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Morning Star JULY 28, 2014 - by Paul Donovan
ISRAEL 'A ROGUE STATE', PROTESTERS DECLARE
Thousands of protesters marched through London at the weekend to hear a call for Israel to be cast into the international wilderness and declared a rogue state for its savage attack on Gaza.
Addressing a rally of some twenty-thousand demonstrators gathered in Parliament Square, Baroness Jenny Tonge declared that "Israel can no longer be regarded as part of the family of nations - it is a rogue state."
The thousands of protesters marched from the Israeli embassy in Kensington to the rally, where they heard calls for an end to British arms sales to Israel.
The Stop The War Coalition, Campaign For Nuclear Disarmament (CND), Palestine Forum in Britain and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) were among the organisers.
"Tell MPs you will not vote for them unless they support the Palestinians," said Baroness Tonge.
Veteran peace campaigner and CND vice-president Bruce Kent confessed he never thought he would look at a TV screen and see bits of babies being blown apart in a hospital.
"It is a disgrace, a crime - what is going on now," said Mr Kent, who declared that there would not be peace in the area without justice.
"Bring down the wall, stop the settlements and stop detaining people without trial."
He also questioned how British politicians could talk about stopping arms sales to Russia but say nothing about arms sales to Israel.
Labour MP Diane Abbott approved of the decoration of Nelson Mandela's statue in Palestinian colours.
"Nelson Mandela knew what it was to fight for justice," she said, declaring that "the killing has to stop, the siege lifted and the blockade ended."
Musician Brian Eno accused Israel of wanting no peace.
"As long as the process is going on the Israeli settlers can go on grabbing land and beating up Palestinians," he said.
"It is time for sanctions - they are the only thing that frightens them."
Poet and writer Michael Rosen told how Israel had banned an advertisement that named the children killed in Gaza.
He told the crowds: "They say don't mention the children. No one must know the names of the dead children. People must be protected from the names of the children - this is how they think."
A message was read out from French international and former West Ham and Spurs footballer Frederic Kanoute who claimed Israel was committing "the genocide of a people."
And PSC director Sarah Colborne declared that "when the BBC refuses to tell the truth, we take the story to the BBC."
Former TUC president Lesley Mercer stressed that thousands are being displaced from their homes and 1.2 million Gazans are without access to clean water.
She asked: "How does Israel believe it can bring peace through its present strategy?"