Rights and Wrongs
Righteous khakis lining one side
repressed ragheads line the other,
both sides playing ping-pong tit for tat
over Ben and Al´s´ dividing wailing
wall put up to keep fanatics in and out.
Some mums are shouting insults,
lies or bits of rumour turned to truth,
while young men lob their protest rocks,
return back rocket fire as once again the
fork-tongued Yanks side with their favoured
allies, explode all hopes for peace in Middle East.
Sharp-suited envoys ever mindful of backers´
vested interests fire their words like snipers pick
off targets, grin falsely while they mediate, inflame
long-standing hate, aid sales of West-made arms.
Robed holy men fan fires of diatribe,
distort what´s right, blind partisans
to passed down Golden Rule and Aesop´s
fabled words of greed, deaf to hard fact it´s stingy
to not hand back lands unjustly colonised or grabbed.
They´ll never resolve conflicts without a “sorry”
or respect, stop genocide, unblock partitioned
neighbour who´ve every right to take up vacant
UN seat, accept that Palestine´s a rightful State.
David Leslie Urion
Carroll finds that most of his time is taken up by academic health
research and only occasionally does he find time to write a poem.
He explains that " early last January, I was was so incensed by the wanton slaughter in Gaza that I sat down to write this poem". (Poem added to the website January 2010.)
In memory of the
slaughter of the innocents, Gaza, Dec. 28, 2008
A Bomber’s Jeremiad*
I haven’t changed my
way of life; I continue to love myself
and make use of others.
Only, the confession of my crimes
allows me to begin
again lighter in heart and to taste a
double enjoyment, first
of my nature and secondly of
a charming repentance –
The Fall, Albert
When we bomb we do so with
Not for us the intent to
it is with pure heart we
send our wrath.
we do so with precision,
We have surveyed the
the houses, mosques and
along with barracks and
We know all the
of rhetoric and falling
of cleansing words and
We feel, for those
those to the side, so to
when we wreak our
into an infinity of eyes
that our enemies found
in the wrong place: a
a hospital, a friend’s
They put themselves in the
of all our accidental
Though, we planned very
hell, we know Picasso’s
and now, how to keep
babies out of view.
We are, after all, and
after The Fall,
You must understand our
we wish no harm to
We care for the
the mothers, sisters,
even brothers and their
We also care for those
and walkers, talkers,
pranksters, petty thieves;
even these and even
who sit on couches: heaven
But all this is out of our
I’m afraid our
and staged, pro forma
For, we know the
those with and without
we know the charred
We know all those children
and their games
torn asunder for
just not the names, not
Surely, you understand the
We are all vile and
by necessity and
the dreamer from the
Simon Carroll, PhD
University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
* Jeremiad - a long, mournful lament
At the weekend the BBC blocked a joint appeal from 13 highly respected
aid agencies for humanitarian aid for the citizens of
Gaza. If you wish to TO COMPLAIN TO THE BBC the contact
PHONE: 03700 100 222, TEXT: 03700
100 212 ONLINE: http://www.bbc. co.uk/complaints
The appeal can be read here.
26 January 2009
It is estimated that about 50,000 people were made
homeless by the Israeli shelling of Gaza. Israel continues its total
control of the flow of all food and other supplies into Gaza through
the six entry/exit points. On the 6pm news today on BBC Radio 4 at 6pm
it was stated that Israel was refusing to allow construction materials
to enter Gaza.
At the weekend Israel declared a ceasefire. The last Israeli troops left
Gaza yesterday, timed to be just before the inauguration of America's
new president, Barack Obama. They left behind them vast areas of
destroyed housing, 50,000 people homeless and living in UN shelters,
over 5000 Palestinians wounded, over 1300 Palestinians killed and 13
13 January 2009
60 bombing raids on Gaza last night. Nowhere is safe. Over 900
Palestinians have been killed in this short escalation of conflict. 13
Israelis have been killed (3 by their own soldiers in an accident).
7 January 2009
See Words words
poem below. Today the news is that as that poem was being written
another UN School was hit. At least 40 people were killed, most of them
children. The school was being used as a safe haven. Hundreds were
sheltering there. The UN had given the Israeli army the co-ordinates of
the school so that it would not be hit accidentally. The Israeli
army spokesman said that they fired on the school in response to being
fired on by gunmen in the school. John Ging, a spokesman for the
United Nations Relief and Works Agency was outraged at these comments.
He said, "Those in the school were all families seeking refuge."
(Information from today's Independent.)
continue to call for a ceasefire (whilst continuing to supply arms to
Israel). There was a six months' ceasefire until last November. The
Israelis say Hamas broke the ceasefire. The Independent's distinguished
Middle East Reporter, Robert Fisk, writing in today's Independent,
denies this. He says that Israel broke the ceasefire on 4th November
(08) when an Israeli bombardment killed six Palestinians, and again on
17 November when four more Palestinians were killed.
people of Gaza have been living under the Israeli siege of Gaza for
over two years. They have reasons to be angry. So many are traumatised,
so many in despair.
We can help
One of the charities working in Gaza is UK's Christian Aid. See http://www.christianaid.org.uk/emergencies/
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hungry. you are in crisis.
you are surfing. you are eating
you are oppressed.
i know this because i saw you
rap about it in a white banquet hall.
you posted it on the
world wide web of lies.
you have no food. but so many
where is gilad?
does he eat baklava?
not. he is so skinny.
i know this because i saw his belt
wrapped around his wasted waist twice. in a white banquet hall.
rape in the congo.
tossed in the river.
a chunk of
soap in her cracked hands.
a drop of chocolate on her lips.
she is shocked.
but gaza! but
it is always gaza!
6 January 2009
Gaza, 6 January, 2009
The Prime Minister said today
is a very dangerous moment.
I think everybody around the world
is expressing grave concern,"
but what use are words?
after days of bombing and shelling
Israeli ground troops moved into Gaza.
Tanks, grenades, machine guns,
bombs from the air
shelling from the sea.
More than 500 Palestinians killed
men, women and children.
Five Israelis killed.
More than 700 Palestinians killed.
Hospitals are out of supplies.
People are out of food and water.
Nine Israelis have been killed.
The killing goes on.
For six decades
the killing has gone on.
The Israelis want peace.
The Palestinians want peace.
The Israelis are seeking an end
What use are words?
The Israelis are only attacking
Have they ever considered
what creates a militant?
What is a “militant” ?
Maybe people who are fighting back?
To stop them fighting back
maybe you shouldn't attack.
The Israelis say
we are only attacking “militants”.
We are not attacking “civilians”.
Bombs are falling.
Tanks are shelling.
Helicopter gunships are strafing.
But they are not attacking “civilians”.
They are “discriminating”.
Oh yes they are.
They are “discriminating”.
Only attacking human beings,
a police station,
people leaving prayers outside a
a United Nations school.
bombs fall on houses.
What do words mean?
Who needs words?
We are not fooled by words.
There are too many words.
(what is a statesman?)
urge peace talks.
There have been peace talks for
What use have they been?
We don't need more words.
The Palestinians don't need words.
They need justice.
Words are camouflage.
cannot say something meaningful
let them be quiet.
We would welcome the news:
Today no politician spoke.
Let's get to the nitty-gritty.
Who pays the Israelis?
Who supplies weapons to the Israelis?
Who trades with the Israelis?
Who could influence the Israelis?
Do we have moral leaders?
Do we have civilised leaders?
Do we have leaders
who understand the meaning
of their own words?
Do we have leaders who really
give a damn?
Could they stop the torture
of the Palestinian people?
Could they stop the persecution
of the Palestinian people?
Could they stop the robbery,
the imprisonment and murder
of the Palestinian people?
We are facing
avoidable human suffering.
The whole world knows
what is going on.
Should we speak out?
Bleat like lambs?
What can be done?
We can be sure
that leaders will speak out.
Words are falling on Gaza.
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Mr Brown's comments and "over 700
killed" are from today's ITN website. Other estimates are lower at the moment. Over two and a half thousand have been injured.
Saturday 3rd January 2009
430 killed by Israeli bombing and attacks on the defenceless, besieiged
civilian population of Gaza. Over 2000 injured. Medical services
overwhelmed. Civilian ministries and police targeted with the apparent
purpose of destroying the capacity of the democratically elected Gaza
administration to govern Gaza and cause the breakdown of society. Four
from around the world. Protest demonstrations around the world.
National demonstration in London today. For information and suggested
letters you might write see
Saturday 27th December 2008
Israel mounts an horrific atack on the mini state of Gaza which they
have been beseiging and starving of resources since the spring of 2006.
By today (Tuesday 30th December 2008) 350 Palestinians have been killed
including many civilians. Over 1000 have been injured, many seriously.
Tthe medical resources in this beseiged area have been overwhelmed.
There are no more hospital beds and many essential medical supplies
have run out. A mosque and a university have been attacked. Four
Israelis have been killed.
sixty years the Israelis have been determined to take Palestinian land
by force and to crush all Palestinian opposition by violence. A
spokesman on BBC yesterday spoke of stopping Palestinian
violence once and for all, the same message they started with.
(Palestinian violence being sporadic and ineffective attempts to hit
back at the agressors, their persecutors, the Israeli state.)
The following poem was received this morning, Tuesday 30 December 2008):
Sixty years now of a theft and terror plan,
Ordered by ministers sounding American.
Has it worked ? Does the violence cease ?
In Persia does a Jew enjoy more peace.
Babies born at checkpoint; rifles pointing.
Judicial murder God's new martyrs anointing,
A people starved of education and respect,
Does peaceful co-existence never beget.
The Janus face of diplomatic high sham ,
Says 'boo' again to the friend of Uncle Sam.
Who but Allah and Hamas will they thank,
As they stare into the barrel of a Zionist tank ?
Monday, December 29, 2008
Richard Arnold, copyright, 2008.
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It is tragically
ironic that many of the survivors of widespread persecution
in Europe and the Holocaust in particular, and their
relations and descendants, the Israelis, have themselves
become persecutors in Israel/Palestine.
is a strange story: some might
belief, that a people who
so soon become the torturers
Not all Israelis
support their government's policy, but opposition is
difficult. Many Jews outside Israel feel a deep anger
and shame about what has been done is being done to
this day in Palestine to the Palestinians.
is herself a Jew and she makes her feelings and views
plain in these three powerful and complex poems.
Once more unto the
more the con of that debasing call
us to savagery. The right to kill
ours. Of course - for west is best of all
east is east, the least, the beast that will
devalue what our God made good:
us, the way we are, our sovereign greed.
it democracy. That, understood,
bloody rapacity as need.
more, again, forever, that word breach
us: breach of promise, breach of trust…
practise every breach our leaders preach -
captives safe for torture and for lust.
noble dead live on enshrined in fame;
rot without a number or a name.
tell you what I call a breach of faith:
Jew by birth and nurture, I believed
Zionism meant the promised land
Jew and Arab working hand in hand.
as I dare to say I was deceived,
face each night my father's vengeful wraith.
let me be a traitor to my race.
truth has to be told by Jews like me:
see an Israel with a Nazi face,
Lebensraum as plain as plain can be,
victims of the Holocaust betrayed,
to justify that crime remade
take the name in vain. Hear, Israel!
your barbarity that makes our world a hell.
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quality of mercy
dark. Dig deep. Now throw away the soil
masks and marks the meanings we have lost:
graves of wormy words. No flesh and blood -
origins of speech, maimed skeletons
a species with a bastard progeny:
left of language. Prodigal, undead,
mute but mutant. How it twists and turns
uncreate! We say not what we do.
mercy (having lost it). Take the trail
leads abusers to a resurrected ghost.
thing we killed may yet be understood -
felt, perhaps, by brute automatons,
sensed as concept, essence, quality,
Ghost with ghastly tale unsaid,
word unmeant for kindness justly earns
right to say its truth, if not to make it true.
have known what it is to be loved,
am first-born. If meaning is lived,
the scion whose sign spells the blood
core values ingested as food
am worth your belief. More than good
the mercy in merchandise, then?
call merchants and mercenaries men -
a place where no pitiless barter
a time when no pitying martyr
a word that could turn the world round
a flash -
goods into good, telling power
that arms become alms and the poor
Give me my money's worth. My pound
rare to coin a word that finds us out,
absolutely tells us as we are:
of a language that can lie,
to kill the spirit that gives life,
spell the grossly human as humane -
goods to good. Our crudest scam
mercy: now, as in its history.
mercy has no pity; leaves no doubt
hearts are tangled in its roots. As far
Latin takes us back to base, we try
vain to conjure harmony from strife.
the Church chose mercy to explain
as pity: whether to bless or damn
good of goods remains a mystery.
can we live and let the word lie
not as if a hellish void
to be harrowed for a reborn
fifth Beatitude unheard
mercy vouched it valid.
bonding the human heart
pity. Why have we lost it?
lost is not found if we start
a coinage like mercy. They knew -
must have known, those holy scholars -
word was murky. Murky as hell.
coin, cruel hire, rotten bribe, hard sell;
as punishment, interest now due
the currency that kills - mercy as dollars.
- you should be living at this hour:
see a world that vindicates your choice
rampant, racist, mercenary power
local habitation and as voice
mercy. And the burning question's this:
is the merchant here and which the Jew?"
is to be or not to be - what is
what is not. It's either me or you.
is the Jew and which the terrorist?
spits upon the Muslim gaberdine?
calls upon the godly to enlist
dirty wars against those deemed unclean?
quality of mercy's here to stay
Gaza, Abu Ghraib, Guantánamo Bay…
something in these words that makes us yearn
find a time, a culture and a home
honour them in practice.
language never works to make us learn
live by any selfless paradigm.
The centre falls apart
it is surely meant to, even in speech
seems so lucid in its certainties.
such a melody? Why so much art
woo a currish reprobate? To reach
beast remote from human sympathies?
'mercy' isn't meant to turn a Jew
a kosher Christian.
Jew's a hostage to the Christian need
bless and sanctify the mercantile -
good of goods, fair trade;
fleece uncultured distant shores for gold
many a purchas'd slave".
mercenary land, this gentile breed
profit free from usury.
bless the myth of capital, the true
blood of murder: mercy bought and sold.
there is gentle rain, it falls upon
ground: deaf ears and hearts
stone - yes!
humans made inhuman. And what hurts
how we find the words for callousness,
them adrift as clichés with no bite.
gives a damn?
all the fuss about?
of Innocents? Who could care less?
plea for mercy hits the target when
place, the place that hurts, is named and shamed:
ears and stony hearts of "temporal power".
demonised murderous Jew
"the mighty", the few
rage against the many -
a superpower that can be tamed,
surrendered for 'mercy'. Every hour
time's potential butchery redeemed.
tale, a different tale, told by a poet
of mercy, pity, clemency
there is only sound and fury, still
always signifying nothing.
is enthroned in the hearts of…"?
start with Nero.
found him the model of clementia,
merciful he wept to put his name
the death warrant of two thieves.
I had never learnt to write",
saved one thief upon the cross.)
could say Seneca was not to know
protégé might not turn out to be
prototype of mercy. Even so
would be comforting to think that he
just a little queasy when he wrote
justify (before a fussy senate)
gory end of Nero's mother. Note:
survives to say he wept to pen it.
so for Shakespeare's merciful Queen Bess:
Mary Queen of Scots for twenty years
Then, under duress
doubt), and mindful of the fears
her dear subjects,
got rid of her -
withheld her signature.
we are graced by democratic tyrants,
Neroes ratified by God
by us in the flesh: Sharon and Bush.
thing itself, immaculate, unst(r)ained -
quality of mercy-killing.
Christian in imperial harmony,
their brand of gentle rain:
global warring on the place beneath.
twice blessed; lucky Afghanistan,
biblically Judaic Palestine.
makes nothing happen. True.
Jew like me still needs to have a bash.
tell it straight. I'll lay it on the line.
time to ban
ever have the chutzpah to bequeath
land for pillage?
rampant there, and we nod in compliance.
role is there for clemency? What hope?
led me to Seneca. They share
(crazed?) belief that mercy is conjoined
power. That it has to be.
peace a chance. We've tried atrocity.
atrocity, savagery, madness.
a world where rulers do not
is our word, our moneyed heir
legalese or vagaries of weather,
not to ignorant oblivion.
we need to remember our need
our want, our poverty, our meanness of spirit)
mercy as a word rich enough to express
value of a good above all other.
Our mercy, Seneca's clementia,
as only language can,
quality of humanity. The word
flesh, has substance. We are
the dim light where shadows rule,
a glass darkly
scan an argument for the sovereignty
chooses life: freedom of choice
letter of the law can never have,
not by the letter (sub formula),
what is fair and good.
can never be threatened
can one virtue undermine another?
opposite of mercy is not law
lawlessness. Barbarity, the power
wields the sword because it fears it:
the axis of -
merciful ruler is unafraid
let his 'enemies' go unharmed -
that they have the right
claim an honest cause: a fight
just beliefs and equal liberty.
all the people living free
our Nerotic Bush had given pause
decreeing 'terror' Uncaused Cause,
claiming mandate from his friend in heaven
boundless vengeance after 9/11.
merciful ruler doesn't even need
a weakness that clouds reason:
sees the plight, but not the cause.
and reason, like mercy and justice,
about this, Necrose Sharon?
wise and merciful ruler
tranquil mind and face under control)
inter the carcase of an enemy
to be a criminal.
then, was the criminal
found no burial place for Yasser Arafat
posits a world
true happiness is the saving of life.
trophies wrenched from the vanquished
chariots stained with barbarian blood.
is mercy: the 'godlike' use of power
might prefer to call it 'human').
he also foresees our world:
the quality of mercy, but its opposite.
small (maybe), but spreading
the wiping out of nations.
of fire, flames hurled
the roofs of houses,
driven over ancient cities.
show of power,
a ruthless shower,
hard rain's a-gonna fall.
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was just the kind of day for feeling
In myself, by myself, only
to download. Already printed,
pavement displayed its coat
many colours: radiant spew,
almost as good as new
the lamppost, with a punier note
fines for dog-owners. Why
on me? I bag it up, fresh minted,
because I'm lonely
make me guilty. Anyway
makes a dog's arse so much less appealing
a human mouth?
We pick our way,
dog and me, and it isn't him that's growling.
we've turned the corner. That's when stuff
better isn't it? Look up, take heart
not give it):
change is gonna come.
know too well the way before me. Grim,
(decent) suburban road to a field
most by those who'd never mark
Even as the
in my eyes, I look for hope ahead.
but so distinctly marked apart
the normal blur in the bleary air,
conjure up a Chapman work of art
I see the man in his wheel chair.
it. I never thought my day would yield
misery worse than mine.
shits would park
cripple on the pavement? Get rid of him
exposure - his, not theirs?
strength to heave his protest to his lips?
sign from houses close about him…
can't I run to him? Maybe disbelief
me at normal pace. Only my heart
Slowly new details surprise.
mop of white hair so perfectly in place,
even. Untouched by wind or rain.
this man or woman? Clothes not clear
but I sense the unnaturally smart,
and clean. Bright. As if dressed
an occasion in abandonment.
If anyone has messed
this old stick they've left no damning trace.
foul play, as the gruesome saying goes.
here, a respectable demise
all to see. For me to see. I'm here.
want a laugh? Some light relief?
figure has no face.
name, no sex, no martyrdom, no pain.
on the pavement, left against a wall
against a tree
barriers workmen erect
their caverns in the ground,
with painted stripes
danger. But now
walk straight through the space
where my cripple never was.
my eyes deceived me.
deeper, darker truth behind it all.
and guilt that follow me around,
of inner tears no pleasure ever wipes
I'm living in another place -
the earth of Palestine. No matter how
hide my eyes, that filthy image stays.
is a strange story: some might say
belief, that a people who
so soon become the torturers
is believing. There is a child,
al-Hams is her name.
her family lived secure,
like others, in their homeland.
they are penned in ghettoes, branded
is thirteen, but undersized
looks ten, at most.
she know, today,
perhaps, of a place to play,
she has wandered too
to nightmare? See how unsure
looks. Here are no nurturers,
playmates, sisters, brothers.
a savage desert wild
'human' beasts of prey
see the terror on her face,
is the thing despised
most prized -
practice, game for execution.
of the Chosen People, (or
it the Master Race?)
an enemy when they see one:
their Belief is always right.
see a child, a girl they think is ten -
she's one of them, isn't she?
she would have been wearing
yellow star. Not a human being.
shoots. He has to. Then
Kommandant strides forward with his gun
That shot has made his day.
he's where he wants to be
he gets her face to face.
he can blast the breath
of her. Watch every bullet tearing
apart. Not just her. Fight
good fight. In shooting her
kills every 'terrorist' bastard.
shoot her even if she was three -
again, again, again…
can a family mourn
a child's body torn
seventeen bullets, with no hope
justice? How do they cope
a killer who will never bear the blame?
murderer who dares not speak his name.
in Rabbi. Well, Captain R,
braver world will find out who you are.
day, some time, someone will not stay dumb:
day, some time, A change is gonna come.
that we see or seem
not a dream within a dream.
thousands who have lost
of passage in their native land
Palestinians. At roadblocks Jews,
the daylong miserable queues
those they've beggared. Subjected
Does this strike a chord?
yes! 'Oy! Oy! What music to the ears!
at this gonif with a violin!
does he think he is - a mensch like us?
do you say?
laughs? Something real nice and sad.'
the Hatikvah? I wish he had.)
course we do our best to understand
lads under this daily stress get bored
power turned their heads, even affected
wits and made them imitators
those music maestros of the Holocaust,
don't bring shame upon the Jewish nation.
are no limits to the degradation
upon the stigmatised race.
it is a man playing a violin
in Nazi style.
still a pleasure to deface)
mounted on a pole;
cigarette alight and fresh
the mouth's corroded flesh.
the sons of Belial
mock and thrust.
satisfying to have found your role:
smile and smile
be a villain)
know your cause is just.
dead head on the pole
many, Lord, how many?)
no voice, no identity.
man who played
music on his violin,
to be lost in non-entity,
known because a group of women
not forgotten how to be human
their brute bothers.
shoot with cameras. For them
truth confronts the hideous doctrine
which these Zion-Nazis stand betrayed -
Purity of Arms". An ideology
codicil to Mosaic theology,
Commandment: There is no toll
pay; nor is there any
above the Jew's right to kill others.
for an eye.
think the Holocaust would bring
empathy with suffering,
the Jewish State
by racist hate
Arab evil and aggression.
so they take possession
land and more land
that the world will understand.
nation can afford the error
unbelief in Muslim Terror?
has the Nuclear Power?
has the might of arms,
tyranny of money?
the warring races.
on the breadline,
defines a terrorist
who denies the right to resist?
the feeblest strike alarms
occupying force, when hour
hour they bomb and devastate
lives of thousands.
tremble. Every time a David meets
there's a twist of fate,
in chaos that defeats
primacy of force.
may still be a dim and distant day
our vision. But I hear the hum
mighty workings, and I say
change is gonna come.
Copyright © 2005 Felicity Currie
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Web site page. Copyright © 2005, 2008, 2009 David Roberts
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A life is a life
We see for fourteen you kill nine hundred, are
yours worth so much more
Then all the weeping of Palestine, who cannot
fight an equal war
So this is your new holocaust, although you call
it something else
You split Gaza into three, herding the old and
weak like cattle
Surely you remember this; you have been here
before, not so long ago, I fear
Pity the nation who thinks its self right; pity
its people who forget how they died
©Marguerite Rami, 2009
They are killing hundreds of
people without batting an eye
While the rest of the world
stands idly by
they’re mourning a
child blown up in their bed
Whilst by others, it seems,
barely a tear is shed
Where else in the world
could this injustice be done
To people who are trapped
with nowhere to run
It’s no longer a case of
who’s right or who’s wrong
But a case of the weak being
attacked by the strong
So with naked aggression the
bombs keep falling
Killing babies and children.
It’s just appalling
Why do these innocent lives
need to be lost
It seems that the objective
is not worth the cost.
There must be a way to stop
this massacre now.
We can’t wait for world
leaders to figure out how
The UN has no power, so it
If they had then surely they
The power in this world is
held by a select few
And they will never listen
to me or you.
They have their own agendas,
disregarding the law
And justify murder by
dressing it up as a war
So, how many more people are
going to die in vain
And how long can these
parents bear the pain
Of losing the lights of
their lives in this way?
I fear that there will be a
very high price to pay.
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War Crimes and other information from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign
18 – Gaza Update from PSC
dead – 3056 injured
from the Front Line
obtained detailed evidence of the war crimes being committed by the
Israeli Defence force. The graphic details of the death and
destruction of the lives of almost a thousand people in Gaza is
utterly chilling and every supporter of the PSC should take the time
to read the document that has been supplied to us by Al Mezan in
the full report click on this link
momentum for an official investigation into Israel’s war crimes is
building. Senior UN officials have described the shelling of
Palestinian homes in the Gaza as ‘Reckless and indiscriminate.’
They have also attacked the grotesque use of Gazan families as human
shields by the IDF.
meeting of the UN’s most powerful human rights committee yesterday,
they passed a motion describing Israel’s actions in Gaza as a
‘Massive violation of human rights.’
the International Red Cross and the highly respected independent NGO
Human Rights Watch have accused the Israeli Government of committing
the following atrocities over the last 17 days.
Using powerful shells in civilian
areas which the army knew would cause large numbers of innocent
Using banned weapons such as
Holding Palestinian families as human
Attacking medical facilities,
including the killing of 12 ambulance men in marked vehicles;
Killing large numbers of police who
had no military role.
is supporting all those who are working towards bringing those who
have committed war crimes in the military campaign in Gaza.
more stories about Israel’s war crimes click on the following links
Home and Now No Voice
Israeli Election Court has just ruled that the two Arab political
parties in Israel will not be allowed to put up candidates in the
forthcoming General Election in Israel. The decision is in complete
violation of the UNs Universal Declaration on Human Rights and
the UN’s International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
one other regime has ever been as explicit in their decisions to
disenfranchise voters on the basis of their race, and that was the
appalling apartheid regime of South Africa. The only way the Israeli
Government can avoid being held in the same contempt as the racist
government of South Africa is to allow all its citizens the right to
find out more on the campaign for voting rights in Israel by clicking
27 January 2009
Disasters Emergency Committee appeal for the people of Gaza
22 Jan: Aid agencies launch joint appeal to relieve Gaza humanitarian crisis
Leading UK aid agencies are today (Thursday, 22 January) appealing to
the public for urgently needed funds to help ease the desperate plight
of people affected by the conflict in Gaza.
Launching the Disasters Emergency Committee Gaza Crisis Appeal, chief
executive Brendan Gormley said that the devastation wrought in the
Gazan territory was so huge that British aid agencies were compelled to
Over 1,300 Palestinians have been killed in the conflict, and many
thousands have been injured, overwhelming local hospitals. The
destruction has left people without homes and many children without
schooling; power, food and water supplies are insufficient to cover the
Mr Gormley said: “DEC agencies have a humanitarian mandate. We
are not proposing to attempt to rebuild Gaza – that is not our
role. But with the public’s support we can help relieve
short-term needs. Agencies are already providing food, drugs and
blankets as well as delivering clean water.
“But we will soon reach the limit of what we can do, without more
money. For Gazans struggling to survive, receiving urgent
humanitarian aid will help them take the first step to recovery.”
Mr Gormley stressed that DEC aid agencies were non-political. “We
work on the basis of humanitarian need and there is an urgent need in
Gaza today. Political solutions are for others to resolve, but what is
of major concern to us all is that many innocent people have been
affected by the situation – and it is them that we seek to
- ENDS -
Notes to editors:
1. The DEC consists of: Action Aid, British Red Cross,
CAFOD, CARE International UK, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide, Help
the Aged, Islamic Relief, Merlin, Oxfam, Save the Children, Tearfund,
2. The Palestinian Ministry of Heath (MOH) has reported
1,314 Palestinian fatalities since 27 December 2008. This is noted in
the Situation Report on the Humanitarian Situation in the Gaza Strip
– No.14, 19 January 2009 (Office for the Coordination of
3. How to donate:
It’s easy to donate. Please visit our website on www.dec.org.uk or call the DEC on 0370 60 60 900.
We know people are facing financially difficult times but even a small
donation makes a difference. Even a small donation to the appeal will
help get food, water, shelter, emergency and medical supplies to people
who desperately need it.
4. The DEC criteria to launch an appeal are:
The disaster must be on such a scale and of such urgency as to call for
swift International humanitarian assistance. The DEC agencies, or some
of them, must be in a position to provide effective and swift
humanitarian assistance at a scale to justify a national Appeal.There
must be sufficient public awareness of, and sympathy for, the
humanitarian situation so as to give reasonable grounds for concluding
that a public Appeal would be successful.
5. For new footage, photographs, case studies and
pre-recorded or live interviews with both aid agency staff on the
ground and in the UK, please contact the DEC press office on 0207 387
0200 or out-of-hours on 07930 999014.
Also from the Disasters Emergency Committe website:
an 18 month blockade of Gaza and three weeks of heavy shelling the
humanitarian crisis in Gaza is now completely overwhelming.
of people are struggling to survive with many having lost their homes
and most down to their last supplies of food and only limited amounts
of fresh drinking water.
- Just £25 can buy warm blankets for 8 children
- Just £50 can provide a Food parcel for a family for one month
- supplies to Gaza are erratic at best with 75% of the area cut off
completely. There is a significant public health risk arising out of
the almost collapse of Gaza’s water and sewage system, the
running of which is dependent on electricity.
- Around 500,000 people are without running water with 37% of
Gaza’s water wells not working effectively and fuel reserves
depleted due to restrictions on access and damage to pipes.
- At least 412 Children have been killed and 1,855 injured
- 60% of the population is living in poverty
- 1.1 million people are dependent upon aid to survive.
- The capacity of the health system has been significantly reduced due
to the damage of at least 21 clinics. Ten primary health care clinics
are functioning as emergency clinics and hospitals and intensive care
units continue to treat the mass casualties.
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