The Socialist

The Socialist 9 November 2011

Build for 30 Nov strike - The fight of all our lives!

The Socialist issue 693

Build for 30 Nov strike - The fight of all our lives!


Socialism 2011: Crucial preparation for the fightback


Jarrow march ends, fightback continues

We won't pay 9K! - Scrap tuition fees


Unison members say YES to strike

Southampton: Sink Tory cuts!

Bombardier protest against job losses

Workplace news in brief


1935 - when angry Welsh protests forced a government u-turn

1915 - How strikes and rent strikes won gains for Scottish tenants


Failed G20 summit takes eurozone nearer to the abyss

Greek workers must resist the dictatorship of finance capital

Socialist MEP among Gaza peace activists kidnapped by IDF

Israel: General strike over job security


Housing slump

Miliband the militant? No way!

News in brief

 
 

PDFs for this issue

Page 1 pdfPage1 pdf

Page 2 pdfPage2 pdf

Page 3 pdfPage3 pdf

Page 4 pdfPage4 pdf

Page 5 pdfPage5 pdf

Page 6 pdfCentre pages pdf

Page 8 pdfPage8 pdf

Page 9 pdfPage9 pdf

Page 10 pdfPage10 pdf

Page 11 pdfPage11 pdf

Page 12 pdfPage12 pdf

PO Box 24697, London, E11 1YD

020 8988 8777

editors@socialistparty.org.uk

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/693/13125

Seach this siteSearch the site

Printable versionPrintable version

email to friendemail to friend

Facebook

Twitter

Home   |   The Socialist 9 November 2011   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Bookshop

Socialist MEP among Gaza peace activists kidnapped by IDF

Solidarity action urgently needed

CWI reporters

On 4 November, Socialist Party Ireland MEP, Paul Murphy, was detained by the Israeli Defence Forces, along with other activists from the Freedom Waves Flotilla.

The flotilla - the Irish ship, MV Saoirse, and the Canadian ship, the Tahrir - attempted to travel to Gaza in solidarity with the suffering Palestinian people and to deliver humanitarian aid.

The Israeli Navy deployed a high-powered water cannon against the deck of the Saoirse.

The protesters were taken into the custody of the Israeli police and the immigration authorities charged them with the "crime" of entering Israel "illegally". In fact, they were kidnapped in international waters on their way to Gaza.

Paul Murphy MEP was able to make a three minute phone call from Givon prison, in Israel (which the prison authorities listened in to).

Paul gave a vivid account of the ill treatment he and his fellow prisoners endured: "Our boat was almost sunk by the manner in which it was approached and boarded by the Israeli navy. People were shackled and deprived of all personal belongings.

"In Givon prison, the authorities tried to disorientate us through sleep deprivation and the removal of our watches and the prison clock recording the wrong time. We have been given no time frame as to how long we will be kept here before the deportation trial. We were denied our right by Israeli law to contact our families within 24 hours of our arrest.

"On the basis of protest action we have engaged in, our treatment has improved and we have had books and writing materials returned to us.

"We remain defiant and unabashed in our mission, which again has served to expose the criminal nature of the Israeli state in its blockading of Gaza from those of us who wish to provide aid in order to alleviate the poverty and suffering the people there endure."

Solidarity protests

CWI supporters in Israel are campaigning for the release of Paul and all those detained, including holding protests in Tel-Aviv and Haifa. They protested on Monday 7 November, which coincided with a general strike across the country (see below).

Also on Monday the Irish Ship to Gaza Campaign demonstrated outside the Department of Foreign Affairs, Dublin.

The CWI (the socialist international organisation to which the Socialist Party is affiliated) appeals to readers to immediately protest to Israeli embassies/consulates in your country or to the nearest Israeli embassy/consulate, demanding the immediate release of Paul Murphy and all other activists from the Saoirse and Tahrir.

Protests should be sent to the London Embassy of Israel - 020 7557 9500 and to the following:

Attorney General at the Ministry of Justice 00 97226466521/2

Fax 00 97226467001

Ministry of Defence PR dept.

00 97236975540 or

00 97236975423

email pniot@mod.gov.il

Stop press:

As the Socialist goes to print we have heard that Paul and the other protesters have been sent back to prison. Their lawyer argues that this is a politically motivated attack. The protesters have been receiving further rough treatment with reports of the use of taser guns on prisoners and strip-searching.

A protest will be called on Wednesday 9 November at the Israeli embassy in London to demand their immediate release with further action to follow if they continue to be detained.

See socialistworld.net for updates.


In this issue


Fighting the cuts

Build for 30 Nov strike - The fight of all our lives!


Socialist Party event

Socialism 2011: Crucial preparation for the fightback


Socialist Party youth and students

Jarrow march ends, fightback continues

We won't pay 9K! - Scrap tuition fees


Socialist Party workplace news

Unison members say YES to strike

Southampton: Sink Tory cuts!

Bombardier protest against job losses

Workplace news in brief


Socialist history

1935 - when angry Welsh protests forced a government u-turn

1915 - How strikes and rent strikes won gains for Scottish tenants


International socialist news and analysis

Failed G20 summit takes eurozone nearer to the abyss

Greek workers must resist the dictatorship of finance capital

Socialist MEP among Gaza peace activists kidnapped by IDF

Israel: General strike over job security


Socialist Party news and analysis

Housing slump

Miliband the militant? No way!

News in brief


 

Home   |   The Socialist 9 November 2011   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Bookshop