Report from a Coventry Socialist on International Women’s Day protest in Israel-Palestine

Report from a Coventry Socialist on International Women’s Day protest in Israel – Palestine

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Protest in Tel Aviv

On a recent visit to Israel a member of Coventry Socialist Party attended a protest linked to International Women’s Day initiated by Socialist Struggle, part of the Committee for a Workers’ International and the Socialist Party’s sister organisation in Israel – Palestine.  Socialist Struggle then proceeded to support a protest organised to demand bilingual education in Jaffa.

Below is a report with pictures

Demonstrations in Tel Aviv and Haifa

Last week saw protests organised in the cities of Tel Aviv and Haifa by members of Socialist Struggle (Maavak Sozialisti / Nidal Eshteraki), to fight against sexism and the oppression of women under capitalist society. The protests, which took place during the same week as International Women’s Day, drew attention to the link between the current system , the situation for women and why socialist change is needed across the world.

In Tel Aviv the vibrant and lively protest saw hundreds of leaflets distributed outlining the Socialist viewpoint, with copies of The Maavak, the newspaper of Socialist Struggle being sold.

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The newspaper ‘Maavak’ and leaflet against sexism and oppression

The poor situation facing women was highlighted – from the fact that since 2011 over 100 women have been murdered in Israel, mostly by their partners,  that there are around 200,000 victims of domestic violence, street harassment and that women receive less pay amongst many other issues.

Struggle together

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Marching through the streets

A speaker for Socialist Struggle won applause by calling for solidarity with the strike of Palestinian teachers in the West Bank which was taking place at the time.

The leaflet pointed out that Palestinian women in the Occupied Territories are the main victims of the collective punishment measures such as house demolitions and the closure and denial of access to social services, health care and so on, whilst the call by government ministers for Jewish citizens to carry guns only increases the risk of Jewish and Arab women, including from violence by family members.

Furthermore that there needs to be a joint struggle of women and men, Israeli and Palestinian for social justice and peace, an end to the policy of ‘conflict management’ and an end to the occupation and settlements which promises only more rounds of bloodshed.

Fight the system

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Fighting for Socialism

A key aspect of the protest was to point out that

‘Sexism and discrimination against women are nurtured and emboldened by poverty, privatisation, unemployment, wars and environment destruction – these are not an act of fate, but the result of the capitalist system being waged for the sake of profit and not the needs of the majority. International Women’s Day shows a long tradition of working class women’s struggle against discrimination and against capitalist exploitation.’

Demanding bilingual education in Jaffa

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Fighting for bilingual education

After completing the protest against oppression of women, members of Socialist Struggle joined a rally in a main square in Tel Aviv outside the national theatre where hundreds of Israelis and Palestinians met to demand bilingual and integrated education in Jaffa.  In 2014 after the Gaza war far right activists incited by the racist propaganda of the Israeli government executed an arson attack on the bi-lingual school in Jerusalem. The attackers were arrested and identified themselves as activists of the fascist group LAHAVA that receives funding from the state which led to a series of protest on this issue in Jerusalem.

Read more about this protest from 972 magazine here

Socialist Struggle take part in joint Israeli-Palestinian Women’s Day demonstration

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No to the Occupation

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Members of Socialist Struggle also took part in a joint Israeli-Palestinian Women’s day demonstration on 4th March.  This took place next to an Israeli army check point south of the Palestinian village of Beit Jala in the Occupied West Bank as part of a series of monthly protests against the Occupation.

For more information and to find out more about the struggle for Socialism, please fill in the form below. Indicate if you would like to receive a bulletin produced by Coventry Socialist Party on Israel-Palestine

 

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7 years ago today – Dave Nellist and Coventry Socialists join 5,000 strong protest against attacks on the people of Gaza

7 years ago today – Dave Nellist and Coventry Socialists join 5,000 strong protest against attacks on the people of Gaza

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Mass protest in Birmingham

17th January in 2009 saw around 5,000 people protest in Birmingham against a war that claimed many lives.

An editorial statement from The Socialist newspaper explained

`One thousand two hundred and fifty confirmed dead, with the numbers still rising as bodies are dug out of the rubble. Around one third of the dead are children. More than 4,000 homes destroyed and over 17,000 damaged, as well as 25 schools and hospitals lying in ruins. Half a million people without water. More than 5,000 injured, many having lost limbs or suffering from severe burns as a result of phosphorus bombs. This is what the Israeli government calls ‘achieving its aims’.

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Dave Nellist addresses the protest. Salma Yaqoob chaired the rally

Members of Coventry Socialist Party joined the huge protest in Birmingham, with Dave Nellist addressing the rally in Victoria Square. Dave received huge cheers from the crowd calling for an end to the siege of Gaza, the breaking of the blockade and an end to the Israeli occupation.

7 years on and the oppression of the Palestinians continues with capitalism offering no prospect of peace and security for ordinary people across the Middle East.

Recent escalations show that the current system offers no way forward in the Middle East for the poor and oppressed, and why we need to fight for socialism.

For recent analysis of the current situation from the members of Socialist Struggle in Israel-Palestine please click here

To read our resources section on the situation click here

If you would like to discuss the work of Socialists in the Middle East, or would like to be emailed a recent bulletin produced by Coventry Socialist Party detailing the work of Socialist Struggle and the programme they are putting forward,  send your details to coventrysocialistparty@gmail.com or here

 

 

“I got three hours’ sleep out in the open on a roundabout. It was well worth it to support these brave workers.” Four years on – remembering Rob Windsor

“I got three hours’ sleep out in the open on a roundabout. It was well worth it to support these brave workers.”

Four years on – remembering Rob Windsor

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Comrade Rob Windsor

Today marks four years since the passing of Socialist Party member Rob Windsor.

Rob, who died in 2012, was a well known stalwart of Militant and the Socialist Party playing a leading role in innumerable campaigns over the years, not least the monumental anti-Poll Tax campaign which helped to organise millions of people to defeat the tax and Thatcher.

He was also an elected Socialist Party Councillor in St Michael’s ward in Coventry, a position he used with fellow Socialist Councillors Dave Nellist and Karen McKay to further the interests of ordinary people in Coventry and further afield.

Rob was an incredible Socialist, Marxist and human being, he continues to be sorely missed but at the same time he will inspire us all to continue to fight for socialism and against this rotten capitalist system.

As part of the fourth anniversary since his death, we reproduce an article from the Coventry Telegraph. It is a report of Rob visiting the occupation of Vestas workers on the Isle of Wight in 2009. Rob made the journey down there to support the workers in their struggle, donating money from his Councillor’s expenses and as the report says, sleeping on a roundabout!

Rob will continue to be missed by many people, but we will continue the struggle that he dedicated his life to. Click here to join us!

Article by Les Reid – original can be viewed here

Coventry councillor sleeps on roundabout to support protesters

A COVENTRY councillor visited the Isle of Wight to support workers occupying a wind turbine factory in protest at 600 job losses – and slept on a roundabout.

Socialist councillor Rob Windsor (St Michael’s ward) travelled to Newport at the weekend to the factory owned by the Dutch Company Vestas.

Despite a reported increase in orders, the company still wants to close it. The occupation by its employees has hit the national headlines.

Coun Windsor spent Saturday night at a camp of trades unionists and climate change activists and donated £50 of his council pay to the cause.

He said: “The management caved in a bit and allowed the 25 lads their first hot meal in a week on Saturday.

“I got three hours’ sleep out in the open on a roundabout. It was well worth it to support these brave workers.”

He added: “The government talk the talk about green energy but are not prepared to walk the walk when it comes to looking after the jobs of those who build the means to make it.

“The company say it’s not just a case of subsidy, but this shouldn’t be about subsidy. If the government is prepared to nationalise banks it should nationalise this factory tomorrow.”

The company was yesterday expected to go to court to evict the occupiers, but Coun Windsor says the occupation is likely to continue.

Coun Windsor urged people to send messages of support to savevestas@gmail.com.

Solidarity message from Dave Nellist to Warwick student demonstration

 National chair of TUSC (Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition), Dave Nellist, sends solidarity greetings to the Warwick student demonstration held on Wednesday 04-12-14:

(Dave is a former Coventry Socialist Councillor & Coventry Militant Labour MP)

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Dave Nellist

‘This generation of students threatens to be the first for decades which won’t be better off than their parents.  Crippling mortgages, having to supplement inadequate pensions, and debts exceeding £50,000 to get a degree, will be difficult to cope with even if students succeed in getting a graduate level job.

For the thousands who don’t, it will be impossible.

Education should be free.

Peaceful protest is a democratic right.  40 years ago several hundred of us, at what is now Coventry University, held a 19 day occupation of the equivalent of the Senate House.  I support the right of Warwick students to protest, including peaceful sit-ins and occupations, to regain genuinely free education.

The actions of the police on Wednesday, as viewed on YouTube, were a disgrace and formal complaints should be made by those present to ensure an investigation takes place.  But internal investigations by the police of themselves, is not enough.  We no longer have proper, democratic oversight and accountability of the police by the communities in which they work.  Present Police Commissioners are toothless and almost all drawn from establishment parties.

We need a new accountability of public sector organisations like the police – to elected committees of local people, including councillors, representatives of trade unions, residents and tenants organisations – and yes, representatives of students and young people as well.

The actions of the police on Wednesday may be an aberration – or it may be part of a pattern that believes kettling and heavy handed policing of student protest is ok.  Either way a proper and genuine investigation is required.

The police need to be democratically accountable to the communities they serve.

Solidarity.’

Dave Nellist

(Socialist Party and National Chair, Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)