& DONT ATTACK IRAQ
Rally, Saturday 28th September 2002]
mark the second anniversary of the Al-Aqsa Intifada,
450,000 ordinary people
- from all races, all religions, all backgrounds,
marched in unity,
demanding Freedom for Palestine
and an end to America's War on Muslims
- the largest EVER protest rally in the UK!
got my bloody glass's on but I still cant see the end of the crowd..."
Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London
Hundreds of coaches from all the main cities
of the UK converged on the embankment (along side the
river Thames) in London at 11:30am. Some cities had even
charted their own trains to the demo.
The march was meant to start at the embankment,
making its way to Westminster as the first leg of the
march, the crowds however were so large that they already
extended from the embankment way past Westminster before
the start, with all the nearby bridges also jam packed.
"Stop Killing Children Now" reads the IHRC banner
with pictures of the murder of the young Palestinian boy,
Mohammed al-Dura, by Israeli soldiers
Five and a half hours later when the front
of the march had already been at Hyde Park (its destination)
for over an hour listening to the speakers we learnt that
the back of the march still hadn't left the embankment!
With such a record turnout the media have
not been able to completely ignore it like previous rallies.
But unfortunately, another tactic has been
used to hide the level of support the Palestinian cause
finds in the hearts of ordinary people the world over.
All the media reports in the UK have labelled the rally
as solely "anti-war" with out any mention of
The reality was that the rally had been
organised by the Muslim Association of Britain as a "Freedom
for Palestine" rally, and then later on jointly organised
with the Stop the War Coalition under the combined title
"Freedom for Palestine - Dont Attack Iraq".
Whilst both are worthy causes which we must
all unite behind, it is important that truth be revealed
and Palestine not be forgotten or allowed to be taken
off centre stage. It is the paramount issue in the world
"Boycott Israel - Boycott Murder"
The Rally at Hyde Park was rewarded with nearly 30 speaker
ranging from MPs, Union Leaders, Muslim Christian and Jewish
Organisations, Peace Groups, Pro-Palestinian Groups, Iraqis
in Exile and Journalists including Tony Benn, Yvonne Ridley,
John Pilger, Ken Livingstone and George Galloway. We have
provided most of the speeches in full below for you to listen
to (though one of two are missing).
the houses of parliament in the background,
a poignant message from the Holy Quran:
"STAND OUT FIRMLY FOR JUSTICE"
The full verse of the Holy Quran (4:135
"O ye who believe!
stand out firmly for justice,
as witnesses to God,
even as against yourselves,
or your parents,
or your kin,
and whether it be (against) rich or poor:
for God can best protect both.
Follow not the lusts (of your hearts),
lest ye swerve,
and if ye distort (justice) or decline to do justice,
verily God is well- acquainted with all that ye do."
Dr. Azzam Tamimi
Azzam Tamimi, from the Muslim Association
of Britain, warmed the crowds with his questions:
ask you and the world,
Who has been killing children in the middle
- the crowds shouted "Sharon!"
has been demolishing houses?" - "Sharon!"
has been persecuting civilians?" - "Sharon!"
needs to be punished?" -
"Boycott the apartheid
reads the Muslim Association of Britain banner
Yvonne Ridley, Journalist & Activist
Ridley, Journalist & Activist, slams
Blair and Bush for their support of terrorism:
want to salute the heroic resistance of the
Palestinian people - two intifadas on and they
are still suffering from the most horrendous
human rights abuses...
state was once granted immunity from criticism
because people were terrified of being called
anti-Semitic. Well the cultivated image of plucky
little israel has long gone. Bush and Blair
say Sharon is a man of peace - he's NOT - he
is a bloody war criminal!
nothing can justify Israels assassination of
the Palestinian people. The atrocities committed
in Palestine are nothing short of obscene. The
four Geneva conventions of 1949 which Israel
ratified mean that Sharon is a war criminal
and should be tried as such. Killing a person
without trial has no legal justification Mr
Sharon. Yet the silence from Bush and Blair
- twins of evil - is absolutely deafening. Their
very silence encourages him [Sharon] to do what
the hell he wants.
Yvonne Ridley addressing the crowds
the fourth largest army in the world and it
uses its weapons on women and children. I visited
Jenin when they were still pulling bodies out
of the rubble - 300 homes blasted by f-16 fighter
jets, apache attack helicopters and tank shells.
Tony Blair happily justifies selling f-16 parts
to israel because he says if we didn't do it
somebody else would. He is a shallow vain self-serving
hypocrite - the 51st governor of the Unites
States and he is carpet bombing our liberties.
What he is doing is not in my name - is it in
Tony Benn, veteran politician
Benn asked the world to focus on the
creation of a Palestinian state:
want to see the establishment of a Palestinian
state NOW... and we want the attention of the
world focused on that..
In reference to
the war he stressed the duty and responsibility
of each individual in stopping the war:
Do not make
any mistake, we are responsible for what is
done in our name and that gives us a duty to
see that the government that governs us does
not take us in to a war that would involve criminal
loss of life of innocent people and we must
see that it is not allowed to happen.
no freedom ... no freedom ...
there is no freedom for Palestinians
there is no freedom for Palestinians
there is no freedom for Palestinians
dont let them die
dont let them die
dont let them die
they're refugees now in their
(*) Unfortunately we dont have
the details of the performing choir, if you are
a member and want your details like a web link to
appear please let us know,
Ismail Patel (centre) reading out the statement
of the Neturi Karta
Message from the Neturei
Karta ( Jews against Zionism) read(*)
out by Ismail
Patel (Friends of Al-Aqsa) :
should be no doubt that the root of the problem
facing the entire middle east and the world
is the terrorist Zionist state - what has been
perpetrated by the zionists, the heretics with
religious collaborators who unfortunately sold
their soul to irreligious Zionists for money
are all aware that the Zionist state of Israel
with its extremely powerful military possesses
the most dangerous weapons of mass destruction
and has been in violation of dozens of UN resolutions
are the sanctions from the world community on
are the no fly zones?
are the discussions about disarmament and regime
change in the Holy Land?
with even the slightest knowledge of history
and current events knows that the Zionist state
has been the greatest tragedy for the Jewish
people as for the Palestinians, by creating
a global rift and a conflict between the Jews
and the Muslims and Arabs of the world.
plead with the honourable leaders of the great
powers to think deeply in to the current sources
of suffering and anger in the Muslim world.
It is of utmost urgency that all world leaders
acknowledge that the true source of these is
injustices committed by the Zionists against
the Muslims and Arabs in the Holy Land.
not brothers and friends, evil cannot long triumph.
The Zionist nightmare is at its end, it is exhausted,
its lasted its brutalities, its death rattle
of terminal illness. Until that lucky day of
the dismantlement of the Zionist state, we will
stay together, shoulder to shoulder, with all
your sufferings and revolt against the root
of all evil.
will yet need to see the day, the day when Jews
in Palestine will embrace in peace under the
Palestinian flag in Jerusalem."
(*) The Neturi Karta in respect
of their Sabbath came on foot, walking several miles
to attend the rally, and further declined to use
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The Jewish opposition to zionism -
the Neturi Karta, "the Guardians of the Gates"
defenders of authentic Judaism against the evils
Ismail Patel, Chairman of Friends of Al-Aqsa
Patel, Chairman of Friends of Al-Aqsa,
started by asking the audience to join him in one
minute of silent prayer for the 3000 Palestinians
brutally murdered by Sharon and the israeli army
in the Al-Aqsa Intifada. He then talked of the need
for ordinary people to stand up for Palestine::
is the greatest need for the British public
to show their solidarity with the oppressed
of Palestine, Iraq and where ever the oppressed
may be. We must empower ourselves and ensure
that those people we put in this theatre of
war, becomes a theatre of peace, and the house
of commons becomes a true representative of
the common people of this country...
I want to
tell the leaders of the world that until and
unless the issue of Palestine is solved there
will be no peace in the world!"
"Israeli Lobbies Dictate
British / American Foreign Policies"
[ For more info on the pro-Israel lobby in the USA
Salma Yacoub, Birmingham
Stop the War Coalition
Yacoub, Birmingham Stop the War Coalition,
talked of the responsibility of ordinary people
when the government goes astray:
this critical time, we the ordinary citizens
have a profound responsibility to act. Many
of our politicians, who should be our true representatives,
have responded shamefully with silence on important
issues for too long - on the issues of Palestine,
Kashmir, Chechnya. Our arrogant leadership seeks
to spread confusion among the people. And right
now we need to hold on to and provide the clarity
that is required in this situation - thats why
this demonstration is so important..."
Biggest Successes" - Ariel Sharon
The placard shows dead two-month-old
Palestinian baby girl Dina Matar
- a victim of the Israeli F-16 raid
on a block of flats in Gaza in July.
At least 15 others were murdered
with Dina, including nine children.
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon hailed the raid as
"one of the great successes".
[ For more info click
Labour MP Alice Mahon
Mahon, Labour MP, hit out at the double
and if we are talking about weapons inspectors,
let them inspect EVERY country that has weapons
of mass destruction..."
many peoples disappointment of the Prime Minister::
a life long Labour party member I am deeply
ashamed that we have leaders who believe their
first duty is to President Bush! The spectacle
of the Prime Minister, a Labour prime Minister,
acting as a propaganda machine for Bush is sickening
to many of us in the party.."
Bob Crow, General Secretary RMT
Crow, General Secretary Rail Maritime
and Transport Union (RMT), took a global perspective
- no war on Iraq, but a war on poverty:
can people go to bed at night when a third of
the world is starving? ... how can it be right
that fat kids in America can sue McDonalds because
they are too fat and there is kids starving
in Africa, Middle East, and everywhere else?!"
He also condemned
appalled by the terrorism thats going on against
the Palestinian people... the Palestinian people
deserve their own state"
"Not In My Name - Dont
Drums and Whistles - a family
"Stop Israeli War Crimes"
Councillor Afzal Khan
Afzal Khan, of the UK Islamic Mission,
condemned the double standards:
yes they tell us about United Nations resolutions
[against Iraq], so what about the other resolutions
- the resolutions about Kashmir, about Palestine?
Are they not people? Are those resolutions not
want to see peace and justice for everyone,
irrespective of whether they are weak or strong,
whether they are black or white, where ever
they come from - its our responsibility to strive
for that, and I want to salute everyone of you
who have come here to do that."
"Bush / Blair Aiding & Abetting
"FACT: Israeli Terrorism Is Not Just Pulling
It Is Also Social, Economic, Administrative,
Political, Legal, Educational...
And Its 24/7
- UN Special Commission"
Ms. Tahrir Rehman reading a statement on behalf
Iraqi Exiles Against the War
A statement from Iraqis
in Exile Against the War was read out
Tahrir Rehman :
as Iraqis already free from Saddams tyranny,
living outside of Iraq, ... as professionals,
writers, teachers, and other responsible citizens
- many of whom have personally experienced the
persecution of the dictatorship in Iraq we say
NO TO WAR, not in our name, not in the name
of the suffering Iraqi people...
of Iraqis have endured a successive of tyrannical
regimes, two devastating wars, and twelve years
of the most pervasive sanctions ever to be imposed
in the history of mankind. In Iraq the regime
of Saddam Hussein has nothing left but bomb
us hence it tries to exploit the genuine rise
of anger in the middle east at the unbelievable
suffering of the Palestinian people.
is the inhumanity of the civilised world in
letting Sharon's atrocities continue in defiance
of scores of United Nations resolutions that
leaves the Iraqi regime with any credibility
the meantime sanctions have been catastrophic
for the welfare of the people of Iraq. They
have made the lives of Iraqis dependent on the
state machine rather than on free production
and resolution. The fabric of society is barely
holding out. Another war will crush this vulnerable
society and may mean civil war and dangerous
spill overs all over the middle east...
believe Saddam Hussein's regime is responsible
for leading Iraq from a situation of great promise
to one of unmitigated catastrophe, and this
regime must be held to account for its abject
failure and for its crimes committed against
the Iraqi people. But the remedy must not be
greater damage to the innocent and the society
This original design was a
favourite on the day. The artist is unknown
but a url was included on the back of the
Unfortunately we had no luck
in accessing the site. The design appeared
on postcards, T-shirts and a banner.
Yvonne Ridley wearing a
"Terrorist flag" T-shirt
Banner behind reads
"Boycott Israel - Boycott Murder"
Terrorist flag with caption "Bush 21st Century
and banner on the left
"No War for Oil - Stop the War Machine"
Carol Regan, chairperson PSC
Regan, chairperson of Palestine Solidarity
Campaign describes a terrorist state:
want to talk today about a country that is run
by a terrorist, has amassed great quantities
of nuclear arms and weapons of mass destruction,
and ignores or breaks every UN resolution that
is passed against it. A country that carries
out abuses of human rights every day of the
week, destroying homes, industries, crops, collective
punishment, as well as systematic murder and
detention of people without trial, not to mention
the curfews. That is the state of Israel, a
"Were these babies endangering
the zionist soldiers lives,
and deserve this?"
Mick Rix, General Secretary ASLEF
Rix, General Secretary of the Associated
Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen (ASLEF)
pledged his unions support for the Palestinian people
and talked about the need for justice:
you know, when you see that daily repression,
and that brutality against the Palestinian people
and the occupation of their homeland - well
you don't get peace without justice!...
about time we started talking about an international
coalition to free the people of Palestine and
stop the illegal occupation!"
He also condemned the media bias
in its minimal coverage of pro-Palestinian and
anti-war demonstrations when compared to the
blanket coverage last weeks countryside alliance
you can see the support it [the media] gave
to the Tories and the countryside alliance
last week - it shows the bias that exists
in this country today! There was one good
thing about that march last weekend - at
least it gave the foxes a day off!"
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Paul Mackney, General Secretary NATFHE
Mackney, General Secretary of the University
& College Lectures Union (NATFHE) condemned
Bushes & Blairs war on the Iraqi people and
suggested alternate action:
Iraqi children have died because of the sanctions,
if you go ahead with this unnecessary slaughter
- its not in our name!
also say to this government, there is a state
in the middle east which has an advanced programme
of weapons of mass destruction, there is a state
which had refused access to UN inspection teams,
there is a state which is invading its neighbours
- it is the state of Israel! Armed by the USA
and the UK. Sort out Israel - end the humiliation
of the Palestinian people!
will be no peace without justice!"
Barry Camfield, Assistant General Secretary T&G
Camfield, Assistant General Secretary
of the Transport and General Workers Union
(T&G) talked of the importance of the issue
position is that the number one issue in the
world that should be focused on is the suffering
of the Palestinian people and thats what we
should be debating today.
He condemned Americas' arrogant
attitude to the world:
[the USA] wants to show the United Nations
who is boss - the worlds only superpower,
and they want to establish their unequivocal
right to run the world! They also want to
continue to develop and deploy their own
weapons of mass destruction and their armed
forces, and there is great fear about the
fact that America will no longer support
any international law but the law they determine."
He also had a message for Tony
message to Labour MPs and above all to Tony
Blair is that he should stop kneeling to
George Bush and the Republican Party of
the United States!"
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Transport and General Workers
marching along side a member from CND
and a "pinup for peace"!
Muhammad Sarwar, Labour MP
Sarwar, Labour MP (Glasgow Govan) exposed
the real reasons for the war on Iraq and called
for justice for the Palestinians:
will know that Iraq has 100 years of oil reserves,
and Unites States has only 11 years of oil reserves
and Britain has only 6 years of reserves. This
war is about oil, not about terrorism and dictatorship!...
tell Bush that his misconceived war on terrorism
can not be won until Palestinians get justice.
Palestinians are fighting for their self-determination.
Ariel Sharon is a terrorist - he is the man
who was involved in the massacre of thousands
of Palestinians in Sabra and Shatilla refugee
camps and he is the man who was involved in
the massacre of Jenin camp..."
Billy Hayes, General Secretary CWU
Hayes, General Secretary Communications
Workers Union (CWU):
we are talking about deadlines (they say there
needs to be a deadline against Iraq), so how
about a deadline for Ariel Sharon to get out
of the West Bank!...
US government wants something called total spectrum
dominance - well thats a nice posh word for
dominance of all the peoples of the world. You
today are showing that there is opposition to
Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London
Livingstone, Mayor of London, attacked
Bush's illegitimate claim to power and the motives
of the war and condemned the hypocrisy that is Israel::
administration is corruptly elected - Bush is
only president because his governor brother
in Florida has half the black voters stripped
of the voting rolls, otherwise there wouldn't
be Bush's corrupt rule in the white house ...
is certainly not a war against weapons of mass
destruction because there is only one regime
in the middle east that has nuclear weapons
and its not Saddam Hussein - it is Israel who
has nuclear weapons for 30 years and there is
no action being planned to take those nuclear
weapons from Sharon. So it is one again what
it has been for the last decade and more - hypocrisy
and double standards as America retains its
neo-colonialist hold on the oil producing regions
of the world. And it is a disgrace that once
again Britain is running along like a little
lap dog behind Americas imperial interests..."
Iqbal Sacranie, General Secretary MCB
Sacranie, General Secretary Muslim Council
of Britain (MCB) demanded the right of return for
demand in the name of justice the same resoluteness
to ensure the return of the Palestinian refugees
and an end to the illegal occupation of their
land. After 50 years of forced exile, one in
every three refugees in the world today is a
Palestinian. They are refugees not because they
choose to be, but because Israel as supported
by the americans and now by Britain refuses
to comply, and defies with impunity, the UN
resolutions and international law...
can achieve security by terrorising a weaker
people ... we want an end to double standards..."
John Pilger, Journalist
Pilger, acclaimed journalist, writer
and film maker, spoke on the true meaning of democracy
and the criminality of the Wests actions in Palestine
think that today may well be the beginning of
true democracy in the new century. You know,
democracy is not a game, played in an institution
that rubber stamps the government, democracy
is not one obsessed man using the power of kings
to attack another country in our name, democracy
is not siding with Ariel Sharon, a war criminal
in order to crush the Palestinians. Democracy
is this great event today representing the majority
of the people of Great Britain...
been to Iraq, and I've been recently to Palestine
and I've seen the suffering in those countries.
The children dying in cancer wards in southern
Iraq - dying because their country is denied
the equipment to fight their cancer and to clean
up battlefields contaminated by depleted uranium,
a weapon of mass destruction used by the United
States and Britain 12 years ago.
me quote two american scholars - John and Carl
Muller who have examined objectively all the
statistics of suffering in Iraq since the embargo
was imposed 12 years ago. The conclude, and
sanctions have probably already taken the lives
of more people in Iraq than have been killed
by all weapons of mass destruction in history'
research appeared not in a campaign pamphlet,
but in the American establishment journal Foreign
Affairs. Its a truth that many of my fellow
journalists and broadcasters ignore or whisper
because they know what it means. It means that
a great crime against Iraq has already been
committed in our name. And if they honest with
themselves then they will know that the flattery
of these imperial politicians has to stop and
the truth has to be told.
John Pilger addressing the crowds
the population of Iraq are children, consider
what will happen to them when the cluster bombs
fall and the depleted uranium is used as it
know we speak only of murder when some tragic
and hideous event happens in familiar circumstances,
but there is no difference let me assure you
between murder committed here and murder committed
by our government and its allies in Iraq and
in Palestine. This is not rhetoric, and its
time our public language for freed of its double
they attack Iraq, Bush and Blair will be international
criminals. They must be stopped, because other
countries will be next - Iran, North Korea,
perhaps even eventually even China.
is so exciting about today and all the other
demonstrations and meetings that are happening
all over Britain is that they represent the
true moral mainstream of political life in this
country. Today a taboo has been broken - we
are the moderates, Bush and Blair are the extremists!
danger for all of us lies not in Baghdad, but
in Washington. Only one country has used a nuclear
weapon of mass destruction against civilians,
only one country has threatened to use nuclear
weapons in south east Asia and the middle east,
only one country has torn us all the treaties
forged over years to prevent this happening,
only one country is developing nuclear weapons
for pre-emptive use and that is the United States.
John Pilger received a very warm
welcome from the crowds
Blair belongs to George W Bush, not to us. If
he joins the attack on Iraq he will kill untold
numbers of innocent people, and he will promote
the kind of terrorism that endangers the lives
of all of us. Is that what they call patriotism?
Blair and Bush are the true enemy within, I
believe we have no choice now - our resistance
to their murderous plans must be unrelenting."
Lindsey German, Chairperson
Stop the War Coalition
German, Chairperson Stop the War Coalition,
dismissed a UN "approved" war resulting
from US bullying and gangsterism:
message we send today will be heard by the people
of Iraq, it will be heard in the refugee camps
of Sabra and Shatila which have suffered so
much under Ariel Sharon..
message of this demonstration is not that we
go to the United Nations and cobble together
a resolution - because the US is bribing and
bullying the security council to come out in
favour of war. If this war was wrong last week
before we had a UN resolution its just as wrong
next week when there is a UN resolution...
is the politics of the gangster movie and has
nothing to do with freedom, equality or democracy.
Thats because they are not interested in democracy.
If there was a real democracy in the middle
east, if the people of Jordan and Egypt and
everywhere else could speak they would say that
we want to free the Palestinians. The Americans
dont want democracy, they want dictatorships
because it suits their interests..."
George Galloway, MP
Galloway, Member of British Parliament,
was in usual good form as he attacked Blair for
enslaving Britain to the United States:
see out there the banner of the Great British
Fire Brigades Union, and the first question
I want to ask Tony Blair is this:
there is no money to pay Britains fire fighters,
how comes there is money to go around the world
setting fires to other peoples countries?
am looking out upon this ocean of people, the
back of this crowd simple cannot be seen. People
are still marching in Piccadilly five and a
half hours after the front left the demonstration
is the second anniversary of the Palestinian
uprising - the Al Aqsa Intifada. Now I want
you to join with me so loud that they will hear
it in the camps of Jenin, of Gaza, of Ramallah
to the Intifada....
Free Free Palestine...
George Galloway - "Victory to the Intifada"
ask the great countries of France, Russia and
China - Dont humiliate yourselves in the way
that our country is being humiliated - stand
up to George Bush!
for oil - because thats what this war is about
- 100s of years of supply of oil lies in the
gulf, only two countries in the gulf are not
the puppets of Britain and America - one of
them is Iraq and one of them is Iran, and if
we allow the attack on Iraq, Iran will quickly
follow so that they can control the oil reserves
of the world as part of their imperialist domination...
the British people demand aBritish policy that
speaks for Britain and an end to the slavery
of this country to the most right wing Republican
government [USA] that we have seen in living
Al Gore - no friend of ours - got it right this
week when he said:
come to something when the world is more
afraid of the United States of America than
it is afraid of international terrorism'.."
Veronica Dunn, UNISON past president
Dunn, UNISON past president, spoke of
the blind submission of the UK and the UN to American
greatest worry is this governments submission
to every US whim. What are the majority of our
MPs doing? For Gods sake they should wake up
- not simple allow us to enter in to a war of
is it that President Bush is demanding compliance
with UN resolutions by Iraq when its Israel
who should be brought to task. Efforts to create
an independent Palestinian state...giving displaced
Palestinians the right to return should be the
UNs first priority - not dancing to Bush's ultimatums!"
Dr. Azmi Bishara, Member of Knesset (Palestinian)
Azmi Bishara, Member of Knesset (Palestinian)
condemned the unconditional support the US gives
The same policy [US] are the policies that adopt
General Sharon unconditionally and without any
critic... [ without it ] Sharon would have gone
a long time ago.
failed in every matter that he promised - he
didn't bring security to his society, he did
not solve any economic issue, settlements -
they show that settlements have escalated more
and more, and more and more crimes against humanity
against the Palestinian people in Palestine
[are committed] and this could not continue
without the unconditional support of George
On the issue of linking the issue of war with
Iraq with a promise of a Palestinian state afterwards,
Dr. Bishwara denounced it and revealed the real
linkage between the two issues - that of American
aggression in imposing its will on the world:
Do you remember the [last] gulf war when they
promised the Palestinian people after the war
a Palestinian state - well I want to tell you
this: It is not about a state, its about liberation
from occupation. This is first, and second,
the Palestinian people do not want a state over
the bodies of the Iraqi people. This is nonsense
- this is not the real linkage. The real linkage
is that the same people who are war mongers
in the issue of Iraq are supporting Sharon unconditionally
to impose and to dictate to the Palestinian
people after the war the political solution
that he wants."
Caroline Lucas, MEP (Green Party)
Lucas, Member of the European Parliament
are told that we have to go to war to enforce
UN resolutions and the rule of law. Well its
fascinating to watch this new found interest
in the rule of law. Where was that interest
when it comes to Israel withdrawing from the
whilst they are so suddenly concerned about
international law, perhaps they would like to
recall that no UN resolution gives any permission
for the continual bombing raids on Iraq that
continue to kill hundreds of people day in day
out, week in week out.
its a sad fact that the currency of UN resolutions
has seriously been devalued. Please dont be
fooled in to thinking that if UN support is
given then that means that some how this war
is some how legitimate. It is still grossly
illegitimate! In order to get agreement from
the UN for the first gulf war, the US used bribery,
it used blackmail, it used threats and it will
use them all again.
Caroline Lucas, MEP (Green Party)
then we are told that we have to go to war on
the grounds that Saddam Hussein is a brutal
dictator. Well I have no doubt that he is a
brutal dictator, but how is he been allowed
to become one and equipped to become one? The
answer is that the West has been systematically
arming him for years. We armed him for his war
on Iran in which more than a million people
were killed, we armed him even when he was using
poison gas to kill thousands of Kurds at Halabjah.
we want to send to Tony Blair today is that
we find the enormous hypocrisy of the Bush and
Blair position utterly obscene.
then the next lye that we have to go to war
is that they say we have to war to destroy Saddams
weapons of mass destruction. Well lets be clear,
our moral authority might just be a little bit
more if we ourselves didn't have weapons of
mass destruction. This government has said,
Tony Blair has said he will be prepared to use
weapons of mass destruction first. Israel ...
has weapons of mass destruction, but somehow
that all right because they are apparently our
friends. And the US has more weapons of mass
destruction then the rest of the world put together
- and it has used them in Nagasaki, in Hiroshima,
"Would You Kill Me?"
finally they want to strike against Iraq to
restore international peace and security in
the region. How is it that by unleashing war
they can possibly restore peace. How is it that
the 23 million people of Iraq can be reduced
to just one man, to Saddam Hussein? How is it
that our leaders have so little imagination
that they cannot feel what it would be like
to be a child in Iraq living in terror and fear?
How is it that we hear so little about the consequences
for the people on the wrong end of our missiles,
or our cluster bombs, or our tanks and munitions?
Experts speak of collateral damage, but that
is an obscene term to cover the dying and the
bleeding and the heart break of young people.
and every one of those Iraqi lives is every
bit as valuable and every bit as precious as
every US life and every UK life.
we are here to say that you cannot enforce international
law by breaking international law.."
The march at Westminster,
the seat of the British government :
"Not in my name"
"No war for oil"
"Stop Israeli War Crimes"
"End Israeli Occupation"
Scott Ritter, former chief UNSCOM inspector,
holding up Blairs dossier on Iraq
Ritter, former chief UN weapons inspector
in Iraq (UNSCOM), criticised Tony Blairs dossier
Mr. Blair ... I know more than you what Iraq
has and what has been accomplished in the field
of disarmament.. this document is not a case
for war... its not worth one drop of blood from
an American soldier, a British soldier or an
He then asked Britain's help in curbing Bush's
have an alcoholic at the wheel of American foreign
policy named George W.Bush and we the people
of the United States of America need your assistance
to reach in, grab the keys from the ignition
and say no, we will not allow you to drive the
vehicle of international peace and security
over the cliff of war..."
(*) Please do remember that the UNSCOM (UN special
commission) weapons inspection team was confirmed
(by the UN & later by US administration) to
have contained US spies including former marine
Scott Ritter. In an account of his time in Iraq,
Endgame, Mr Ritter admitted to working with the
CIA.The CIA even smuggled into Bagdad a large
listening device known as "Stephanie",
which was stored in Mr Ritter's office. He said
that the most sensitive information went back
to the US rather than Unscom. Mr Ritter was also
quoted in an Israeli paper at the time praising
the contribution of Israeli intelligence in passing
(see article "We're
not spies, says inspection chief Blix tries to
allay Iraqi fears of espionage" by Ewen
MacAskill, Nov 11, 2002, The Guardian )
Dr. Majid Ezzir, Palestinian Return Centre
Majid Ezzir, Palestinian Return Centre,
spoke of the Palestinians determination for the
liberation of their land and their right of return::
long as 5 million Palestinians are denied the
right to return to their homes, the struggle
will continue. As long the Israelis occupy Palestinian
land, the resistance will continue. The Palestinian
people will not be the red indians of the middle
flag of victory - the Hizbullah flag
Kate Hudson, Vice-Chair, CND
Hudson, Vice-Chair, CND:
us be quiet clear, this war has nothing
to do with Iraqs supposed nuclear threat
and everything to do with political and
economic control of a region that is rich
governments so called dossier on Iraq has
provided no evidence of possession of nuclear
weapons by Iraq or of any intention to use
them, our government on the other hand does
have nuclear weapons and is prepared to
use them in a first strike, even against
a non-nuclear weapons state. This is sheer
Jeremy Corbyn, MP
Corbyn, Member of British Parliament,
explained the difference between a false sense of
security attained by bullying and true security
achieved from mutual respect:
say to those people that some how or other believe
that by arming yourself to the teeth you make
yourself secure, I think in a simple way we
all know if we have to treble lock our front
double lock our windows every night our lives
are not very secure. But we do feel secure if
we are happy with our neighbours and we love
our neighbours and work with and respect our
I say to George W.Bush what goes round comes
around - if you allow the Palestinian people
to be bombed and assassinated by American built
Israeli planes, if you do nothing to attend
the Earth Summit and ensure the resources of
this planet are shared equally amongst the people
of this planet.. those who you bomb today will
come back to haunt you tomorrow!"
Keep Palestine Tidy - Dump Israel!