I wasn’t well enough to do the march but I still made it to the demo outside the council house. The feeling was different from the last protest; this felt more desperate, more crucial. I guess because every new morning brings new horrors from Gaza, new atrocities carried out by Israel that are directly politically supported and militarily funded by the US and UK.
The turnout was huge. Again, people are having to take to the streets because they know both our government and the official opposition do not give a flying fuck about the murders being carried out in Palestine. The fact that Starmer gave Israel his full blessing to murder indiscriminately, to carry out the war crime of collective punishment, says it all.
Since coming back home, I’ve taken more painkillers and I still feel like shit because I really should not have gone out. But I can’t do nothing when a population that’s half children is being shelled by US-supplied munitions. I’ll be pissing blood again tomorrow but I’ll be in my safe, warm house. I won’t be living in the shadow of the greatest terrorist force on this planet.
… Francesca Albanese, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian Territory, has warned that Palestinians may be facing another “Nakba”, or forced expulsion from their land.
The Nakba — or “catastrophe” in Arabic — refers to the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from the territory during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war.
“There is a grave danger that what we are witnessing may be a repeat of the 1948 Nakba, and the 1967 Naksa, yet on a larger scale. The international community must do everything to stop this from happening again,” said Ms Albanese in a statement on Saturday.
And she added: “Israel has already carried out mass ethnic cleansing of Palestinians under the fog of war.
“Again, in the name of self-defence, Israel is seeking to justify what would amount to ethnic cleansing.”
Not one person at the Derby rally spoke in support of Hamas, in fact they all condemned their actions. What I heard were people pleading for the people of Gaza to be supported internationally in exactly the same way as the people of Ukraine are.
Where are the Western jet fighters and weapons for this occupied people?
The children and other innocents killed by the criminal attacks of Israel?
Hey, that’s just war. So sad, nothing to be done. Oh well.
The only heartening news is that the people of the UK know they’re being lied to about this situation, we know that Palestinians are not seen as humans by our media. Today, I’m proud to have been part of nationwide demonstrations.
If we keep marching and shouting and protesting enough, eventually even our craven politicians will hear us.
… I was watching #AGoodDayToDieHard and I noticed that the cinematography was beautiful.
Any frame you pause looks like an intricately composed and lit still. The mix of ambient, reflected, hair and edge lighting is soooo well done. And then there are the scenes where lowlight is balanced against club lasers, distant car lights and street lighting.
Jonathan Sela, everyone. Just a brilliant cinematographer.