Totnes Civic Hall Sunday April 27 11.30 am
1. The unlawful siege of Gaza, the collective punishment that is illegal under 4th GC etc, was started by the Israelis in March 2006 in response to the election of an Hamas dominated legislature after scrupulous elections. The medieval siege, as I named it, was accompanied by daily shelling (175 mm and other weaponry including the most modern and vicious, the former amounting to about 70 per day). I was there and I reported it to C4; Inigo Gilmour reported.
The signatories to Israel's May 14, 1948 Declaration of Independence, identified themselves thus: “. . .We members of the People's Council, representatives of the Jewish Community of Eretz-Israel and of the Zionist movement . . .”
This subject is very close to my heart. This is not an academic dissertation but a talk based on my own observations, feelings and ethos.
Historical perspective - What was happening just over 90 years ago? Third battle of Gaza. Turkish and British each had ten divisions. The British had enlisted Arab help in driving the Turks from Palestine after General Allenby promised them independence!
In the Autumn of 1917 there were British and French cruisers shelling Gaza. This was one of the many battles being waged by the 'great' powers to carve out their empires; this was the driving force for WW1.