January 17, 2009

17 January 2009 – UK Rallies this weekend

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Saturday 17th January

 

LONDON
2pm Rally in Trafalgar Square

There will be a large rally in Trafalgar Square from 2.00pm followed by a dignified march to Downing Street by women and children.

 

WALES

1pm Demonstration in Castle Square, Swansea City Centre meet at the end of the pedestrianised zone of oxford street and the top of wind street.

BIRMINGHAM

March and rally Saturday 17th January.   Assembles 12 noon in Victoria Square, Birmingham (outside the Council House at top of New Street near the fountain).  Called by PSC, Stop the War and the Muslim Association of Britain. Supported by Birmingham’s Gaza Campaign Coordinating Committee.

BOLTON

Friday 16th January 8.00pm
Public Meeting on Palestine
Brian Iddon MP and Secretary of the All Parliamentary Committee on Palestine
Dr. Asad Khan, campaigner for Palestinian rights, freedom and health
The Socialist Club 16 Wood Street BL1 1DY
for moe info – pscbolton@yahoo.com

BRADFORD

Demo Saturday 17th: Starbucks Centenary Square, 11am & McDonalds Forster Square retail park 1pm.

BRIGHTON
FRIDAY JANUARY 16TH
7.30 pm LIVE VIDEO LINK WITH GAZA /  PUBLIC MEETING
COMMUNITY BASE SOUTH WING, 113 QUEENS ROAD

BRISTOL

Regular Vigils in Town Centre, opposite Hippodrome. Monday – Friday 5pm – 6, and Saturdays 3pm – 4.

Bristol  – Wednesday 28th January, 7pm Broadmead Baptist Church, Union Street

Public Meeting: ‘Palestine / Israel – What’s going on?’

BURY

Saturday 17 January

Bury Demo for Gaza  Assemble, 11.00 am  Kay Gardens, Bury

CAMBRIDGE

CAMBRIDGE  VIGIL 17th Feb and every Saturday at 12 noon outside the Guildhall while bombardment continues.

DEBATE  Monday Feb 2nd 17:00 – 18:30:  Israel & Palestine One-State vs Two-State Solution.  Speakers: Prof. Ilan Pappe and Prof. Yezid Sayigh.  Moderator Prof. Yasir Suleiman.  Venue:  Law Faculty, Lecture Theatre LG18, Sidgwick Site, Cambridge University.

DONCASTER

Saturday, 17th January:
11 a.m. Rallly at Mansion House, Doncaster town centre.

DURHAM
Vigil every weekday 1-2pm in Durham City Market Place with placards and petition-signing. Come and join us. See Durham PSC website www.durhampsc.org.uk for more details and events

EXETER

12.30 Sat 17th January
Join the march – assemble  Odeon Cinema, Sidwell Street, Exeter


FALMOUTH

Sat. 17th Jan.
Vigil for the people of Gaza  10am-12noon.Falmouth Moor
Bring old shoes

FROME

Benefit concert for Gaza featuring Jazz Legend Pee Wee Ellis and others
Thursday January 22nd
For Medical Aid for Palestinians
Christ Church, Christchurch Street West, Frome. Starts 7.30.  £6 on the door

 

GLOSSOP

Weekly Vigils for Gaza – Every Friday  5.30 – 6.30, Norfolk Square, Glossop

HALIFAX

March for Gaza – Friday 16th January Assemble at Madni Mosque,

Gibbet Street at 1.30pm. March to start at 2.00pm, ending with a rally at Northgate House

HEREFORD

Saturday 17th January 2009
STOP THE MASSACRE IN GAZA – DEMO
meet at 12.20 at Greyfriars Bridge car park (that’s the small car park below the new bridge.  you can park there, or at Sainsburies and walk over)   12.30 p.m. walk to town via Cathedral grounds & on to High Town bring relevant placards etc. 

LANCASTER

11.30am Market Sq, Bring banners, candles, photos, “blood splattered” clothes to join die-in

LICHFIELD
SATURDAY 17 JANUARY
2.30 public meeting
“Gaza in Context”
Boley Park Community Centre Lichfield (next to the Co-op) 
features Rev.Warren Bardsley a human rights observer reports back from Jerusalem
 

LIVERPOOL

4.30 – 6pm Vigil every Wednesday,Church St. Liverpool 2mins from Central Station  Please bring placards, banners, candles, etc.

Saturday 17th January 12 noon
Demonstration St Lukes Church (facing Bold St) Walk along Renshaw St to St Georges Hal

LINCOLN
10am- 12noon Stop the Slaughter in Gaza Protest, War Memorial on Lincoln High Street. For more information 07793682201

MANCHESTER
Vigil every day 5.30-6.30pm outside BBC Oxford road, Manchester.
5-6pm Candlelit protest outside the BBC, Oxford Road

Fri 16th Jan 5.30-7pm Fallowfield Sainsburys Wilmslow Road Boycott of Israeli Goods leafletting

Sat 17th Jan Tesco Market St. Boycott Israeli Goods leafletting

Sun 18th Jan

12 Noon Vigil in Piccadilly Gds

2pm Rally For Gaza – With Shoes – In front of Town Hall, Albert Square, central Manchester

Tuesday 20th January

7pm Manchester University – open organising meeting for all showing solidarity with Gaza

 Thurs Jan 22nd – Milliband at Manchester University  -protest details to follow

Friday 23 January 2009 – 7.00-9.00pm
Friends Meeting House, Mount Street, Manchester

Public Meeting  – Invited Speakers: Dr Mona El-Farrah Medical doctor working for the Palestinian Red Gaza and human rights activist,  Dr Tareq Tahboub
Dr Mushier El-Farrah Palestian human rights activist from Khan Younis in Gaza and others to be confirmed

 

Sunday Jan 25th

Two Manchester Demonstrations – From Cheetham Hill in the North, and from Platt Fields in the South marching to meet in central Manchester for a rally.

For more information visit www.psc-manchester.org.uk

 Boycott Israeli Goods ACTIVITIES

 17:30-19:00 Friday 16th Jan: Outside Sainbury’s Supermarket, Wilmslow Road, Fallowfield.

11:00-13:00 Saturday 17th Jan: Outside Tesco’s Supermarket,  Market Street, Central. Manchester  –  Leafleting – Letters – Stickers

  

MIDDLESBROUGH

Saturday 17th January – Demonstration  followed by Rally 11am Assemble at Albert Park gates, Linthorpe Rd

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
Saturday 17 January
Rally for Gaza, 12noon Grey’s Monument

 

NOTTINGHAM

Vigil this Friday evening starting at 5.30 p.m. in the Market Square. 

Saturday 17 Jan – march from the forest recreation ground starting at 10:30 which will be led by a funeral cortege with hearse and children sized coffins being carried at the front.  This will proceed to the market square culminating in a rally with speakers.


OXFORD

Saturday street stall:
Volunteers needed 11.30 – 1.30,

Call Jenny on 01865 247730 or email: jenniestanton@googlemail.com

Satuday 17th January

March and rally on Gaza: assemble 1pm Broad Street, rally in Bonn Square about 2pm.
Karma Nabulsi and Avi Shlaim speaking, plus local faith, political, Trade union and student reps.

TUESDAY 10 FEBRUARY,
7.30pm, Oxford Town Hall IMPLICATIONS OF THE ISRAELI ELECTIONS Leader of Israel’s Kadima Party, Tzipi Livni, has found herself unable to form a government. As a result an early General Election has been called for 10 February. On the same day we will have a speaker and discussion on the likely implications.

SUNDAY 8 MARCH, 2.30 – 4.00pm, Oxford Town Hall. WOMEN WORKERS IN PALESTINE.

Featuring newly elected President of Palestinian health workers union, Hanan Bannourah

PRESTON

Sunday protest 1.30-2.30 Preston Flag Market (Preston City Centre) Hundreds of children from across Preston are expected to lie down as a show of solidarity with the children of Gaza.

 SHEFFIELD

Friday 16th January

Palestinian monologues: Voices from Palestine

7.30 p.m. Library theatre, Sheffield city centre.
An emergency fund raiser, with all proceeds going towards the wheelchair appeal.

Saturday 17th January,
12 – 2 p.m. Rally outside Sheffield Town Hall.

Saturday 31st January 12.30pm
PSC Day School
Quaker Meeting House, 10 St. James St, Sheffield,
Sheffield PSC has called a day school to discuss strategy and tactics of how to help the Palestinians. It will include workshops on such items as the academic boycott, the boycott of Israeli goods and others. Please come and invite anyone who supports the Palestinians.
www.sheffieldpsc.org.uk for details of all events.

 

SOUTHAMPTON

Saturday 17 Jan – 11.00am in the Above Bar Precinct, then move at 11.45 to the Peace Fountain for candles/release of 1000 balloons representing the at least 1000 dead – And Every Saturday in the Above Bar Precinct for petitioning at 11.00am

Weekday, vigil outside the Civic Centre, (South Side) 5.00pm -6.00pm

Southampton PSC

 

ST MARKS
Thursday 15th January  5-7pm Vigil for Gaza hosted by Amnesty Group  Bring Candles.

STAFFORDSHIRE
MONDAY 19 JANUARY 12 NOON –  DEMONSTRATION AT UAV ENGINES, Lynn Lane, Shenstone, Litchfield, WS140DT (the demo will be outside the industrial unit)
11.15 a.m. meet at Shenstone Railway station  The factory is approximately 11 minutes walk from the station along Lynn Lane, heading out of town (take the first left after Birch Brook lane).

It has been reported that the company is building engines that are used in Israel’s military drones which aid the attacks on Gaza. The demonstration will be calling for an end to arms sales to Israel and an end to Israeli violent repression of the Palestinian people. Transport will be leaving from the Sumac Centre in Nottingham (245 Gladstone Street, Forest Fields,NG7 6HX) at 9.30 a.m. for info or to offer to help with transport etc, Tel: 0798 374 3894. Bring banners,things to make noise,etc

http://amnesty.org.uk/news_details_p.asp?NewsID=18004
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jan/09/armstrade-gaza
http://www.elbitsystems.com/productsDetailsPage.asp?id=579

TRURO

Saturday 17th January in solidarity with the people of Gaza  

12:30pm – 2:00pm, Lemon Quay

with leafleting, petitioning and more

TUNBRIDGE WELLS

Saturday 17th January
Assemble at 12 noon at the Millenium clock (opposite precinct) – march at 12.30 through Tunbridge Town Centre- rally afterwards

WORCESTER

SATURDAY 17 JANUARY
Vigil 1pm-5.p.m. The Guildhall, High St Worc Stalls, music, food petitions Bring family, friends & a candle

WOLVERHAMPTON
FRIDAY 16 JANUARY 4.30 P.M. SILENT VIGIL, Queens Square
Bring candles, wear black clothing, bring placards

YORK

Sat 17th Jan  – Rally and march, 1-3pm St Sampsons Square York

January 15, 2009

Free Gaza Movement: The Spirit of Humanity Has Set Sail

Posted in ISM Updates tagged , , , , , , , , at 12:52 am by Alexia

Sailing for Humanity

At 10:30 this morning, under bright blue Mediterranean skies, the SPIRIT OF HUMANITY sailed from the port of Larnaca.
Undeterred by Israeli threats of  interception at sea, 21 passengers and crew waved to friends and press on shore, committed to our mission of delivering doctors, journalists, human rights observers and a shipment of medical supplies to assist the civilian population of Gaza during this emergency.

Israel has an obligation to protect the civilian population that it occupies” stated Free Gaza delegation leader Huwaida Arraf.  “Since
Israel continues to violate this obligation, we will continue to do whatever we can to deliver badly needed medical supplies, food, and to
transport medical personnel, journalists and human rights workers to help and to witness the devastation Israel has wrought.”

The physicians on board include a reconstructive plastic surgeon and an orthopaedic surgeon and another physician.  All three doctors will
bring crucial assistance to the exhausted and overwhelmed hospital staff in Gaza where emergency resources don’t begin to meet the need.

You can keep up to date with the progress of the crew of the Spirit of Humanity by clicking on any of the following links over the next few days.

www.freegaza.org
www.anis-online.de/office/events/FreeGazaSong.htm
www.flickr.com/photos/29205195@N02/

January 9, 2009

The Demolition of Rafah

Posted in ISM Updates tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 11:36 pm by Alexia

1) The Demolition of Rafah (Gaza, 7th January 2009)
Jenny Linnel a British ISM volunteer in Rafah said following escalated Israeli attacks in Rafah, “Shortly before midnight on the 6th of January, missiles began raining down on Rafah in one of the heaviest Israeli air strikes since the current atrocities began. Continuous sorties pounded the southern Gaza city for over 12 hours. Many homes were destroyed or severely damaged, especially in the neighbourhoods along the border with Egypt.”
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According to Fida Qishta Rafah resident and ISM activist, “Papers dropped from planes in Rafah neighborhood ordered people to leave their homes in the areas stretching from the borderline all the way back to Sea Street, the main street running through the heart of Rafah, parallel to the border.
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This area is hundreds of metres deep and the site of thousands of homes. Most of these areas are refugee camps, where residents are being made refugees yet again, some for the third or fourth time following the mass home demolitions of 2003 and 2004 by Israeli military D-9 bulldozers. People are told to leave their homes but even if they leave they are attacked.
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Nowhere is safe in the Gaza strip. Where will these families go? They are afraid to seek sanctuary in local UNRWA schools following yesterday’s massacres in Jabaliya. They are afraid to drive somewhere and be shot down on the road like the Sinwar family was. They are being temporarily absorbed by the rest of Rafah’s population friends, neighbours, relatives.” Jenny added, “We have a friend in Yibna, directly on the border, who refuses to leave his home. We spoke to one woman in Al Barazil who has a family of 12 and simply doesn’t know where to go and another woman in Block J who is literally in the street tonight. Her father is in his nineties.
The family home where ISM volunteers are staying is on the other side of the city centre and has become a refuge for three other families tonight. The house is filled with excited chatter and lots of children. Palestinians have a long-learned talent of making- do, but there is no escaping the deep sense of uncertainty..”
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Referring to hundreds of homes that were demolished in Rafah along the Egyptian border in 2002 former Israeli OC Southern Command, Yom Tov Samiah, contended in an interview to the “Voice of Israel” on the 16 January 2002.January 2002 that, “These houses should have been demolished and evacuated a long time ago, because the Rafah border is not a natural border, it cannot be defended. Three hundred meters of the Strip along the two sides of the border must be evacuated. Three hundred meters, no matter how many houses, period.”
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The six hundred meter buffer zone that the former OC Southern Command of the Israeli Occupation Forces referred to seven years ago seems to be Israel’s goal in the latest wave of demolitions.
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ISM media coordinator Adam Taylor stated, “Israel wants a buffer zone in Rafah in order to besiege Gaza more effectively. The tunnels that ran under the border with Egypt have become Gaza’s life line during the prolonged Israeli siege and served as the only source for basic necessities such as fuel and medicine that Israel did not allow into the Gaza strip. This recent wide scale destruction of private property of the occupied people of Rafah is not a military necessity.
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One war crime is being committed in order to reinforce another – that of collective punishment.” Adam Taylor – International Solidarity Movement
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Photos: http://www.palsolidarity.org/main/2009/01/07/the-demolition-of-rafah _______

Free Gaza Movement: News Release. Emergency Boat to Leave Cyprus for Gaza.

Posted in ISM Updates tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 11:31 pm by Alexia

Free Gaza Movement: We are coming back, and we are putting Israel on notice
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Larnaca, Cyprus, January 7, 2009)
Today the Free Gaza Movement put Israel on notice that we are sending another emergency boat to Gaza.
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We will announce our exact departure date, time and route in the next few days. We will travel from Cypriot waters, into international waters, then directly into Gaza territorial waters, never nearing Israeli waters.
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The ongoing Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip have killed over 640Palestinians, including many children and women, and injured
thousands. These acts by Israel are severe and massive violations of international humanitarian law as defined by the Geneva Conventions,both in regards to the obligations of an Occupying Power and in therequirements of the laws of war.
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The United Nations has failed to protect the Palestinian civilian population from Israel’s massive violations of international humanitarian law. Therefore, we concerned citizens from Belgium,Columbia, France, Canada, Great Britain, Greece, Ireland, Jordan,Kuwait, Scotland, Spain, and the United States, feel that it is ourmoral duty to try to do just that.
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The Israeli military violently attacked an earlier attempt by the Free Gaza Movement to send an emergency boat filled with doctors and medical supplies to Gaza. In the early hours of Tuesday, December 30,the Israeli Navy rammed our boat, the DIGNITY, in internationalwaters. Neither the DIGNITY, nor its passengers and crew constituted any kind of threat to Israel, and the Israeli government had been alerted to the boat’s mission, the previous day. Yet we were violently rammed three times on the side without any warning from the Israeli Navy, in an obvious attempt to disable the vessel, jeopardizing the lives of the 16 passengers on board.
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We are not deterred by the violence of the Israeli military and intend to sail to Gaza again and again. We are physicians, journalists,
members of parliament, and human rights observers who intend to reach the people of Gaza to deliver much needed medical aid and witness the atrocities being committed against the Palestinians there.
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We are willing to put our bodies on the line to stop Israel’s unlawful massacres of the Palestinian people (we have received death threats warning us not to repeat our attempt) and bring the attention of the world to the war crimes happening in Gaza against 1.5 million Palestinians.
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Contact:
Huwaida Arraf (Cyprus): +357-96-723-999
Angela Godfrey-Goldstein (Jerusalem): +972-547-366 393
Ramzi Kysia (U.S): +1-703-994-5422
http://www.palsolidarity.org/main/2009/01/07/free-gaza-movement-we-are-coming-back-and-we-are-putting-israel-on-notice

Gaza Demonstration London 10 January 09 – Speaker List and other things

Posted in PSC Updates tagged , , , , , , , , at 11:15 pm by Alexia

The speaker list has now been finalised.
STOP THE WAR COALITION
UPDATE  09 January 2009
Email office@stopwar.org.uk
T: 020 7278 6694
Web: http://www.stopwar.org.uk
1) BE AN INSTANT NEWS MAKER
If you are a marcher at the demonstration on Saturday 10  January who has a mobile phone with internet access, you can  be an instant news maker. Stop the War, CND and the  Palestine Solidarity Campaign are making accessible to  everyone a website they have created for the media to upload  its latest pictures and statements during and after the  demonstration. This means anyone will be able to upload  their pictures, comments etc instantly. The service is free of charge. The site will go live at noon tomorrow and will  remain available until Monday 12th January. The site can be  found at  www.gazaprotest.org
2) MARCH ROUTE
The march route is now confirmed as Speakers Corner at Hyde
Park, Bayswater, Notting Hill Gate, left into Kensington
Church Street, left into
Kensington High Street, past the Israeli Embassy.
3) SPEAKERS AT THE DEMONSTRATION RALLIES
NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION: SATURDAY 10 JANUARY
STOP THE MASSACRE : ISRAEL OUT OF GAZA
ASSEMBLE 12.30PM SPEAKERS CORNER,HYDE PARK  (Nearest tube Marble Arch) Rally & speakers in Hyde park
MARCH TO ISRAELI EMBASSY High St Kensington, London W8
Please note there are two rallies, one at Speakers Corner before the march starts, the other at the Israeli Embassy where the march ends. The speakers at each rally are as follows:
SPEAKERS CORNER RALLY
Lord Ahmed,
Jean Lambert MEP
Richard Howitt MEP
Hugh Lanning, PCS
Christine Brewer, NUT
Reverend & the Makers
Juliet Stevenson
Bianca Jagger
Michael Rosen
Gail Curtmail, UNITE
Brian Eno
Spkrs from Islamic Human Rights Commission
Sally Hunt, UCU
Betty Hunter, PSC
Michael Cushman (Jews for Justice for Palestinians)
Venezuela Ambassador
Keith Sonnet or Alison Shepherd, UNISON
Ismail Patel
Rev Garth Hewitt, Cannon at St George’s Cathedral, Jerusalem
SPEAKERS: ISRAELI EMBASSY RALLY
Bruce Kent, CND
Lindsey German, Stop the War Coalition
Ken Livingstone
Jeremy Corbyn MP
George Galloway MP
Sabah Jawad, Iraqi Democrats and STWC
Billy Hayes, CWU
Lauren Booth
Manuel Hassassian, Palestinian General delegate
Azzam Tamimi
Spkr from Muslim Council of Britain
Osama Qashoo, Free Gaza Campaign
Seumas Milne
Martin Linton MP
Spkr from Dawatul Islam
Spkr from British Muslim Federation

Palestine Latest: 9 January 2009

Posted in General Gaza Updates tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:19 pm by Alexia

To my friends in Gaza, our thoughts are with you in this terrible time.  We can’t be there with you, but we’re doing what we can to try and stop this. Please stay strong.

To everyone else, please support us in our quest to end this invasion of Gaza and help us bring peace and justice to the Palestinians.

From the latest Palestine Solidarity Campaign email

The depravity with which the Israeli Government is inflicting death on the people of Gaza reached a new low today as news began to leak out of yet another Israeli war crime in the town of Zeitoun.


According to the United Nations the events in a second shelter in the town represents ‘one of the gravest events since the beginning of the offensive.’


Eyewitness accounts obtained by the UN describe how, on the 4th January, the IDF rounded up 110 people, half of them children and moved them into a single story home. The IDF told the people they were being led to their safety.


Then 24 hours later the IDF bombed the shelter killing 30 people. According to the Red Cross and the UN, the IDF’s refusal to allow humanitarian access to the area for four days was because of this incident.


Following this incident the Red Cross issued a statement on the deaths of children killed by the Israeli Army in which they said that there had been a 250% increase in deaths to children since the ground invasion.


Read the BBC report here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/7819492.stm

Here’s the latest update from the Red Cross

http://www.icrc.org/web/eng/siteeng0.nsf/htmlall/palestine-update-050109?opendocument

Israel allowed the ICRC to get blood supplies (but don’t say how much) and 1000 tetanus injections into Gaza.  The injections are given to the wounded to help reduce the chance of infection.  Only 1000 when there are over 3000 known wounded already.  A pittance, just crumbs from the Israeli table.

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If you live in the UK, the PSC have set up a web page with a pre written letter that they will use to forward to your MP.  It literally takes a couple of minutes and will exert pressure on them to act.  It calls on them to pressure the Government into taking real action that will force Israel to end its invasion and siege on Gaza.

All you have to do is visit http://www.iparl.com/lobby-psc/widget.html and put in your postcode – easy as that.

Please take the time to do this, small actions like this can make a difference.

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Don’t forget there are demonstrations in London and Edinburgh tomorrow.  Last Saturday’s had over 60,000 people there.

NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION: SATURDAY 10 JANUARY
STOP THE MASSACRE : ISRAEL OUT OF GAZA
ASSEMBLE 12.30PM
SPEAKERS CORNER,HYDE PARK   (Nearest tube Marble Arch)
MARCH TO ISRAELI EMBASSY High St Kensington, London W8

MARCH ROUTE: Speakers Corner at Hyde Park, Bayswater, Notting  Hill Gate, left into Kensington Church Street, left into Kensington High Street, past the Israeli Embassy. There will  be rallies with speakers at Speakers Corner and at the end of  the march.

ALL SCOTLAND DEMONSTRATION 10 JANUARY

STOP THE MASSACRE: ISRAEL OUT OF GAZA

DEMONSTRATION IN EDINBURGH
SATURDAY 10 JANUARY 2009
ASSEMBLE 12:30PM
EAST MARKET STREET   Behind Edinburgh Waverley train station
MARCH THROUGH CITY CENTRE TO US CONSULATE

Bring in-date medicine for Gaza, and spare shoes.

Supported by Stop the War Scotland, Glasgow and Edinburgh,  Pauline McNeil MSP, Sandra White MSP, Muslim Association of  Britain, Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Glasgow Palestine Human Rights Campaign, Lebanese Community    Scotland, Scottish Afghan Society, Scottish Islamic  Foundation.