Friday, 29 August 2014

Boycotts of Israel is an important issue

response to Diana Johnson MP by Martin Deane, Hull and East Riding Green Party.

“I’m very grateful to Diana Johnson for giving some publicity to this important issue – although unfortunately she wasn’t listening closely enough.

“In fact, I didn’t bring up Siemens at all, on David Burns’ show on Radio Humberside today.

“A caller asked would we boycott Siemens due to Siemens working in Israel.

Siemens is an important player in the recent Hull political landscape as 700 jobs (often called 10,000 in the media) will be coming to the city with the building of its wind turbine factory.

“I can assure people I have not called for a boycott of Siemens over the issue of Israel and its illegal treatment of Palestinians over decades.

“We are, however, aware – as is the whole Green Party - of the Palestinian call for a boycott of all companies trading with Israel, as well as an academic boycott, and other types of boycotts such as persuading entertainers not to perform in Israel.

“All these are designed with trying to get Israel to think twice about its behaviour towards Palestinians – behaviour which is condemned by dozens of UN resolutions – and to work for peace.”

As a Labour Friend of Palestine and the Middle East, Diana Johnson will be aware of  this too.

She accuses us of wanting a boycott on Siemens, of being hostile to Siemens, and not wanting a green energy future for the area.  "You couldn't make it up!" she says. Oops!" She just did.

The programme should be available on listen Again -
Martin Deane, Hull and East Green Party

Release immediate: 29 August 2014

Hull MP slams Green call to boycott Siemens

Hull North MP Diana Johnson has criticised a demand from Hull’s leading Green Party activist for a boycott of 

Siemens over their business links with Israel.

The call by Hull Green Party spokesman Martin Deane came this morning (Friday, 29 August) on the David Burns 

Show on BBC Radio Humberside.

Diana Johnson MP said: “After the four years we spent working to attract the Siemens green energy jobs to Hull, 

I’m flabbergasted that the Hull Green Party appear to want a boycott of Siemens.

“It’s bad enough for us in Hull having UKIP opposing the offshore wind turbine industry - preferring the 

Siemens jobs to go abroad instead - without the Greens also joining the hostility to Siemens.

“As much as we want to see peace in the Middle East based on a two-state solution, Siemens is the biggest green 

energy project in the Humber’s history. Thousands of much-needed skilled local jobs are at stake. I thought 

that the Greens wanted to make the Hull and Humber area a centre for green energy. You couldn’t make it up!”


Sunday, 10 August 2014

The Ballad of Crawberry Tower: Eviction

NB: the camp remains - it was the tower alone which was evicted (ie, pulled down).

Legal Observer of the Community Protectors surveys the devastation wrought by HCEOs, the High Court Enforcement Officers (bailiffs). 

Bailiffs keeping a close eye. About 20 police turned up and about 20 bailiffs and workers. Hate to think what that cost - per minute! 

 Protectors gather to protest the eviction. A good emergency turnout from the area.
Bailiffs were successfully reminded their authority extended to the white Rathlin line across the entranceway. 

Ian Crane and Jon Mager playing to their strengths.

Police inspector getting more attention than usual! There is always scope for negotiation... It's a peaceful protest and police have a duty to ENABLE protest ...  
(Looks a bit like Karl Turner MP, don't you think?)

Happy campers, despite the day. It's People Power!

Inspector having to justify his threats...

The police have a difficult job ... fabricating charges for peaceful protesters...

"No, they're not illegal arrests! Just because 99% of them completely fall apart in court, don't mean you don't need arresting now, does it?" - Or something like that, my memory is sketchy. :p

5 arrests as police swooped without a warning (that could be heard...)

Handcuffs for everyone, including 4 officers carrying someone away in a stress position!

Richard led away in chains.

 Protector led away in handcuffs, she was held till Monday morning.
At least she wasn't given bail condition (eg banning from the area) so is back camping.
The protest goes on. Even inside Hull's Clough Road Police Station!

What should you call it when the police do the government's bidding - rather than the law's?

Richard finally released after 5.5 hours in detention. Bail conditions ban him from the site.
I think the 4 others were released later that evening and one on Monday morning.

Hull for Gaza, London, Aug 9th. #GazA9

The protest began at the Portland Place... BBC! Shame on you!
protesting at the horrendously skewed presentation of our national broadcaster. Pretending there's equivalence between our top world war machine and the resistance of the oppressed.

Our banner in all its glory. Thanks to Aneesa and Richard. Great crowd! 

The Gooners for Gaza banner! My brother told me of this.

Some of the Hull crew, hoping Peace and Palestine one day go together forever.

These orthodox Jews (Hasidic or Haredi) made a big splash - and a lot of friends - by turning up with the Palestine flag. The involvement of Jews worldwide in the Palestine cause is very important. Jews don't have to be Zionist. They certainly don't have to be so Zionist that they want all Palestinian land either!
[Their distinctive shtreimel hat is an eastern European thing.
There is a move to have fake fur ones instead, these days...]

 Campaigner Bruce Kent, veteran patron of CND. Israel has nuclear weapons. 
But the weapons used in Gaza are bad enough. Look up flechette, and DIME.

George Galloway MP, spotted going incognito, a new dad and outrageous Israel boycotter!

Natalie Bennett, Green Party leader spoke, and is pictured here at the GP stall in Hyde Park.

A Palestine Solidarity Campaign (fb) photo from the front of the stage. 

Baroness Jenny Tonge, who once lost a Lib Dem job by speaking out for Palestinians, is still doing it! 
 I like her little notes stylee.

The stalwart anti-war pro-peace Jeremy Corbyn MP, one of Labour's best in modern times.

Just to annoy my bro - here's Spurs against Apartheid.
We need Hull City's Tigers Against Apartheid now!

Tariq Ali (above 'Siege') veteran author and campaigner against imperialism. 
He's spoken at Hull Truck  (and signed my copy of his book. :p)

Aerial shot of crowd turning into Grosvenor Square: 
USA! Shame on you! 

Jews for Justice for Palestinians is an organisation that has been campaigning for years just for that.

The city's peace banner in Hyde Park. Well done!