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Demo at Soil Association's Bristol HQ

12-10-2010 09:27

Soil Association approves goods from stolen Palestinian land

On Friday 15th October at 11 am campaigners will demonstrate, and present a box of bloodied fruit and vegetables to the Soil Association's head office in Bristol, to express their concern about the Soil Association's licensing of goods from illegal Israeli settlements in the Jordan Valley. (The settlements have been built upon Palestinian land during Israel's military occupation of the region.)

Demonstrators will picket and leaflet outside the SA building, but will also request dialogue with Soil Association officials in their offices.

Press release -Bristol Palestine Solidarity Campaign

01452 - 741 -421

Protest at Soil Association's Bristol HQ
SA licensing Israeli goods from illegal settlements

On Friday 15th October at 11 am campaigners will demonstrate, and present a box of bloodied fruit and vegetables to the Soil Association's head office in Bristol, to express their concern about the Soil Association's licensing of goods from illegal Israeli settlements in the Jordan Valley. (The settlements have been built upon Palestinian land during Israel's military occupation of the region.)

Demonstrators will picket and leaflet outside the SA building, but will also request dialogue with Soil Association officials in their offices.

Bristol Palestine Solidarity Campaign has found evidence that the highly respected Soil Association, whose national offices are located at the bottom of Stokes Croft in Bristol, is licensing produce grown on illegal Israeli settlements in the Jordan Valley. This is a practice well documented by both Corporate Watch and the Brighton-Jordan Valley Solidarity group.

The Soil Association stamps as 'organic' produce exported to the UK by Israel, after receiving assurances from its Israeli counterpart, an organisation called Agrior, that the fruit and vegetables meet the SA's own high standards.

However this is often far from being the case. Apart from licensing fruit and vegetables from illegal settlements, Agrior appears to have approved goods produced with child labour, or harvested in hazardous safety conditions. Soil Association representatives appear to accept the word of Agrior without question.

Last week members of Bristol PSC, including one who is also a Soil Association member, attended the SA's AGM in London to call on the SA to distance itself from Agrior. Soil Association representatives insist that Agrior is 100 % ethical, but has so far not been willing to suspend its relations with Agrior while the allegations made by Corporate Watch and others are investigated.

Well known local campaigner Ed Hill says, "The Soil Association is one of the most respected national organisations healthy food and ethical farming practices are concerned. By involving themselves with an organisation like Agrior which fails to meet their own high standards, they stand to lose a lot of credibility."

More information, contact: (01452) - 741 421


In April 2010 boxes for cherry tomatoes exported by Red Sea Organics were found by Corporate Watch at a packing plant in the settlement of Tomer. They carried the logo of Agrior, and were labelled,’Produce of Israel,’ even though grown in the occupied Jordan Valley. Organic herbs with the logo of Fresh Direct and labelled ‘Produce of Israel’ were found inside the Halpert Moshe packing house – in an organic farm on an illegal West Bank settlement. In other words, it is probable that goods the Soil Assocation has approved actually came from illegal settlements on stolen Palestinian land - in breach of the SA's own ethical guidelines.

Some companies exporting organic produce to the UK from illegal settlements: Carmel-Agrexco Hadiklaim, Jordan River, Edom UK, Amit Agro-Fresh, Arava..TBP Export. Waitrose in the UK stock Agrior and Soil Association certified products, including organic herbs and vegetables from settlements. (Corporate watch report, February 27 2009)

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Avonmouth targeted for international day of climate action

12-10-2010 09:19

Making a getaway
This morning activists from Bristol and Bath Rising Tide (1) dropped a
banner reading 'IMPORT CO2AL: EXPORT POVERTY' from Avonmouth bridge near
the docks, as part of a global week of action for climate and
environmental justice

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Calais No Borders: how to organise a secret festival

12-10-2010 07:31

report of the Festival Without Borders in calais this september

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Bradford Apple Day

11-10-2010 22:23

Sunday 10th October 2010 saw a group of volunteers from around the city and beyond descend on West Bowling community orchard for the 10th birthday of Bradfords Apple Day. Celebrating the apple picking season in England, it was a chance to try a wide variety of apples grown locally and to meet others in the community.

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Empty Police Station Squatted In London

11-10-2010 22:22

A police station has been squatted in London in retaliation against police oppression.

What follows is a communique' from the occupied to the occupiers:

'This is for everyone who has suffered injustice at the hands of the police.

This is for everyone who has been robbed by a banker,

This is for every soldier who was sent to war on lies.

This is for every refugee who is hounded for having there homes destroyed.

This is for the people who sleep on the streets on the outside of empty buildings.




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10 years of the Palestinian Intifada, 10 years of boycotting M&S

11-10-2010 20:37

On 25 September, activists from FRFI and other groups held a lively demonstration outside Marks and Spencer on Oxford Street, to mark 10 years of Palestinian Intifada and 10 years of the weekly picket against M&S.

(video of event can be seen here:

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"Revenge" for Alexandros Grigoropoulos

11-10-2010 20:34

Officer given life for boy's murder in Greek riot case

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No Borders in Brussels: becoming a movement

11-10-2010 20:18

reflections on the No Border camp in Brussels

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10 years of the Palestinian Intifada, 10 years of boycotting M&S

11-10-2010 19:55

On 25 September, activists from FRFI and other groups held a lively demonstration outside Marks and Spencer on Oxford Street, to mark 10 years of Palestinian Intifada and 10 years of the weekly picket against M&S.

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Palestine Today 10 11 2010

11-10-2010 18:55

Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the Middle East Media Center,, for Monday, October 10, 2010.

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Afghanistan: Global NATO’s first ground war in its tenth year

11-10-2010 18:42

NATO forces deployed in Afghanistan (February 2010)
A war in its tenth year in which NATO’s casualties mount by the day is not sufficient for an increasingly ambitious and expansionist, indeed global, NATO. While attacks on its forces increase steadily and its troop strength reaches record levels – and with at least 170 of its oil tankers destroyed in Pakistan since the killing of Pakistani troops on September 30 – the military bloc is planning new wars on the scale of the one in Afghanistan.

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For a Coalition of Resistance!

11-10-2010 18:10

As Tory austerity starts to bite, and anti-cuts groups spring up everywhere, we need to build a COALITION OF RESISTANCE...

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Nottm Histreh Walk 'To the Castle!' Slideshow

11-10-2010 17:28

Sunday 19 October 2010

Assembling at St Peters Square, [next to St. Peters Church] about 60 folks gathered for a guided walk through Nottingham retracing the events of the 1830s ‘Reform Riots'.

a Short Slide show of the day.

main report at:

Nottingham Histreh Walk 'To the Castle!' Reform Riots

more info at:

People's Histreh blog

peopleshistreh [at]

The Sparrow's Nest

Photographer - Media: One Eye on the Road. Nottingham. UK
Member of the National Union of Journalists [NUJ]
"It is not enough to curse the darkness.
It is also necessary to light a lamp!!"


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THWAC Autumn Gathering

11-10-2010 17:00

The Happendon Wood Action Camp (THWAC) was occupied on 12th September 2010 to resist the destruction of the Douglas Valley by Scottish Coal and SRG Estates.

Join us for our five day Autumn gathering in the woods!

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Whats the point in a black bloc?

11-10-2010 16:36

What were the 'Toffs Out' doing in Birmingham?

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Easton News & Events

11-10-2010 16:22

Loads of news, links and events from Easton and Bristol
Black history month is here

Join the celebration and remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African Diaspora. People who have and continue to make a difference, not purely because of the colour of their skin, but their actions. The month of October is packed with events promoting knowledge of black history and experience, information on Black contributions to British society and heightening confidence and awareness of Black people and their cultural heritage. See the full events listing at

Local Democracy Week

11 to 17 October

Participating in Local Democracy is a way of influencing decisions that are made that affect you, your neighbours and your community. As well as voting, there are many ways you can participate in local democracy throughout the year. During Local Democracy Week visit your library or to find out more about how you can get involved in your neighbourhood partnership to influence decisions in your local area, have your say on citywide decisions, petition the council for changes you want to see and watch council meetings on the internet to see your council representatives at work. Stay up to date with future opportunities to have your say by subscribing to Bristol City Council's Ask Bristol email bulletin at

Your say with Pip n Jay

12 October, The Dings (call for venue)

Find out more about Christianity in a friendly and relaxed place, with food to follow. Learn more about a 7 week course starting soon in the Dings. Contact Helen Leckie on 07957 544530 or

Housing Solutions board meeting

13 October, TMO, Ground Floor, Barton House

Who runs Bristol? How are decisions made?

14 October, 2pm to 5pm, venue to be confirmed

An opportunity to find out more about Bristol City Council, what it is responsible for, who does what, and find out about the different ways that you can get involved. Included in the ‘Take Part’ series of training. Visit or call 9099949.

Talk about local

15 October, Barton Hill Settlement, Ducie Road

Got something to say? Want to set up a website? Free training session on setting up a website for your group. Contact Jorge on 9556971 or drop into the computer room.

A Fair Society for Families?

16 October, 11am to 3.30pm, SPAN, Baptist Street BS5 0YW

Share grassroots thinking on the future impact of cuts, new policies and Big Society initiatives on family life, vulnerable employment, benefits, childcare, training and education and housing and communities at the annual event of Single Parent Action Network. Roundtable discussions follow key note speakers, including Fawcett Society and Women’s National Commission. Contact SPAN on 9514231 or

Training and work placements in Europe

16 October, 11am to 1pm, Black Development Agency, Russell Town Avenue

Get two weeks of language training and 10 weeks work placement in Italy, France or Spain and receive accommodation and living allowance while you learn. Flights and insurance are also paid for. For British and European nationals only. This information session will tell you what is available and how to apply. Contact Charlene on 939 6645 or

Tea dance at Trinity

19 October, 2pm to 5pm, Trinity Centre, Trinity Road

Authentic and elegant, this quarterly tea dance brings back the glamour of ballroom dancing with live music, homespun chandeliers, homemade cakes and chats over tea in traditional china cups. A chance to meet new and old friends alike. Entry £3 on the door. For 18s and over. Transport for older residents £1. Contact Jacqui at Link Age on 3041725.

Halloween Party

29 October, 7pm to 11pm, Barton Hill Settlement, Ducie Road

Fancy dress, raffle, disco and nibbles and bar. Entrance by ticket only. Purchase tickets on Tuesdays 19 and 26 October at the Settlement in the front room from 9.45am to 11.45am. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult. Phone 9556971 for further information.

Free Vegan Food Fair
30 October, 12pm to 5pm, Broadmead Baptist Church, Union Street
Celebrating World Vegan Day. Find out how veganism can help animals, people, your health and the environment.
Free food, cookery demonstrations, films for all ages, free nutrition surgery, face painting, henna painting, ethical merchandise. Contact for more information.

Illuminate at St George's Park

30 October, 5.30pm to 9.30pm. Lantern Parade starts at 6pm

Halloween meets the Mexican Day of the Dead meets Diwali - the Hindu Festival of Lights. Phoenix52 invites you to an exciting evening of art installations, interventions and performance - go in fancy dress costume and take lanterns & carved pumpkins to take part in this family friendly event. Free Mask, Lantern & Shrine Making Workshops for adults and children St Ambrose Church, Stretford Road, BS5 7AW and Gingerbread & Woodman's Skills Workshops in St George's Park from 1pm. Visit for details.

Warming Bristol Communities

Last Tuesday of the month, 10am to 12pm, Somali Resource Centre, Barton Hill Settlement

Free advice surgeries who needs help dealing with fuel debt, switching fuel suppliers, setting their heating systems, accessing grants, becoming more energy efficient and more.

Easton Community Choir

Ever wanted to sing in a choir? Easton Community Choir is a vibrant and friendly choir, singing a whole range of songs such as folk, pop and world music in easy four part harmonies. Beginners welcome. Contact Sheila on 0117 9658485 or

New circuit training class and netball team
Circuits: Mondays, 7pm to 8pm, Netham Pavilion, £5. Netball: Thursdays, 8pm, Netham Pavilion
Contact Kate on 07540707415 or

Girls football training

Wednesdays, 4.30pm to 5.30pm, City Academy Astroturf

Would your daughters or those of your friends and families like to play girls football? It’s fun and exciting and gets them off the streets and away from the TV! City Academy Tornadoes are looking for more under 12 players, especially a goalkeeper. Contact Julie Murray on 07787454432, or Julia Williams on 07795 446129 or

Easton Cowgirls

Mondays, 7.15pm to 8.30pm, City Academy, Russell Town Avenue

Football training for all women over 18 – no matter what your footballing experience. First session free, £3 after or £2 unwaged. Contact Zoe on 07980 309433 or visit

Gentle ballroom and salsa dance classes
Fortnightly on Mondays, 10am to 12pm, Easton Community Centre, £3
Refresher sessions for mature adults, starting 20 September, just turn up. Bus available for 50p each way. Call Jacqui on 304 1725.

Champions House meetings

Sundays, 12pm to 2pm, City Academy, Russell Town Avenue

Are you discouraged or disheartened? Are you in distress or in debt? Are you disenfranchised or bewildered? Do you feel that you are unlucky? If you have answered yes to any one of the questions above you can learn how to become a champion and be victorious over these challenges using dynamic biblical principles. Contact Champions House on 07951 937596 or visit

Coming soon...

Happiness Roadshow

The first leg of the Happiness Roadshow, part of the Happy City Initiative, starts off in Easton in November. Anyone with a passion for Easton, contacts there or energy to get involved in the area is welcome to join them in planning and delivering a week long series of events, workshops, communication campaigns and all round Happiness spreading activities. For more information contact 230 0128 or visit

'Recreate and Radiate': Garment and accessory recycling course.

Starts 11 November, 6pm to 8pm, Easton Community Centre

Learn to create excellent and individual clothes and accessories, starting with a basic sewing knowledge.

Six two hour weekly sessions. £60 inclusive materials cost. Contact Jenny Long on 01934 520553 or

Free theatre workshops
14, 21, 27 and 28 November, 1pm to 6pm, Easton Community Centre

Exciting opportunity to get involved in free theatre workshops and put on a show featuring tales of adventure, loss, travel, being in a different place, or in the wrong shoes! The show will be a mix of theatre, comedy, music, story-telling, poetry, visual art and whatever else participants come up with. You don’t need any experience to join in. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. To book a place contact hSquared on 07990 992196 or

Improving communication across cultures

17 November, 9.30am to 4.30pm, Black Development Agency, Russell Town Avenue

Develop an understanding of culture and its influence on communication. Lunch included. BDA members £30, non-members £60. Contact Charlene on 9396645 or

Bristol Celebrates - 21 November, City Academy
Festival linking faiths, cultures and communities or contact

Barton Hill community walkabout

9 December, 2pm to 4pm, meet outside the shops on the corner of Beam Street at 1.45pm

Do you live in Barton Hill? Housing associations, police and Council officers will be walking around your area to identify issues, concerns and hotspots that require action. During the walkabout they will record everything raised and look to agencies to respond. Contact

VAT set to rise to 20% 4 January

HMRC has produced guidance on the change to the rate of VAT which will come into force from 4 January 2011. To read this guidance visit


Congratulations to The Dings!

The Dings has been announced as the South West Regional Winner of AXA’s Community Challenge competition! The Dings Community Association, with huge effort from the whole community and funding from Community at Heart, turned a corner of the Dings into a play area for local children with a community mural running along its length. The Dings will now be going forward for the overall national title of Britain’s Best Community! We wish this award-winning group the best of luck for the next stage of the competition.

Photo competition celebrating Easton

Can you help celebrate the environment in Easton by contributing your photos to the Easton 2011 calendar? Send your photos of Easton (including St Judes and Newtown) to Hilary at Easton Community Centre on with the following information: your name, address, phone number, age, where your photos were taken and in which season. Confirm that you took the photo yourself and you have the permission of anyone appearing in the photo to display and publish it. You can enter up to 12 photos, as long as each represents a different month or season. Funds raised from the sale of the calendar will be used to improve the centre’s environment. Deadline 29 October.

Junction 3- what should it offer to residents?

Work has started on the new library and creative learning centre at Junction 3 on the St Paul’s roundabout. A residents group meets at SPAN Study Centre on Friday mornings from 10am to 12pm in the comfy room to talk about issues, concerns and to create a vision for this major community resource. Supported by experienced facilitator and community activist, Lilleith Morrison. For information contact SPAN Study Centre on 9522712 or email

New dance academy in Barton Hill

The first dedicated and permanent middle-eastern dance academy in the UK is opening in Barton Hill! Classes at The Old Schoolhouse are suitable for everyone, regardless of age, shape, size, fitness level and even injuries can be worked around. It is a great way to get/keep fit, meet new friends, catch up with old friends, discover your body and most of all, have fun! Call Shema on 07805 354312 or visit

Burglaries up in Barton Hill

There has been a recent rise in domestic burglaries in Barton Hill. The Barton Hill Neighbourhood Police Team is urging residents to be vigilant about their home security. Make sure you secure your property, even if you’re only popping to the shops for a minute. Keep all valuables out of sight of passers by. Don’t leave ladders or tools outside your house that could be used to get into your home. Fit extra security devices such as window locks, deadlocks and alarms. The Neighbourhood Police Team can also come to your home for a free security check. Report crime and suspicious behaviour, or book your free security check by calling Avon and Somerset Constabulary on 0845 456 7000 or CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111. Ring 999 for emergencies only.

Best on the Beat

Has someone in your local police team gone the extra mile for you? Enter your local officer to the Community Policing Awards and get them recognised for their efforts in what can often be a thankless task. You can vote for PCSO of the Year, Special Constable of the Year, Outstanding Customer Service Award and Neighbourhood Beat Manager of the Year. Visit or call 01275 816386 for a form.

Need some work doing?

Mill Youth Centre in Easton is looking for large projects such as painting and gardening for groups of 15 to 16 year olds to get involved with to gain valuable work experience and skills. Have you got a project that needs some manpower? Contact Ben Barker at the Mill Youth Centre on 9510188.

New to Barton Hill?

6 Housing Champions in Barton Hill are on hand to give new residents a tour around Barton Hill showing them where they can access local services, facilities and places of interest. The volunteers have completed an intensive training course and are supported by Housing Solutions Landlords Forum and Barton Hill Settlement. Contact Maggie on 9556971 or

Offices to let East Central Bristol

Ideal for professionals, competitive rates, available now, busy hub in East Central Bristol, easy access to the city centre, bus route nearby, on a busy shopping street, car parking and bike racks for visitors, secure bike racks for tenants, outdoor courtyard, shared with Easton and Lawrence Hill Neighbourhood Management and Bi‐Lingual Family Mentoring Project, access to shared kitchen and toilets. First and second floor office space, sizes from 200 sq/ft to 400 sq/ft, reasonable rates, service charge applies. For a viewing contact Tracy on 9039975 or

New! Parent information and signposting service

Run by parents for parents, the service offers information about local and national services and organisations that can support single parents, new migrant parents and refugee parents. Volunteers can speak Arabic, English and Somali. Drop in to SPAN Study Centre on Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am to 12pm, Refugee Women of Bristol on Tuesdays 10am to 3pm and Easton Family Project on Tuesdays (Arabic speaking only) and Fridays 10am to 12pm. Appointments at SPAN Study Centre also available. Contact Lynn on 9522712 for appointments and for more information.

SOFA Office

New social enterprise initiative, SOFA Office, based in St Philips, offering quality re-used office and educational furniture at low prices to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations, small businesses and individuals. Contact Philip Parry on 9720889 or

Furniture support for homeless families

SPACE Trust works to help families who have been homeless or threatened by homelessness by providing quality used furniture as they move into newly allocated accommodation. Furniture is collected for free from residents and businesses in and around Bristol. Families are invited to come and select free furniture on an appointment basis from the warehouse in Mivart Street. Contact 9555755 or visit

Having problems with debt

Bristol Debt Advice Centre can offer financial capability workshops and one-to-one sessions for anyone experiencing problems with debt, creditors, paying bills, making money last the week or month and finding charitable assistance. Sessions can be at BDAC or external venues. Contact 9543990 for an appointment or for more information.

Assisted gardening scheme for older people
Are you struggling to maintain your garden? LinkAge and CSV will help older people in Easton and Lawrence Hill with garden maintenance for a small charge. They can also help you grow your own vegetables. For more information contact or call 3041726.

Hip Hop CD by young Bristol homeless

Young people supported by Independent People have released a CD called “Merger – A Place Called Home”, produced by various Bristol based rappers and musicians at Orange Street Studios. The CD is a compilation of Hip Hop tracks, with hints of world music. The lyrics are strong and tackle issues such as drugs, loneliness and housing. They are informative and a true reflection of some of the issues faced by young homeless people striving for independence in Bristol today. The CD costs £6 and is available from Independent People offices in Old Market and will shortly be available for download through

Mini-bus wanted

Can anyone offer use of a mini-bus for free for the popular quarterly Link Age tea dance for our older residents on 19 October? Link Age can provide a paid driver and petrol. If you can help call Kathe Jacob on 3041726.

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Smash EDO's Hammertime: Final info

11-10-2010 14:46

Hammertime is now almost upon us! Just a quick reminder with useful information and advice:

Smash EDO have announced that the 'ITT's Hammertime' mass demo will be meeting at 10am on October 13th at the Wild Park Cafe in Moulsecoomb, Brighton to besiege EDO/ITT.

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Chiapas News - BoCa En BoCa 8

11-10-2010 14:29

New human rights group in Tila and Tumbala.

Ejidatarios from Tila demand justice

The Abejas (Bees) of Chenalho support the harassed Triquis of Copala

The JBG of Oventik denounces the displacement of 170 Zapatistas.

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Palestine Solidarity Tour

11-10-2010 14:28

A report back from the Easton Cowgirls and Cowboys trip to the occupied territories of the West Bank in May this year.
The Easton Cowgirls and Cowboys sports club travelled to the occupied territories of the West Bank in May this year to show solidarity with the Palestinian people.

We met and played sport with people living in Zone C of the West Bank. Israel has complete administrative and military control of Zone C and people living in these areas have a particularly difficult time as a result.

The Palestinians we visited were generally living in tents or temporary structures with no mains electricity or running water. No Palestinian in Zone C is allowed to build anything without permission from the Israeli government and this is rarely given. Structures built without a permit are demolished. We visited one village where a school had been built and destroyed several times.

All of the places we visited were within spitting distance of illegal Israeli settlements. The settlements were built to modern standards with electricity, street lighting and running water. Building work in the settlements continued whilst we were there despite a freeze on building.

We stayed at a village called Susiya for a few days. The location of the village had changed a number of times over recent decades. This was not through choice. Villagers were forced to move when a site of Jewish historical interest was discovered underneath them. They were forced to move again when their village was burned as punishment for an attack on an Israeli settler by a Palestinian. The perpetrator did not come from the village.

In a village close to Susiya we were told about the problems encountered by children walking to and from school every day. The children were being attacked by settlers on their journey to the school in the next village. Soldiers from the IDF were ordered to accompany them to prevent this from happening but generally only escorted them half way. An international peacekeeping organisation had consequently settled in the area to escort the children.

The message we got from the people we met was that Palestinians feel isolated. There is a sense that there is little support from the international community and that nothing is being done to challenge the illegal occupation. We found that playing sport with people was a great way to show solidarity and to experience the reality of day to day life under an illegal occupation. We were asked to tell people our experience to try to galvanise opposition to the occupation.

We are giving a talk about the trip at Easton community centre on Wednesday 3rd November 7.30pm. We hope to discuss ways forward and practical action we can all take to try to end the occupation.

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Simon Kirby MP Seeking IPCC Investigation Into Sussex Police

11-10-2010 14:14

Government have no responsibility regarding Police corruption. Simon Kirby MP will assist elderly pensioner forced to take on Sussex Police unaided
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