Prestwick Airport – reports from sunday’s demonstration

‘If what people are saying is that we should impose an arms embargo on Israel or indeed on the
US, I think that would be very curious indeed’
  Tony Blair, British prime minister

Some pics from Press Association – view

US ‘bombs’ flights, headed for Israel, avoid Scotland view

Protest at British airport over US-chartered flights to Israel – view

UK anger over US bomb flights – view

Protestors prevent cargo from landing – view


US ‘bombs’ flights, headed for Israel, avoid Scotland –
view

Protest at British airport over US-chartered flights to Israel – view

UK anger over US bomb flights – view
 

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Qana massacre I & II – State terrorism

Qana massacre II

More than 54 civilians, at least 34 of them children, have been killed in a town in south Lebanon in the deadliest Israeli strike of the conflict so far.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Sunday the situation could not continue and that all hostilities ought to cease once a UN resolution is adopted. [why wont Blair call for an immediate ceasefire like the rest of the world except for USA & Israel?]
Sunday’s strike, the bloodiest since Israel’s showdown with Lebanon’s Shia group Hezbollah began on July 12, prompted the Lebanese government to cancel a visit by the US secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice.

Lebanon’s premier, Fouad Sinioria, said: “There is no place on this sad morning for any discussion other than an immediate and unconditional ceasefire as well as an international investigation into the Israeli massacres in Lebanon now.”

“The massacre committed by Israel in Qana this morning shows the barbarity of this aggressive entity. It constitutes state terrorism committed in front of the eyes and ears of the world,” al-Assad

Robert Fisk

Dahr Jamail

Norman Finkelstein

Al Jazeera

BBC

Flickr photo stream: arabist

Angry Arab Blog


 

Qana massacre I

About 2,000 children have marched through the streets of Beirut on Thursday in memory of the Israeli bombing of a UN base in Qana in southern Lebanon on April 18, 1996, that killed 105 people.

Lebanese civilians had taken refugee at the UN base in Qana during Israel’s “Grapes of Wrath” offensive aimed at wiping out the Shia Hezbollah movement and stopping strikes on its  territory.

Israel said the bombing was a mistake but a UN report concluded it was probably deliberate.

Excerpt from Al Jazeera article Beirut march marks Qana bombing

it was because of this bombing of a UN base harbouring Lebanese civilians that the UN now has a policy of not protecting civilians.  This led to a massacre near the beginning of the conflict where a convoy was turned away from a base only to be bombed.

Information Clearing House

Disarming Hezbollah

On Saturday, the UN said at least 600 Lebanese have been killed and over 3,220 injured in the conflict so far while nearly 800,000 have been displaced.

[Shebaa farms is an area of Lebanon that Israel still occupies, I believe Hezbollah have offered to disarm before if Israel give the Shebaa farms area back and returns all Lebanese prisoners] 

He said: “I’d like to remind you that the Shebaa Farms is not a property of Hezbollah. It’s a property of Lebanon and it’s for all the Lebanese.

“So anyone who would say that giving this land back to Lebanon would be considered a victory for Hezbollah is mistaken. This issue has to be looked at in totality. Lebanon gets back its land and, ultimately, Israel gets a safe border.”

He said: “Hezbollah has expressed many times that it has the following objectives: liberating Lebanese occupied land, getting maps of all landmines planted in southern Lebanon during the Israeli occupation, and securing the release of our detainees who are held in Israeli jails.”

He further said that those who want Hezbollah to disarm they should work on removing the causes that are enabling the Shia group to keep its weapons rather than exerting pressure on it.

“There are reasons why Hezbollah’s military wing exists. If we take them away, there will be no reason for it to continue.”

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The world is not fooled

24/07/2006
“They can scream terrorism all they want while they themselves
terrorize civilians. The rest of the world does not believe them. This
weekend, from places like Athens and Bern, Brazilia and Caracas, Los
Angeles and Cairo, Lahore and London, Islamabad and Sydney, Seoul and
Zurich, ordinary citizens came out to say, “No” to the Israeli war on
Lebanese and Palestinians. Citizens the world over have had enough of
Olmert, enough of Hizbollah, enough of Bush, enough, enough, enough.”

http://www.moorishgirl.com/archives/004171.html

Stop the War – Lebanon Activity

This is an old post – for the most recent information on activity see Call to action from Lebanon – Stop the War international protest 12th Aug

STOP THE WAR COALITION
NEWSLETTER No. 2006/28
29 July 2006
Email office@stopwar.org.uk
Telephone 020 7278 6694
Web: http://www.stopwar.org.uk

IN THIS NEWSLETTER:
1) AUGUST 5: NATIONAL EMERGENCY DEMONSTRATION
2) KEEP SIGNING THE LETTER TO TONY BLAIR

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1)

NATIONAL EMERGENCY DEMONSTRATION SATURDAY 5 AUGUST:
ASSEMBLE 12 NOON SPEAKERS CORNER, HYDE PARK, LONDON
MARCH PASS US EMBASSY AND DOWNING STREET
TO PARLIAMENT SQUARE FOR RALLY

On Saturday 5 August there will be a national emergency demonstration in London
calling for an immediate, unconditional ceasefire in Lebanon and Gaza, the end
of Israel’s attacks and the end of Tony Blair’s support for George Bush’s wars.
Dozens of coaches have already been booked to bring protestors to London.
Everyone who is outraged by the barbarism we are witnessing in Lebanon and Gaza
should support this demonstration.

NATIONAL EMERGENCY DEMONSTRATION
END ISRAEL’S WAR ON LEBANON AND GAZA
SATURDAY 5 AUGUST: ASSEMBLE 12 NOON
SPEAKERS CORNER, HYDE PARK
(Nearest tube Marble Arch)
MARCH TO PALIAMENT SQUARE FOR RALLY

* Spread the word among your friends, neighbours, work colleagues, fellow
students.
* Phone or email the Stop the War office to get information about coaches in
your area.
* Download the demonstration flyer from the Stop the War website
(http://tinyurl.com/enffa), photocopy or print it, distribute it as widely as
you can.
* Take leaflets to your local mosque, church, community centre etc. Leaflet tube
and bus stations.

George Bush and Tony Blair insist the carnage must continue. They are rushing
bunker busting bombs and laser guided missiles to Israel, which will be used to
raise much of Lebanon to the ground. The UN describes what is taking place as
“horrific”. Half of those killed by Israel’s bombs have been children
(http://tinyurl.com/jq8xo). Gaza has been turned into “a prison with no way in
or out, and no protection from an fearsome battery of drones, precision
missiles, tank shells and artillery rounds”, with once again children being the
main victims. (http://tinyurl.com/ggael)

The rest of the world demands the slaughter stops now. On Saturday 5 August, we
need the biggest possible expression of our disgust over Tony Blair’s slavish
support for Bush’s endless wars and for our demand that Israel’s attacks on
Lebanon and Gaza end immediately.

NATIONAL EMERGENCY DEMONSTRATION
END ISRAEL’S WAR ON LEBANON AND GAZA
SATURDAY 5 AUGUST: ASSEMBLE 12 NOON
SPEAKERS CORNER, HYDE PARK
(Nearest tube Marble Arch)
MARCH TO PALIAMENT SQUARE FOR RALLY
Called by Stop the War Coalition, CND, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, British
Muslim Initiative, Lebanese community organisations.

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2) KEEP SIGNING THE LETTER TO TONY BLAIR
If you haven’t signed our letter to Tony Blair, add your name now here:
http://tinyurl.com/rgdwt.

The letter is being signed at a rate of one name every 10 seconds. We handed it
to 10 Downing Street with the first 10,000 signatures at the CEASE FIRE NOW
rally in Whitehall on Friday 28 July. We will hand it in again with tens of
thousands more names on the national emergency demonstration called for Saturday
5 August. Add your name now and join the demonstration on 5 August.

Justice for Lebanon Petition

To:  UN, UN Security Council, EU and International NGOs working in the Human Rights and Peace fieldWe seek attention to the escalating violence of the past days in the Middle East, with a special focus on the bombing of civilians and public in Lebanon and note with deep concern the passive role of the international community towards stopping the human rights abuses in Lebanon and the Middle East. We, the undersigned:

1)Strongly condemn all actions taken against civilians, public and governmental and non-governmental agencies in Lebanon,
2)Strongly condemn the use of prohibited weapons including chemical weapons by the Israeli Army in its war on civilians in Lebanon,
3)Condemn impartial attitudes from the international communities,
4)Strongly urge efforts from the United Nations, the Security council, the United States of America and the European Union to pressure the involved parties to stop civilian attacks and victims,
5)Seek recognition of the Israeli crimes committed against human rights and humanity
6)Endorse mental, financial and political support for rebuilding efforts.

Sincerely,

The Undersigned

 http://www.petitiononline.com/Jul06Leb/petition.html

Israel rejects UN request for temporary ceasefire for humanitarian relief

29/07/2006 

JERUSALEM (AP) – Israel on Saturday rejected a request by the UN for a three-day ceasefire in Lebanon to deliver humanitarian supplies and allow civilians to leave the war zone.

“There is no need for a temporary, 72-hour ceasefire because Israel has opened humanitarian corridors to and from and Lebanon,” he told reporters.

“The problem is completely different. It is Hezbollah who is deliberately preventing the transfer of medical aid and of food to the population of southern Lebanon in order to create a humanitarian crisis, which they want to blame Israel for,” he added.

Jan Egeland, the UN humanitarian chief, on Friday called for a three-day truce between Israel and Hezbollah to evacuate trapped civilians and replenish supplies to areas cut off by the fighting. He said thousands of children, elderly and disabled had been stranded after more than two weeks of fighting, while supplies of food and medicines were dwindling.

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