I haven’t written up an event list for quite some time, and intend to start doing some more events listings soon. However, for now, the priority has to be the crisis in Gaza. I don’t see that it is possible to overstate the horrific nature of the massacre on the Palestinians in Gaza - the events are described as a war, but there are no battles being fought because there is only one army involved. Israel is systematically destroying the minds and social fabric of these people, and I find it truly frightening.
Of course we all feel powerless to do anything, but we must at least be willing to stand up and say no, these actions are wrong and we will not simply watch without saying that we care. We must put what pressure we can on our governments to take some real action. If even we cannot find hope, what do we ask of those living in Gaza?
On Saturday there is going to be another march in London from Speakers Corner in Hyde Park to the Israeli embassy, starting at 12.30pm. Please come and join it if you can spare the time, if all we do is show that we care, then we have achieved something. I will be stewarding to help out, but would love to have some company - if anyone would like to help, please give me a call. There is a meeting tomorrow evening at the Friend’s Meeting House on Euston Road which starts at 6pm for people who are helping steward. This will be followed from 7:30pm by talks and a rally. More details can be found at http://www.stopwar.org.uk
Also, I urge you to consider donating to Medical Aid For Palestinians, which are trying to deliver vital medical supplies to hospitals in Gaza. They need all the support they can get, so please donate at http://www.map-uk.org/
I don’t think there is really a need to provide hundreds of links to information, there is more available than I have the heart to investigate. Perhaps a poem can offer an alternative to the images and videos?
“The Earth is closing on us
pushing us through the last passage
and we tear off our limbs to pass through
The Earth is squeezing us
I wish we were its wheat
so we could die and live again
I wish the Earth was our mother
so she’d be kind to us.”
This one was actually written 26 years ago for an earlier Israeli siege on Beirut, but I nevertheless find it poignant.
Sorry to be so morbid, and hopefully see some of you on Saturday.