Posts Tagged ‘London’

George Galloway MP deported from Egypt

Statement from Salma Yaqoob

George Galloway deported

George Galloway MP

‘The decision of the Egyptian government to deport George Galloway MP, and their treatment of those seeking to bring aid to the besieged people of Gaza, is a disgrace.

The Viva Palestina convoy brought desperately needed aid to a population in Gaza subject to a brutal economic blockade by the Israeli government. This blockade was described by the United Nations-sponsored Goldstone report as a form of ‘collective punishment’ against the entire population. Oxfam’s director, Jeremy Hobbs, said that the “world powers have failed and betrayed Gaza’s ordinary citizens” by failing to help bring an end to this blockade. He is right. And Egypt, which borders Gaza, has the ability and the duty to do something positive for the Palestinian people.

Instead, by its obstruction of the Convoy, its brutal assault and tear gassing of its supporters, and now the arrest of Viva Palestina activists and deportation of George Galloway MP, the Egyptian authorities have disgraced themselves in the eyes of the world. Once again they have failed in their humanitarian duty towards their Palestinian neighbours.

I call on supporters of the Palestinian cause to convey their opposition to the deportation of George Galloway to Egyptian representatives, consulates and Embassies throughout the world.’

Salma Yaqoob
Leader Respect Party

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One Society Many Cultures – launched in Parliament

One Society, Many Cultures

One Society, Many Cultures

Cross–party political figures, religious leaders, trade unionists and anti-racist campaigners were amongst the individuals who launched a new campaign “One Society Many Cultures” and pledged to stand up against division and hatred, to defend the right to freedom of thought, religion and culture at one of the most diverse events ever held in Parliament.

Speakers at the event included Ken Livingstone, Rt. Hon Sadiq Khan MP – Minister for Transport, Simon Hughes MP, Emily Thornberry MP, Susan Kramer MP, Dr Abdul Bari – Secretary General of Muslim Council of Britain, Rabbi Lee Wax – Jewish Council for Racial Equality, Bruce Kent – Vice President of Pax Christi, Dabinderjit Singh OBE – Sikh Secretariat, Anas Altikriti – British Muslim Initiative, Billy Hayes – General Secretary of Communication Workers Union, Diana Holland – Assistant General Secretary UNITE, Jenny Jones – Green Party London Assembly Member, Salma Yaqoob – Leader of The Respect Party, Pav Akhtar – Chair of Imaan, Weyman Bennet – Love Music Hate Racism, Sabby Dhalu – Unite Against Fascism.

The campaign, which was initiated by Ken Livingstone, aims to bring together people of all faiths and none. It will monitor and respond to discrimination against different communities as well as promote the positive benefits of diversity for the economy, culture and society generally.

Salma Yaqoob, Leader of The Respect Party said:

Salma Yaqoob face

Salma Yaqoob

“This slogan One Society Many Cultures is absolutely necessary now. Black people, Asian people, Irish people and Jewish communities have been demonized at different points at history. If you are Muslim right now in this country, your mental health status, who you sleep with and your political and religious views are being recorded. Black, White, Asian, people of faith and no faith let us take this fight up not just against racism but for equality, for fairness, for everybody.”

More at Progressive London here.

Salma Yaqoob rejects 7/7 conspiracy theories

Salma Yaqoob rejects 7/7 conspiracy theories

Salma Yaqoob rejects 7/7 conspiracy theories

The BBC2 programme The Conspiracy Files, broadcast yesterday on 30th June, examined the spread of conspiracy theories about the 7/7 bombings, and the arguments contained in the DVD The Ripple Effect.

Dr Mohammed Naseem

Dr Mohammed Naseem

The programme included scenes of a meeting held at Birmingham Central Mosque in which Dr Mohammed Naseem argued that “The Ripple Effect is more convincing than the government statement”.

Respect party leader and Birmingham City councillor Salma Yaqoob rejects these conspiracy theories:

“We do not need conspiracy theories to understand the 7/7 bombings. Two of the bombers left video messages explaining exactly why they carried out this terrible atrocity. The government may be in denial about the fact that its war in Iraq encouraged terrorism at home. But we have to face facts.

“Four young men, angry at our government’s foreign policy in Iraq and Afghanistan, lost any sense of humanity and inflicted terrible suffering on innocent people. We have to confront and challenge those who justify and encourage these crimes, and we have to put an end to the injustice caused by our foreign policy that creates such a well of bitterness and hatred.

“There is a growing tendency throughout the world for many people to doubt anything that they are told by official sources. Trust in political institutions has been eroded and few people believe that those in power are honest and truthful. Many Muslims feel that almost everything they read about themselves in the media is false or hostile. And we know that the government lied about something as serious as the reasons for going to war in Iraq.  This is fertile ground for the growth of conspiracy theories.

“An open and public enquiry into the Iraq war, that does not seek to protect the reputations of those who led us into this disastrous conflict, might go some way towards undermining these conspiracy theories and focussing attention on the real issues.”

Gallery: ‘Stop Gaza Massacre’ National Demonstration 02.01.09

Images from the first national demonstration against the Israeli massacre in Gaza. The demonstration and rally took place on Saturday 3rd January, 2009 and attracted 100,000 demonstrators.

More images at the Birmingham Stop the War Coalition facebook group here.

National Gaza Massacre Demonstration: London – Saturday 3rd January 2009

Four-year-old Lama Hamdan killed by an Israeli missile on 29 December.

Four-year-old Lama Hamdan killed by an Israeli missle

“Israel is committing a shocking series of atrocities by using modern weaponry against a defenceless population – attacking a population that has been enduring a severe blockade for many months.”

The UN Human Rights Council

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STOP GAZA MASSACRE

Hands Off Gaza: Stop the Bombing: Free Palestine

Saturday 3rd January 2009
Assemble 12:30pm | Embankment, London, WC2

Nearest tube Embankment.  View map >>
Called by Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Stop the War Coalition, British Muslim Initiative, CND and many other organisations.

Speakers include Salma Yaqoob, Jeremy Corbyn, George Galloway, Tony Benn and more…

Download the national demonstration leaflet >>

Local protests around the country >>

Birmingham
Coaches leave 8.30am  – Carrs Lane Church, Carrs Lane, (opposite Moore St station).

Tickets: £8 (Unemployed/students), £12 (Employed)

For tickets, call Nick on 07828013091 or Naeem Malik on 07721427690

10 MAB Coaches, Departing from Birmingham Central Mosque (Highgate, B12), 8.30am
Tickets: £5 each
Contacts: 07870948503 | 0776691344

National coaches here >>

Protests in Scotland here (facebook group) >>

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Join the demonstration – message from Tony Benn

Tony Benn

Tony Benn

“The Israeli Government, armed and supported by President Bush, with its savage attack on the people of Gaza now represents the greatest threat to security in the Middle East and the world peace movement is mobilizing on a massive scale to defeat this aggression.
I appeal to everyone who can possibly do so to attend the many demonstrations that are being held here so that the British government is left in no doubt as to the strength of opposition there is to this war. ”

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More:  Stop the War Coalition >>

National STWC demonstration tomorrow

Five Years On in Iraq

Iraq: Five Years On

Labour lie – one million die
The Bush-Brown war on terror is making the world more unstable. Over 1 million have died in Iraq, war rages in Afghanistan, Iran is threatened with attack, Gaza is under seige, and Pakistan is destabilised.
The Stop the War Coalition have organised a demonstration to mark the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. We urge everybody to attend:

Join the global protests – demonstrate 15 March

Assemble 12 noon, Trafalgar Square, London
Assemble 11.30, Blythswood Square, Glasgow.

 

Map of demo route

Troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan

Don’t attack Iran

End the siege of Gaza

“I really hope that on 15 March people will join the demonstration in Trafalgar Square at 12. To march against the war and march against the continued occupation which has come from this war. It had a rotten basis and nothing good will come of it.”
Nick Broomfield, Documentary film maker

For more information, contacts, speakers list and to see a map of the demo route, click here.

This month marks the fifth anniversary of the invasion and occupation of Iraq. What has followed has been five years of catastrophe for the people of that country.
It also marks the fifth birthday of the global anti-war movement.

On March 15th 2003 two million people took to the streets of London,
and another eight million did around the world, to protest against the
impending disaster.

Respect was born out of that movement as the voice of opposition to war and
neo-liberalism, which in today’s world go together hand in hand. Join Respect and the STWC at tomorrow’s national and international demonstrations.

Contact the numbers below to book tickets from Birmingham.

Kings Heath 07748 264 668
Sparkhill 07815 995 974
Stirchley 07958 109 648
Handsworth 07771 623 426
Sutton Coldfield 07775 942 841
other areas 07977 057 902