance" it with the
Palestinian version, like a sports reporter unwilling to blame
either side for a foul.
So just watch out for the following key words
about the Middle East in television reporting over the next
few days: "targeted killings", "neighbourhood",
"clash" and "crossfire".
Then ask yourself why they are being used.
Even the lamp
posts of the capital
condemned the Zionist crimes
Even the reporting of this demonstration was inaccurate. BBC radio's
initial reported figure of "100,000 protesters" was massaged
down to a mere "10-15,000" in time for the BBC Evening
News. There will be a picket this Thursday (18th April 2002) from
5:30pm outside the BBC at Bush House to complain about its consistent
bias towards Israel.
Reagan of Palestine Solidarity Campaign demanded
an end to all ties with Israel:
"In Britain we have a duty to to build a mass
solidarity campaign like we had for antiapartheid
in South Africa... we have to tell this government
that we demand an end to all ties with Israel now..."
She went on stating a few facts which
are often ignored:
"We need to say
quiet clearly to this government that this is not
an equal battle the Palestinians have no F-16s no
helicopter gunships no apache helicopters they have
a few weapons to defend themselves,"
have every right to defend themselves today.. they are the
occupied not the occupiers .. Israel must end its occupation
now, there will be no peace until the ending of the occupation
... no justice no peace .."
These truths may seem self evident to us who are familiar
with the conflict but as the study below indicates, the majority
of the public are ignorant of them:
through Israeli tinted eyes
News Bias Against Palestinians
A recent academic
study found that "British television news is routinely
biased towards the Israeli view".
A sample group of 300 young people when questioned
by researchers indicated that only 9% knew that Israel was
the occupying force.
When the intifada began in 2000, a team led
by Professor Greg Philo of Glasgow University examined 3,536
lines of text transcribed from 89 news bulletins. Only 17
lines were devoted to the conflict's history. Consequently
by not revealing the historic injustice committed against
the Palestinians when their land was taken, the Israeli side
was favoured, because Israeli attacks were portrayed as responses
to unprovoked Palestinian acts.
Article on the subject appeared
in The Guardian, 16 April 2002
Butchered - Dont You Care"
Album of Glory"
The placard is a reference to the photo
below showing gloating israeli soldiers taking souvenir
photos posing over the corpse of a murdered Palestinian.
Notice that the corpse is bear footed - an indication
that he was not killed in a gun fight as claimed by the
Israelis, but rather murdered in cold blood whilst in
custody (Israeli soldiers afraid of bombs strip Palestinians
of their footwear upon arrest)
men grinned as they stood triumphantly over the barefoot
taken 21 February 2002 (Reuters)
"Jihad Against Israel"
next to it the Palestinian flag flys proud
US aid to Israel"
US Taxpayers of US Aid to Israel
Most Americans are not aware how much of their tax revenue
the US government sends to Israel:
Grand Total (1949-2000) : $84,854,827,200
Interest Costs Borne by US : $49,936,680,000
Total Cost to US Taxpayers : $134,791,507,200
Total Cost per Israeli : $23,240
This may mean that the US government has
given more federal aid to the average Israeli citizen
in a given year than it has given to the average American
Did you know that ALL past US loans to
Israel have eventually been forgiven by Congress. So now
you know where your tax money goes!
of Al Aqsa
Hands - American Arms"
Israel is armed to the teeth by the US,
sometimes as the incident below indicates it receives
sophisticated US weapons first - before even the US army.
In 1973 the American admiral Thomas Moorer (head of
combined military HQ) testifies:
"The Israeli military attaché in Washington,
Mordecai Gur (future commander in chief of the Israeli
forces), asked for planes armed with a very sophisticated
missile (called 'Maverick') from the US ..."
Admiral Moorer remembers that he said to Gur:
"I cannot deliver these planes to you. We only
have one squadron. And we swore to Congress that we
needed it. The Congress will raise hell if the Pentagon
gave it away."
Gur said to me: "Give us the planes. As for Congress,
I'll take care of it."
"That's how", the Admiral adds. "the
only squadron equipped with Mavericks went to Israel."
Source: "Deliberate Deceptions:
Facing the Facts About The U.S.-Israeli Relationship"
by Paul Findley (a former Congressman), Lawrence Hill
Books, 1993, 312 pp, for a review see the Washington
Aiding and Abetting a known War Criminal
an upside down US flag burns,
a Muslimah with fist tightly clenched raises her arm
in defiance of US hegemony
The Flag of
Hizbullah - an inspiration in the Palestinian struggle
Israel has more UN resolutions against it than any other
and yet it continues unpunished...
UN - a tool of the oppressor against the oppressed.
UN resolutions against Israel - just words - meaningless,
UN resolution against Iraq - causes innocent millions
to die of starvation.
the remaining placards at the end of the rally
- lots of war criminals left unwanted
for conspiracy to Genocide: Tony Blair"
of the Innocent"
A reminder of Palestine is left hanging on a wall in the hope
that the message will be allowed to carry to the next day.