Welcome to Bennett's World: a collection of articles and references covering a wide variety of topics in which I am involved. I am a very political person but I have no allegiance to any political party. Follow me on twitter @colinhove

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Norman Filkenstein on the behaviour of Israel in Gasa etc.

This interview on Democracy Now! with Norman Finkelstein is gripping and well worth keeping and circulating. 
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Norman Finkelstein on the Big Lie About Gaza: The Palestinians Have Not Been the Aggressors
Jan 19th 2018, 13:00

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Extended interview with scholar Norman Finkelstein, author of the new book, “Gaza: An Inquest into Its Martyrdom.” The book has just been published as Israel is facing a possible International Criminal Court war crimes probe over its 2014 assault on Gaza, which killed more than 2,100 Palestinians, including over 500 children.

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Notification of Fourthcoming Meeting in the Campaign Against Fake News about Syria etc

 Please put these dates in your diary and make contact with the website mentioned and keep yourself informed about the activities of Eva Bartlett and Vanessa Beeley.
Internationally recognised independent Canadian journalist Eva Bartlett will be speaking at three events in the UK in January and February.

1) Tuesday 30 January 2018 - Imperialism on Trial, Waterside Theatre, Derry. With Vanessa Beeley, Dr Marcos Papadopoulos, Neil Clark, former British ambassador to Syria Peter Ford and Prof. Piers Robinson. More details here. Booking here.

2) Wednesday 31 January 2018 - Imperialism on Trial: Exposing War Propaganda, Barnsbury Centre, 12 Jays Street, Islington, London, N1 0FE. More details and booking here.

3) Thursday 1 February 2018 - Syria, Lies and Videotape, Cheese & Grain, Frome, Somerset. With Kevork Almassian. Flyer here and below. Booking here.



In the NOW - Canadian journo totally crushes MSM reporter...
Canadian journo totally crushes MSM reporter on what�s actually going on in Syria

Above excerpt from Q&A following Eva Bartlett's December 2016 speech to the UN has gained almost 4.5 million views



Wednesday, January 17, 2018

More About the Behaviour of the 'White Helmets'

Most of us know about the 'White Helmets' but we learn more and more of their disgraceful activities... 
Full post here .

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Israel's blacklist of organizations supporting BDS

This appeal from PSC is worthy of your attention:
On Sunday, Israel’s Strategic Affairs Ministry published a list of 20 organisations whose leading figures will be banned from entering Israel

Join PSC in defiance of BDS blacklist
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Dear Friend,

On Sunday, Israel’s Strategic Affairs Ministry published a list of 20 organisations whose leading figures will be banned from entering Israel. Their crime? Calling for the nonviolent strategy of boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) in response to Israel’s ongoing violations of international humanitarian and human rights law. We proudly join our colleagues here in the UK from War on Want and Friends of Al Aqsa, as well as our many friends and partners in the global solidarity movement, on that list.

We are not intimidated by these measures. There is only one reason why Israel is escalating its anti-BDS activities; the global BDS movement is winning.

Through this measure, Israel not only seeks to prevent peaceful human rights activists from entering Israel, but also from entering the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, where Israel has no sovereignty; further isolating Palestinians from the world outside and preventing Palestinian and global civil society actors from engaging with each other. One such organisation is the grassroots non-violent group Youth Against Settlements, coordinated by internationally renowned human rights campaigner, Issa Amro, who is currently on trial in an Israeli military court on a series of trumped up charges; a trial condemned by Amnesty International (https://www.amnesty.org.uk/drop-charges-against-palestine-human-rights-defenders-israel) , who have identified Issa as a prisoner of conscience if convicted.

This morning, Issa sent us this video in response to news of the blacklist.

There has never been a better time to join Palestine Solidarity Campaign as a member, if you're not already one. By doing so, you will send a clear message to the Israeli authorities that you are not intimidated, and that such measures only drive us all to continue campaigning for a Palestine free of occupation, colonisation and apartheid.

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Saturday, January 06, 2018

The Truth About Syria by Eva Bartlett

It is suggested that you attend this event if you possibly can: 
Dear All,
Thank you to all of those who've supported Frome Stop War during 2017. 
Our first event in 2018 will be one hosting the amazing Eva Bartlett, independent investigative journalist and peace activist, in an event entitled 'Syria, Lies and Video Tape'. 

The near seven year conflict in Syria is drawing to a close. Portrayed as a civil war by the mainstream, establishment and corporate media, the people of Syria have suffered under a proxy and deadly regime change attempt orchestrated from outside the country. 
Thankfully hostilities are drawing to a close. Six hundred thousand people having returned to East Aleppo since it was liberated by the Syrian government and Russian military from Western and Gulf Arab terrorists in November 2016. Thousands of acres of terrorist laid mines have been cleared, including civilian homes where booby traps were waiting for returning residents. 
Someone who visited Syria 6 times since commencement of hostilities, Eva Bartlett has fearlessly reported what the mainstream media wouldn’t, or daren’t, the side of the story that didn’t conform to the narrative of yet another ‘brutal dictator’ deserving of a Western backed deadly regime change. Eva gathered testimony from Syrian civilians, which ran contrary to the mainstream narrative – the same narrative which brought Libya to its knees turning that once peaceful nation into a haven for extremists. Eva is unbelievably brave and intelligent, and above all she speaks truth to power, the most insidious manifestation of that power being the compromised establishment and corporate media. 
Eva will reveal just some of the media deceptions, manipulations and omissions using the footage taken during her visits to Syria and first hand testimonies of Syrian citizens whose voice the mainstream has chosen to ignore. 
Please come to see this heroine of our time the seemingly fearless Eva Bartlett in ‘Syria, Lies and Video Tape’
Tickets available here: https://cheeseandgrain.ticketsolve.com/shows/873583423 
Best Wishes for 2018
Sheila Coombes
and all at Frome Stop War


The Plight of Palestinian Children