Israel’s Deputy Defence Minister Vilnai recently threatened a ‘Holocaust’ on the people of Gaza.
Holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein will be in the UK from the USA from Monday October 6 to Monday October 20 inclusive for a speaking tour on the theme of Israeli oppression of the Palestinians and the need for active solidarity.
She has visited Palestine many times:
“Israel would not be able to carry out its crimes against humanity without the United States, the world, permitting it to do so and the mass media, which, with few exceptions, dehumanises Palestinians and instils fear, ignorance and loathing of them and their culture.”
Never Again! End Israel's War Crimes
Mon 6 October EDINBURGH 7.30pm
St Georges West, Shandwick Place Edinburgh Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign & Scottish Jews for a Just Peace
Tues 7 October GLASGOW 7.30pm
University of Glasgow, Boyd Orr Building, University Avenue
Glasgow Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign & Scottish Jews for a Just Peace
Wed 8 October EDINBURGH 1.30pm
Edinburgh University, Lecture Theatre 1, Appleton Tower
Edinburgh University Palestine Solidarity Society & Scottish PSC
Wed 8 October EDINBURGH 5.30pm
Committee Rooms, Scottish Parliament
Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on Palestine
Thurs 9 October BELFAST 7.30pm
Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Theatre An Culturlann, Falls Road
Frid 10 October DUBLIN 6.30pm
Connolly Room, Liberty Hall, Eden Quay
Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign & Trade Union Friends of Palestine
Sat 11 October LANCASTER 8.00pm
Lancaster Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Sun 12 October SHEFFIELD 6.30pm
The Library Theatre, Surrey Street
Sheffield Palestine Solidarity Campaign & Yorkshire Palestine Cultural Exchange
Tues 14 October SHREWSBURY 7.30pm
Darwin Community Centre, Fellmongers' Hall, Frankwell
"Shrewsbury Palestine Talks", West Midlands Friends of Sabeel UK, West Midlands PSC
Thurs 16 October BRISTOL
Details to be confirmed
Frid 17 October EXETER 7.30pm
The Methodist Mint Church, Fore Street
Exeter Palestine Solidarity Campaign & Friends of Palestine at Exeter University
Sat 18 October DORCHESTER 7pm
Dorchester Baptist Centre, Top o' Town
Dorset Palestinian Israeli Peace Group
Sun 19 October LIVERPOOL 7.30pm
Liverpool Quaker Meeting House, 22 School Lane
Liverpool Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Merseyside Jews For Peace & Justice & Women to Women for Peace
Mon 20 October LONDON 7.30pm
Lambeth Town Hall
Palestine Solidarity Campaign (UK), Lambeth and Wandsworth PSC
Download Scottish PSC leaflets & posters - leaflets and posters also available from local groups hosting Hedy.
"I was never in a camp, because of my parent's sacrifice of getting me out, so I never had the worst kind of experience that survivors have had - but I know what it's like to be discriminated against. I knew Hitler's murderous intent between 1933 and 1939, during which time my father was sent to the concentration camp called Dachau in 1938. He came back after four weeks, but he was no longer the same father that I knew, because he was an old, broken man when he came back."
"And because I know what it's like, I feel I have a duty and a responsibility to fight the injustices that happen to other people. I can't do everything, and there are problems all over the world, but I decided that the Israeli government's treatment of the Palestinian people is an issue I am going to protest against, and I will try to do whatever I can."
An Interview with Hedy Epstein, "I Was Not Prepared for the Horrors I Saw" By SILVIA CATTORI
"Hedy came to the United States in May 1948. Her only living relatives were an uncle and an aunt who had emigrated to the US in early 1938. Once here, she worked in a variety of jobs. Although she did not realize it at the time, many of those jobs were part of her quest to find her parents and her family.
Soon, Hedy became active professionally and personally in the causes of civil and human rights and social justice. Some of her causes have included fair housing, abortion rights, and antiwar activities. As a peace delegate, Hedy journeyed to Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Cambodia in 1989. Hedy visited the Israeli Occupied West Bank five times since 2003, to witness the facts on the ground. She participated in several non-violent demonstrations, together with Israelis, Palestinians & other internationals, in opposition to Israel's occupation of Palestinian land, the 25-foot high cement wall, and the demolition of Palestinian homes and olive orchards.
Hedy began speaking to audiences in 1970. Her topics include her Nazi Holocaust experiences, her work at the Nuremberg Medical Trial, and her five trips to Palestine since 2003. Equally conversant in English and German, she has spoken in the US, Germany, and Austria to audiences of schoolchildren, college students, and adults. In addition, she has appeared on several radio and television shows as a guest. She is a member of the Speakers Bureau of the St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center."
Jewish Telegraph smears Holocaust survivor who speaks up for Palestine
Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign is sponsoring these meetings on
Bad News from Israel: tv news and public understanding of the Israeli /Palestinian conflict
Mon June 28th 7:30 pm St. George's West, Shandwick Place, Edinburgh
Tue June 29th 7:30pm St. Stephen's, 260 Bath St, Glasgow
Greg Philo is the author of Bad News from Israel
Tim Llewellyn is a journalist who has worked widely in TV and print. Tim was the first journalist into Sabra and Chatilla after the massacre of many hundreds of Palestinian refugees following the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982.
BBC Scotland Report
Saturday, 6 April, 2002, 17:40 GMT 18:40 UK
Hundreds of people have marched through the centre of Edinburgh to show solidarity with the Palestinians.
The protesters called for an immediate end to Israeli military action in the West Bank.
The demonstrators also said Israel must give up all the territory it has occupied since 1967.
It has been estimated that 2,000 people joined the march and many carried Palestinian flags, while others carried placards of people they say were killed by the Israelis.
Mick Napier, of the Palestine Solidarity campaign, said: "The Palestinians are the longest standing unresolved injustice of the century.
"They were ethnically cleansed , they are being slow motion ethnically cleansed by Ariel Sharon and Britain continues to send machine parts to keep the weapons of assassination and ethnic cleansing flying."
The demonstrators called on Edinburgh's city centre shoppers to boycott companies which sell Israeli goods.
Earlier this week Glasgow Labour MP George Galloway renewed his call for consumers to boycott produce from Israel.
He said the public should be on the lookout for products like some oranges, avocados and vegetables.
He told BBC Scotland: "We have a special duty to come to the aid of the Palestinian people and every person can do it by personally making purchasing decisions which hurt the ability of the Israeli economy to function normally."
After Saturday's march SNP MSP Margo Macdonald likened the Palestinian's plight to that of the Scots 600 years ago.
She added: "I am more than proud to associate this small nation of Scotland with the small nation of Palestine."
"ALL FREE PEOPLE...Bring your thunder...Bombard the towers of injustice..."
26 October 2002
On Oct 19, the words of exiled Palestinian poet, Ghazi Hussein had echoed in the ears and minds of 15,000 demonstrators at the STOP THE WAR AGAINST IRAQ - FREE PALESTINE rally held in Glasgow. One week later, a follow-up demonstration organised by the Scottish Palestinian Solidarity Campaign (SPSC) successfully disrupted war criminal Shaul Mofaz's fund-raising dinner for the United Jewish Israel Appeal held at the city's Hilton hotel.
Lt-General Mofaz, a hard-core Zionist and former Israeli Occupation Force Chief of Staff - his specialty was orchestrating the butchery at Jenin - was on the first leg of a UK fund-raising tour which aimed to present him as a significant future Israeli political figure.
The SPSC's plan for maximum disruption of the visit began with a 'decoy' crowd of some seventy chanting demonstrators, penned behind barriers some fifty metres from a line of police occupying the Hilton's main entrance.
Suddenly, a huge roar erupted as five hundred 'illegal' banner and placard-waving activists rapidly approached from the north, chanting, blowing whistles and heading straight for the hotel's front doors. The 'decoys' hauled aside the barriers, the two groups swelled into one, then surged up to the hotel entrance for a boisterous and firm confrontation with the flustered police line.
The hotel immediately experienced its first recorded instance of lockdown and closure. No guests could enter or leave the front or side doors, cars were turned away by bewildered hotel staff, and for over two hours, the demonstrators held an 'Occupation' there chanting, "Free, Free Palestine", "Victory to the Intifada", "No Peace without Justice" etc.
The action then evolved into a joyous, elated confrontation as the smiling, energised throng of brown, black, white 'Rainbow People' - all ages, creeds and colours - embraced and locked shoulders to express continuous solidarity and support for their Palestinian brothers and sisters in the West Bank and Gaza's occupied gulags.
The demonstration paused only to be addressed by leading advocates of Palestinian and Arab human rights, MP George Galloway, the SSP's Tommy Sheridan, and SPSC organiser Mick Napier who announced - "The Glasgow Hilton is currently closed for business - this hotel will think twice before hosting war criminals and their supporters here again" - to huge roars of approval.
The arrival of a police helicopter hovering overhead in the night sky did nothing to dampen the crowd's enthusiasm as the high costs of policing the demo would have to be met by Mofaz's UJIF supporters. Uncanny comparisons with what Palestinian towns, cities and refugee camps experience on a nightly basis were also there to be made.
The final climactic moments were the flames leaping from a burning effigy of Generalissimo Moffaz, held aloft on a noose for the benefit of press photographers. The 'Occupation' ended, the demonstrators then moved off on a slow traffic-stopping procession to a rally in Glasgow's Moir Hall.
There, amid speeches condemning Zionist war crimes and urging further actions to build upon today's, the message went out - there will be NO WAR CRIMINALS IN SCOTLAND - all future Zionist activiites will be met with the same disruptions and movement restrictions they routinely impose upon the Palestinian people.
An audio link was also established with Gush Shalom's Uri Avnery in Tel Aviv who expressed his unqualified support for the Glasgow action and told of a joint demonstration held by Palestinian and Israeli peace activists some hours earlier on both sides of Sharon's Wall of Evil.
In retrospect, a final memorable image recorded by this writer was to see the poet, Ghazi Hussein in the middle of the Hilton demo crowd, a look of euphoria etched upon his face as he witnessed the strength of commitment shown for his people in Glasgow that day.
Aftermath report by Zahid Ali (SPSC) - 31 Oct, 2002
Butcher of Jenin forced to flee UK
Shaul Mofaz, responsible for every single Palestinian death under his tenure of IDF chief, was advised to leave Britain by the Israeli embassy after legal proceedings were initiated against him. We note the following:
This is a victory for every person that turned out in Glasgow, Liverpool and Leeds to protest his evil presence in our land.
The catering staff at the Glasgow Hilton, after seeing the massive protest outside, refused to serve the guests at the pro-Israeli fundraiser.
Knowing the crimes he had committed, Mofaz and the UJIA who invited him had to keep the venues secret, fearing the protests his presence would invite. This did not stop protesters in Liverpool, who turned up in great numbers even after finding out the venue only an hour earlier.
Leeds United FC are to be utterly condemned for compromising their race relations record further by hosting him at their Elland Road ground.
Israeli war criminals of Mofaz's ilk should not be welcome in any self-respecting nation. We hope that characters like this will be brought to justice. The trial of Slobodan Milosevic shows it can be done.
The media in the UK has to be brought to account over this issue. Yet again, despite the complaints over the paltry coverage given to the biggest ever rally this country has ever seen (London, Sept 28), the media has shown itself to be more interested in banal trivia rather than substantial issues. Yesterday, Angus Deayton's picture was on every front page - broadsheet and tabloid - yet the investigation into Shaul Mofaz's participation in war crimes only merited a mention in the Independent. Who has caused more damage in the world - Deayton or Mofaz?
On a brighter note, Mofaz running back to Israel with his tail between his legs shows what we can achieve when we set our aims high enough. He has himself now admitted that this state of affairs is now something he will have to get used to.
Despite Mofaz's departure, the legal team representing the families of the victims in Palestine is determined to proceed with the legal case, which is supported by an increasing number of British organizations and personalities that work together to see justice served for the Palestinian victims of Israeli war crimes.
The following is a translated article from Yadi’out Ahranout (Israeli daily Newspaper 31.10.02):
Mofaz arrives in London last week to participate in fundraising dinners.
The Israeli Embassy informed Mofaz on Monday that an Islamic organization has filed for the arrest of Mofaz accusing him of committing war crimes, and urged him to leave Britain before any action is taken. Mofaz leaves Britain for Germany and then Israel.
The Ex-Chief Commander of the Israeli Defence Forces, Shaul Mofaz was forced to cut short his visit to Britain and return to Israel, following the filing of a complaint by a Muslim solicitor, accusing him of committing war crimes. The Israeli Embassy in London was quick to advise Mofaz to quickly leave Britain, in case a warrant for his arrest was issued.
Mofaz had ended a tour of the United States and arrived in Britain upon the invitation of a fundraising Jewish organization. He spoke in Glasgow and on the following day in London. He arrived in Liverpool on Monday and spoke in Leeds on Tuesday. These events were accompanied with mass demonstrations organized by pro-Palestinian and left-wing British organizations, who followed Mofaz around from one city to the next.
However, the real turnaround began on Tuesday, when Imran Khan submitted a 14-page file to the Chief Prosecutor, outlining three main charges leveled against Mofaz: Killing individuals suspected of being Palestinian terrorists, demolishing Palestinian houses and his responsibility for the massacre of innocent women and children. The Muslim Association of Britain announced that it was behind this action.
Khan claimed that the Chief Prosecutor had handed the file to ‘Crimes Against Humanity’ department at Scotland Yard, however, police sources said that they could not confirm this.
It is worth noting that Britain is one of the European countries which have adopted within its legislation, the principles of the International Court of Justice, which deals fundamentally with War Crime cases. Therefore, charges may be brought against any individual in Britain who is accused of committing war crimes, and the Chief Prosecutor may issue a writ against the said individual.
Israeli Embassy advises Mofaz to leave immediately
The Israeli Embassy in London, upon learning of this action, and following a lengthy series of unofficial consultations, decided to issue a recommendation to Mofaz to leave Britain and return to Israel. The Embassy briefed Mofaz on the situation on Tuesday morning, and submitted a detailed report concerning the possible measures which may be taken against him.
Embassy officials informed Mofaz that since his visit to Britain is on unofficial duty, the possible developments in this case become unpredictable. Mofaz was thus advised to leave Britain immediately in order to save himself and the British government a very difficult situation. However, he refused to leave before attending the Leeds function.
Mofaz arrived in Israel yesterday and commented that ‘it seems that this matter will accompany us during the coming phase and I have to learn to deal with it”.
Sources in London told Yadi’out Ahranout yesterday that if Mofaz’s departure from Britain was confirmed, any additional action against him may be dropped.
More on the Mofaz UK visit at:
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