Showing posts with label Palestine. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Palestine. Show all posts

Monday 13 November 2023

Forbidden Democracy - Genocidal profiteering and the far right on Armistice Day - Paul Hanes

Monday 13th November 2023 will go down in history as one of the most dubious and sinister cabinet reshuffles the UK has ever seen. 

So a man who is not even an MP is today appointed Foreign Secretary by a Primeminister who was appointed by a previous primeminister also appointed & all never elected to the UK Parliament's highest post. 

A Foreign secretary who can now take us to war and dictate foreign policy who also cannot be questioned in Parliament by our elected Members of Parliament.

If it's not bad enough that Rishi Sunak is richer than the king his family's company Infosys still profit from doing business in Russia.

Infosys also just did a 1.5 billion deal with BP who was awarded the rights to mine oil and gas off the coast of Gaza this year. 

Just in case you think we might all be being gaslighted into accepting murderous genocide and ethnic cleansing they now want us to accept that Tony Blair is the right choice to administer Gaza by mandate and decide what 'humanitarian' measures are allowed into Gaza. 

It seems the death of a Million Iraqis has not gone unnoticed on Blairs resume just like Adolf Heusinger's resume & namesake for that matter didn't prevent him getting the top NATO job.

Suella Bravermans will not be missed after she disgraced herself by inciting violence and riots on Rememberance day by encouraging Nazis to attend and confront over a million peaceful protesters calling for an armistice on Armistice Day. Her replacement James Cleverly has already vowed to turn back the boats.

Braverman does not understand the meaning of Rememberance Day and what the Palestine Solidarity Movement in the UK is about.

The poppy is to remember the war dead who stood against tyranny including hundreds of countries around the world over two world wars in which millions of muslims stood with us. This is celebrated on the aniversary of the First World Wars Armistice. Marching in solidarity with Palestine with a Palestinian flag is people standing against tyranny with the Palestinian people on Solidarity demanding a lasting Armistice. Same thing same values.

Something also completely lost on the eternally confused Darren Grimes. who reuploaded the original image by Peter Brooks from the times and available to purchase here.

Braverman claimed these two British institutions apposed each other then encouraged fascists to March on the Cenotaph on Armistice Day which they did in the most violent and disrespectful way possible.

Sir Kier Starmer's call for a Humanitarian pause is equally dim especially coming from someone who is a barrister and headed up the Crown Prosecution Service.

He fails to understand that a Humanitarian pause allowing people to leave Gaza quicker is to speed up ethnic cleansing of North Gaza while they still bomb the South which is totally unlawful. A ceasefire is to stop the violence & killing to negotiate a lasting peace in according to International Law & implement the already UN agreed / ratified two state solution.

Equaly dim for a Kings Council and international humanitarian lawyer Kier 'believes in Israels right to defend itself'. Clearly a belief held in denial of what international law abd the UN states that the illegal occupier has no right to self defence.

Trilateral Keith clearly doesn't want to get it and is reportedly planning the sacking this week according to channel four, 17 of his shadow frontbench for voting for a ceasefire. This will see him almost alone in opposition so he may call on Lord Mandelson to join the shadow bench from the house of lords like Cameron has filled the foriegn secretary post.

Mandelson is Kier Starmers Advisor, Labour first grandee and part of Lord Sainsburies Progress extreme right wing faction in the Labour Party. He was not sacked by kier for visiting and continuing a friendship with Paedofile Jeffery Epstein, after he was convicted.


For those wanting to understand Rememberance day the way it should and was originally intended to be I can highly recomend Veteranhood by Joe Glenton. His latest on why its ok to have a peace march on Rememberence Day can be seen here.

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Saturday 28 October 2023

Gaza Genocide, Benjaman does a Rumsfeld. Supported by Rupert. Combined age 254 years old.

 Benjamin Netanyahu is a murderous shyster. 74 year old with a pacemaker who today tried to gaslight the world into accepting his murder of tens of thousands more civillians. He is a war criminal.

He used a page from the Donald Rumsfeld playbook and published mock up photos of a supposed underground Hamas fortress/ bunker under Gaza's biggest hospital. Rumsfelds bunkers turned out to be fake news. Netanyahu claims Hamas Bunkers have meeting rooms with ...... "leather seats". 🙀 


The hospital in southern Gaza is now home to 60,000 forcibly displaced Gazans who are victims of Netanyahus previous war crime threatening them with violence to displace them and cutting off food water and electricity. 2.4 million Gazans have no communication and cannot even call an ambulance. It should be renamed as the Warsaw Ghetto II. 



@Warsaw Ghetto

Netanyahu has faced months of protests in Israel as he is trying to shut down and neuter the judicary and change the powers judges have to overturn illegal legislation and how they are selected. His corruption charges involve alleged bribes from media moguls and he has been accused of making law changes to avoid the law. His party is also tring to pass a law authorising police to be able to shoot pro palestinian protesters who are Israeli citizens in Israel not that police ever investigate this anyway in the occupied West Bank.

Gaza has been bombed for a decade  it was being relentlessly bombed in April and May 2023 and it is only now these underground bunkers have been supposedly been discovered. What a load of BS, especially when on October 7th Israel had zero intelligence of the plans of an organisation it helped to come to prominence and failed to respond for 8 hours.

Netanyahu is a beyond extreme right wing politician desperate to hold onto power and shut down democracy. He should be retired and not allow his killing of Palestinians as a means of holding onto power to continue nor should his manufactured photoshopped fake news be believed

No doubt as the fog of war lifts more questions will be raised about the Israeli militaries' conduct on the 7th October as hostages have openly stated Israeli militaty opened fire on them with heavy machine gun and shells killing dozens and calls for Netanyahu to go will only get louder. 

Its quite clear Netanyahu is trying to prop himself up clinging to power by justifing the murder of over 60,000 people is waranted. It is not.

Want to actualy target Hamas and its supporters? Want to target their funders and enablers by arresting and killing them? 

Target Netanyahu.  After all as the Times of Israel points out, 

'For years, Netanyahu propped up Hamas. Now it’s blown up in our faces. The premier's policy of treating the terror group as a partner, at the expense of Abbas and Palestinian statehood, has resulted in wounds that will take Israel years to heal from.'

This context saw on Saturday 28th October one of the biggest demonstrations in UK History. I did not have the resources to record it in my usual way However the link contains some of the biggest demonstrations in UK history to compare.

A massive demonstration in London today supporting the people of Palestine and calling for an immediate ceasefire. The route map shows the area covered by this photo in blue which would be about 500,000 people which is also the reported the number who attend NYE fireworks viewed from the same area.


  The areas in red I can confirm that both Westminister and and Waterloo Bridges remained full of protesters for several hours and they took up both directions and all 8 lanes. Sky News reported people were still crossing the official start point after the front of the demonstration had filled up Parliament square and I could still see people in the demonstration lined up also marked in red east of Waterloo Bridge. 

So on this basis the demonstration was clearly in its millions however the BBC can only mange the word thousands (Heading) and tens of thousands (body) not millions or hundreds of thousands for what was one of the Biggest demonstrations in UK history.

Israeli voices are openly and without shame calling for genocide and if this is not disturbing enough the lies being fed to and repeated to the media are even worse. ⬅️ Must watch and ⬇️ Ethnic cleansing is a war crime.


For it is the age of enshittenment
and angry old leaders.

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Saturday 28 April 2012

Masters of War

by Paul Hanes on Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at 8:02pm · Article Published by Read Magazine Germany. 

  The heralded anti-war song by Bob Dylan 'Masters of War' clearly takes aim at those who profit from war and produce its weapons. In its opening verse it lays out the distaste that Bob Dylan was feeling when he wrote the song in 1963 and represented the anti-war sentiment of many for decades to come.

The opening verse lays out the targets for his wrath:
'Come you masters of war,
You that build all the guns,
You that build the death planes,
You that build all the bombs,
You that hide behind walls,
You that hide behind desks,
I just want you to know,
I can see through your masks.'

  The song continues its venom towards those who choose to make a living and profit from the destruction and killing which is carried out with their weapons and notably weapons which are not fired in the neighbourhoods in which they, the war profiteers live. 

  Dylan finishes the song with the overtly threatening verse: 

'And I hope that you die, And that your death'll come soon, I will follow your casket, In the pale afternoon, And I'll watch while you're lowered, Down to your deathbed, And I'll stand over your grave, 'Till I'm sure that you're dead.'

  The resonance of the sentiment of Dylan's 'Masters of War' has made it an anti war anthem for the people. It is one of the most covered songs having touched the emotions of many over the almost 50 years since its release.

  Dylan clearly is goading the war manufacturers into a confrontation with the opening line. The war machine is a formidable opponent, a complex industrial and capital structure spread out across the world producing weapons. We in the west rarely see the consequences to families who live far away in commonly NATO, USA, UK or Israeli targeted countries. 

  Increasingly we are becoming aware of the atrocities, which our governments commit on our behalf on the pretext of some poorly constructed excuse (believable only to the non-thinking population and my local Member of Parliament Greg Hands) that 'the war on terror is making us safer'.

  The Wiki Leaks expose told us what we had known about war all along. The US government's assertion that the leak had put US troops in danger was laughable. I am fairly sure that the average Afghan knew for years that the school bus got shot up and their kids are dead as apposed to travelling 100's of miles to an internet point to discover it on Wiki Leaks. Assange was right in that he said the object was not a quick war however a long war to drain the vast resources of the Western Taxpayers.


 What the war establishment fears most is that their terrible deeds will come to light and the people will put a stop to their war profiteering. Even the most cursory examinations of tactics in Afghanistan shows that the NATO operation which has failed to shut down resistance from one of the poorest nations on the planet (in more time than it took to conduct World War I and World War II put together) shows that an extended war is more about extended profits for companies than any clear mission objectives. 


 For example one of the US governments main military contractor, The Carlyle Group who's owners include the Bush Family who through George Bush II had direct say over the disastrous tactics employed in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

  Such decisions like sacking the Iraqi army against military top brass advice and leaving the arms dumps of the Iraqi Army intact and unguarded lead to a greater conflict and taxpayer paid profits for Bush administration owned companies. 

  The other major company Halliburton had Dick Cheney as CEO. Enough said? President of the United States Dwight D. Eisenhower, during his farewell speech of 1961 put it this way,

 'In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defence with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together'.

  In Britain the alert and knowledgeable citizenry is taking action against war profiteers with some extraordinary results. Take the popular seaside town of Brighton. A relaxed and traditionally British holiday town noted for its pier, family entertainment and stone covered beaches. 

  It is also home to the EDO MBM Corporations factory which manufactures components including 'racks' for the transportation and release of bombs from a variety of military aircraft such as the F-16 and Tornado aircraft commonly used in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine. Protesters, part of an organisation calling itself Smash EDO have been targeting the factory since 2004 on a weekly basis conducting noise demos outside the factory and providing information to staff about how the efforts of their labour are being used by armed forces complicit in war crimes. 

  This has led to many staff making an informed decision not to work at the factory on moral as well as legal grounds, costing the company dearly. In what would seem a hot potato move the factory is now owned by ITT. Smash EDO say EDO MBM's supply of weapons systems for the illegal aggression and subsequent war crimes committed in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine makes their directors war criminals.

  International law is very clear on this point, in the 1947 trial of Bruno Tesch, a German industrialist, the court acted: "on the principle that any civilian who is an accessory to a violation of the laws and customs of war is himself also liable as a war criminal". Tesch was convicted even though he did not supply products for specifically criminal purpose, because he carried on supplying them when he became aware they were being used to commit atrocities.

  Release mechanisms may not be as 'glamorous' as warheads, but they are just as crucial to the committing of the atrocities in Iraq. Dave Jones, EDO MBM's Managing Director has said under oath that he is "fully aware" of what his products are used for. 

  The protesters tell me, 'We have read out testimonies from the survivors of the Fallujah massacre over a megaphone outside EDO. We have read out the names of the dead in Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine. We have shown pictures of those killed or wounded by the bombing campaign. 

  We have directed their attention to the report in the Lancet which estimates over a million people have been killed during the US/UK occupation of Iraq and the UN's Goldstone report which catalogue's war crimes in Gaza.' Yet EDO MBM continues its complicity. 

  Campaigners have been calling for the closure of EDO MBM/ITT and the campaign was started with a roof occupation and lock-on at the factory in May 2004 and demonstrations have taken place every week since then. Several protest camps have been held outside the factory and recent mass demonstrations at the factory have attracted thousands of people. 

  At last years Mayday demonstration the cost of policing this peaceful protest was £560,000. Early in the group’s existence, what was then known as EDO MBM Technology obtained a High Court injunction banning protests outside its factory in Home Farm Road, Moulsecoomb. An attempt to create a half-mile exclusion zone around the site failed and the company was forced to pay the Smash EDO campaign's legal costs of £200,000.

  Then on 16th January 2009 during the brutal Israeli assault on Gaza which killed and injured thousands of innocent Palestinians six activists broke into EDO MBM's manufacturing facility. For an hour they wreaked havoc with hammers. Filing cabinets and computers were hurled from top-floor windows. Machinery was also sabotaged. One of the reasons that the six had so much time in the factory was ironically that Sussex Police somewhat colluding saw a bomb in the car park and cordoned off the area for specialists to arrive. 

  The 'bomb' was in fact a dummy, a prop for EDO to display at trade fairs, precision guided out of an upstairs window by the decommissioners. Sussex Police are well versed in the issues according to protesters having attended Smash EDO protests for many years monitoring the campaigns leaflets and information. One of the decommissioners Elijah Smith in a pre-recorded statement said, 

'I don't feel I'm going to do anything illegal tonight, but I'm going to go into an arms factory and smash it up to the best of my ability so that it cannot actually produce munitions and these very dirty bombs that have been provided to the Israeli army so that they can kill children. The time for talking has gone too far. I'm not a writer, I'm just a person from the community and I'm deeply disgusted'. 

  The following day the Police issued a statement that they estimated that over £180,000 in damage had been done to the factory. Hilariously the de-commissioners retorted the police assertion with now an infamous statement, 'That is not true. It was much more damage than that'.

'First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.' - Mahatma Gandhi

   With all six decommissioners charged with Conspiracy to Commit Criminal Damage which carries a 10 year maximum prison term the trial began and it was EDO MBM in the shape of the now managing director Paul Hills who found himself in the dock. He had come to court intending to represent a company primarily manufacturing in-flight entertainment equipment. He was presented with a dossier of evidence painstakingly built up over the years by campaigners, which pointed firmly at the company's complicity in war crimes.

  Hills revealed that the company has owned the rights to the main bomb rack used on Israeli F-16s VER-2 since 1998. He admitted removing website evidence of his company's dealings with Israel as early as 2004, the date of the first protests. He admitted having interfered with the crime scene, retrieving debris and papers, before police photographers arrived. He claimed to have police permission but no police statement backed him up.

  There has been speculation that £189,000 is actually an underestimate of the damage caused and that more controversial evidence may have been spirited away. After being warned at one stage by the judge that he was at risk of perjuring himself if he contradicted evidence he had produced in earlier court cases, crucially he ended by admitting that anyone looking at the evidence presented to him in court would form the reasonable belief that his company was involved in arms sales to Israel. 

  It was this that the defendants needed to convince the jury of - that there was an obvious link between this factory and the bombardment of Gaza. A witness, Sharyn Lock, provided the background necessary for the jury to understand the full scope of the horror then unfolding in Gaza. 

  Now a trainee midwife, in 2009 she was a human-rights volunteer in Al-Quds hospital, Gaza City. She was in the Gaza strip for the whole of Operation Cast Lead, and able to show footage of a missile strike on the hospital, just metres from the maternity ward.

  The jury also saw news reports of the white phosphorus attacks on the UNWRA compound, which incinerated much-needed food and medicine. Sharyn closed her evidence by saying she had no doubt that those who armed the Israeli Air Force, 

'had the blood of children on their hands'. 

 After hearing the verdict she told the press,

 'Brilliant news. I am so proud not only of the UK civilians who risked their liberty to protect fellow civilians whom they may never meet - but also of the jury who recognised that it is everyone's responsibility to uphold international law, even if that means decommissioning the weapons'. 

   The decommissioners were also congratulated by Noam Chomsky, who said, 'I would like to express my respect and admiration for those who are undertaking non-violent resistance to oppose British participation in Israel's cruel crimes in Gaza'. 

  The Smash EDO victory is not an uncommon tale in Britain for companies who profit from war crimes. The British Public is willing to stand up and take on the companies who immorally profit. Other examples of citizens targeting such companies are abound.

  The AHAVA Cosmetics Company an Israeli Cosmetics firm operating on stolen land in the occupied West Bank of Palestine is one example where campaigners locked themselves onto concrete-filled oil drums inside the central London shop, closing it down for two days in September and December of 2009.


  AHAVA now joins a group of companies such as Carmel Agrexco, EDO Corporation, Raytheon and Veolia who have all been targeted and have lost billions in business for their complicity in war crimes either through direct action or lost contracts. 

  The AHAVA campaigners insisted that they are legally justified in their actions as the shop’s activities are unlawful. All cosmetics on sale in the shop originate from Mitzpe Shalem, an illegal Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank, and are deliberately mislabelled “Made in Israel”. To date, no campaigner has been successfully prosecuted and AHAVA has consistently refused to cooperate with the prosecuting authorities. 

  Carmel Agrexco an Israeli State owned flower and produce importer to the United Kingdom regularly faces the same predicament and is regularly shut down by campaign groups in London. For charges to stick it is up to the company to prove their business is lawful Something Carmel Agrexco is also unwilling to do and as such Police refuse to charge campaigners who target their premises.


  On the first day of the AHAVA four trial prosecutors dropped aggravated trespass charges. This would have required the prosecution to demonstrate AHAVA was engaged in lawful activity. Significantly, the Crown Prosecution Service decided that this was not something they would attempt to prove.

  The primary witness for the prosecution, AHAVA’s store manager, refused to attend court to testify despite courts summons and threats of an arrest warrant leading to the activist’s acquittal on all remaining charges. 

  Perhaps he had been advised that his appearance may implicate him in war crime. After the acquittal of the AHAVA four the celebrations continued on Saturday 14th August 2010 when activist from a variety of campaigns continued the fortnightly protests outside the store. 

  These protests are supported by the Jews For Boycotting Israeli Goods, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, International Solidarity Movement, Boycott Israeli Goods and other notable campaigning groups. 

  Interestingly whilst business was very limited for AHAVA during the protest, I was able to observe the shop continue trading for a about an hour and a half after everyone had left the vicinity and no customers entered the shop during this time.

  Clearly the message is getting through to the modern consuming public who are educated in the facts and actively seeking out goods, which are from sources, who operate ethically. Notably the £48 price tag for a facial reduced from £60 as advertised on their sidewalk board seemed equally as murderous. 

  With little support or trade going on for AHAVA on a Saturday things looked bad for them. At Covent Garden, in support of AHAVA the racist English Defence League turned up in small numbers and Unfurled their Flag adorned with 'EDL Croydon Division' and joined a smaller group of Pro Zionists in a counter rally with a historically unusual Fascist Zionist Coalition. Whilst all in this group could have done with a facial none seemed to be overly cashed up enough to afford the products.

  It was announced at the demonstration that AHAVA are now being investigated by the Camden Trading Standards Officers. It can only be a matter of time before the high rents in the area match up with poor sales and the illegality of the business - providing a three way pincer movement which will see it's Flagship London outlet close due to the protesters efforts.

  Similar successful actions have occurred throughout the United Kingdom on 11th June 2006, nine peace activists who broke into a Raytheon arms factory in Derry, Northern Ireland and destroyed computers causing damage valued at £350,000. All were found not guilty by a Belfast jury. Eamonn McCann, journalist and activist, was one of the first 'Raytheon Nine'. 

  On 12th January 2009, the second 'Raytheon Nine' struck during Israel's attack on Gaza. Nine activists had intended to bring down Raytheon’s computer to highlight Raytheon’s supplying missile software to the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF). They faced a jury at Belfast Crown Court and in yet another unanimous jury decision they found nine women not guilty of charges including breaking and entering into the Derry offices of the arms manufacturer. 

  They had chained themselves to doors inside the offices in an attempt to force a criminal investigation into Raytheon, apparently agreed to by the Police Service of Northern Ireland. Raytheon reduced operations soon after and fully closed its facilities in Derry a year later.

  Clearly companies involved in war crimes are not welcome in our communities by citizens or the state. On 29th January 2006, three women entered a hangar on the site of the British Aerospace (BAE) factory in Warton, Lancashire, armed with household hammers and wrote off a £13 million Hawk jet fighter. They were acting to protest against the planned export of BAE Hawks to Indonesia, a repressive dictatorship that has invaded and occupied East Timor where a third of the population were killed. The Hawk Jet ready for delivery, with the Indonesian flag and serial number, sat on the tarmac.

  They disarmed the cockpit weapons systems, radar controls, nose cone and wing parts from which bombs are hung. They continued to paint the plane with slogans and peace symbols. The three un detected in the hangar for two and a half hours then rang the Press Association to tip off the world of what they had done and seek safe extraction form the heavily guarded site. 

'The panels were surprisingly weak and it wasn't difficult to actually make a hole when you thought you 'd just be denting it', commented Andrea Needham in a letter sent whilst on remand from prison. 

  Britain was the single most important supplier of arms to the regime in Indonesia, which is responsible for one of the worst genocides since the Nazi Holocaust. A third of the population of East Timor - 260,000 people - were slaughtered by the Indonesian army's killing squads, or by the famine they created. 

  The rest were terrorised by the occupying army, displaced from the land, their Tetum language and culture suppressed, their women raped and forced to undergo sterilisation as part of a systematic attempt to wipe out the Timorese and replace them with Indonesian migrants.

  Other British firms have also sent armoured vehicles and water cannons. The Bramshill Police College has, on the aid budget, trained the security forces of President Suharto to use riot-control techniques to keep his regime in power. The waters around East Timor are rich in oil however Britain is rich in ordinary housewives willing to take a crow bar and hammer to instruments of war crime. 

  All the women involved in decommissioning the Hawk Jet cost British Aerospace, Britain's largest Arms Manufacturer and probably best known company a multi-million pound price tag. All were found not guilty.

  To conclude my sentiment toward arms manufacturers and war profiteers in the words of Dylan's Song, 'Masters of War' I have changed one lyric.

 How much do I know 
To talk out of turn
You might say that I'm young
You might say I'm unlearned
But there is one thing I know
Though I'm younger than you
That even a JURY would never forgive 
what you do.

 I am glad that the tide of popular sentiment to those, who commit war crimes is being supported by the courts in this country. After destroying resistance and dissent some of the most brutal regimes in history have gone onto kill millions.

  Without doubt Britain has participated in war crimes either complicit with or directly and needs to be brought to bear on these crimes. It is too clear to see so often when leaders and artists like Dylan talk about war and peace that its comments are relevant or directed at the arms manufacturers who feed of destruction.

 'Too often we excuse those who are willing to build their own lives on the shattered dreams of other human beings.' - Robert F. Kennedy 

 'If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favour freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle.' - Frederick Douglass

  I would encourage anyone to install and demand the rule of law and seek justice. Join the protest movement, participate and be as effective as it has become. 

  As a community we cannot live in isolation and if we see crime we must report it. We have an obligation to prevent and its Hammertime

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