Glyn Secker on Zionism and the Jewish Boat to Gaza: Audio now online

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On Wednesday 13th June Glyn Secker, from Jews for Justice for Palestine, talked to us at Palestine Place about the history of Zionism and his experience on the Jewish Boat to Gaza.


Audio of the event is now available to be streamed here.

Direct download links:  MP3 (50.6mb), or Ogg Vorbis (36.2mb)

One Response to “Glyn Secker on Zionism and the Jewish Boat to Gaza: Audio now online”
  1. Tahir says:

    Urgent request for UK ceinztis to contact the FCO and their MPHi everyoneThis is to let you know that the Jewish boat to Gaza, the “Irene” has been boarded and is, we understand, being towed to Israel.It is important to make as much fuss as we can at this point. Please contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and your MP as soon as you can.A letter from JfJfP to Alistair Burt at the FCO is pasted in below. It outlines the situation and explains what the boat is about. You can get more information from our boat website http://www.jewishboattogaza.orgPlease contact:1. The FCO itself. To email the FCO go toYou can merely say something like:“I understand that the Jewish Boat to Gaza has been intercepted and its passengers and crew taken into custody. Among them are two British ceinztis and we trust the FCO will do everything in its power to ensure their safety and early release.”Or you can write something longer based on the information and arguments in the JfJfP letter. (We have checked and the entire letter can easily be pasted in to the relevant space.)It would help if you could also send a hard copy of any letter to the FCO (address on JfJfP letter).2. As many people as possible, starting with your MP. Stress to your MP that that there are two British ceinztis aboard. Urge them to press the FCO to ensure their safety and rapid release, as well as that of the other passengers and crew.When you email, send the letter both as text in the body of the email and as an attachment. Ask your friends to do the same. Ask them for support. Ask them to contact their MPs about it. Ask them also to contact the FCO.The more fuss we can generate, the more likely the people will be released unharmed, sooner rather than laterThanksNaomi Wayne/Richard Kuperpp.JfJfPLetter to the FCOMr Alistair BurtParliamentary Under Secretary of StateForeign & Commonwealth OfficeKing Charles StLondon SW1A 2AH28 September 2010Dear Mr BurtWe are writing to urge your Government to do everything possible to assist the nine passengers and crew on the Jewish Boat to Gaza – the Irene. We have been advised that the boat was boarded this morning by the IDF as it was approaching Gaza.This tiny vessel is sailing under a British flag and is carrying a cargo of symbolic aid for the trapped people of Gaza – children’s toys and text books, musical instruments, water coolers, nets for Gaza’s fishermen.All bar one of the people on board are Jewish. Two are British ceinztis, one is German, one American and the rest are Israeli. Two are very elderly and frail – one was taken as a baby as a refugee from Germany in the late 1930s while another survived the war in a horrific Romanian ghetto and then emigrated to the new Israeli state. Yet another passenger is a leading member of the highly respected Jewish/Palestinian reconciliation group, the Bereaved Families Forum, which brings together people from both communities who have lost close relatives in the conflict.We have chosen to locate our mission on such a very small boat in order to emphasise the symbolic nature of the journey. In addition, from the outset, we made it clear that our passengers and crew would not engage in any physical confrontation and would not present the Israelis with any reason to use physical force. These principles have been strictly observed.We are now extremely concerned for the well being and safety of all on board. We are asking you to do the following:b7 to provide full consular support to the British ceinztis on board – Glyn Secker, retired social worker and the Jewish captain, and Vishal Vishvanath, who is a photojournalist;b7 to urge the Israeli Government to release everyone as soon asthe boat reaches dry land;b7 to make it clear that Her Majesty’s Government supports the message of the boat, passengers and crew; that the siege of Gaza should be lifted and Israel should engage in genuine negotiations with all the elected representatives of the Palestinian people so as to achieve a just and lasting peaceful solution to the Middle East conflict.Yours sincerely

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