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Stop The Massacre In The Middle East

category dublin | anti-war / imperialism | news report author Tuesday August 01, 2006 02:06author by Elaine Report this post to the editors

Photo Essay Of Todays Vigil And Protest

The candlelight vigil, called by the Irish-Lebanese and Palestinian communities, was held at 6.00pm outside the Israeli Embassy.
Look What Your Gifts Did
Look What Your Gifts Did

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Light A Candle For Peace
Light A Candle For Peace

Give Children Hope
Give Children Hope

Flags
Flags

Candle Lit Vigil
Candle Lit Vigil

author by Elainepublication date Tue Aug 01, 2006 02:35author address author phone Report this post to the editors

... less than five minutes walk away, a larger crowd had gathered in response to Trócaire's call for an immediate ceasefire by all parties.

Good Question
Good Question

Boycott
Boycott

Slaughtered In Their Sleep
Slaughtered In Their Sleep

A Trio Of Placards
A Trio Of Placards

Stop Killing
Stop Killing

author by Elainepublication date Tue Aug 01, 2006 03:02author address author phone Report this post to the editors

and a large gathering of 'ordinary' citizens with a smattering of regular activists for good measure. We even merited an undercover Guard who reported to a uniform that 'items' were being sold at the petition table. The 'items' in question turned out to be Black Shamrock badges which were being exchanged for a donation.

Liam Gives Us A Song
Liam Gives Us A Song

A Little Light
A Little Light

David And Michael D.
David And Michael D.

Petition
Petition

Flying The Peace Flag
Flying The Peace Flag

author by Elainepublication date Tue Aug 01, 2006 03:23author address author phone Report this post to the editors

... The singing continued. A rainbow appeared, the sun came out and we left the US embassy to head to the Israeli embassy, to stand in solidarity with the Lebanese and Palestinian communities.

Singing
Singing

At The End Of The Rainbow
At The End Of The Rainbow

Two Of The Shannon Colleens
Two Of The Shannon Colleens

Leaflet Table
Leaflet Table

Back To The Israeli Embassy
Back To The Israeli Embassy

author by Elainepublication date Tue Aug 01, 2006 03:58author address author phone Report this post to the editors

as we heard speeches from Lebanese and Palestinians describing the full horror of what was happening in their homeland. Between the speeches, the chants went up "Free Lebanon, Free Palestine, Free Iraq".

Speech At The Israeli Embassy
Speech At The Israeli Embassy

More Flags
More Flags

Local Voice
Local Voice

Little Guy Big Crowd
Little Guy Big Crowd

"Free Lebanon, Free Palestine, Free Iraq"
"Free Lebanon, Free Palestine, Free Iraq"

author by kpublication date Tue Aug 01, 2006 13:19author address author phone Report this post to the editors

True face of Israeli terror

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author by Coilín ÓhAiseadhapublication date Tue Aug 01, 2006 19:51author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The Irish government refused to let US flights carrying bombs for Israel to land in Ireland, presumably because our political leaders were afraid that the Pitstop Ploughshares would do an encore - to thunderous applause.

So the flights were supposed to be re-routed through Prestwick, as reported in the New Scotsman on Sunday 30 July:
Irish refused bombs sent to Prestwick airport
By Eddie Barnes and Murdo MacLeod
Bombs destined to be used by Israel are being flown via Scotland only because the Irish government refused to allow them to land on its soil.
...
http://news.scotsman.com/politics.cfm?id=1104532006

This decision resulted in a peace demo involving about 150 people at Prestwick on Sunday, as reported by the BBC:
http://tinyurl.com/odw53

Meanwhile, presumably because the operators of the flights knew they would be met with this demo, and perhaps also for fear that the Scottish Ploughshares activist, Karen Fallon, would appear with a mattock strapped to her back and an inflatable hammer in her pocket, two flights carrying "hazardous material" were diverted to the RAF base in Mildenhall, Suffolk. (I don´t know what the hazardous material on these two flights was, but I do know that bunker-buster bombs are highly hazardous.)

The two flights landed at RAF Mildenhall on Saturday evening and flew off again on Sunday.

But also here a demo was held, as reported by the Cambridge Evening News:
...
Peace protesters gathered outside the base holding placards that screamed: "Stop murderous cargo flights."
...
Peter Lanyon, former co-ordinator of the Suffolk branch of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, said: "We are horrified and condemn entirely the weapons transports to the Middle East ... And we certainly wouldn´t expect our Prime Minister to be so weak-kneed to allow it. In view of the row that there is around Prestwick, this is deceitful to just shift it down here."
He said he believed the chartered Atlas cargo planes were carrying munitions and added: "I think they are bunker-buster missiles but it is the UK´s involvement that we really object to. We are all guilty for every child and woman who is damaged in Lebanon as a result."

David Howarth, Cambridge Liberal Democrat MP, slammed the use of RAF Mildenhall and called on the Government to stop the country being "used and abused" by the Americans.
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http://tinyurl.com/nujx5

Conclusion:
US arms transports to Israel are not wanted in Ireland, not wanted in Scotland and not wanted in the Home Counties either.

Given that there have previously been direct actions against even RAF Mildenhall for its role in the invasion of Iraq - as mentioned here:
http://www.indymedia.ie/article/35633
http://flag.blackened.net/revolt/stw/iraq.html
- the empire of Georgius Dubyus Bushus Maximus seems to be left with few secure routes by which to supply its legions in the East.

Go figure!

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