Saturday, 23 January 2010

Ken Loach on Palestine

Ken Loach covers a lot of ground in less than 10 minutes: the news media's representation of Israel/Palestine, whether there is 'moral equivalence' between Israeli violence and Palestinian violence, Israel's origins, the role of cultural boycotts, and the definition of Israel as an 'apartheid state'.

Loach's short talk comes from a meeting in the recent Gaza Memorial Week, a series of events marking one year on from Israel's military attacks on Gaza and its civilian population. The video is from Fourman Films - see its YouTube channel for speeches on Gaza by Jeremy Corbyn, Jenny Tonge and others.

It's also worth watching George Galloway's speech following his return from the Viva Palestina aid mission. In Newcastle we have a forthcoming meeting where Mahmoud Kurdi, a longstanding Palestine and anti-war campaigner locally, will be reporting back from Viva Palestina. While Mahmoud wouldn't claim to equal Galloway's oratorical flair, I for one am very much looking forward to hearing him speak.

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