URGENT ACTION ALERT: Tell your MP that war criminals should be prosecuted not welcomed!

4 November, 2010 — Palestine Solidarity Campaign

Yesterday, the Foreign Secretary William Hague reiterated the government’s commitment to urgently resolve the “unacceptable situation” with regard to universal jurisdiction during his visit to Israel.

The coalition government want to change the current legislation to give the Director of Public Prosecutions power over issuing arrest warrants against alleged international criminals who visit the UK.

The change will make it easier for war criminals to escape justice – please take two minutes to email your MP and ask them to sign EDM 108 and make public their opposition to any change in the law. (If your MP has a ministerial position, please write to them anyway, asking them to write to the Foreign Office).

Currently, for a magistrate to issue an arrest warrants, serious evidence must be presented against the person concerned. The proposed change adds a political dimension to a legal decision and introduces a source of delay when urgent action may be required to stop a suspect escaping justice.

Britain has a duty to seek out and prosecute those responsible for war crimes.

Now more than ever, we need you to join the Palestine lobby of Parliament in three weeks and lobby your MP on the illegal siege of Gaza and universal jurisdiction. Email your MP and arrange a meeting for November 24th (2-6pm at the House of Commons).

For more information on what the change on universal jurisdiction would mean for Britain, read our briefing at: www.palestinecampaign.org/universal-jurisdiction

Let’s make sure Britain doesn’t become a safe-haven for war criminals.

In solidarity,

Sarah Colborne
Director of Campaigns and Operations

p.s. Join us for the rally after the Palestine lobby on November 24th at 6.30pm with speakers including Gerald Kaufman MP, Andy Slaughter MP, David Ward MP and Baroness Jenny Tonge.

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) aims to raise public awareness about the occupation of Palestine and the struggle of the Palestinian people. PSC seek to bring pressure on both the British and Israeli government to bring their policies in line with international law. PSC is an independent, non-governmental and non-party political organisation with members from communities across the UK. Join PSC today!

Palestine Solidarity Campaign

Tel: 020 7700 6192
Fax: 020 7609 7779

Email: info@palestinecampaign.org
Web: www.palestinecampaign.org

VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 3 November, 2010: Children of Silwan to Be Placed Under House Arrest

3 November, 2010 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Adhan Banned at Hebron’s Al-Ibrahimi Mosque 54 Times in One Month
IMEMC – 3 Nov 2010 – Wednesday November 03, 2010 – 18:50, The Muslim call to prayer (Adhan) was prohibited by the Israeli authorities at Hebron’s Al-Ibrahimi Mosque for 54 times, during the month of October, the Middle East Monitor reported.

Political Survey: 56% Against the Resumption of Talks with Israel
IMEMC – 3 Nov 2010 – Wednesday November 03, 2010 – 17:52, According to a recent poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion (PCPO), 56.1% of the respondents polled are opposed to resuming direct peace talks with the Israeli government, mainly because the construction of illegal settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem has not stopped.

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Housmans Radical Books, London Newsletter of events November 2010

2 November, 2010 — Housmans

1. Loyalty cards and events charging
2. Coalition of Resistance National Organising Conference
3. Housmans Plastic Bag Free Zone

4. ‘Adventures in Kate Bush and Theory’ with Debora M. Withers
5. ‘Politics & Song’ with Leon Rosselson
6. ‘Class in British Cinema’ with Carl Neville
7. ‘Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain’s Visionary Music’ with Rob Young
8. The Socialist Party of Great Britain present ‘What’s Wrong With Using Parliament?’

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Media Lens: Wikileaks – The smear and the denial – Part 1

3 November, 2010 — MEDIA LENS: Correcting for the distorted vision of the corporate media

Part 1 – The Smear (Read Part 2 Here)

“Journalists don’t like WikiLeaks”, Hugo Rifkind notes in The Times, but “the people who comment online under articles do… Maybe you’ve noticed, and been wondering why. I certainly have.” (Hugo Rifkind Notebook, ‘Remind me. It’s the red one I mustn’t press, right?,’ The Times, October 26, 2010)

Rifkind is right. The internet has revealed a chasm separating the corporate media from readers and viewers. Previously, the divide was hidden by the simple fact that Rifkind’s journalists – described accurately by Peter Wilby as the “unskilled middle class” (www.guardian.co.uk/media/2007/dec/10/comment.pressandpublishing) – monopolised the means of mass communication. Dissent was restricted to a few lonely lines on the letter’s page, if that. Readers were free to vote with their notes and coins, of course. But in reality, when it comes to the mainstream media, the public has always been free to choose any colour it likes, so long as it’s corporate ‘black’. The internet is beginning to offer some brighter colours.

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