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||Tuesday, 28 May 2002, 6 - 7:30pm
Palestine Verbatim - A Public Reading
come and listen to:
The experiences of people who are living through the attack
on the Palestinian Territories in their own words.
Eyewitness accounts, first hand stories and testimonies direct
from Jenin, Nablus, Ramallah, Bethlehem, Hebron and the other
communities of the Occupied Territories plus reports from
the Israeli peace movement and refuseniks
A PUBLIC READING by actors, writers, poets, film-makers,
artists and activists Tuesday 28th May 6pm to 7.30pm Trafalgar
"Then, one of the soldiers, whom we think is the officer
in charge, asked us to put on our clothes and they made us
sit in the living room and started discussing about what they
would do with us, while they were drinking all the beer they
found in our apartment."
"The soldiers are trying to hide what happened by asking
people to bring corpses lying in the streets inside the houses,
and are now bulldozing houses and burning them to hide the
corpses under the rubble."
"Before they were allowed to go to Jenin women were
gathered in one room. A soldier started beating one of them,
another soldier started shouting and saying that women should
not be beaten."
This event is being organised by Meeting Ground Theatre Company
and friends and supported by Artists Against The War Proceeds
from the collection will go to Medical Aid for Palestinians
Verbatim - Help Out
Information for participants, readers, volunteers
Palestine Verbatim will be presented on Tuesday
28th May at 6pm in Trafalgar Square We
have had a really good response to our request for stories
(from Palestine) and readers (from here). We
need all the help we can get to make this exciting and original
event a success. The event is being
presented by Meeting Ground Theatre Company plus friends in
collaboration with Artists Against the War
Please read what follows carefully and see
how you can take part.
If you know you can use leaflets, contact
us immediately by telephone or email, tell us your postal
address and how many you want. We will post them to you. Contact
us if you can distribute the leaflet:
- outside the Young Vic for the audience
of HOMEBODY/KABUL at 6.30 on Monday 27th May
- outside Piccadilly Circus, Covent Garden,
Leicester Square and Charing Cross tube stations at 5pm
on Tuesday 28th May
If there is anywhere else you can leaflet
TELL US and say how many you want. It's an opportunity to
reach beyond our friends!!!!!!
We are producing a Press Release. If you have
contacts to whom you think it should go. Contact Emma Schad.
We need a banner with the words PALESTINE
VERBATIM on it capable of being displayed on the third of
three steps immediately behind first stage of Nelson's Column.
This may be a simple calico cloth banner with lettering large
enough to be seen from the top of a passing bus.
PLEASE HELP US. Come along at 6pm on Sunday
26th May to 55 Windsor Road N7 (tel 7263 9807) to help do
STEWARDS NEEDED!!! If you will collect money
and distribute a programme to the spectators on the actual
day please tell us. You will need to be at Nelson's Column
by 5.30pm on Tuesday 28th May the day of the presentation.
All proceeds will go to Medical Aid for Palestinians.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ORGANISING THE EVENT:
We've never used a public space like Trafalgar
Square for an event before. Find out about the logistics.
Also how the Verbatim accounts will be distributed to the
readers is an interesting problem. The readers will only get
the pieces they are reading on the day!!!!
Come along to an organisation meeting at 6.30pm
on Thursday 23rd May at 55 Windsor Road N7 6JL. Telephone
7263 9807 before you come.
THE EDITORIAL GROUP will meet to sort out
the running order and who will read what at 5.30pm on Sunday
26th May at 55 Windsor Road N7 6JL
If you have volunteered to read you will need
to be at Trafalgar Square at 5pm on the day - Tuesday 28th
May - to collect what you are going to read. There will be
somebody standing by to help with pronunciation of Arabic
About 20 people have volunteered to read and
we will be contacting you if you have volunteered. If in any
doubt telephone 7263 9807 or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Meeting Ground Theatre Company,
Artists Against The War
||Saturday, 25 May 2002, 2 - 6 pm
||Muslim Cultural Centre
244 Acklam Rd, London, W10
Tube: Westbourne Park
Palestine Truth Uncovered - London Conference
Speakers include:Speakers Including:
Azzam Tamimi (MAB): Roots of the conflict
Dr Bashir Nasi (Historian and lecturer):
Palestine and Britain the historic and moral responsibility
Ibrahim Hewitt (Chairman of Interpal):
Palestine the resistance and manipulation of the media
Lloyd Quinan MSP: Eye Witness Account from Palestine
George Galloway MP
Specail Video Showing: Video footage of Jeneen
Occupation101 Video presentation: (only the second UK
contact: 07958329879 / email@example.com
Muslim Assoc of Britain
||Saturday, 25 May 2002, 1:30 pm
||Assemble at Tothill Street (Westminister
Tube), march to Trafalgar Square, London.
Solidarity March with Children in Palestine
Hundreds of children and juveniles have been killed by the
security forces and many more suffer daily from the terror
Schools are closed, parents cannot work to provide even basic
homes and families are destroyed.
The CPR calls especially on supporters with children of their
to attend this demonstration. There will be a short march
St (nr Westminster Tube), beginning at 1.30 to a rally in
The CPR will have placards bearing the names of many of the
killed by Israeli soldiers and settlers, since the Intifada
phone 020 7604 5518 - 020 7604 5528
Justice for Palestine Committee (incl:
Muslim Assoc of Britain; Palestine Return Centre; Islamic
Commission & others)
||Saturday, 25 May 2002, 11am
SF March&Rally - Take it to the
Bridge to Stop the War
The All People's Coalition to Stop US Terror and Occupation
for a peaceful rally at Crissy Field and a march on the Golden
Bridge on Saturday, May 25, 2002
- 11am Rally at Crissy Field in San Francisco
- 1:30am March to the Golden Gate Bridge and across the
- Return to Crissy Field
The anti-war movement must raise the stakes in challenging
government to stop its attacks on the peoples of the world
so-called 'war on terrorism.' The Golden Gate Bridge is a
the US known throughout the world and a massive march of people
across this bridge will send a message to the international
community that people right here are calling for no more business
usual while the United States carries out its attacks on the
This protest that also calls for US to get out of the Middle
East and to
end aid to Israel.
Friday 5/24: Civil disobedience and nonviolence training,
Banner & sign painting also!
Please Join Us!
Tel: (510) 569-9620 or (408) 885-9785
Nothing to do with the event, but never the less an interesting
tag line on the email we received to advertise the event:
born in Washington DC is twice as likely to die in infancy
than one born in Cuba's capitol; nearly three times as likely
if the DC baby has the misfortune to be African-American.
Cuba delivers far better medical care to its citizens than
the US does, despite forty years of the US economic blockade.
All People's Coalition to Stop US Terror and Occupation
||Saturday, 18 May 2002, 12 noon
||Assemble at Speakers Corner Hyde
Park, rally at Trafalgar Square, London.
National Rally for Palestine
- Speakers include:
- Afif Safieh,
- Palestinian Delegate to UK,
- George Galloway MP,
- John Austin MP,
- Jeremy Corbyn MP,
- Dr. Ghada Karmi,
- Betty Hunter Secretary PSC.
Organised by Palestine Solidarity Campaign
sponsored by Association of Palestinian Communities, Palestine
Return Centre, Al-Awda, General Union of Palestinian Students,
UCATT, NATFHE, NUJ, CND, Stop the War Coalition
PDF poster click
phone 020 7700 6192
||Wednesday, 15 May 2002, 4:30pm
||Boeing Headquarters 100 N. Riverside
Demonstrate Against Boeing
May 15th marks the 54th anniversary of the Israeli dispossession
of the Palestinian people.
This is the day when Israeli military forces began to force
almost 1 million Palestinians from their homes in what is
now called Israel. Today that illegal dispossession combined
with the illegal and racist occupation of Palestinian land
is maintained with massive amounts of military aid provided
by the US government. With that military aid Israel buys Apache
helicopters from Boeing. These Apache helicopters are used
by Israel in its brutal efforts to stamp out the Palestinian
struggle for freedom. The Apache helicopters have been used
to assassinate Palestinian leaders to fire upon Palestinian
civilians and their homes, and to destroy the infrastructure
of the Palestinian Authority.
We cannot let Boeing get away with raking in tens of millions
of dollars in military contracts with the Israeli government
over the bodies of dead Palestinians. Come to this protest,
including street theater, to demand that Boeing stop providing
these instruments of death, the Apache helicopters, to Israel.
or 773.317.0027 for more information.
Chicago Palestinian Solidarity Network
||Saturday, 11 May 2002, From 3pm-6pm
||Outside Israeli Embassy, The Isreali
embassy is in High Street Kensington (nearest station, High
Street Kensington, when u leave the station, go right and keep
walking forward until you see lots of Palestinian flags)
Picket Outside Isreali Embassy
Support the Palestinians in their fight against Israeli
Please Please Please could everyone try to come, u have no
not coming, even if u stay for half an hour, for those of
you who have
exams im sure half an hour will not disturb ur revision. Show
support for our Palestinian brothers and sisters who are being
massacred everyday by the Isreali occupation... Bring your
friends and family with u, we want to make this BIG!
Bring out whistles, drums, tablas, stereos. Let's make it
a noisy affair!
||Saturday, 11 May 2002
||Various location in Europe
European Day of Boycott Action
The Palestinian people are experiencing their thirty fourth
year of military occupation. The siege by the Israeli army
and the economic blockade has devastated their daily lives
so that 'normal' life is impossible.
European Solidarity Organisations with the support of many
individuals and organisations in Europe, the Occupied Palestinian
Territories and Israel, has launched a European Day of Boycott
Action. There have been calls for a boycott from within Israel
itself as well as in the Occupied Territories. Our decision
to launch this campaign follows decades of Israel's refusal
to abide by UN Resolutions, International Humanitarian law
and the Fourth Geneva Convention. We will organise supporters
to boycott Israeli goods and services, to persuade businesses
to stop trading with Israel and to campaign for an end to
European Union and national governments trade agreements with
Statement of Intent:
Stand Up for Palestinian Human Rights - Oppose Israeli Oppression
- Boycott Israeli Products
For too long the world has ignored the relentless military
oppression of the Palestinian people. Since the 29th of September
2000, over 1,539* Palestinians have been killed and more than
19,195 injured by the Israeli army and settlers. The Government
of Israel has intensified collective punishment on the Palestinian
civilian population, laying siege to their land, preventing
free movement and devastating the Palestinian economy. "Normal"
life is impossible as people are unable to work, move around
freely, attend school, get to hospitals, or to obtain water.
We call for mass consumer action, along the lines of the boycott
of South African produce during the anti-apartheid campaign.
By joining this boycott individuals and organisations can
take concrete steps to stand up against the gross human rights
violations by the Israeli State.
We call for an immediate, unconditional lifting of the siege
of the occupied territories, an end to the occupation, the
right of return for Palestinian refugees and the implementation
of UN resolutions and international humanitarian law in relation
to the Palestinian people.
We therefore support:
A boycott of Israeli products
A boycott of Israeli leisure tourism
An immediate arms embargo against Israel
An end to European firms' investment in Israel
Suspension of EU Israel Association Agreements and National
agreements with Israel
[*Figures are underestimates due to Palestinian Red Crescent
to access many areas].
Danish Palestinian Friendship Association
Boykot Israel Kampagnen
Iceland Palestine Association
Ireland Palestine Solidarity Society
Action for Peace - Italian Peace Association
Netherlands Palestina Komitte
Palestinagruppene i Norge (PGN) www.palestina.no/pgn.html
Palestinakomiteen (The Palestine Committee)
Den Palestinske Forening (The Palestinian Association)
Palestinagruppern i Sverige (PGS)
Palestine Solidarity Campaign
For further information contact your national organisation
||Wednesday, 8 May 2002, 7:30pm
||Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London
Speak out against the massacre of Palestinians
End the Israeli occupation
- Afif Safieh, Palestinian Delegate to UK,
- Ann Clwyd MP, Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Human Rights
- Michel Abdul Massih QC
- Adah Kay, eyewitness from Ramallah
Organised by Palestine Solidarity Campaign
phone 020 7700 6192
|| Tuesday 7 May 2002 : 3 - 5pm
|| House of Commons, London SW1
Lobby Day of Parliament- MASS LOBBY
HUMANITARIAN CRISIS IN PALESTINE
Israel has occupied the Palestinian West
Bank and Gaza Strip since 1967, in contravention of international
law and United Nations Security Council resolutions. After
the signing of the Oslo accords by the Palestine Liberation
Organization and the government of Israel in 1993, parts of
these areas were placed in the hands of a Palestinian Authority.
But the Israelis continued to exert overall control. At the
end of March this year, the Israeli army began to re-occupy
towns, villages and refugee camps in the West Bank.
The principal concern of today's Lobby is
the way in which the Israeli re-occupation has been carried
out and the resulting crisis for the Palestinian civilian
The UN has described it as "a humanitarian
crisis without precedent in its destructive impact on the
Palestinian people and its institutions". In a statement,
the UN Human Rights Commission accuses the Israelis of committing
"gross violations of humanitarian law".
By imposing a media blackout and declaring
parts of the West Bank, including Ramallah and Bethlehem,
"closed military zones", the Israelis have ensured
that their activities in these areas have remained cloaked
in secrecy. However, eyewitness accounts and physical evidence
reveal widespread destruction of property and infrastructure,
massive death and injury caused to a civilian population,
and the utter obliteration of any sense of security or hope
Since the beginning of the Israeli military
operation, "human rights organizations have received
hundreds of reports about widespread damage and severe suffering
inflicted on the Palestinian civilian population. The IDF
has banned foreign reporters from entering Palestinian towns,
villages and refugee camps. The ongoing fighting and the curfews
imposed in the Occupied Territories severely affect human
rights organizations' fieldworkers and limit their ability
to gather information" (B'Tselem).
"In entire cities and towns, ambulances
and emergency medical services have ground to a halt. Medical
workers and ambulances have been fired upon. The wounded have
been denied access to medical treatment. Palestinians have
been killed attempting to reach hospitals for routine medical
care. Such abuses raise not simply humanitarian issues; they
are serious violations of international humanitarian law"
(Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the International
Commission of Jurists, 7 April 2002).
Almost all hospitals in the West Bank have
been surrounded by Israeli tanks, thus compromising the free
and safe movement of staff, patients and emergency vehicles.
Hospital generators, electricity and telephone lines and water
supplies have been deliberately damaged by Israeli soldiers.
One innocent victim was Dunia Shtaya, a three-day
old baby girl, who was born to her parents following two years
of fertility treatments. She died on 18 April because ambulances
were not permitted to transport her mother to hospital. The
baby, who required medical treatment to save her life, died
when Israeli soldiers delayed the ambulance that had been
given permission to transport her to the hospital in Nablus,
five kilometres away.
Deaths, injuries and damage to infrastructure
Since Israeli troops invaded Palestinian
population centres on 29 March 2002, civilians have suffered
and come under attack. Scores of people have been killed and
injured, including civilians trapped in their own homes by
the soldiers. Israeli aggression against towns and villages
throughout the West Bank has shown, in the words of an Oxfam
report, a blatant "lack of respect for civilian life
Throughout the West Bank, thousands of Palestinian
civilians have been confined to their homes. There has been
wanton destruction of civilian infrastructure. According to
the Oxfam report, damage to water lines and pumps has left
approximately 400,000 people in Ramallah, Nablus, Qalqilya,
Bethlehem and Tulkarm without access to running water.
In the period of the al-Aqsa intifada, which
began on 29 September 2000, up to 22 April 2002, 916 Palestinian
civilians have been killed by Israeli security forces in the
occupied territories, including 203 under the age of 18.
Education under threat
Palestinian education has also been targeted
by the Israelis. On 14 April, Israel troops re-entered the
Palestinian Ministry of Education to complete the destruction
begun on 3 April. Soldiers stayed for three hours, breaking
doors, furniture and equipment. Many computers and files were
destroyed or stolen. According to Acting Minister of Education,
Dr Naim Abu Hommos, "this shows the Israeli army and
government's contempt for all symbols of Palestinian civil
The Israeli invasion of Palestinian cities
"has not only turned back the clock on educational development,
but raised questions of basic survival for a number of institutions
and for critical elements of the educational system itself.
In the enterprise of education, it is also not only the institutions
and systems that are at risk in armed conflict and violence,
but the children and youth who learn in these institutions
and who constitute the main resource of Palestinian society
for the future" (Emergency briefing on Palestinian education,
by Penny Johnson of Birzeit University).
In the words of UNICEF (5 April 2002), as
many as 600,000 children are vulnerable in the ongoing violence.
Children in areas under curfew and attack have been unable
to go to school and have "experienced days or weeks of
terror and physical and psychological distress, with long-term
consequences" (Penny Johnson).
The spring semester at Birzeit University,
which was scheduled to start in January but was postponed
until 5 March due to constant closures imposed by the Israeli
forces, has again been suspended. Since 29 March 2002, over
5,000 students have already missed 16 days of classes. Scores
of students and staff have been arrested.
Terrorization of Jenin camp
On 3 April, Israeli forces, including more
than 150 tanks, armoured personnel carriers and artillery,
backed by F-16 fighter jets, began a ferocious assault on
Jenin refugee camp, home to 15,000 Palestinian refugees, living
in one square kilometre. Water and electricity networks have
been destroyed. Food and medicine supplies have been prevented
from reaching the camp. Dozens of residents have been killed
and injured. Many bodies were left under the rubble of demolished
shelters and in the streets and alleyways of the camp.
"Consistent eyewitness accounts report
of homes being demolished while civilians, including women
and children, were still inside. Others reported having seen
bodies, including the bodies of women and children, in the
rubble of demolished homes. Others have seen bulldozers driving
back and forth over bodies in Jenin refugee camp. Several
eyewitnesses saw a family trying to flee from their home that
was about to be demolished by Israeli bulldozers. When the
family, including a woman carrying her child, stepped outside
their home in the camp, they were fired upon from an Apache
helicopter with heavy machine gunfire, killing a 14-year old
boy. There have been consistent testimonies from residents
of the refugee camp who have been used by Israeli forces as
human shields. There have been consistent testimonies of summary
executions of several persons at the same time? All who visited
the area speak of mass destruction and persons who lost relatives,
without knowing whether they are killed, injured, arrested
or missing" (LAW, 18 April 2002). The apparently indiscriminate
slaughter is being described by many as a "massacre".
"The world needs to know what really
happened in Jenin if only to be better equipped to stop it
happening again. Both Israelis and Palestinians need to know,
because more disinformation, more denial and lies, and yet
more tragic myth-making only feed the hatred and deepen the
divide. Most of all perhaps, the children of Jenin need to
know. The future of this land, if it still has one, lies with
them. To deny them the truth would be yet another crime"
(The Guardian, 18 April 2002).
Objectives of Lobby
- We call upon all High Contracting Parties
to the Fourth Geneva Convention, to comply with their obligations
under article 146 by searching for, investigating and bringing
to trial perpetrators of war crimes and crimes against humanity,
under universal jurisdiction and through a War Crimes Tribunal,
and call for an end to all acts by member states aiding
and abetting the perpetration of war crimes and crimes against
humanity, including by ending supply of all arms used to
perpetrate such crimes.
- We support the call made by the International
Committee of the Red Cross to the international community
to pressure Israel to ensure its respect for its obligations
under international humanitarian law, and to enable the
ICRC and Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) to carry
out their duties.
- We call for the imposition of effective
measures, including economic sanctions, to ensure Israel's
compliance with international humanitarian law, and the
immediate deployment of an international protection presence.
Lobbyists are advised to contact their MPs before the Lobby,
requesting an appointment, either during the Lobby or at another
time. In your communication, you should mention the Lobby
and its purpose. But, even without an appointment, you are
entitled to take part in the Lobby and can ask to see your
MP when you arrive in the Central Lobby.
Stewards, representing the organizers, should be present,
at the entrance, in the Central Lobby and in the Grand Committee
Room, to assist lobbyists.
On the day of the Lobby, lobbyists should arrive at the St
Stephen's Entrance (main public entrance) to the House of
Commons, identifying themselves to the police as members of
this particular Lobby. Entrance will not be permitted until
after 2.30pm. Lobbyists should form an orderly queue; there
may be some time to wait before being allowed to enter. Once
you are admitted into the building, you will have to pass
through security. Once you have cleared security, you may
either proceed to Central Lobby (if you are trying to see
your MP) or to the Grand Committee Room.
The police allow up to 100 people, which total includes lobbyists
and others, to be in Central Lobby at any one time. Lobbyists
do not need to have letters of appointment from their MPs,
as it is not always possible to guarantee lobbyists holding
letters access to Central Lobby at a specific time. Also,
MPs may be unable to keep appointments punctually (on account
of business that arises in the Chamber).
Once you reach Central Lobby, you should ask for a Green
Card at the desk on the left hand side, which is a request
to see your own MPs. If the MP is available and comes out
to meet you, you should be as brief and precise as possible.
A list of points and objectives of the Lobby will be provided
and these should be stated to the MP.
The Grand Committee Room has been booked from 3 - 5pm. A
series of short meetings will be held here during that period.
Please note that lobbyists who have attended meetings in the
Grand Committee Room will be directed to leave the building
by the North Door, Westminster Hall. You are not allowed to
proceed direct from meetings in the Grand Committee Room to
the Central Lobby.
Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP), Pakistan Foundation and
||Monday, 6 May 2002, 2pm
||Trafalgar Square, London
Joint the Counter-Demonstration to Pro-Israel
Totallyjewish.com has announced that former Israeli PM and
warmonger Benjamin Netanyahu will be addressing the pro-Israel
rally with many others including Peter Mandelson MP.
It is imperative that we raise our voice in protest against
this event which seeks to justify the genocidal policies perpetrated
by the Israelis in Jenin and across Palestine.
The official counter-demonstration organised by IHRC will
take place between Admiralty Arch (The Mall) and Trafalgar
Square to coincide with and oppose the Zionist demonstration
commencing at 2.00pm. Please be prompt. This counterdemonstration
is open to all peoples of conscience regardless of their background
to peacefully and loudly oppose the racism, genocide and oppression
Islamic Human Rights Commission
||Sunday, 5 May 2002, 8pm
|| Emmanuel United Reformed Church,
"Bombs, Bulldozers and Tanks"
- eyewitness reports from Palestine
Several students from the Cambridge area have recently returned
from Palestine, where they were acting as international observers
and escorting ambulances. This talk is a rare opportunity
to hear first-hand what they saw and experienced.
||Sunday, 5 May 2002, 1pm
March starts outside Habib Bank on Wilmslow Road, Manchester,
heading to town centre.
March for Palestine - Manchester
March will commence outside Habib Bank on Wilmslow Road
and move towards the town centre for a rally.
||Sunday, 5 May 2002, 12-2pm
|| Outside the Guildhall, Market Square,
"End the Occupation"
- a vigil for the people of Palestine
||Saturday, 4 May 2002, 3-6pm
|| Opposite the Israeli Embassy
in High St Kensington, London.
Nearest tube station is High St Kensington (out of the station
turn right and keep going straight until you see Palestinian
Picket of Israeli Embassy [London]
Support the Palestinians in their fight against Israeli
Bring out whistles, drums, tablas, stereos. Let's make it
a noisy affair!
||Saturday, 4 May 2002, 2pm
|| Friends Meeting House,
Report Back from Active Observers -
A public meeting with the University of Sussex University
Palestine Solidarity Society Delegation to Palestine
the wonderful article about the event written by a Sussex
Student titled Why I'm proud
to be a Sussex Uni student
Socialist Labour Party Youth
||Saturday, 4 May 2002, 11am
|| Assemble at Barkers Pool,
Free Palestine March in Sheffield
Join the march in Sheffield
Demonstration - Free Palestine, Hands off Iraq
For further information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are organising an event in support of Palestine
or related to the subject then contact
us and we will feature it on our calendar.
DISCLAIMER: Innovative Minds is not responsible for
any of the events featured on the calendar - for further information
please check out the organisers of the event before attending.