Corbyn gets my vote to be next leader of Labour

Corbyn gets my vote to be next leader of Labour.

IF JEREMY Corbyn had been Labour leader and prime minister in 2002-2003 instead of Tony Blair millions of Iraqis now dead or displaced would be alive and living in their home country.

Saddam would still be alive, still a dictator, and there would be no Isis, no American/British nightly bombing in Iraq/Syria if he had been leader and prime minister instead of David Cameron in 2011. There would not have been half-million tons of bombs dropped on Libya. Gaddafi would still be ruling Libya and it would still be a prosperous country not as it is today, a governless wasteland. The Africans would be employed by Gaddifi in Libya, so no boat people drowning in the Mediterranean; no deaths trying to reach the country of their tormentor and wrecker of their homes. Similar could be said re Africans in Syria, Yemen and Afghanistan. Oh that there were multiple Jeremy Corbyns in the past century. Certainly a Corbyn clone would not have allowed the Palestinians to be punished (as the British did) for other peoples’ crimes. I’m not too sure how he would have handled the Second World War. It is possible that if there had been no British Empire (which a Jeremy Corbyn would never have allowed) Hitler might not have got the same idea. No wars, no deaths, no terror and definitelty no trident. No Hiroshima, no Nagasaki and definitely no drones. The billions saved would have paid for welfare reform. I’m sure there would be a downside to a Corbyn government but at least a lot more human beings would be alive and the world would not target or hate the British for what they did worldwide with their military killing machines.

With many thanks to: Peter McEvoy Banbridge, Co Down. In a letter to The Irish News. Friday August 21st 2015.

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[Derry] Palestinian music and poetry evening (Rafeef Ziadah, Terez Sliman, Phil Monsour, Conor Kelly, Abby Olivera)

[Derry] Palestinian music and poetry evening (Rafeef Ziadah, Terez Sliman, Phil Monsour, Conor Kelly, Abby Olivera)

    • Sunday
    • 20:00 until 23:30
  • Commemorating Al Nakba: Celebrating PalestineTour in Derryon Sunday May 20thVenue: Sandinos, Water Street, Derry City – Doors 8pm – Entry €5.FOR BOOKING: resistderry@aol.com or tickets available from the venuePlease Like the following page for information about the whole tour plus updates:https://www.facebook.com/alnakbatourirelandA major tour of Palestinian and Arab artists, with some local support, is to take place in Ireland between the 17th and 20th May, featuring cultural concerts in Cork, Dublin, Belfast and Derry. Billed as “Commemorating Al Nakba; Celebrating Palestine”, the tour will feature two renowned Palestinians, poet Rafeef Ziadah and singer Terez Sliman. Also joining them will be acclaimed Lebanese-Australian singer-songwriter Phil Mansour. In Derry there will be support from singer-songwriter Conor Kelly and poet Abby Olivera.

    The tour will take place during what Palestinians call Nakba Week, which marks the 64th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba (‘Catastrophe’) which saw the expulsion of over 700,000 Palestinians, forcibly uprooted from their homeland in order to facilitate the foundation of the State of Israel.

    This tour will be both a commemoration of the catastrophe that befell the Palestinians in 1948 and a celebration of the culture, creativity and continued resistance of the Palestinian people today; whether they reside in the 1967 or 1948 occupied territories, in refugee camps, or in the global diaspora.

    We are very excited about this tour and look forward to sharing Palestinian culture with Irish audiences.

    ABOUT THE ARTISTS

    RAFEEF ZIADAH is a Palestinian refugee, poet, trade unionist and human rights activist currently based in London. She received an Ontario Arts Council Grant from the ‘Word of Mouth’ program to create her debut performance poetry album Hadeel. Rafeef’s performances of poems like ‘We Teach Life Sir’ and ‘Shades of Anger’ went viral online, garnering over a quarter of a million views between them. Rafeef has toured many countries, performing poetry and conducting educational workshops on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign. Recently, Rafeef was chosen to represent Palestine at the Poetry Parnassus Festival at the South Bank Centre in London.

    Sample: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKucPh9xHtM

    “Rafeef’s poetry demands to be heard. She is powerful, emotional, political. Please read her work and see her perform. You cannot then be indifferent to the Palestinian cause.” – Ken Loach

    TEREZ SLIMAN, a Palestinian citizen of Israel born in Haifa in 1985, is a singer who works in the field of “sound and movement.” She has participated in a variety of musical projects with local and international musicians. She has authored and composed music for two plays as well as recordings for children’s plays. Terez is influenced by many genres, but what makes her sound unique is the mix between traditional Oriental music, world music and Jazz. Her stage presence and incredible voice are completely captivating.

    Sample: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiMRbVXDuow

    “Beautiful… Terez keeps alive the music and culture of her ancestors”

    PHIL MONSOUR is an Arab-Australian singer songwriter with a history of producing music that travels beyond the mainstream to explore complex issues of identity, solidarity and politics. He is also a founder of the group ‘Artists Against Apartheid’. Phil’s songs speak with honesty and insight about people’s lives and personal experiences. His latest CD release Ghosts of Deir Yassin was written during a trip to Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon. Inspired by the courage of ordinary people fighting for freedom and justice from Palestine’s refugee camps, to Egypt’s Tahrir square, through to the Occupy movement, the lyrics are a fearless rally cry for action and solidarity. Phil will be showcasing his unique collection of rock songs and folk ballads, combined to capture both the alarm and optimism of current times.

    Sample: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgJZT2iuy38

    “Phil is passionate… with amp-rattling intensity” – Courier Mail (Australia)

    “Five stars” – Limelight (Australia)

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WITH MANY THANKS TO : Public event · By Kevin Squires

[Belfast] Palestinian music and poetry evening (Rafeef Ziadah, Terez Sliman, Phil Monsour)

[Belfast] Palestinian music and poetry evening (Rafeef Ziadah, Terez Sliman, Phil Monsour)

    • Saturday
    • 20:00 until 23:30
  • Crescent Arts Centre, University Road, Belfast
  • Commemorating Al Nakba: Celebrating PalestineTour in Belfast on Saturday 19th MayVenue: Crescent Arts Centre, University Road, Belfast – Doors 8pm – Entry £10FOR BOOKING: belfast@ipsc.ie or tickets available from the venuePlease Like the following page for information about the whole tour plus updates:https://www.facebook.com/alnakbatourirelandA major tour of Palestinian and Arab artists, with some local support, is to take place in Ireland between the 17th and 20th May, featuring cultural concerts in Cork, Dublin, Belfast and Derry. Billed as “Commemorating Al Nakba; Celebrating Palestine”, the tour will feature two renowned Palestinians, poet Rafeef Ziadah and singer Terez Sliman. Also joining them will be acclaimed Lebanese-Australian singer-songwriter Phil Mansour.

    The tour will take place during what Palestinians call Nakba Week, which marks the 64th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba (‘Catastrophe’) which saw the expulsion of over 700,000 Palestinians, forcibly uprooted from their homeland in order to facilitate the foundation of the State of Israel.

    This tour will be both a commemoration of the catastrophe that befell the Palestinians in 1948 and a celebration of the culture, creativity and continued resistance of the Palestinian people today; whether they reside in the 1967 or 1948 occupied territories, in refugee camps, or in the global diaspora.

    We are very excited about this tour and look forward to sharing Palestinian culture with Irish audiences.

    ABOUT THE ARTISTS

    RAFEEF ZIADAH is a Palestinian refugee, poet, trade unionist and human rights activist currently based in London. She received an Ontario Arts Council Grant from the ‘Word of Mouth’ program to create her debut performance poetry album Hadeel. Rafeef’s performances of poems like ‘We Teach Life Sir’ and ‘Shades of Anger’ went viral online, garnering over a quarter of a million views between them. Rafeef has toured many countries, performing poetry and conducting educational workshops on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign. Recently, Rafeef was chosen to represent Palestine at the Poetry Parnassus Festival at the South Bank Centre in London.

    Sample: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKucPh9xHtM

    “Rafeef’s poetry demands to be heard. She is powerful, emotional, political. Please read her work and see her perform. You cannot then be indifferent to the Palestinian cause.” – Ken Loach

    TEREZ SLIMAN, a Palestinian citizen of Israel born in Haifa in 1985, is a singer who works in the field of “sound and movement.” She has participated in a variety of musical projects with local and international musicians. She has authored and composed music for two plays as well as recordings for children’s plays. Terez is influenced by many genres, but what makes her sound unique is the mix between traditional Oriental music, world music and Jazz. Her stage presence and incredible voice are completely captivating.

    Sample: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiMRbVXDuow

    “Beautiful… Terez keeps alive the music and culture of her ancestors”

    PHIL MONSOUR is an Arab-Australian singer songwriter with a history of producing music that travels beyond the mainstream to explore complex issues of identity, solidarity and politics. He is also a founder of the group ‘Artists Against Apartheid’. Phil’s songs speak with honesty and insight about people’s lives and personal experiences. His latest CD release Ghosts of Deir Yassin was written during a trip to Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon. Inspired by the courage of ordinary people fighting for freedom and justice from Palestine’s refugee camps, to Egypt’s Tahrir square, through to the Occupy movement, the lyrics are a fearless rally cry for action and solidarity. Phil will be showcasing his unique collection of rock songs and folk ballads, combined to capture both the alarm and optimism of current times.

    Sample: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgJZT2iuy38

    “Phil is passionate… with amp-rattling intensity” – Courier Mail (Australia)

    “Five stars” – Limelight (Australia)

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[Dublin] Palestinian music and poetry evening (Rafeef Ziadah, Terez Sliman, Phil Monsour, Thom Moore, Joe Dunne)

[Dublin] Palestinian music and poetry evening (Rafeef Ziadah, Terez Sliman, Phil Monsour, Thom Moore, Joe Dunne)

    • Today
    • 20:00 until 23:30
  • The Teachers Club, 36 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1
  • Commemorating Al Nakba: Celebrating PalestineTour in Dublin on Friday May 18thVenue: The Teachers Club, 36 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1 – Doors 8pm – Entry €10.FOR BOOKING: alnakbatour@ipsc.iePlease Like the following page for information about the whole tour plus updates:https://www.facebook.com/alnakbatourireland

    A major tour of Palestinian and Arab artists, with some local support, is to take place in Ireland between the 17th and 20th May, featuring cultural concerts in Cork, Dublin, Belfast and Derry. Billed as “Commemorating Al Nakba; Celebrating Palestine”, the tour will feature two renowned Palestinians, poet Rafeef Ziadah and singer Terez Sliman. Also joining them will be acclaimed Lebanese-Australian singer-songwriter Phil Mansour. In Dublin there will be support from singer-songwriters Thom Moore and Joe Dunne.

    The tour will take place during what Palestinians call Nakba Week, which marks the 64th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba (‘Catastrophe’) which saw the expulsion of over 700,000 Palestinians, forcibly uprooted from their homeland in order to facilitate the foundation of the State of Israel.

    This tour will be both a commemoration of the catastrophe that befell the Palestinians in 1948 and a celebration of the culture, creativity and continued resistance of the Palestinian people today; whether they reside in the 1967 or 1948 occupied territories, in refugee camps, or in the global diaspora.

    We are very excited about this tour and look forward to sharing Palestinian culture with Irish audiences.

    ABOUT THE ARTISTS

    RAFEEF ZIADAH is a Palestinian refugee, poet, trade unionist and human rights activist currently based in London. She received an Ontario Arts Council Grant from the ‘Word of Mouth’ program to create her debut performance poetry album Hadeel. Rafeef’s performances of poems like ‘We Teach Life Sir’ and ‘Shades of Anger’ went viral online, garnering over a quarter of a million views between them. Rafeef has toured many countries, performing poetry and conducting educational workshops on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign. Recently, Rafeef was chosen to represent Palestine at the Poetry Parnassus Festival at the South Bank Centre in London.

    Sample: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKucPh9xHtM

    “Rafeef’s poetry demands to be heard. She is powerful, emotional, political. Please read her work and see her perform. You cannot then be indifferent to the Palestinian cause.” – Ken Loach

    TEREZ SLIMAN, a Palestinian citizen of Israel born in Haifa in 1985, is a singer who works in the field of “sound and movement.” She has participated in a variety of musical projects with local and international musicians. She has authored and composed music for two plays as well as recordings for children’s plays. Terez is influenced by many genres, but what makes her sound unique is the mix between traditional Oriental music, world music and Jazz. Her stage presence and incredible voice are completely captivating.

    Sample: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiMRbVXDuow

    “Beautiful… Terez keeps alive the music and culture of her ancestors”

    PHIL MONSOUR is an Arab-Australian singer songwriter with a history of producing music that travels beyond the mainstream to explore complex issues of identity, solidarity and politics. He is also a founder of the group ‘Artists Against Apartheid’. Phil’s songs speak with honesty and insight about people’s lives and personal experiences. His latest CD release Ghosts of Deir Yassin was written during a trip to Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon. Inspired by the courage of ordinary people fighting for freedom and justice from Palestine’s refugee camps, to Egypt’s Tahrir square, through to the Occupy movement, the lyrics are a fearless rally cry for action and solidarity. Phil will be showcasing his unique collection of rock songs and folk ballads, combined to capture both the alarm and optimism of current times.

    Sample: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgJZT2iuy38

    “Phil is passionate… with amp-rattling intensity” – Courier Mail (Australia)

    “Five stars” – Limelight (Australia)

POSTED ON BEHALF OF : Public event · By Kevin Squires

I LEFT MY HEART IN PALESTINE

Standing at the checkpoint
You were coming home from work
Our eyes met we laughed about how the soldiers talked
… A smile of quiet dignity in that cage of shame
Determination in your eyes I might never see again

I left my heart in Palestine

We were people of no consequence quietly crying on the bus
Staring into the distance as we drove back through the dust
A spirit gently bending in this hope we trust
Nothing on our skin makes them better then us

I left my heart in Palestine

Dark hair falling gently in the soft light of the dust
As the setting sun reflected off the dome of the rock
Crackling like a gunshot a distant call to pray
Someone praising god and saying we’re still here

I left my heart in Palestine

Smiling at the words etched upon the wall
Standing in its shadow dreaming of its fall
Our hopes met like thunder in our arms entwined
Cradling the stories of those we leave behind

I left my heart in Palestine
I left my heart in Palestine

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I LEFT MY HEART IN PALESTINE
 
I LEFT MY HEART IN PALESTINE Standing at the checkpoint You were coming home from work Our eyes met we laughed about how the soldiers talked A smile of quiet dignity in that cage of shame Determination in your eyes I might never see again I left my heart in Palestine We were people of no consequence quietly crying o…n the bus Staring into the distance as we drove back through the dust A spirit gently bending in this hope we trust Nothing on our skin makes them better then us I left my heart in Palestine Dark hair falling gently in the soft light of the dust As the setting sun reflected off the dome of the rock Crackling like a gunshot a distant call to pray Someone praising god and saying we’re still here I left my heart in Palestine Smiling at the words etched upon the wall Standing in its shadow dreaming of its fall Our hopes met like thunder in our arms entwined Cradling the stories of those we leave behind I left my heart in Palestine I left my heart in PalestineSee more
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Soldiers Kidnap 11 year old Child From His Classroom

A report by the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, revealed that on Monday Israeli soldiers kidnapped an 11 year old Palestinian child while he sat behind his desk at an elementary school in Ras al-Amoud neighborhood, in occupied East Jerusalem.

File - Palestine-Info
File – Palestine-Info

The army claimed that the child had “thrown stones at Israeli military jeeps in the area”.

Haaretz said that the soldiers invaded the school, broke into the classroom and kidnapped the boy. Soldiers also detained the vice principal of the school.

Haaretz said that the child “confessed” after being beaten by the soldiers, and also told the interrogators that the vice principal of the school helped him hide. 

The paper added that the vice principal, Salah Moheisin, was taken prisoner in front of a classroom filled with students, and was placed in a military jeep parked outside the school before he was taken to a police station for interrogation.

According to Haaretz, a student, who was kidnapped by the army a few days before the incident in question took place, told the interrogators that Moheisin helped him and other stone-throwing students hide in his office.

The Israeli police released Moheisin later the same day, and no charges were brought against him — mainly due to the fact that the students who made the confession were under duress during interrogation.

The vice principal told Haaretz that he did not know what the police wanted from him, and that he initially though that “the soldiers invaded the school with the aim of terrifying the students in order to deter them from making trouble”.

He added this is the fourth attack of its kind this year, adding that the soldiers often break into the school, search the classrooms, and even search the bathrooms.

The vice principal further stated that he and other staff members repeatedly tried to prevent the soldiers from breaking into the school, but the soldiers keep returning to invade the educational facility.

The vice principal asked the soldiers, during the latest school invasion, if they knew the description of the child they were looking for but they said that they had no idea about that, and that the only thing they knew was that he was wearing a white shirt. The soldiers rounded up all the students searching for the child. 

Haaretz said that it managed to document several similar incidents when soldiers harassed Palestinian children heading to school or returning home, and that a father told its reporter that his son came back from school terrified, and when he asked him about the reason for his anxiety, the child said that he, and some of his friends, were taken by the army, placed in military or police vehicles, before they were released later on.

WITH MANY THANKS TO : author by Saed Bannoura – IMEMC & Agencies

DON’T BUY THE RACISM OF LACOSTE.

Lacoste is a French fashion company that many recognize by their green crocodile logo. They also sponsor the Lacoste Elysée Prize – an art competition organized by the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Palestinian artist Larissa Sansour was one of eight nominees who were shortlisted for the prize. However, Lacoste changed its mind about including Sansor’s work in the competition and asked the Museum to remove her as a nominee citing her work as “too pro-Palestinian”.
Sansour’s entry into the competition was entitled Nation Estate which feature images based on Palestine’s admission to UNESCO. In her entry, Sansour imagines the state contained in a single skyscraper, with each floor representing cities including Jerusalem, Ramallah, as well as Sansour’s native Bethlehem.
Within 48 hours of Sansour going public, the Musée de l’Elysée came out in her support announcing that it had decided to suspend its relationship with Lacoste as a sponsor of this prestigious prize for its insistence to exclude Sansour from the competition.
Africa to Gaza Aid Convoy

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