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Dear Mr Stride,

About a month ago there were five full pages dealing with this virus which has characteristics that are dangerous to particular groups in the Mid Devon Advertiser and the Independent which Susan currently reads.  (The only newspaper I read is the MDA, and sift quickly through the Western Morning News on a Saturday.)

I assume that all local and national papers printed the same.  I recall the familiar rainbow as being on the front page with those slogans - Protect the NHS etc.  The rainbow incidentally was associated with the peace movements, and especially the anti-nuclear but more recently with 'Gay Pride'.

Questions to you -

ONE  What was the total cost to the Exchequer of this propaganda on those relevant days?

TWO  Through what budget were the newspaper companies paid?  Was it from the DOH/Public Health England?

THREE  What is the total sum paid for all the propaganda to do with C19?

Being chairman of the Treasury Select Committee puts you in the best position to answer.  I think of the vast waste of skilled human resources whilst no elective operations are being done.  You will know that the waiting list for elective surgery was about 4 million before this engineered 'crisis' and that 10 million is being forecast by the end of this tortured year.  My proposal, when standing as an independent candidate for the Newton Abbot constituency, was to convert the attack weapons - HMS Elizabeth and Prince Charles, into hospital ships.  These would have the very best professional and other staff.  There would be a strong emphasis on education and research, with the scientific method prominent.  THere would be an absolute minimum of ''administrators'.  One would go round the British ports helping to dent the waiting lists of the most pressing cases (many in my specialism of orthopaedic surgery), and the other would serve those we have injured directly, as in Iraq, and indirectly as with our bombs in the Yemen or say in Gaza via our staunch ally Israel.

I append the latest daily bulletin from the Palestine Monitoring Group via Leslie Bravery in NZ.  The quick, quick, slow genocide of the noble native people, whilst Britain turns its face. I salute Crispin Blunt and a few others for speaking up amid the deafening silence.

kind regards

David Halpin MB BS FRCS


While the Occupation is business as usual for Israel,

there should be no business with Israel

In Occupied Palestine

Zionism in practice

Israel’s Daily Toll on Palestinian Life, Limb, Liberty and Land

(Compiled by Leslie Bravery, Palestine Human Rights Campaign, Auckland, New Zealand)

15 June 2020 {Main source of statistics: Palestinian Monitoring Group (PMG): NB:The period covered by this newsletter is taken from the PMG's 24-hour sitrep ending 8am the day after the above date.}

We shall always do our best to verify the accuracy of all items in these IOP newsletters/reports wherever possible [e.g. we often suspect that names of people and places that we see in the PMG sitreps could be typos; also frequently the translation into English seems rather odd ~but as we do not speak Arabic, we have no alternative but to copy and paste these names from the PMG sitreps!] – please forgive us for any errors or omissions – Leslie and Marian.

Israeli air strike

on Rafah


2 Israeli Navy attacks

on Palestinian

fishing boats


Israeli Army

positions open fire

on Gaza communities


Israeli Army position

shells Gaza community


Heartless, selfish settler

destruction and plunder


Homes and businesses

destroyed in

UN refugee camp


Night peace disruption

and/or home invasions

in UN refugee camp and

8 towns and villages


1 Palestinian

ceasefire violation


1 air strike

(4 missiles)


8 attacks


9 Israeli

ceasefire violations


15 raids including

home invasions


3 acts of




18 taken prisoner

Home invasions: 01:10-05:00, Ramallah - 01:10-05:00, al-Bireh - 01:10-05:00, al-Amari UN refugee camp - 17:00, Sair village - 03:00-06:00, Nablus - 03:00-06:00, Kafr Qallil - 00:30, Israeli forces raided al-Samou'.

Peace disruption raids: 09:00, Shuafat UN refugee camp - 02:00, al-Eizarya - 14:40, Beit Sira - dawn, Ya'bad - 12:10, Bidya - 01:30, Hebron - 03:55, Yatta - dawn, Beit Ummar'.

Ceasefire violation – air strike: Rafah – 22:05, Israeli warplanes launched four missiles, striking south-east of Rafah.

Ceasefire violation – Israeli Army incursion – land laid waste:Northern Gaza – 09:00-14:00, Israeli forces, escorted by reconnaissance aircraft, made an incursion north-west of Beit Lahiya and used bulldozers to lay waste to the land.

Ceasefire violation – Israeli Navy attack – economic sabotage:Northern Gaza – 15:20, the Israeli Navy opened fire on, and pursued, Palestinian fishing boats off al-Sudaniya.

Ceasefire violation – Israeli Army shelling: Gaza – 22:15, the Israeli Army shelled an area to the east of Juhor al-Dik.

Ceasefire violation – Israeli Navy attack – economic sabotage:Gaza – 05:25, Israeli gunboats opened fire on, and pursued, Palestinian fishing boats off Gaza City.

Ceasefire violation – Israeli Army attack: Central Gaza – 22:00, Israeli forces opened fire, from behind the Green Line, on an area east of the al-Maghazi refugee camp.

Ceasefire violation – Israeli Army attack: Central Gaza – 22:10, Israeli forces opened fire, from behind the Green Line, on an area east of Deir al-Balah.

Ceasefire violation – Israeli Army attack: Khan Yunis – 22:10, Israeli forces opened fire, from behind the Green Line on an area east of al Qarara.

Home invasions – rubber-coated steel bullets, stun grenades and tear gas canisters: Jerusalem – 01:10-05:00, Israeli forces, firing rubber-coated steel bullets, stun grenades and tear gas canisters, raided Ramallah, al-Bireh and the al-Amari UN refugee camp, searching many homes and taking prisoner one person.

Ceasefire violation – Israeli Army attack: Rafah – 08:30, Israeli forces opened fire from behind the Green Line, on an area east of Rafah City.

Israeli Army population surveillance: Jerusalem – Israeli forces set up a watch-tower, near the entrance to al-Sheikh Saied village.

Israeli police and settlers – mosque violation: Jerusalem – 09:00, settler militants, escorted by Israeli police, invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and molested worshippers.

Israeli Army destruction and pastoral sabotage: Tubas – 13:30, Israeli forces destroyed a livestock shelter in the North Jordan Valley area of Um al-Quba.

Israeli Army stun grenades and tear gas canisters: Qalqiliya – 09:30, entrance to Hablat: stun grenades and tear gas canisters.

Israeli Army – armed robbery: Nablus – 17:10, Israeli soldiersrobbed an Ein Shalbi villager, Ziyad Abu Zuhri, of his bulldozer.

Occupation settler violence: Tubas – evening, a gang of yelling and screaming Israeli settlers marched around tent dwellings in the Hammamat al-Maleh area of the North Jordan Valley.

Occupation settler destruction and plunder: Nablus – 18:00, an Israeli settler mob raided the Lafjam area of ​​Aqraba, invading tentdwellings and sheep-pens and either destroying or, in some cases, stealing the contents. The settlers went on to destroy solar panels, also robbing a family of the batteries charged by the solar panels.

Raid – UN refugee camp homes and business destroyed:Jerusalem – 09:00, raiding Israeli Occupation forces destroyed an apartment building, with four attached shops, in the Shuafat UN refugee camp.

Raid – 1 taken prisoner: Jerusalem – 02:00, Israeli forces raided al-Eizarya, taking prisoner one person.

Raid – 1 taken prisoner: Jerusalem – 14:40, Israeli forces raided Beit Sira village and issued a home destruction order.

Raid – 2 taken prisoner: Jenin – dawn, Israeli forces raided Ya'bad, taking prisoner two persons.

Raid – 1 taken prisoner: Hebron – 03:55, Israeli forces raided Yatta, taking prisoner one person.

Raid – 4 taken prisoner: Hebron – dawn, Israeli forces raided Beit Ummar, taking prisoner four persons.

Restrictions of movement (17): 18:00, entrance to Biddu Tunnel - 19:00, entrance to Beit Ur al-Tahta village - 09:00 and again at 22:50, tightened their restrictions at Tayasir checkpoint - 16:20-01:45, tightened procedures at the Einav checkpoint - 21:50, eastern entrance to Qalqiliya - 20:00, Beita road junction - 21:30, Shavie Shamron settlement road junction - 14:20, entrance to Deir Ballut - 22:15, Al-Container military checkpoint closed - 10:25, 16:30 and 20:20-22:20, al-Nashash road junction - 20:20-22:20, al-Nashash road junction - 18:20-19:40, western entrance to Teqoa - 19:50-22:00, western entrance to Teqoa - 20:50, Aqbat Hasna.

[NB: Times indicated in Bold Type contribute to the sleep deprivation suffered by Palestinian children]

Leslie Bravery

PHRC | Palestine Human Rights Campaign Aotearoa/New Zealand