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‘The situation is far worse than the media show’

Issue No. 1921

‘Palestinian firefighters face extraordinary dangers every single day.

Fire engines are shot at by Israeli occupation forces, while firefighters face arbitrary arrest and detention.

A nation that harasses, arrests and shoots emergency service workers is morally bankrupt and has no intention of pursuing a peaceful settlement.’
JOHN DRAKE and STEVE HARMAN Fire Brigades Union officials

‘No one can begin to imagine the size of Israel’s apartheid wall.

After hearing it referred to on the television news as a “security fence”, it was the highest irony when we reached the ten metre high concrete slabs.

The injustice that the Palestinian people face every day is the embodiment of the immorality that exists throughout the globe as a result of capitalist and imperialist powers at work. It is our duty to end this.’
ESTELLE COOCH school student

‘The realities of life were brought home to me when I saw the deserted streets of Hebron with shop doors welded shut and checkpoints on every corner.’
NASIMA AHMED civil service worker, Preston

‘My lasting memory of the trip to Palestine will be its people. Despite all the hardships they face, they remain resolute, patient, welcoming, polite and, above all, forever hopeful of peace.’
MUKHTAR MASTER chair of Preston Stop the War Coalition and Unison shop steward

‘Like apartheid in South Africa, there is a madness to the Israeli occupation.

The persistent harassment, the cruelties committed with impunity, the messing around at checkpoints—all are so self evidently counter-productive. Yet in this madness, we also came across such hospitality, laughter and fun. What resilience! What an experience!’
CHRIS JONES professor of social work and social policy, University of Liverpool

‘The reality of the situation was a whole lot worse than the lies the media show. The oppressors stop at nothing and terrorise the Palestinians on a daily basis.’
IMRAN GANGAT CWU shop steward

‘Palestinians’ cheerful realism and stoical heroism is an example to all of us.’
JOHN BROWNE Labour councillor


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Sat 2 Oct 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1921
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