The British media has absolutely sickening priorities. Newspapers have filled page after page with ‘tributes’ to the Queen Mother. The TV and radio programmes at first ditched part of their schedules. There has even been a ridiculous spat over the BBC’s ‘loyalty’ to the royal family because a news presenter wore a burgundy tie instead of a black one.
This suffocating coverage has not been produced in response to what the majority of people want. The press admit most people are not pouring onto the streets to grieve or pile up flowers at the Queen Mother’s various palaces. But there has been a story in the news of real mourning and of real horror-a story which the Daily Mail could have correctly headlined ‘Human River Of Grief’. That story is Palestine.
Our task is to raise an international outcry which can match the scale of Israel’s brutal assault. Israel is carrying out a war of terror backed by George Bush and his loyal ally Tony Blair. It has already been obvious at meetings, protests and demonstrations across Britain that those who raise solidarity with the Palestinian people get a powerful response.
This feeling can be mobilised alongside the growing movement against George Bush and Tony Blair’s warmongering. That movement is not waiting for Bush and Blair to unleash their bombers against Iraq. Two big anti-war demonstrations have taken place in central London in the space of a month.
Just last Saturday 20,000 people joined CND’s anti-war demonstration, with a lively section of the march raising support for Palestine. The anti-war feeling has to continue to be mobilised up and down the country. Everyone should use the ‘Don’t Attack Iraq’ national petition launched by the Stop the War Coalition.
There are hundreds of thousands of people who are more than willing to back the aims of the petition.
One focus for the growing mood of opposition is the protest against US war criminal Henry Kissinger, who is visiting London in less than three weeks. Activists have organised a demonstration outside the Royal Albert Hall where he is addressing a convention of the top bosses of the Institute of Directors.
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24 April, 7.30am, Royal Albert Hall, London (South Kensington tube). Called by Globalise Resistance, Campaign Against the Arms Trade, International Human Rights Project, and others.
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