STOP THE WAR National Demonstration: Saturday 10th January 2009 – PASS it ON

Assemble 12.30pm Speakers Corner, Hyde Park

March to Israeli Embassy High St Kensington, London

Bus from Birmingham: 8.30am opposite moor st station. Please call Helen on 07905 212 297 for tickets. 

Shoes for the widows and orphans and all those killed – In the spirit of Iraqi journalist Muntadar al-Zaidi, who used his shoes to protest over George Bush’s war crimes, we will deliver shoes to the Israeli Embassy at Saturday’s demonstration. Please bring old shoes, so we — like Muntadar al-Zaidi — can say, “This is for the widows and orphans and all those killed.” 

Here is the latest video: 

Anyone with a semblance of humanity watching this video, hearing what the doctor in a Gaza hospital says, will know the extent of Israel’s barbarity.

“This is Dante’s Inferno, hell. There are injuries here you just don’t want to see. Children with their abdomens open and legs cut off. We just had a child and we had to amputate both legs and an arm. Their only crime is that they are civilians, Palestinians, living in Gaza. The bombing has to stop immediately. This cannot go on. Anyone who portrays this as a clean war against another army is lying. This is an all out war against the civilian population in Gaza. They cannot flee as other populations can in war time because Israel has them trapped in a cage. Israel is bombing one and a half million people trapped in a cage.”

Gaza has a population 1.5 million. Israel has slaughtered 650 Palestinians and injured 3000 more in the last eleven days. A proportionately similar death toll in Britain, with a population of 60 million, would be 26,000 dead and 120,000 injured. If Britain was Gaza, Israel would be condemned by the whole world for monstrous crimes against humanity and forced to stop the carnage. The mealy mouthed statements by governments so far are pitiful. Israel is only able to act in this barbaric manner because of the support it gets from governments who habitually turn a blind eye to its war crimes.

Join the national demonstration: Stop the War is asking all its local groups outside of London to book coaches or arrange other transport to help make this the biggest demonstration yet seen in this country.

Mass slaughter and devastation in Gaza shows barbarity has no limits. Half of Gaza’s one and a half million people are children, dozens of whom have been killed or injured. Hospitals in Gaza are overflowing with dead and wounded while facing severe shortages of essential medical supplies and spare parts.

The full horror of war crime is not being shown by the British media. Stop the War has been sent these pictures which capture what happens when the fourth most powerful military in the world unleashes its arsenal of terror on people trapped in the most densely populated area in the world. 

Demonstrations across the world call for an immediate stop to the carnage. Every country in the world bar one wants the killing and destruction to stop now. But just as it did in the Lebanon War in 2006, The United States has given the green light to Israel to intensify its barbarism.

The US is blocking all UN diplomacy for an immediate ceasefire with the tacit compliance of the British government, which calls for an immediate ceasefire while at the same time endorsing America’s refusal to allow any discussion in the United Nations to achieve this end.

When Israel broke the six month ceasefire on November 4, it was the trigger for this long planned invasion, deliberately timed for the last few weeks of George Bush’s presidency and a few weeks before Israeli elections, in which all the leading politicians are competing as to how many Palestinians they can kill.

Stop the War, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, British Muslim Initiative, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament are organising continual protests in the next week, culminating in a national demonstration marching to the Israeli Embassy in London on Saturday 10 January.

We urge all of our supporter to do all keep informed about our activities via out website and by subscribing to our regular newsletters. Everyone who is shocked and outraged by Israel’s barbarity, and the prospect of hundreds more Palestinian civilians being killed by the fourth most powerful military in the world, should commit themselves to helping mobilise for the protests in the coming week and for making the national demonstration on Saturday 10 January the biggest yet seen in this country for the freedom of Palestine.

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Wednesday, 07 January 2009

“We speak out for the people of Gaza. What is happening there is a crime against humanity. We are asking everyone to be at Speaker’s Corner in London at 12.30 pm on Saturday, 10 January, and join the march to the Israeli Embassy.”


Tony Benn, President Stop the War Coalition

Annie Lennox

Peter Gabriel

Michael Nyman

Miriam Margolyes

Nigel Kennedy

Bill Bailey

Brian Eno

Janet Suzman

Alexei Sayle

Katie Mitchell

Professors Hilary & Steven Rose

Iain Banks

Terry Jones

Tariq Ali

Dr Richard Horton (Editor, The Lancet)

Vanessa Redgrave

Katherine Hamnett

Mark Thomas

Linton Kwesi Johnson

Samuel West

Caryl Churchill

A.L. Kennedy

Corin Redgrave

John Williams

John Pilger

Timberlake Wertenbaker

David Gentleman

Craig Murray

Ian Macdonald,QC

Susan Wooldridge

Michael Kustow

Mark Steel

Michael Rosen

Andy de la Tour

Professor Paul Gilroy

Lauren Booth

Kika Markham

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

Roger Lloyd Pack

Jehane Markham

Janie Dee

Kathy Panama

Mike & Kate Westbrook

Ed Harcourt

Dave Randall

Michael La Rose

Louise Christian

Ali Hussein

Liane Aukin

Eugene Skeef

Keith Burstein

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