Gaza Protests Next Weekend (1st, 2nd and 3rd August)

There are several local and national protests next weekend

Stroud
Vigil Saturday 2 August 12-1pm. Details to follow once confirmed.
Everyone is welcome to join and bring placards expressing your views.
Read more (including organisers contact details) at http://www.stroudlife.co.uk/Stroud-demo-Gaza-suffering/story-21947804-detail/story.html (Stroud Peace Movement)

Gloucester
Saturday 2 August 12 noon at Gloucester Cross (more details to follow)

Bristol
Saturday 2nd August – SECOND Bristol demo
Assemble 12.00 noon outside Shah Jahal Mosque, Stapleton Road, Bristol BS5 6PE.
March to College Green for rally
Bring all your friends. Make your own placards
Make this the biggest demo in Bristol ever for Palestine (Bristol PSC)

London
Friday 01/08/2014
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Opposite the Israeli Embassy in London
Kensington High Street, W8 5NP London
Details: http://www.palestinecampaign.org/events/london-protest-israels-attacks-gaza-free-palestine/

London Today 5-7pm Downing Street (Tuesday 29 July) – from National PSC

Protest Tuesday 29 July 2014
5-7pm, opposite Downing Street, London
nearest tube Westminster

‘Today, Israel escalated its massacre in Gaza, killing kids in a playground and attacking Al-Shifa hospital. Tonight, Netanyahu announced that Israel would be intensifying its assault.

We are therefore urging everyone who can to join an emergency protest and vigil from 5-7pm tomorrow (Tuesday) opposite Downing Street, London.

Please help us tell Cameron – we are sickened at his refusal to call for an end to Israel’s war crimes. Not in our name – END Israel’s massacre NOW!

Please bring flowers, in the name of one of the children who have been killed in the past two weeks.

Please join us between 5-7pm tomorrow (Tuesday) outside the entrance to 10 Downing Street to leave your message and flowers and to sign the letter to Cameron. Bring your smartphone so we can photograph and send this message virally.’ (from National PSC)

Think you know what your MP thinks?

Some recent responses from our local MPs to constituents’ concerns about the crisis in Gaza:

Laurence Robertson MP for Tewkesbury on 13 July (before the land invasion). Responding to a constituent who expressed concern about the intensive collective punishment against Palestinians in the West Bank and the number of civilians (including many children) killed or injured in Gaza:

“I can understand your concerns and the Foreign Secretary is aware of these. However, the situation is far from simple. For example, Hamas has been responsible for many attacks on Israel and these must be discontinued if there is to be any chance of peace. The government will therefore be pressing for an end to such attacks and for Hamas to recognise the right of Israel to exist.”

Richard Graham MP, Gloucester. Part of an on-going correspondent with two constituents:

On 14 July:

“ Appalling, the whole thing.

The UN (ie us) already spends millions each year already via UNRWA which was supposed to be temporary. Another invasion just means more repairs to human lives, infrastructure and buildings. ….

The basic issue is that Hamas does not recognise the right of Israel to exist, and their avowed aim, like Iran’s, is to destroy Israel.  Until that changes the world will not deal with Hamas, including many Muslim states and Israel considers herself at war with Hamas.

I despair at the illegal settlements, the wall, the extra judicial activities of settlers, the constant military courts rulings on children stone throwing and a hundred other things done by Israel.

But as we watch Muslims fight each other, killing harmless thousands in Syria and Iraq, know the continuing Palestinian infighting – which I saw close up – we cannot say there is a clash between good and evil. It is one where very few emerge with any credit.

I’ve never been gloomier.”

And rather more succinctly, on 13 July:

“….. we’re all sickened by the cycle of violence in Israel as well as Iraq and Syria.  I am depressed for the region. There are no good guys except the many innocent.”

Martin Horwood MP, Cheltenham, in a statement issued 23 July (following a long period of silence) sent to constituents by his assistant, David Fidgeon:

“I unreservedly condemn the rocket attacks on civilian neighbourhoods in Israel by whoever is sending them.   But I also think the response by the Israeli government has been clearly disproportionate.  It is killing far too many civilians and leading to a significant loss of life on only one side.  I urge restraint and a return to ceasefire on both sides.  On the broader peace process I have already condemned Israel’s continued settlement-building programme and I don’t see the attempt to build a united Palestinian authority as good enough grounds to break off the peace process.   We had to grit our teeth and talk to suspected murderers and bombers during the Irish peace process and Israelis will have to do likewise.  I have also publicly urged the UK government and its European allies to look at whether there is any leverage in the favourable economic relationship between the EU and both Israel and Palestine which could be used to bring both sides back to the negotiating table.”
 More to follow as we get them.

Stop the massacre: London demo, 26th July

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http://www.palestinecampaign.org/next-london-demo-26th-july/

After last Saturday’s massive demo in London, (10 went from the Group) there’s another one next Saturday, this time from the Israeli Embassy in Kensington back to Westminster. Could be even bigger than last week’s 100,000+ turnout.

If you are planning to go and can offer a lift or would welcome transport to London, please email glospsc@gmail.com and we will try to put you in touch with others.

Contact your MP

One of the strong messages from speakers at the London march was KEEP WRITING TO YOUR MP. Put pressure on the government.

We were very pleased to hear two of our Gloucestershire MPs, Martin Horwood (Cheltenham) and Richard Graham (Gloucester), speak up for Palestine in parliament, their comments can be read on the website http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/11494/martin_horwood/cheltenham and http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/24921/richard_graham/gloucester

If you have not already, please, please write/phone/email your MP urgently to let them know how concerned you are about Israel’s vastly disproportionate response in Gaza. Gloucestershire MPs contact details are on the menu above, or can be found at http://www.theyworkforyou.com/

Our Pictures from the 19th July March in London

Carrying Our Gloucestershire PSC Banner

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Some other protesters

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Huge Protest in London 19 July

Some of us went down, more photos to follow …. The protest was huge, estimates of 100,000 people, friendly and peaceful, there were families with babies and small children and very many different people and groups showing their horror at the situation in Gaza.

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This was even reported by the BBC! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-28383460

Protest London Saturday 19th July, and Peace March in Bristol (same day)

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Details:

http://www.palestinecampaign.org/events/national-demonstration-stop-bombing-stop-killing-free-palestine/

If you want to share transport or meet to travel down, email glospsc@gmail.com .

Also, nearer home, protest walk in Bristol, map bristol

Meet 12 noon Saturday 19th July at Shah Jalal Mosque, Bristol BS5 6PE. More details on https://www.facebook.com/bristol.psc

Protest in London 11 July

From the London PSC

The protest outside the Israeli embassy yesterday in London, photo from the London branch of the PSC. The protest was peaceful and the organisers estimated 10,000 people came.

Link to the London Evening Standard report http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/rabbi-stands-on-top-of-doubledecker-bus-in-west-london-as-part-of-propalestine-protest-against-israeli-aggression-9601565.html

And pictures from worldwide protests from the ‘Jews For Justice’ website http://jfjfp.com/?p=62265

Protests around Britain opposing Israel’s attacks and bombing of Gaza

Protests in the next few days

https://www.facebook.com/notes/palestine-solidarity-campaign-uk/protests-opposing-israels-bombing-and-attack-on-gaza-10-12-july/750224248354173

And some of the effects of the bombing …

http://dci-palestine.org/documents/eight-children-killed-israeli-airstrikes-over-gaza

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