David Halpin FRCS A talk given to an audience in Totnes town hall at the Alternative View meeting 27 April 2008. Palestine is at the 'hinge of humanity'. Any discussion must start with Judaeo-Christian imperialism. The meaning of the word 'holocaust' was defined – industrial killing by the Nazist of Jews and others. Other examples were given – the genocide of the north America Indian c. 20million. Hiroshima and Nagasaki were holocausts in every detail. The sad history of Palestine was told and its torment stretching from the British mandate up to the present day. Slides were shown of refugees fleeing from terror and force of arms from their homes, land and living in '48.
It was concluded that the Palestinian people had been subjected to ethnic cleansing, a form of genocide and not a holocaust. The complicity of the western nations in the torment of the Palestinian people was recognised, and their lawlessness in the assaults on Afghanistan and Iraq. Images of Ali Abbas showed the depth of evil.
Finally, David laid out carefully what each person should do to kerb state lawlessness and the terrible suffering arising out of it.