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Ron Prossor chickens out!

Late last night, a large number of us recieved the email below, announcing a planned talk by the Israeli ambassador to the Limud Conference at Warwick.

We’ve learnt that Ron Prosor, the Israeli Ambassador to the UK, will be speaking on Warwick Campus tomorrow Wednesday 31st of October at midday – 12NOON, as part of the Limmud conference. We are congregating by the Temporary Students Union which is a huge white building next to Car Park Seven. There will be signs to Car Park Seven all over campus.

Clearly this is very short notice – it’s been kept under wraps as far as we can tell. We are organising a last minute Emergency Protest at the university and could really use your support!! The times may change as the news has now been leaked, but if most people could get there about 10 or 11, it would be really positive.

If you can make it along to protest, then please do, it’s really important to have a presence, given the current situation. Please
contact other members and pass along to friends. There’s a map here:

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/about/visiting/maps/campusmap/campus-map-oct-08.jpg

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The conference is apparently in the Temporary Event Structure (TES) or SU. This isn’t shown on the map but it’s in the field in front of Jack Martin Halls (#27 on the map). It’s huge, you can’t miss it. That is where we’r congregating, as close as possible.

Emails have started flying, a counter demonstration was quickly organised, and by lunchtime today, it was announced that Mr. Prossor has changed his plans, and no longer plans to speak at the conference!

Thanks to all who organised so quickly to face the voice of the murderers!

They shall not be heard!

The fiasco set in motion by Jiri Potuznik

Spokesperson of the Czech Republic President, Mr. Jiri Potuznik resigns after he calls Israel’s action ‘defensive’

See Haim Bresheeth’s letter demanding his resignation, and his answer that he has indeed resigned! the-spokesperson-of-the-eu-current-president

Official EU Presidency Statement concerning the situation in the Middle East: EU 2009

The only official standpoint of the Czech EU Presidency concerning the actions of the Israeli ground forces in the Gaza Strip.
I would like to apologise for the misunderstanding which occurred on 3 January 2009 about the reaction of the Czech Presidency to the actions of the Israeli ground forces in the Gaza Strip according to which the operations were seen as an act of self-defence. The only official standpoint of the Czech Presidency is the following:
“It is not surprising that the Israeli forces have launched land operations in the Gaza Strip. There were indications that Israel had been considering this step. But even the undisputable right of the state to defend itself does not allow actions which largely affect civilians. We call for the facilitation of humanitarian aid to the inhabitants of the Gaza Strip, and in accordance with the position agreed by the EU Foreign Ministers in Paris on the 30th December 2008 we call for the establishment of a ceasefire.”

Jiří F. Potužník

He seems to have changed his mind about resigning…

EU President Czech Republic: Israeli ground incursion defensive, not offensive action: Ynet

Europe backs IDF incursion
EU President Czech Republic: Israeli ground incursion defensive, not offensive action. European Union president, the Czech Republic, said on Saturday an Israeli ground incursion in Gaza was “defensive, not offensive” action.
“At the moment, from the perspective of the last days, we understand this step as a defensive, not offensive, action,” Czech EU presidency spokesman Jiri Potuznik said.
Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg is leading an EU delegation to the region on Sunday, and Potuznik said the presidency will wait to see the results of that visit.
However, France condemned Israel’s move to send ground forces into Gaza.
“France condemns the Israeli ground offensive against Gaza as it condemns the continuation of rocket firing,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
“This dangerous military escalation complicates efforts by the international community and in particular the European Union and France, the members of the Quartet and the states in the region to end the fighting, bring immediate aid to civilians and reach a permanent ceasefire,” the statement said.
‘Luxury of telling the truth’
The Czech Republic already defended Israel’s strikes against Hamas last week. At the time, Foreign Minister Schwarzenberg said Israel had the right to defend itself.

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Gaza photos

The photographs on this page have been sent to me by my good friend Avner Faingulernt, who lives few miles from Gaza, on the Israeli side. Obviously most were taken by local residents, though I do not their names. The photos speak for themselves, and are unfortunately extremely disturbing. This is the kind of image seen by many in the Arab world, through Al Jazeera, and censored by the media barons in the west, and obviously in Israel. Would it make a difference if they were shown in Israel, together with the Al Jazeera footage? I do not for a moment believe so. Most Israelis have set their mind to the auto-pilot setting of war times, and no amout of information will change it. If you do not think so, read the despicable interview with that famed man of conscience, Amos Oz, here (it is way down the page, under Latest News, among the items from Ha’aretz) But such images may indeed have an effect on people outside Israel, and hopefully in the Arab countries such as Egypt, which have shamefully collaborated in this murder, and now refuse to vacate critical patients out of Gaza, or to let in medicines and food. May they be cursed together with Israel, as the inhuman regimes that they are. Please be warned the the pictures are especially shocking, but remeber also that this what people in Gaza see and endure for the last four days. Do what you can to stop the carnage – demonstrate, write, distribute and publish information, boycott all israeli products and activities, DO NOT VISIT ISRAEL as a tourist, and donate to the medical charities which are doing an impossible job to save lives.

This is what Israel is doing! Let it never be forgotten!

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Things you can do

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Painted this morning, December 31st, on the Falls Road, Belfast. Thanks to Kathleen Connell for sending it.

1. Join or organize emergency protests and direct actions in partnership with Palestine solidarity and social justice organisations in your area. Send reports of actions you participate in so this information can be shared with people around the world.

2. Donate money through:
Medical Aid for Palestine
http://www.map-uk.org/

Middle East Children’s Alliance
https://secure.groundspring.org/dn/index.php?aid=1171

to pay for desperately needed medical supplies and their delivery. The current conditions in Gaza medical facilities are dire.

Physicians for Human Rights

Medical assistance and medicines supplied to Gaza and other Palestinian terrtories by volunteeer physicians from Israel. For information about PHR’s work, link to phr-gaza-emergency.

The British Shalom-Salaam Trust (www.bsst.org.uk) is collecting funds on PHR-I’s behalf and will transfer donations and associated Gift Aid (adding 28% to their value – see below).

By cheque payable to BSST and sent to: BSST, PO Box 46081, London W9 2ZF – quoting PHR-I

By bank transfer to HSBC sortcode 40-04-15 – account no 11576585 – international bank account number GB22MIDL40041511576585 – please quote your surname and initial

By credit card via CAF http://www.cafonline.org/apps/Charities/BasicSearch.aspx?dsp_keywords=british+shalom+salaam+trust <http://www.cafonline.org/apps/Charities/BasicSearch.aspx?dsp_keywords=british+shalom+salaam+trust> (they claim Gift Aid and deduct 5% of the total) quoting PHR-I in their instruction box.

3. Flood Israeli embassies and consulates with letters and calls decrying the attacks. Find contact info for Israeli embassies around the world.

http://www.learn4good.com/travel/israel_embassies.htm
4. Shift the framing of Israel’s actions in the media by phoning into a talk show or writing a letter to the editor.

5. Sign petitions

in support of UN General Assembly President Father Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/IJAN_Brockmann_BDS/

He has spoken out to condemn Israeli Apartheid and called for boycott, divestment and sanctions.

Shortly after the Israeli onslaught on the people of Gaza started, the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine (BRICUP) launched a Statement of Determination to Boycott Israel.
Please promote this statement in newspapers, professional and trade union journals, on internet sites — wherever — and encourage people to sign. It is intended to be a worldwide statement of determination. To read the statement, a-statement-of-determination-to-boycott-israel.
If you want to sign, please reply to:

gazaemergency@bricup.org.uk

6. Write to your member of parliament.
If you are in the UK, you can find your MP’s details on this site:

http://www.writetothem.com/

Just enter your postcode. This will connect you to your elected representatives on four levels of governemnt: Local, regional national, and European. Use all to write to your elected representatives, and try and see them to make sure they know how you feel about this issue.

7. If you are in Europe write to you MEP
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/members.do

Do not fail to mention the travesty of the EU planning to upgrade its relationship with Israel exactly at the point of this mass murder occurring.

If you are in the UK you can do the following (or the equivalents if you live elsewhere)

8. Write to:

(a) the Labour Party using this online form:

http://www.labour.org.uk/contact

(b) the leader of the Conservative Party, David Cameron

camerond@parliament.uk

(You could mention you are appalled that he has been on the BBC calling for restraint on all sides when nearly 300 Palestinians have been killed, as if we are speaking here of two armies in conflict, rather than a mass murder recalling Guernica)

9. British Consulate Jerusalem
+972 (02) 541 4100

10. British Embassy Tel Aviv
+972 (02) 3510 1167 / +972 (03) 527 1572
Call them.

11. Fax the office of the UK Prime Minister – Gordon Brown –
on +44 20 7925 0918

12. Write to the main figures in the US administration, as well as politicians elsewhere

Lena Jayyusi says: I have just sent messages to President Bush, President elect Obama, Vice President Cheney, Vice President elect Biden, Secretary of State Rice, Secretary of State designate Clinton, Congressional leaders, the U.N. Secretary General, Security Council and member states, the Israeli President, Prime Minister and Cabinet, and members of the world media saying Stop the U.S./Israeli aggression against Gaza NOW!
Please take the time to do the same by clicking on the link at the bottom of this email message.
http://www.iacenter.org/gazapetition

13. Boycott ALL Israeli goods of whatever kind – food, technology, cultural artifacts – help us to isolate this brutal and inhuman regime in the same way we have manged to do during the 1970s and 1980s to the South African apartheid regime, to which it is close in outlook. To learn more about the Goods Boycott, link to Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods excellent website:

http://www.bigcampaign.org/index.php?page=jews-for-boycotting-israeli-goods

13. Boycott all ties with Israeli institutions; if you are an academic, join the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine (BRICUP) and partake in its actions. Its website is at:

http://www.bricup.org.uk/

and its excellent page of links is most informative:

http://www.bricup.org.uk/links.html

If you are a journalist, please read the following, and consider your options for action:

http://www2.irna.ir/en/news/view/menu-234/0704251230135037.htm

14. You are not alone in your anger about this latest atrocity. You may wish to find out more about your options for solidarity and political action. Please check into:

Palestine Solidarity Campaign

http://www.palestinecampaign.org/index2b.asp

International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network

http://www.ijsn.net/home/

Neturei Karta

Neturei Karta in the UK

A radical organisation of Haredi Anti-Zionist Jews, with deep commitment to peace and human rights

Jews for Justice for Palestine

JFJfP

One of the most active and well organised groups in the UK

Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel

PACBI

Based in Ramallah, the umbrella Palestinian organisation uniting artists and academics in action against Israeli occupotion and oppression

Organisations in Israel/Palestine

A detailed list, descriptions and websites of the most active organisation working aginst the occupation and its brutalities

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